Free Hotmail POP3 and SMTP Configuration for ThunderBird

February 27, 2010 | Filed under Email


Windows Live Hotmail, formerly known as MSN Hotmail and commonly referred to simply as Hotmail, is a free web-based email service operated by Microsoft as part of its Windows Live group. It was founded by Sabeer Bhatia and Jack Smith. Launching in July 1996 as “HoTMaiL” and funded by the venture capital firm Draper Fisher Jurvetson, it was one of the first web-based e-mail services. It was subsequently acquired by Microsoft in 1997 for an estimated $400 million, and shortly after it was rebranded as “MSN Hotmail”. The current version, “Windows Live Hotmail”, was officially announced in 2005 and released worldwide in 2007.

One thing good about Hotmail is the POP3 and SMTP service is enabled by default and you don’t need to manually turn it on like Yahoo and Gmail. All you need to know is the correct Hotmail’s SMTP and POP address, port to get it working in your email client software such as Thunderbird. Below are the current Hotmail’s SMTP and POP configuration.

Hotmail POP3 Server:
Use SSL: Yes
Port: 995
Yahoo SMTP Server:
Use Authentication: Yes
Port Option 1: 25
Port Option 2: 587 with TLS or SSL
Account Name: your full email address (including
Email address: your email address (
Password: Your Hotmail password

If you are using Microsoft Outlook, you can try installing Microsoft Office Outlook Connector to access and manage your Microsoft Windows Live Hotmail or Microsoft Office Live Mail accounts, including e-mail messages, contacts and calendars for free! Outlook Connector enables you to use your Live Hotmail accounts within Outlook:

  • Read and send your Office Live Mail/Windows Live Hotmail e-mail messages
  • Manage your contacts in Windows Live Hotmail
  • Use advanced options for blocking junk e-mail messages
  • Manage multiple e-mail accounts in one place
  • Manage, and synchronize multiple calendars, including shared calendars to Windows Live Calendar from Outlook
  • You can download Microsoft Outlook Connector for free from this link.

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