Office 365 (Evolution) - Configure Evolution

Best Effort Support Only

This document contains instructions on using a non-Microsoft email client, such as Apple Mail or Thunderbird. Microsoft does not recommend these clients for use with Office 365, and there are often significant limitations in client functionality as a result.

Because of this, the DoIT Help Desk is only able to offer best effort support for these clients, and certain issues may require the use of a Microsoft client in order to be resolved. For more information on Office 365 client support, please see: Office 365 - Which clients/protocols will be supported?.

This document explains how to connect to the Office 365 service.

Important: Use of Linux/Evolution is not supported and therefore the Help Desk will not be able to provide any type of troubleshooting. Use these instructions as a general overview for connecting your Office 365 account UW-Madison's implementation.

To configure the Evolution client to access the Office 365 environment, follow the steps below. Note that these instructions use Evolution 3.6.2 and the evolution-ews plugin version 3.6.

  1. If you have not already done so, install the evolution-ews package using your favorite package manager. This document assumes evolution-ews version 3.6. Mileage may vary on other versions.
  2. Launch Evolution
  3. Add a new account by going to Edit | Preferences and choose Add from the Mail Accounts menu.
  4. Click Continue
  5. Enter your name as you'd like it to appear and "" or "" or "" for Email Address, click Continue
  6. The account information screen will find incorrect information. Click Go Back
  7. On the resulting window, enter the following information for each field:
    • Server Type: Exchange Web Services
    • Username:
    • Host URL:
    Note: for further server/account details, see - Office 365 - Server and Account Configuration Settings.
  8. Click Fetch URL
  9. You will be prompted for your password. Enter your test NetID password.
  10. Host URL and OAB URL should be successfully discovered. Click Continue
  11. Click Continue to accept Receiving Options
  12. Enter any name for the account, and click Continue
  13. Click Apply
  14. If prompted, enter your test NetID password once more.
  15. Setup is complete. Email and calendar data will take some time to sync.

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