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.
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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.
[Outlook Express] for all free Hotmail accounts.”
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
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
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.