Microsoft Hotmail & MSN Accounts with Office 2010 - POP3/SMTP Settings

I was very disappointed with the Outlook connector not working properly after upgrading to Office 2010 so I uninstalled it, researched the settings for the pop3 and smtp services, tested them, and now everything is back to normal again:

Incoming Server

  • Username: - same as your full e-mail address/it can also be or
  • Password required
  • There is no need to check SPA - Secure Password Authorization
  • Pop3 port is 995
  • Encryption: SSL required

Outgoing Server

  • Outgoing Server Authentication: yes
  • Outgoing server is configured to use the same settings as the incoming server
  • Port is 25 or 587 - the preferred outgoing port is 587 instead of 25 because most of the ISPs will block port 25 by default
  • Encryption: SSL, TLS or Auto - SSL is recommended for Windows Live Mail, Outlook 2003, iPhone/iPod Touch, Outlook Express and Vista's Windows Mail - TLS/Auto for Outlook 2007/2010

Posted by Gabriel Maciel

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