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…