POP goes the Hotmail…

windowslivehotmaillogopopmailWhether you’re deployed on the Exchange Labs or the Hotmail platform, there’s some good news to light up the cold weather we’ve been having. Windows Live Hotmail now supports the POP3 protocol!

Yes – we know – you’ve been asking for it, and I’m pleased to be able to share the details with you today. But what does it mean for Live@edu customers? Well, if you’re on the Hotmail platform it obviously gives your users the ability to use any email application / mobile application that supports the POP3 protocol to check their email. That’s no small thing.

If you’re on Exchange Labs, you can tell your users that they can now ‘subscribe’ to their existing Hotmail inboxes and have them automatically deliver the mail into their Labs mailbox – all they need to do is click on options in Outlook Web Access and set up a new subscription using the settings below!

Here’s the information to configure your account on your preferred e-mail client:

- POP3 Server: pop3.live.com (port 995) 
- SMTP Server: smtp.live.com (port 25)
- Username: your full Windows Live ID (including the @whatever.ac.uk bit!)
- Password: your Windows Live ID password

Also, our POP3 service requires that you use Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) with the POP and SMTP connection and use SMTP authentication.  This is to ensure that your e-mail address and password are not subject to tampering.

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