Originally, it seemed as if it was not possible to use Hotmail with Thunderbird in an IMAP (or IMAP like fashion) without some hacks (the WebMail plugin, etc.) and it seemed the best method was to use a Gmail account configured as IMAP and read in the Hotmail account as a POP3. Of course, this eliminates any sort of access to folders on the Hotmail account.
Now that Microsoft is toting the new
Outlook.com moniker/platform (and I have switched over) I have heard that the support for ActiveSync is improved, and that this can be used to access folders in the account from another client. I haven't found a plugin for Thunderbird that will make this seamless.
Is there a method that I'm overlooking to accomplish this? Is there another desktop client besides Outlook proper that can work with ActiveSync?