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How to Send and Receive Hotmail from Thunderbird

Since Microsoft has enabled POP3 for their email you can now check your @hotmail.com, @msn.com or @live.com accounts from email clients other than Microsoft’s.  Previously we looked at adding Hotmail to your Gmail account, and now we will show you how to do it in Thunderbird.

First open up Thunderbird and go to Tools then Account Settings. 

account settings

In Account Settings click on Add Account located toward the bottom of the window.

account settings

Next select Email Account.

choose Email

Now enter in your your name and the Hotmail or Live email account you want to add.

Identity

Choose POP as the incoming server and enter pop3.live.com in the Incoming Server field.  The outgoing server will not be correct but we will change it later.

server info

Next enter in the incoming user name you want to have.

User name

Choose a label for the account such as Work or Home or you can just leave it as it is.

account name

Finally make sure your account and Incoming Sever info is correct.  The Outgoing Server will be incorrect but hit Finish then we can change it.

finish

Now under the new created account click on Server Settings and make sure the Port is 995, under Security Settings select SSL.

pop settings

Note: If you want to leave the messages in your Hotmail account, make sure to check the option for “Leave messages on server”.

image

Now you will need to change the SMTP settings.  In the left side menu under Local Folders select Outgoing Server (SMTP) and then Add or Edit button. 

server sets

Make sure you have the following settings entered in:

Port: 587

Server: Name smtp.live.com

Check TLS

User Name: youremail@live.com

*Make sure and enter in your entire email address in the Security and Authentication User Name.

smtp correct

To send a message just use the “From” drop-down to choose the hotmail account.

send

When everything’s correct you can Send and Receive your hotmail in Thunderbird!

Note: Because this technique uses POP3 to access your mail, your messages will be removed from Hotmail.

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  • Published 03/17/09

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