Access Outlook.com email with Outlook Express via POP

Microsoft’s line of email programs and services has changed regularly over the years. For example, Outlook Express was discontinued more than a decade ago and the Hotmail and Windows Live Mail-branded services were rebranded as Outlook.com in 2012.

While Outlook Express only works on PCs running Windows XP or earlier — less than 2 percent of all computers connected to the Internet as of 2018 — it still has a few rampant users. The following instructions describe how to connect Outlook Express to an Outlook.com email account using the Post Office protocol. The instructions differ if you are using the latest built-in Microsoft Windows Mail on Windows 10.

Access an Outlook.com account with Outlook Express via POP

Before you can connect to your Outlook.com account via POP, you must enable POP access in Outlook.com by logging into your webmail application and changing its settings.

With POP enabled in Outlook.com, set up Outlook Express to access your account:

  1. In the Outlook Express menu, click Tools > bills .

  2. Click To add > mail .

  3. Enter your name in the field Display name and press Further .

  4. Enter your Outlook.com address in the field E-mail address and then press Further .

  5. In chapter My incoming mail server is ___ server make sure it is selected POP3 .

  6. In chapter Incoming mail server (POP3, IMAP or HTTP) enter pop-mail.outlook.com .

  7. In chapter Outgoing mail server (SMTP) enter smtp-mail.outlook.com .

  8. Click Further .

  9. in field user name enter your full email address (for example, “example@hotmail.com”).

  10. Enter your password.

  11. Click Further then Finished .

After you create an account, you must change the settings before you can send messages.

  1. Highlight your newly created Outlook.com account and click Properties .

  2. Go to the tab servers .

  3. In chapter Outgoing mail server know for sure My server requires authentication .

  4. Go to the tab Additionally .

  5. know for sure This server requires a secure connection (SSL) .

  6. in field Outgoing mail (SMTP) and Incoming mail (POP3) enter 25 – although your ISP blocks port 25 by default, you may need to type instead 2525 .

  7. In chapter Inbox server (POP3) , enter 995 .

  8. Click OKAY, then close to .

Consider upgrading

Both Windows XP and Outlook Express are significantly outside of Microsoft’s support window, so they no longer receive even basic security patches. Upgrading to Windows 10 also means updating your email to a new email app that is faster and supports the latest technology standards.

Also, accessing email via POP is less efficient than using the IMAP standard. The main difference between POP and IMAP is that POP downloads a copy of the email message to one computer and then deletes the email from the server. However, IMAP stores all email on the server, so if you access your account from another computer, you will still see all your messages.

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