It is possible to set up Hotmail with any mail applications that support IMAP or POP, which are incoming servers that enable you to download messages from Hotmail servers onto your computer using an email client. POP and IMAP are the most recognized email protocols that allow you to access, download and view emails. They let you to get emails from the mail server to your local computer, which is why they are known as incoming email server. While IMAP is the ideal choice when you prefer to access your email account on multiple devices, POP3 works better when you access your email account with just one email client on the same Windows or Mac computer. POP is also the best option if you want to save all emails on your computer and work offline.
Hotmail SMTP servers are the outgoing servers, which give you the possibility of sending emails through your Hotmail or Outlook account from any email application. POP or IMAP should be enabled in Hotmail settings in order to download Hotmail from mail server to your computer or mobile device. Then you would have to set up Hotmail with an email program like Outlook express, Microsoft Outlook, Thunderbird or Mail app through IMAP or POP on your device.
How to configure Hotmail with IMAP
You can set up Hotmail with an email client that supports SMTP and IMAP using the following settings in the email program:
Incoming (IMAP) Server
Server address: imap-mail.outlook.com
Encrypted Connection: SSL
Outgoing (SMTP) Server
Server address: smtp-mail.outlook.com
Port:25 (or 587 if 25 is blocked)
Encrypted Connection: TLS
The username would be your full Hotmail email address, including the domain and the password would be the same you use to access your Hotmail account. In most cases, you should set up your Hotmail account via IMAP protocol as it syncs your Hotmail account across multiple devices and computers. Apart from syncing the inbox folder, any action carried on a device would be also synced to the Hotmail server to other mail clients and devices associated to your Hotmail account. On the other hand, POP3 only downloads your emails from your inbox folder offline. This allows you to manage emails on your local computer and in certain cases, you may find that POP3 is more effective for you than IMAP.
How to Configure Hotmail with POP3
In order to set up Hotmail via POP3, you would first need to enable POP for your Outlook.com account.
You can follow the below instructions to turn Hotmail POP access on.
1. Log into your Hotmail account
2. Click the gear icon (Settings) and choose Options from the drop down menu
3. In Managing your account, select Connect devices and apps with POP
4. In POP, choose Enable and then Save