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Read the article that everyone's commenting on.
There is a free way to get hotmail on any version of outlook! when you set up an account go to HTTP account, fill in all you details but before you select "next" select from the drop down box "Other" server type. Type in:
and click next. and thats it!
The new Outlook 12 (in beta 2) auto cofigs when you enter an hotmail.com account and allows you to get your mail thru HTTP, also as mentioned above Windows Live Mail Desktop also allows hotmail thry HTTP easliy as youentering your email address alone. not a single value or bit of configuration is needed.
in the past i worked with hotmail since one week ago when http://services.msn.com/svcs/hotmail/httpmail.asp stop working in fact microsft want to stop outlook express to migrate to windows live mail desktop the new generation for vista but it still beta and not working so why they cut off the old server of hotmail untill this new one work and i think we are obliged to work with wen interface but i will sont work with hotmail coz outolokk express still support yahoo and gmail so microsoft u can do what u do like for ie7 is bery bad ie6 is better and mozilla is the best so stop doing this thing for marketin
Well, Why bother with hotmail.. I use gmail, In gmail you can enable pop3 retrieval and with a few simple settings you can download your gmail in outlook express, outlook, mozilla thunderbird, whatever you want..
FYI everyone. I was one of those persons who decided to help MS out by using their Desktop Live and after two weeks, things going good for the most part, they uploaded security patches and upgrades, it crashed my entire explorer.exe program. I could not open up anything except through the Task manager. We tried everything under the sun, it did not work. No 'Start' button, no nothing. I had to purchase a backup, because it crashed my backup, too. I used the Apricorn from Aegis which worked very well to save all my important stuff and then had to re-install. FUN FUN FUN for all people who are so busy.
I read your article about Hotmail and POP/SMTP, and everything you say makes sense. I also noticed your recommendation to use Gmail for online SMTP. Just to let you know, I've had horrible results with this. I cannot currently configure Outlook or Express to use it, and there is no tech support. There is a forum, but good luck getting answers to questions.
So my next question is this. Like you said, you get what you pay for. How do I get a paid Hotmail account, is there detailed instructions on how to set it up, and is there support if I have issues with it? I think as we approach the second decade of the 21st century, I should be able to acccess email from a desktop email program (Outlook, etc.) from anywhere on the internet. Work or home. I'm willing to pay for it. Just tell me how/where to sign up.
Gmail works fine for me with Outlook Express. I followed these instructions explicitly and was able to receive and send messages without difficulty.
I hope this helps.
Just wanted to let you know that there IS a way to use Outlook Express. By using HTTP and the incoming server of: http://oe.msn.msnmail.hotmail.com/cgi-bin/hmdata it works for me!
There is a Hotfix that Microsoft has posted in order to correct the known issue with Outlook Express when one upgrades to IE7. I have installed it and Outlook Express is working properly once again; no more failing authentication.
Look, Leo... you need to change your article!
Accounts, called 'Valued accts' that are MSN.com and are free, and have been around forever, all use POP3 & SMTP. They WORK!
The servers are pop3.email.msn.com and secure.smtp.email.msn.com. They WORK -- I use them everyday and I don't pay one cent for my MSN acct.
Now, as to Vista. Vista breaks the SPA connection required for SMTP to MSN Hotmail servers. WIndows Mail (replaces OE) does not support POP3 for MSN or Hotmail accts. Right now it also does not support Canadian Sympatico.ca accts, which are also run on HOTMAIL SERVERS AS POP3 Accts! There is supposed to be a fix in the works for Sympatico by Jan 30th public RTM, but who knows.
Vista's SPA implememtation also breaks POP3/SMTP MSN access in Outlook 2003, 2000, etc. THOUSANDS and thousands are waiting for that to be fixed. Including me.
XP/MSN POP3/Outlook 2003 still works -- Vista breaks it.
Now, please update your article.
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