Microsoft has finally enabled POP3 email access for all users of their Hotmail email service. This essentially means that it is now possible to configure desktop email clients and mobile phone apps to access Hotmail to retrieve and send email, something that was not possible before.
Note: Please note that Microsoft migrated Hotmail to Outlook.com. We have published an update to the original article that you find attached after the original part.
We already mentioned how to configure Hotmail POP3 but in a slightly different context as the article back then concentrated on providing information on how to enable POP3 access for all countries.
Here are the information that have to be entered into the desktop email client so that Hotmail can be accessed:
Please note that the names may differ depending on the desktop email client in use. The values on the other hand do not change.
The username (usually the Windows Live Hotmail email address) and password are the same that are used when logging into the Hotmail website using a web browser.
There is no need for configuration of POP3 on the Hotmail website. This is a difference to how Gmail is handling external access as it has to be explicitly activated in the email web interface before it is possible to access a Gmail account using POP3 or SMTP.
Things have changed when Microsoft launched Outlook.com. You need to enable Pop on Outlook.com before you can make use of it in an email client or mobile phone app.
Some of the mail server information have changed as well. You need to use the following to connect to Outlook.com:
You can use IMAP alternatively. It does not need to be enabled specifically before it can be used.
Office 365 uses different servers. The following information needs to be entered if you want to access Office 365 for business email using POP3 or IMAP:
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