Internet Message Access Protocol abbreviated as IMAP, is an application layer protocol that allows an e-mail client to access email on a remote mail server. Confused!! It’s rather simple. Now converging, if you are the e-mail client of Hotmail, and you are trying to have a read/write/delete control of your email account on your smart phones, you have to activate the IMAP settings on Hotmail as without this, you can merely have a downloaded copy of your message from the remote email server and you may not get any effect of deleting or editing them in any other way. Hence, analytically you have to activate the whole scene that goes behind that access. Many may confuse IMAP with POP but these are different as POP doesn’t actually allow to really control your email account from handheld devices.
Below are the steps you need to follow for configuring the same in two of the smartphone’s giants.
IPHONE SETUP (IOS):
1. Go to Settings – Mail, Contact, Calendars.
2. Click on Add Account.
3. Choose Microsoft Exchange.
4. Fill in the fields shown (Leave domain blank and your login should be your email address).
5. Click next and it will ask for server. Use m.hotmail.com.
6. Choose if you want your email, contacts or calendar synced.
ANDROID PHONE SETUP:
Open the Mail app.
Hit the menu button > Add account.
Enter your hotmail e-mail address and password.
Press Manual setup (don’t press Next!).
For account, select Exchange.
On the Server settings page, clear out the Domain Username field and enter your hotmail address.
Change the Server to m.hotmail.com (without the quotes).
Keep the checkboxes the way they are (Use secure connection enabled, but don’t accept all SSL certificates).
Once the server settings are confirmed, you’ll be asked for how far back you’d like to sync your email, contacts and calendars and you can choose as you wish.
From these two we can get a fair conclusion that you have to associate your hotmail account completely with the operating system, rather than just using it in a simple application platform.