Windows Live Hotmail enabled POP3 e-mail access worldwide in March 2009. The POP3 protocol allows you to access our Hotmail account without logging in through the web interface. This means you can easily access your Hotmail account using a PDA, a smartphone or an e-mail client installed on your computer. Read on to learn about the Hotmail POP3 server.
Prior to March 2009, Hotmail messages could only be sent and received through Microsoft Outlook or through Windows Live's website. Now, with POP3 access, you can send and receive e-mails sent to your Hotmail account using any e-mail client. You can also download Hotmail messages into your GMail and Yahoo! Mail and other web-based e-mail services that allow POP3 access.
When setting up your client or e-mail service to retrieve Hotmail via POP3, you will be asked to enter certain server information. The first is the POP server. This is the server that receives your e-mail. For Hotmail, the server is pop3.live.com. The port is 995.
SSL and Authentication
To access Hotmail POP3, SSL must be enabled. This can be done in your e-mail client's "security" settings by checking the appropriate box. You will also need to enter your login information. This consists of your Windows Live ID and your password. Your Windows Live ID is your complete email address. For example: "firstname.lastname@example.org."
The SMTP is the server used for outgoing mail. For Hotmail, the server is: smtp.live.com and the port is 25. You will also have to enable TLS/SSL (again, by checking the appropriate box in "security" settings) and provide your login details again.
When you enable POP3 access in your e-mail client or PDA, all the e-mails in your Hotmail inbox will be downloaded onto your machine or device. They can then be read, sorted or deleted locally. Note that all messages, whether read or unread, will be downloaded. When you reply from your PDA or e-mail client, it will send from your Hotmail address.
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