You don't need a Windows Live Hotmail Plus subscription, though, to download incoming Windows Live Hotmail messages to any desktop email program — or another web-based email service perhaps if it supports fetching mail — using the tried and true post office protocol (POP). Of course, you can send mail using your Windows Live Hotmail address from that email program, too.
Access Free Windows Live Hotmail via POP in Any Email Program
To set up a Windows Live Hotmail account using POP, pick your email program from the list or see below for general settings.
- iPhone Mail
- Mac OS X Mail
- Mozilla Thunderbird
- Outlook Express
- Sparrow for iPhone
- Sparrow for Mac
To access a Windows Live Hotmail account in any desktop email program:
- Create a new account using the following settings:
- POP (incoming) server: pop3.live.com
- POP port: 995
- POP SSL required: yes
- POP user name: your complete Windows Live Hotmail address (including "@hotmail.com", "@live.com", etc.)
- POP password: your Windows Live Hotmail password
- SMTP (outgoing) server: smtp.live.com
- SMTP port: 25
- If you run into problems sending mail, try "587" for the SMTP port instead.
- SMTP SSL required: yes
- SMTP authentication: yes
- SMTP user name: your full Windows Live Hotmail email address
- SMTP password: your Windows Live Hotmail password
Note that free POP access is currently available to users in
- the Netherlands
- the United States and
- the United Kingdom.
In any other country, you may need that Windows Live Hotmail Plus subscription after all.