Setting up Outlook (Desktop) and Microsoft account .


I just happened to be doing a fresh install. I wasn’t totally satisfied with 1903 and wanted to give it a few more weeks to mature.

I went to setup Outlook 2019 (Desktop) with my gmail and outlook accounts and I noticed something peculiar. This time setting up outlook services basically forced me to log into persistently into Office 2019. This wasn’t exactly what I wanted. I just wanted my email and calendar setup. I don’t need to Microsoft recording a usage profile while I use Office.

I tried a couple of different things.

  1. I tried manually setting up exchange via advanced options but it required me to enter an email address. When I put in my outlook email it basically went back through the same process and forced a login to Office. IT also setups an account record in windows 10 with giving Microsoft the ability to automatically sign in with the credentials any time a Microsoft app asks for them (no thanks!).
  2. I tried selecting exchange with advanced options and entered a gibberish email address such as [email protected] for instance. I was hoping the auto discover would fail and it would allow me to setup the server settings manually. No such luck…
  3. I just relented and let outlook do what it wanted and it logged me in via office and setup an account profile in windows 10. This time I launched word and logged out of office. This unfortunately prevents me from retrieving my email and it naggs me for a password. And you guessed it… entering a password automatically logs you back in. Slight variation to this method. I deleted the account profile in windows 10 Email & app section and I had similar results.

Looks like there isn’t a way to use outlook email/calendar services unless you give your soul to the cloud. If I have to I can sandbox Outlook by only interacting with it via the web but that is not exactly what I wanted. The Desktop app is still quite useful to me. I could also manually setup via IMAP… annoying.. but I suppose that is an option.

Any ideas? I look hosed…

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  1. red.radar

    Sorry for the ramble; I guess the point of all that is not whoa is me... I'll figure it out. Just noticing Microsoft is getting more agressive about being persistently signed in either through windows, office or browser. And if you sign in via any one of them then you can very easily be signed into all of them.