Account Set-up in Windows® Mail
Windows Mail Account Setup
The important things to keep in mind while setting up accounts in Windows Mail.
Windows Mail is an e-mail client that lets you compose, send, receive, and manage e-mails, as well as manage e-mail accounts. Additionally, it lets you configure new accounts and serves as a news client, too. Windows Mail has the tools that you need to exchange e‘mails with colleagues and friends, or join newsgroups to trade ideas and information. Setting up an e‘mail account is a one-time process. After you configure your e‘mail accounts in Windows Mail, you never have to bother about it again—unless you open a new e‘mail account. You can set up Windows Mail to work with many types of providers, from popular e‘mail services all the way down to the smallest Internet Service Provider (ISP). Before you set up Windows Mail, start by collecting information like e-mail account password and address, type of e-mail server, and address of incoming and outgoing e-mail servers for each e‘mail account. You will need to enter this information during the set-up process.
There are mainly three types of e-mail servers. They are:
- Post Office Protocol 3 (POP3) servers
- Internet Message Access Protocol (IMAP) servers
- Simple Mail Transfer Protocol (SMTP) servers
Post Office Protocol 3 (POP3) servers
Most e‘mail services and ISPs use this type of server, especially for personal e‘mail accounts. They hold incoming e‘mail messages until you check your e‘mail, at which point they are transferred to your computer. Messages are typically deleted from the server when you check your e‘mail. POP3 is the most common account type for personal e‘mail. It basically works as a post office.
Internet Message Access Protocol (IMAP) servers
These servers let you work with e‘mail messages without downloading them to your computer first. You can preview, delete, and organize messages directly on the e‘mail server. Copies are stored on the server until you delete them. This saves a lot of space when you have hundreds of mails to handle every day. IMAP is commonly used for business e‘mail accounts.
Simple Mail Transfer Protocol (SMTP) servers
This outgoing mail server handles the sending of your e‘mail messages to the Internet. An SMTP server handles only the outgoing e‘mail, and is used in conjunction with a POP3 or IMAP incoming e‘mail server. These are the simplest transfer agents. Not many advances have been made in them. The message delivery is done on the basis of the IP address of each user.
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