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Windows Live Hotmail can be accessed using Outlook and Outlook Express.
It's now possible to use any desktop email program, including both Outlook and Outlook Express, to access Windows Live Hotmail using POP3/SMTP support.
Please read: What are Windows Live Hotmail's POP3 and SMTP settings? for the latest informaion.
Can I use Microsoft Outlook 2003 to read and send mail using my Hotmail e-mail account? If I can, how do I set it up?
Using Outlook Express with Hotmail was very, very handy. Notice I said "was". Those days are over.
Outlook, however, appears to still work.
Microsoft is phasing out support for free Hotmail accounts in Outlook Express. In fact, they have a Knowledgebase article that explains the scenario: You receive an error message when you use Outlook Express to access your Hotmail account. The bottom line is in that article: "However, eventually Hotmail will no longer support DAV for all free Hotmail accounts." DAV is the mechanism that Outlook Express uses to connect to Hotmail.
They do, of course, let you know that you can continue to access your Hotmail account by upgrading to a paid MSN subscription. (You can do that here.)
I believe that Outlook (a part of Microsoft Office), falls into the same bucket. If you can access your Hotmail account with Outlook, I wouldn't expect it to last. Unless, of course, you upgrade to a paid MSN subscription.
Give it a try. In Outlook, hit the Tools menu, Email Accounts..., Add a new e-mail account. Select the HTTP account type and then fill in your Hotmail account information. That will set up a new set of folders into which your Hotmail mail will be delivered.
If it works ... consider your self lucky.
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