Free Windows Live Hotmail POP3 access has gone worldwide

About a month ago we reported that Microsoft was rolling out free POP3 access to Windows Live Hotmail customers in select markets. For the vast majority, including myself, the updates had yet to hit their accounts. Well the wait is over, the Windows Live Hotmail team has officially announced that POP3 access for all Windows Live Hotmail accounts has now rolled out to every customer.

Here are the settings to access your e-mail messages via POP3:

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 or 587)
Authentication required? Yes (this matches your POP username and password)
TLS/SSL required? Yes

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i just got it to work for my @live account but my @msn is not working, im getting '-ERR command not implemented' response from the server.

any ideas?

Got it to work with Windows Mail. Just use a fake e-mail address for the initial setup then go back and fix it after the wizard ends.

Outlook will leave the email on the server if you tell it to. It is under the advanced tab where you set your account up. On a side note, I have had hotmail access in outlook from the beginning (outlook 2003 support hotmail natively) and on through the "need to pay for" period. Not sure why but why would I complain. There is a outlook connector that keeps everything synced. The best client for hotmail/live accounts is WLM I feel.

I now check my live.com and gmail accounts through WLM, and they are both on the server and downloaded locally. I would like to switch to Outlook. Will my hotmail messages remain on the server or will al be downloaded and I won't have an on-line copy anymore? The same question for gmail actually, does that work with outlook?

Erikas said,
Will my hotmail messages remain on the server or will al be downloaded and I won't have an on-line copy anymore?
Great question and one I was just thinking about myself. Does anyone know the answer? I use the Outlook Connector to get my Hotmail in Outlook now and my mail is mirrored between Outlook and online. But if I go POP3 access, will the same thing happen by default? Or do I need to find that setting to "leave copy of message on server" where ever it's hiding.

Erikas said,
The same question for gmail actually, does that work with outlook?
Yes it does. I've got my Gmail account configured in Outlook 2007.

I have the hotmail POP account read by Gmail now. Then I only have to access the Gmail account. This gives me best in class spam filtering and automatic online archiving while still allowing me to access my Gmail account anyway I want (pop/imap/web).

Erikas said,
I now check my live.com and gmail accounts through WLM, and they are both on the server and downloaded locally. I would like to switch to Outlook. Will my hotmail messages remain on the server or will al be downloaded and I won't have an on-line copy anymore? The same question for gmail actually, does that work with outlook?

For gmail that will, for hotmail im not sure! Sorry.

Windows Live Mail is the only way to go for Hotmail. Never having to log in, no web browsers, you can check multiple Live accounts plus POP3 and IMAP, spell check and the list goes one. Hotmail still does lack no brainer things like thumbnails of images which is just stupid but I digress, WLM is the best and fastest way to check Live mail accounts by far.

Oh definately. I constantly get new emails when people have replied to threads and unless I am out with friends, I tend to be at my computer doing uni work and things, so it helps getting instant notifications of when people have replied for forum threads and things.

Simply ridiculous how my folders can't be supported. Sure, there's Windows Mail Desktop, but that's Windows only. Until there's IMAP, there wouldn't be a viable solution for us Mac users.

And for iPod Touch and iPhone users, mboxmail does a supreme job of hotmail with its app, with a $10 pricetag

It was about time! I went through the hassle of switching from Hotmail to Gmail when I got my iPhone last year. I just couldn't accept to check my email on a crappy text-only mobile interface... My wife was a little more patient and she configured her Hotmail account on her iPhone this morning and it worked like a breeze! Thanks

hotdog963al said,
People still use POP3? ;)

Yep, I love POP3. Sure I could use IMAP but then if for some reason Gmail has a disaster and deletes all my emails they are gone. With pop3 my computer or Gmail is considered a backup. I always have a backup of my emails. I love that feeling. I think people put to much trust in the cloud.

i think i'd rather use imap and make a backup of my mailbox once in a while if i was really worried about the possibility of an online disaster.

i know pop3 has its uses, but for additional access to an existing mailbox its not too great. if i had to use pop3 to access my gmail account on my computer's mail client, and phone for example, then that means in 3 different locations i have to check the same unread mail. and if i want to sort them somehow i have to do that separately in each location as well.. if i send an email from my computer it wont be saved in my sent items online or in other locations...

Is POP3 access in Hotmail relevant any more? On Windows we can use Windows Live Mail Desktop which supports IMAP based access to Windows Live Mail/Hotmail. Windows Phone have been able to access Hotmail since a long time already. Symbian OS Phones now have Windows Live for Symbian. Blackberry also has Hotmail already.

The only benefit I find is for the users running on Linux & Mac OS. Oh! well, good to see Microsoft play nice with the other OS.

Exactly. Not just IMAP. Where is all the innovation in Hotmail? Users are pestered with floating ads on side as well as the top. You can't even set number of messages per page. Spam filtering is a complete failure. Gmail is turning up new ideas every week. No email service has features that Gmail Labs offers, so many custom user scripts, CSS "skins" and FF addons available to customize Gmail. Hotmail feels 19th century email. MS has lot of catching up to in mail besides search. Gmail is way way ahead. I may come across as a troll but Hotmail really lacks features today.

I'm still not switching :P I use it on occasions for certain things I've had a while, but I want IMAP Give me IMAP and I'll fully switch back. I like Live Hotmail, it's better than Google's crap but google have IMAP

seriously.. we need imap.

what good is pop3? so you can have multiple copies of the same email in different locations? open an email on your phone, or in a mail client, mark it as read, or delete it, only for none of those changes to be made in your actual hotmail inbox?

also, i wonder if theres any options for pop3. last time i added my hotmail as a pop3 account on my phone it was downloading thousands and thousands of emails, all showing as unread. ahh, the beauty of it all...

Try the other port or you might have to use your ISP's smtp server just to send emails and use Hotmail's POP to recieve.

Matt500 said,
If they had done this a long time ago they probably wouldn't have lost so many users. They have a good service.

Except they haven't lost "so many users". Their userbase has kept growing and growing and growing and is in fact one of if not the highest amount of users.

testman said,
Except they haven't lost "so many users". Their userbase has kept growing and growing and growing and is in fact one of if not the highest amount of users.

If I have 3 apples, lose 2, then buy 5 more, I still lost 2 apples.