Well, finally the folks at Windows Live have realised that it’s wrong to charge Live a.k.a. Hotmail users for POP3 and SMTP access. So, the Windows Live blog announced that they would be rolling out POP3 and SMTP services for free Hotmail/Live accounts in stages. In the initial phase 9 countries were named and in later phases the service will be extended to more parts of the world.
The 9 lucky countries are – the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, France, Japan, Spain, Germany, Italy, and the Netherlands. If your country isn’t in the list, it means more waiting. Hopefully, by the end of this year every Windows Live users will have free POP3 and SMTP access. Curiously, the blog post does not mention what will happen to the paid subscribers.
To setup POP3 and SMTP for Windows Live on your email client, use the following settings:
POP Server: pop3.live.com
POP Port: 995
POP SSL required?: Yes
SMTP Server: smtp.live.com
SMTP Port: 25
TLS/SSL required?: Yes
Username: your full e-mail address
Password: your Windows Live ID password
Please make sure to check the box that indicates that your outgoing server requires authentication.