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How do I configure a personal Gmail account to act as the client for my company provided O365 email account? Would it simply be a matter of setting up SMTP / IMAP, or is it more complicated that that (or even possible)?

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It is possible to regret entangling business and personal too closely. Might you clarify "client for"? I am not sure what it is you are trying to achieve. What should happen to mail sent to your Gmail as opposed to O365 and which would you be sending from? – pnuts Aug 27 '14 at 23:11
Thanks pnuts. I don't mind setting up a completely separate gmail account. Basically, I don't want to use outlook, owa, or anything else to read and sort my email -- just gmail. In essence, I want gmail to function as a client, where 0365 is the email server. – Stephen Aug 28 '14 at 17:21
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This should be possible using POP3 (incoming) and SMTP (outgoing). Gmail cannot act as an IMAP client AFAIK.

Gmail can retrieve up to 5 POP3 accounts and Office 365 would seem to support POP3. And you can configure Gmail to send email as your O365 email address, using your O365 SMTP server. From the above link, these settings would seem to be:

POP3  outlook.office365.com  995  SSL
SMTP  smtp.office365.com     587  TLS

However, possible caveats with this approach:

  • You cannot control how often Gmail checks your POP3 account. Gmail decides for you. If the frequency of your email increases, then Gmail is likely to check more often. You can manually perform a refresh every now and again if you wish. (As an example, I check 3 POP3 accounts using Gmail and it is currently reporting that they were checked 21, 5 and 47 minutes ago respectively.)

  • Microsoft recommends Exchange ActiveSync: (although I don't know what exactly you would be missing out on?)

Although you can connect to your account using POP3 or IMAP4, we recommend that you connect to your account using Exchange ActiveSync because Exchange ActiveSync supports more features than POP3 and IMAP4.

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This worked perfectly, I appreciate the answer. – Stephen Aug 29 '14 at 5:27

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