Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Use Mail App For Your Outlook Webmail Account

If you were using the Hotmail mail service, then your email account would already be transferred to the new Outlook webmail service. Microsoft’s decision to cash in on the popularity of their Outlook mail client, by launching the Outlook mail service and merging their Hotmail webmail with it, has been a moderate success so far.

If you have one such webmail account, then you could access your account using a mail client app. You need to make sure to use the correct Outlook setting so that the app can successfully access the Outlook mail server online.

Using the Mail app to access the Outlook account

Mail client apps are very convenient to use, as it would keep all your email folders updated in your device. This would mean that you would be able to access your email messages without using the internet connection. This is very similar to the Outlook mail client that you might already be familiar with.

Make sure that you save the Outlook setting for the incoming and outgoing server and other settings correctly. The Outlook Incoming Mail Server (POP3) should be pop3.live.com; the Outgoing Mail Server (SMTP) should be smtp.live.com, and the IMAP server, imap.live.com.

Whether you are using the Microsoft Mail App in Windows 8.1 or the Mail App for the Mac OS X, these settings are the same for setting up the Outlook.com webmail service. In your mail app, you need to click on the option to add a new mail account. This would launch the mail setup wizard.

You will be asked to select the type of the email account, which needs to be POP for setting up the Outlook webmail account. Use the settings mentioned above for the incoming and the outgoing mail server addresses. You need to set the port numbers right, if they are not set up by default.

Once you have saved all these settings, try sending a test message to see if it works. If not, then you need to visit the Outlook website and check if the settings you saved are correctly configured. Correct them otherwise.

Similarly, you would be able to set the email accounts for other webmail services like Yahoo, Gmail, etc using such mail apps. Though almost all of these webmail services are free, some of the mail apps are not. For a quality email app with good security settings, you may have to pay a small fee.

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