Ok, I'm really confused by MS's terminology on this one. What is this 'new' ActiveSync supposed to do? I thought that was just the Outlook Connector pack being baked in or is this related to Exch2013 features? (Replacing RPC proxy?)
That is because Hotmail (and Outlook.com) use a *modified* version of Exchange (it's not a straight Exchange implementation like that used by business) called Exchange ActiveSync - hence the Hotmail Connector is not needed with Outlook365 2.0 beta/Outlook 2013 beta - even in x64 (yay).
Hence I need no plug-ins at all.
Standard Exchange support is still there - hence previous versions of Outlook should upgrade rather painlessly.
Here's the nice factor (if you're new to Outlook with 2013) - Outlook has THE slickest POP3 and IMAP support I have seen; you don't even have to tell it if it's one OR the other. (Even that unusual version of IMAP4 with the custom port settings that GMail uses is picked up and auto-configured by default - since Outlook 2010. Truly no-hands POP3/IMAP4 configuratiion - and it's the default.) The only hitch is setting up Exchange ActiveSync (Hotmail and Outlook.com), and that's because you have to enter the name of the EAS server (same server is used for both, fortunately - m.hotmail.com) - other than that quibble, it's no problem dealing with Hotmail or Outlook.com, either.