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Windows Live Hotmail
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Hotmail is unbelievably large, and they have a long history of rolling out changes slowly so that not all users get access to new features at the same time. Follow the instructions precisely, and if it doesn't work, wait a few days, or even a few weeks and try again.
i hope they allow IMAP too and yahoo follows them.
So, this is rather cool :-)
I now have Live/Hotmail downloading and sending happilly in Thunderbird using POP3/SMTP :-D
HOWEVER I did have to tweak the settings slightly:
Atleast, thats whats working for me at the moment!
Thought it might save somebody somewhere a headache or two ;-)
One question: after setting this up, does one still have to log on via the web interface to keep your account "live"? Or does accessing your mail via POP count as "logging on"? (I'd also like to see them introduce forwarding to a mail account outside of the Microsoft world, but having POP is a good start!)
I have both "live.com" and "hotmail.co.uk" accounts and the "live" pop3 server works for both.
Hi Leo and Jo, I would like to add one more tweak to the one Jo mentioned earlier.
In my case and my version of Thunderbird (220.127.116.11)
the outgoing port number needs to be 587 and not 25.
587 is the same port number used by gmail pop which is how I discovered this. Port 25 returns an error message in either gmail or hotmail.
Changing the port number to 587 as well as checking tls or tls if available did the trick.
About time indeed!
P.S. POP3 for hotmail works great for me with T-Bird. I am posting this from Win 7 beta which has no native email client so I'm using the Portable version
of T-Bird installed on my HDD.
If I am using thunderbird, what type of account do I set up, is it email or a webmail account?
How to configure Hotmail in my Windows mail (which is a built-in mail program in my Vista ultimate.) Everytime I go for creating a new account it says .....
"Windows Mail no longer supports the HTTP servers used by Hotmail and other web-based e-mail providers. Click the Back button to set up a different e-mail account, or see other options for accessing your web-based e-mail."
Help is appreciated.
I read the article, got really excited and then I figured out following:
You could have mentioned that POP3 access is available for free for all Hotmail accounts in United States, United Kingdom, Canada, Brazil, Australia, France, Japan, Spain, Germany, Italy, and the Netherlands for free **BUT** countries that do not have POP3 access enabled for free, Hotmail plus costs $19.95 for each year the user is subscribed to the service, and POP3 access is available to all other countries through that service...
So, it did not work for me, and the reason is not that Hotmail is unbelievably large, but the reason mentioned above...
They have still not caught up with GMail.
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