Finally, Microsoft follows the industry standards and has a reasonable mail service. It is now possible to use the POP protocol to send and receive email from hotmail.
Instructions for Apple’s Mail application on Leopard:
In Mail go to Preferences, and click on Accounts
Click the plus button (lower left) to add a new account
In the Add Account panel, enter your Name and your hotmail (or live) email address and your password and click ‘Continue…’
In the ‘Incoming Mail Server’ panel select ‘POP’ from the Account Type menu, and give the account a description
You must fill in the following information correctly:
Incoming Mail Server: pop3.live.com
Username: Your Hotmail address (with @hotmail.com, @live.com extension included)
Password: Your Hotmail password
Click on Continue
Set the Outgoing Server to smtp.live.com, then click Continue, and click ‘Create’.
On the other hand, I use PowerMail instead of Mail, which makes things a little more interesting.
In PowerMail do this:
From the Setup menu select ‘Mail Accounts…’
In the ‘Mail Accounts’ panel, click the ‘New’ button on the top left.
Give the account a description.
Under the ‘Identity’ tab, enter your hotmail email address and your name.
Under the Receiving tab:
User account ID: your complete hotmail/live address
Incoming mail server: pop3.live.com
check the save password box and enter your password.
Under Advanced, check the ‘Use secure connection (SSL/TLS) box and make sure the ‘On a dedicated secure port’ radio button is selected.
Under the Sending tab:
Outgoing SMTP server: smtp.live.com
check the Authenticate as user box and enter your full email
password: your hotmail password.
Under ‘Advanced’ check the ‘Use secure connection (SSL/TLS) box and make sure the ‘Using the STARTTLS command’ radio button is checked.