Hotmail adds POP3

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Description

If you live in the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, France, Japan, Spain, Germany, Italy, and the Netherlands then you have a new way to get your Hotmail on your mobile phone: via POP3. The POP3 protocol is a standard email protocol that lets you retrieve email messages from a server and deliver them to your designated program. With this functionality in place, you can easily add Hotmail to your Windows Mobile phone, iPhone, or BlackBerry.

Here’s the technical information you need to know:

POP server: pop3.live.com (Port 995)  
POP SSL required? Yes
User name: Your Windows Live ID, for example yourname@hotmail.com
Password: The password you usually use to sign in to Hotmail or Windows Live
SMTP server: smtp.live.com (Port 25)  
Authentication required? Yes (this matches your POP username and password)
TLS/SSL required? Yes

If you don’t live in one of the regions specified, the Hotmail team says not too worry – they will be rolling out POP3 to other parts of the world later this year.

Of course, you can still access your mail on your mobile from mobile.live.com or by using Windows Live on your Windows Mobile phone. And on your desktop, you can check Hotmail using Windows Live Mail (which uses IMAP as the default) or Microsoft Office Outlook via the Outlook Connector.

The Discussion

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    Magnus Johansson

    Nice.

    Too bad they don't offer IMAP support.

    /M

  • User profile image
    Magnus Johansson

    Nice.

    Too bad they don't offer IMAP support.

    /M

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    John Ellis

    In a word: Woo!

    Very good move, little overdue, and I think everybody at MS knows that. When they get the ability to access email from other accounts I will switch completely, soon.

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    John Ellis

    In a word: Woo!

    Very good move, little overdue, and I think everybody at MS knows that. When they get the ability to access email from other accounts I will switch completely, soon.

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