With the recent release of Microsoft Office 2013 Customer Preview, many are facing a huge wall when it comes to connecting Hotmail and Gmail accounts in Outlook.
Outlook 2013 supports Exchange ActiveSync as an explicit setting when creating accounts, which kisses the annoying Outlook Connector. The problem is that Outlook can’t correctly identify Hotmail (or Gmail) accounts. If a valid address is entered in the Account Setup Assistant and it fails to set up Exchange ActiveSync, it will use POP and SMTP protocols. It’s not ideal.
Luckily for those suffering from the above issue, a simple workaround is available that allows Hotmail users to enjoy the new Outlook experience…
First, go to your Outlook settings and select «Add account» (see photo above). Instead of automatic configuration, select «Manual configuration or additional server types» and click «Next». On the next screen, select «Exchange ActiveSync» as the required service.
Next, you will need to enter your Hotmail account credentials (see photo above). When it comes to «Mail Server», type m.hotmail.com . This is it! You should now be witnessing Outlook raid your email account and download all your messages. Outlook 2013 is a new vision of email on a Windows PC. Gone is the cluttered interface and unimaginative structure, replaced by a design that fits Windows 8 and also complements the Windows Phone version.
In our opinion, from the Metro layout to the features and functionality introduced, the new Outlook is truly an ice cream icing that complements the Office Customer Preview perfectly. If you haven’t tried out the package yet, we strongly recommend that you do. Microsoft is offering 5 installs per account to test out its latest set of productivity apps.
As for Gmail users, things aren’t looking too bright right now, and when attempts are made to add a Google account to Outlook 2013 via ActiveSync, they all fail. Although Gmail supports Exchange ActiveSync for mobile devices, it is limited to POP and IMAP with Outlook. We will be monitoring any progress on the workaround.