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03/19/09 08:49 PM
News: Hotmail Now Allowing POP Access

Look out, folks! It's a flying pig!

Microsoft's popular Hotmail e-mail service was once only accessible via the proprietary WebDAV protocol, rather than providing a more standard POP or IMAP server to its users. However, that wasn't quite proprietary enough for Microsoft, so they announced plans to close WebDAV and only allow external access via the extra-proprietary DeltaSync standard, although they rescinded this decision after receiving numerous user complaints about it.

So if one were to ask, "When will Microsoft allow Hotmail users to access their accounts via a standard POP server?" a logical answer would probably be, "When pigs fly." However, believe it or not, if you have a Hotmail account, as of a couple of weeks ago, you have POP access to your account, and it's free.

To access Hotmail via POP, you can use the following settings:

POP Server: pop3.live.com
Port: 995
Username: Your full Hotmail e-mail address, including the @hotmail.com (or @hotmail.co.uk, etc.)
Password: Your Hotmail password

However, our tests indicate that many e-mail clients (like the one on the iPhone) can auto-configure these settings without you even having to enter all of them.

The Hotmail POP server is available now to the United States, Brazil, United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, France, Japan, Spain, Germany, Italy, and the Netherlands.

I almost can't believe that I'm intentionally referring anyone to Hotmail, but for more info or to sign up for an account if you don't already have one, check out www.hotmail.com.


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