Windows Live Hotmail Wave 3 Supports POP3 Technology

It looks as though Hotmail users who use Windows Mobile have something to rejoice about. Microsoft has confirmed that the availability of Wave 3 will allow “users to bridge the online email service with various POP3-enabled clients, either on desktops and laptops, or on mobile devices via Post Office Protocol version 3.”

Great news, right? Well for the time being this service will only include the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, France, Japan, Spain, Germany, Italy, and the Netherlands. Not to worry though as a member of the Windows Live Hotmail team is quoted as stating,  “If you don’t see your country or region in this list, never fear, we’ll be rolling POP3 out to more parts of the world later this year.”  Wow, that even rhymed!

Many folks in the WinMo community have been awaiting this POP3 technology, and if you aren’t currently residing in one of the above countries, I am sure the wait will be fairly short lived.

What does this all mean? Basically you will be able to use your existing email software on your Windows Mobile device for more convenient access to your Hotmail account. Of course, proper configuration will need to take place on the device first and certain settings may have to be entered manually on the native email application of the said device. This straight from the original article:

”First off, the POP server needs to be (port 995), while the SMTP server is (port 25). Users will have to provide their full Windows Live ID ([email protected]), and then the password that they have associated with the account. They have to bear in mind the fact that the Windows Live Hotmail POP3 service must use Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) both with the POP and SMTP connection, as well as take advantage of SMTP authentication. Thus, users will have to specify that POP SSL and Authentication are indeed required, with the same being valid for TLS/SSL.”

So there you have it. Windows Live Hotmail via POP3 coming to your Windows Mobile handset soon. Are you excited for this? Let us know in the comments.

For the original article go here.


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