Setting up Hotmail™ account in Microsoft® Outlook Express with POP3 settings
What is Hotmail?
Hotmail is a free e-mail service monitored by Microsoft. Like any other e-mail services, a Hotmail account can also be created by users for sending and receiving e-mail messages. The service is considered as one of the efficient ways to do e-mailing with the most powerful security tools. Another advantage of the Hotmail service is that the service is operated by Microsoft. The latter has also upgraded the service to Windows Live Hotmail by including many features like unlimited storage and other security tools. Windows Live Hotmail now becomes the largest e-mail service in the world. Hotmail is considered the primary web-based e-mail service launched for e-mail users. Later, the service was renamed under the MSN brand and came to be known as MSN Hotmail. The Hotmail service supports many web browsers and it is also suitable for configuring e-mail client application programs like Microsoft Outlook, Mozilla Thunderbird etc.
Discussed below are some points related to the method to set up a Hotmail account in Microsoft Outlook Express with POP3 settings:
- Gather information from ISP
- Steps to follow
- Tips to remember
Gather information from ISP
The first step that should be taken while configuring a Hotmail account in Microsoft Outlook Express is collecting information from Internet Service Providers. The user should be aware about the e-mail service details and providers. If the server details are not known to the user, they must gather the details by contacting the Hotmail service providers. The details that should be collected from the ISPs are username, e-mail address, password, incoming and outgoing server name, server type etc along with the port number details.
Steps to follow
A Hotmail account can be set up in Microsoft Outlook Express by following the steps mentioned below. Open the Microsoft Outlook Express application window and click on the 'Tools' option at the top to access the 'Account settings' option. Select 'Add' and then 'Mail' options in the account set-up window. The wizard would appear and then you must provide the POP3 or Hotmail details in the pages that prompt you to do so.
The user should select the incoming e-mail server as POP3 while setting up an e-mail account. If Miocrosoft Outlook Express is not configured after installation, the e-mail account configuration screen would appear as initial window. After setting up the account by following the onscreen instructions upon the wizard, the messages and contacts would automatically be included with the Microsoft Outlook Express application.
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