Now you can configure Outlook for your Hotmail account without any tweak or addon. So now you don’t need to go to live.com or Hotmail.com to check in your Emails overtime. Just use Outlook 2003 or Outlook 2007, and then you don’t have to worry about any thing else. Your all mails will be downloaded once you connect to the internet, this is very useful for users on the go, or people who don’t have internet access all the time. Configuring Hotmail or Windows Live Mail in Outlook is very easy and you have to follow the same steps you performed for adding any POP3 account. Many people must already be using POP3 for their company’s official mail ID. So now let’s learn how to configure or setup Hotmail account in Outlook.
1) Start Microsoft Outlook. If you have not configured any Email account, then you will be presented with an wizard. If not, then go to Tools-> Account Settings. Now click on “New“. Now select “Microsoft Exchange, POP3, IMAP or HTTP” and click on “Next“.
2) Now in the next step, add your information like “Name“, Email address” and “Password“. And then click on “Next“.
3) Now you will see the below screen.
See if this auto account settings work for you or not. If not then in step 2, click on “Manually configure server settings or additional server types” and click on Next.
4) Now select “Internet Email” and click on Next. You will be able to see the below screen. Enter the information as you see in the below image.
Manual settings for Hotmail:
Account type: POP3
Incoming mail server: pop3.live.com
Outgoing mail server (SMTP): smtp.live.com
Username: This would be your full Email ID e.g. email@example.com
Password: Password of your Email ID.
Click on “Remember password”.
Advanced Settings: Click on “More Settings”. Verify that in the “Outgoing Server” tab, “My outgoing server requires authentication” is checked. Now click on “Advanced” tab. Incoming mail server should be using 995 port and Outgoing server should be using 587 port.
After entering all these settings manually, you can also click on “Test Account Settings”. This will test if Outlook can send and receive the mails. So that’s it, after all these settings, Outlook will download all your Mails from the server.
Note: You can also try Thunderbird (from Mozilla), setting up Hotmail and Gmail account in Thunderbird is a breeze. It’s just too easy. Future post will be a tutorial to configure/setup Hotmail and Gmail in Thunderbird.