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Outlook.com finally supports IMAP--but you may need to trick your mail client into using it.
Microsoft addressed my biggest complaint with its Outlook.com Web-mail service by adding support for Internet-standard IMAP sync (http://blogs.office.com/b/microsoft-outlook/archive/2013/09/12/outlook-com-now-with-imap.aspx).
That's huge. IMAP, short for Internet Message Access Protocol, synchronizes your inbox and every other folder, including whether messages were read, replied, forwarded or flagged for follow-up. And unlike Microsoft's Exchange ActiveSync, IMAP works in OS X's standard Mail program--and just about every other mail client.
But because Mail insisted that Outlook.com accounts only allowed Post Office Protocol downloading, I had to kludge the setup by entering a fake e-mail address, plugging in server info manually, and then correcting that address. (The iOS mail client let me choose IMAP after entering a valid Outlook.com address.) In an Android mail app, I had to choose a manual-setup option.