In 2015, all outlook.com accounts will be migrated to Office 365. Microsoft is moving accounts over in waves. If your account was migrated, this page will be obsolete. Outlook.com accounts will be configured as Exchange accounts. Articles on the new Outlook.com.
Outlook.com is the new domain Microsoft replaced Hotmail with. It's been around awhile, used for Live@Edu accounts (student accounts at some universities). It's a Hotmail / Live account rebranded, with a new web interface.
Note: Microsoft discontinued HTTP (WebDAV) support for Hotmail accounts. For more information, see MSN (and Hotmail) Access Denied?
Need help configuring and Outlook.com account to sync calendar and contacts with a POP3 or IMAP account? See Sync calendar and contacts using Outlook.com.
Because Outlook.com is a Hotmail account, you can use the same configurations with these accounts as you did with Hotmail: POP3, Outlook Connector, or with Outlook 2013 or a smartphone, EAS.
If Auto Account Setup doesn't work for an outlook.com email address, you'll need to configure the account manually using the Outlook Connector, POP3/SMTP, or in Outlook 2013, EAS.
If you enabled two-factor authentication on the Outlook.com account, you'll need to generate an app password to use with the account in Outlook.
The Outlook Hotmail Connector connects Outlook.com / Hotmail family of email accounts to Outlook, syncing Outlook.com email, calendar, and contacts to your local machine, much like an Exchange server does. The Outlook Connector is limited to email, calendar and contacts. Tasks are not supported by the Connector.
After you download the Outlook Connector, close Outlook (if open) and install the connector. Go to Control Panel and search for Mail. Open your profile from the Mail applet and create a new account using the Connector. Click Add and enter your display name, email address, and password and Outlook will setup the account for you or choose the option to manually setup your account.
If you choose to create the account yourself, Outlook Connector is listed under Additional Server types.
When you configure the Outlook Connector, it creates a data file for the Outlook.com account. While this file can be set as the default data file, you cannot deliver Outlook.com (Hotmail) to another data file. (You need to use POP3 if you want to use only one data file.) If you deliver mail from other accounts to the Outlook.com data file, that mail will be uploaded to the Outlook.com server.
The data file created by the Outlook Connector can only be used by the account that created it. If you have items in the Tasks, Notes, or Journal folders, you will need to export the folders to a local pst file before removing the account from your profile.
Calendar and Contacts in your other Outlook data files are not synced to the Outlook.com folders. If you want to upload it to the Hotmail server you need to move or copy the items to the Hotmail folders. See Merging Two Calendar Folders for instructions. (This method works with all folder types.)
If you want to use the Outlook Connector, you'll need to set up the account. This is the preferred method and the only one Microsoft mentions in their KB article, How to configure Outlook to connect to an outlook.com email account
- Go to Account Settings and open the New Account dialog.
- Choose Manually configure server settings or additional server types, and then click Next.
- Select the Outlook Connector option and complete the wizard.
Outlook 2013 EAS
If you use Outlook 2013, you can configure an EAS account. You'll need to use m.hotmail.com as the server name when setting up the account. You'll use this server name when setting up EAS on smartphones.
Outlook.com IMAP Configuration
As of September 2013, Outlook.com supports IMAP. To set up an Outlook.com IMAP account in Outlook, you'll need to use the manual setup option. Server settings are below; don't forget to set the Outgoing Server tab (in More Settings) to authenticate with the mail server.
Incoming IMAP Server: imap-mail.outlook.com
Outgoing SMTP Server: smtp-mail.outlook.com
Click More Settings button, then Advanced tab. Select SSL as the encryption type for the incoming server. The port should change to 993 automatically. Change the SMTP encryption to TLS and the port number to 587.
Use POP3 and SMTP
Outlook.com now supports IMAP. Instructions, including server names and ports, are at Setting up an Outlook.com IMAP account
Incoming server name: pop3.live.com
Outgoing server: smtp.live.com
While setting up the account, click on the More Settings button and on Outgoing Mail Servers tab, select the My server requires authentication box. Choose Use same settings as my incoming server.
Under both Outgoing mail (SMTP) and Incoming mail (POP3), select the ‘requires secure connection (SSL)’ check box. In Outlook 2007 and up, choose Auto; use SSL for Outlook 2003.
Under Delivery, select the Leave a copy of messages on server check box if you want to see your messages when you use Hotmail in a web browser, your mobile phone, or other e-mail programs.
You may want to adjust your settings in the account options online (under More mail settings), and either let Outlook.com move the mail to special POP folder when Outlook tries to delete it from the server or let it delete the messages.
Setting up an Outlook.com IMAP account
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