The free Microsoft Office Outlook Hotmail Connector is by far the best way to use a Outlook.com, Hotmail or Microsoft Live email account with Microsoft Outlook 2010 or 2007 (it’s not needed for Outlook 2013). The connector leverage EAS (Exchange Active Sync) and opens up the full functionality of Microsoft Outlook including Email, Calendar, and Contacts Sync. It’s far superior to using POP3 or IMAP and if you’ve invested in the full Outlook client, there’s really no reason not to use the Connector. Here’s how to install and configure it, all with perfect screenshots for your groovyReader pleasure!
Update 11/17/2020: You no longer need this utility to connect your Outlook.com accounts to modern versions of the Microsoft Office Outlook client.
Start by closing Microsoft Outlook and downloading the Connector client.
Depending on your install of Outlook, grab either the 32-Bit or 64-Bit version of the connector. If you don’t know, checking which version of Outlook you’re running is simple.
Once downloaded, Launch the install by double-clicking it (OutlookConnector.exe).
Review and Accept the License agreement and click Install.
There is nothing to configure at this point. Click Finish when prompted.
Launch Outlook as normal and follow the prompts by Clicking Next.
Ensure the Radio Button Yes is selected, Click Next.
Enter all the account information as displayed below. Click Next when done.
With the new connector installed, everything from here is automatic, and as long as you entered the correct email address and password.
If you get all green checkboxes as shown below, you’re golden. Just click Finish.
Test it out by launching Outlook. Your Email, Calendar, and Contacts should all be waiting there for you!