Microsoft adds way to import Yahoo Mail and other IMAP providers to Outlook.com

Microsoft has provided a way for Outlook.com users to import email from their Gmail accounts for some time. Today, the company has announced that Outlook.com can now import email from IMAP-based providers as well, including Yahoo Mail.

The Office blog has the information on how to get Yahoo Mail messages sent to Outlook.com. Users go to the Options selection, click "Import email accounts", and then select "Yahoo". As seen in the screenshot above, users then simply type in their Yahoo Mail address and password and then click on "Import" to get those emails moved to Outlook.com. The same process is used for other IMAP-based providers.

Microsoft says:

In both cases, the import happens in the background, so you can continue using Outlook.com or even sign out while it’s happening. Once the import is complete, we’ll send you an email to let you know. Import time will vary depending on how many emails there are to import.

Microsoft also allows users to connect their Yahoo and Microsoft accounts so that any Yahoo address contacts also show up in Outlook.com. The import process will still allow users to keep accessing their Yahoo Mail account if they wish to do so.

Source: Microsoft | Image via Microsoft

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Great. For years I had been maintaining my Yahoo Mail account because I've had a pile of messages just sitting there from half a dozen years ago when I was using that account more actively, but the only option Yahoo was giving me was to forward them one at a time--not in bulk.

A few weeks ago I decided to hell with it and deleted everything. And *now* Microsoft lets you import this. Grrr...

My Yahoo account is my spam account and forum/site registration account and will stay that way. Handy for people switching main accounts tho.

I recently deleted my yahoo and hotmail accounts that i have had for 17yrs and my gmail account that i've had for 10yrs and made 2 outlook accounts. It feels so weird not having any spam at all and not having thousands of messages stored.

Does anyone here import GMail into Outlook.com and use it to send/receive emails? If so let me know your experience with it? :)

Why don't you use an email client? Thunderbird is free. Live Mail is free. I'm sure there are others.

I don't care for Thunderbird, but I've never really used it. I don't like it because it looks like it did in Netscape Communicator v. 4.0. Crappy code fronted by a crappy interface. People that use Firebird today say they like it, so YMMV.

Live mail has all the basic functionality of Outlook, without the features that almost no one uses. And if you use a client, you see all your mail at once. I have Outlook, Gmail and Hotmail accounts, and they all appear in the same window. I've never seen my Outlook inbox through a browser. I wouldn't even think of it. I'd open Live mail and check all my mail.

I wonder how Yahoo even exists today. I mean, a few times a year I see an @AOL. But I haven't seen an @Yahoo in years.