Mail client access

Mail client access


POP3 access is available for all Hotmail accounts as part of the "Wave 3" release, adding support to access Hotmail from any email client—most notably mobile devices.


WebDAV, which was primarily used by Outlook Express, was discontinued to all users September 1, 2009.


For access through Microsoft Outlook 2003, 2007, or 2010, users can download the free Microsoft Outlook Hotmail Connector. Using the Outlook connector, users can freely access email messages, contacts, and calendars in any Hotmail account, though access to tasks and notes requires a premium subscription. Another alternative for users is to use the Windows Live Mail desktop client, which has built-in support for Hotmail. Both applications, Windows Live Mail and Microsoft Outlook, can access Hotmail through the proprietary DeltaSync protocol. Currently, no Mac alternative utilizing DeltaSync exists, as Microsoft Entourage does not support it. There has been no word from Microsoft Entourage or Windows Live Hotmail as to whether an "Entourage Connector" will be available in the future.
Exchange ActiveSync

As part of the Hotmail "Wave 4" release, Microsoft has added Exchange ActiveSync support to Hotmail, allowing users to synchronise their email, contacts, and calendar on any device that supports the Exchange ActiveSync protocol.


Push email, contacts, and calendar is available for Android users by an Android app developed by Microsof