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How to Access Windows Live Hotmail with Mac OS X Mail

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Web-based access to my Windows Live Hotmail account is great, but I also like the power and flexibility of Mac OS X Mail, my preferred desktop email client.

Fortunately, there's an elegant way to combine both worlds and download Windows Live Hotmail messages to Mac OS X Mail (and send mail, too).

Access Windows Live Hotmail with Mac OS X Mail Using POP

To set up a Windows Live Hotmail account in Mac OS X Mail using POP (which lets you fetch new incoming mail easily):

  • Select Mail | Preferences... from the Mac OS X Mail menu.
  • Go to the Accounts category.
  • Click the + ("Create an account.") button.
  • Enter your name under Full Name:.
  • Type your Windows Live Hotmail address (something like "example@hotmail.com") under Email Address:.
  • Type your Windows Live Hotmail password under Password:.
  • Click Continue.
  • Make sure POP is selected under Account Type:.
  • Enter "Windows Live Hotmail" (or something similar) as the Description: for this account.
  • Type "pop3.live.com" (not including the quotation marks) under Incoming Mail Server:.
  • Enter your complete Windows Live Hotmail address ("example@hotmail.com", for example) under User Name:.
  • Click Continue.
  • Enter "Windows Live Hotmail" under Description: for Outgoing Mail Server.
  • Type "smtp.live.com" under Outgoing Mail Server:.
  • Make sure Use Authentication is checked.
  • Enter your full Windows Live Hotmail address (e.g. "example@hotmail.com") under User Name:.
  • Type your Windows Live Hotmail password under Password:.
  • Click Continue.
  • Now click Create.
  • Close the Accounts window.

Access Windows Live Hotmail with Mac OS X Mail Using IMAP via IzyMail

To set up a Windows Live Hotmail account in Mac OS X Mail using IMAP (which allows seamless access to all your online folders) via IzyMail:

  • Make sure your Windows Live Hotmail or MSN Hotmail account is registered with IzyMail.
  • Choose Mail | Preferences... from the Mac OS X Mail menu.
  • Go to the Accounts category.
  • Use the + ("Create an account.") button.
  • Enter your name under Full Name:.
  • Type your Windows Live Hotmail address (e.g. "example@hotmail.com") under Email Address:.
  • Enter your Windows Live Hotmail password under Password:.
  • Click Continue.
  • Make sure IMAP is selected under Account Type:.
  • Enter "Windows Live Hotmail" (or something else explanatory) as the Description: for this account.
  • Type "in.izymail.com" (not including the quotation marks) under Incoming Mail Server:.
  • Enter your complete Windows Live Hotmail address ("example@hotmail.com", for instance) under User Name:.
  • Click Continue.
  • Enter "Windows Live Hotmail" under Description: for Outgoing Mail Server.
  • Type "out.izymail.com" under Outgoing Mail Server:.
  • Make sure Use Authentication is checked.
  • Enter your full Windows Live Hotmail address (e.g. "example@hotmail.com") under User Name:.
  • Now enter your Windows Live Hotmail password under Password:.
  • Click Continue.
  • Click Create.
  • Close the Accounts window.

Access Windows Live Hotmail with Mac OS X Mail via MacFreePOPs

MacFreePOPs allows you to download mail from free Windows Live Hotmail accounts in Mac OS X Mail in yet another useful way.

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