On my Mac (OS 10.2.8), I am trying to reset my mail preferences
on my launcher for my new Hotmail account. All I need is the incoming and
outgoing mail server addresses to make this work. Can’t get an answer from
Microsoft has apparently started to roll out true POP3/SMTP support.
Please read: What are Windows Live Hotmail’s POP3 and SMTP settings? for the latest informaion.
Well, Hotmail’s kinda special that way. Yahoo mail and GMail as well.
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Free email services like Hotmail don’t have mail servers that you can plug
into just any email client. They are typically web-only services.
Why? Because they’re free. They make money by presenting advertising, or
links to other sites, along with your email. If they allowed access to any
other email clients, that advertising would disappear. And so would their
reason for providing the service.
Hotmail did have an approach that allowed Outlook Express on Windows to
download email directly – but that’s either being phased out, or has already
been. Outlook XP and Outlook 2003 can also access Hotmail directly, but it’s
unclear if that will last.
My article Can
I read web mail using a pop3 mail reader? includes a couple of pointers to
third party applications that may allow more traditional POP3/SMTP access to
Hotmail and Yahoo.