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How to Access POP Email Accounts in Windows Live Hotmail

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A drag-and-drop shiny easy interface, a passable spam filter and space aplenty: Windows Live Hotmail is a great place for email. Should it be reserved for Windows Live Hotmail mail alone?

Of course not.

Fortunately, adding POP accounts is easy, and Windows Live Hotmail will download current and future messages automatically, sorted to a special Inbox if you like.

Access POP Email Accounts in Windows Live Hotmail

To have Windows Live Hotmail retrieve new messages from an external POP email account:

  • Select Options | More Options in your Windows Live Hotmail Inbox.
  • Follow the Send and receive mail from other e-mail accounts link under Manage your account.
  • Click Add an e-mail account under You can receive mail from these accounts.
  • Enter your email address under E-mail address:.
  • Type your email account password under Password:.
  • Click Next to try your luck.
  • If Windows Live Hotmail does not get the settings right automatically:
    • Check the user name under POP3 user name: (might require the domain name),
    • the password under Password:,
    • the server name under Incoming mail server: (might be "pop3.example.com" instead of "pop.example.com", for instance),
    • the server port number under Port: (could well be 110) and
    • whether your server requires a secure SSL connection under This server requires a secure connection (SSL) all match your email account settings.
    • Click Next.
  • Have mail from the new account go either to your default Inbox, a different existing or a new folder under When mail is sent to me@example.com, where do you want it to go? .
  • Pick an unread icon under How would you like unread messages for me@example.com to appear?.
  • Click Save.

Windows Live Hotmail will automatically set up the email address for sending, too.

To have Windows Live Hotmail delete messages from the POP server as it retrieves them:

  • Select Options | More Options.
  • Click Send and receive mail from other e-mail accounts link under Manage your account.
  • Now click Edit next to the desired account under You can receive mail from these accounts.
  • Make sure Leave a copy of my messages on the server is not checked.
  • Click Next.

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