Thunderbird and Hotmail

Thunderbird can be used as a client for all of Microsoft's email services (Hotmail, Outlook.com and Windows Live Mail, henceforth referred to as "Hotmail"). Thunderbird will download messages from the Hotmail server and store them on your local system. Similarly, Thunderbird can be used to compose messages which are sent through Hotmail's mail servers. You can still use Hotmail's web-based application - Thunderbird will query the server and synchronize messages.

Configuring servers

Hotmail accounts can be configured in Thunderbird's Automatic Account Configuration. This article provides instructions on how to manually configure an account or modify an existing account.

To manually configure or modify Hotmail account settings:

  1. At the top of the Thunderbird window, click on the On the menu bar, click on the Thunderbird menu, choose EditTools menu and select Account Settings…. The Account Settings dialog window will be displayed.
  2. Select your Hotmail account from the list on the left. Make sure your name and account are correctly specified in the Default Identity section.

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  3. In the left panel, below your Hotmail account name, click on Server Settings. The server settings will be displayed in the right panel.

Configuring IMAP and POP accounts

Note: For an explanation of IMAP and POP, click here.

IMAP mail account settings

  • Server Name: imap-mail.outlook.com
  • Port: 993
  • User Name: your username (for example j.kowal@outlook.com)
  • Connection security: SSL/TLS
  • Authentication method: Normal password
  • Configure the rest of the server settings according to your preferences.

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POP mail account settings

  • Server Name: pop-mail.outlook.com
  • Port: 995
  • User Name: your username (for example j.kowal@outlook.com)
  • Connection security: SSL/TLS
  • Authentication method: Normal password
  • Configure the rest of the server settings according to your preferences.

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Configuring the outgoing server

  1. At the bottom of the list on the left, select Outgoing Server (SMTP). Configured outgoing servers will be displayed in the right panel. The Hotmail server will probably be called Microsoft Live Hotmail or something similar.

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  2. Select the server and click the Edit button to alter the settings. Configure them as follows:
    • Server Name: smtp-mail.outlook.com
    • Port: 587
    • Connection security: STARTTLS
    • Authentication method: Normal password
    • User Name: your username (for example j.kowal@outlook.com)

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