How to Configure Microsoft Outlook for Live Mail

Updated June 02, 2017

Microsoft Live is a Hotmail protocol that you can use to connect your Outlook account for e-mail. Outlook on your desktop or a laptop can be configured to retrieve your Windows Live e-mail. Windows Live is a brand created by Microsoft that packages several different services including web, e-mail and mobile applications. Since Outlook is a Microsoft brand, it easily retrieves e-mail settings from the Microsoft Live Server.

Download the connector in the resource link; this is required to connect Outlook to Windows Live. Once downloaded, open it and run the install executable. Follow the prompts to install the connector.

Double-click the Outlook icon on the desktop to open Microsoft Outlook. The next time you open Microsoft Outlook, you'll be prompted to configure Outlook for Windows Live.

Enter your Windows Live e-mail address at the first screen. Your Windows Live e-mail has the syntax "" In the second text box, enter your Windows Live password.

Enter a name for your account. This name is what the recipients see when they receive your e-mail. After these settings are entered, your Windows Live e-mail is loaded. Notice on the left navigation bar that your e-mail is listed with your Windows Live e-mail.

Click the "Send/Receive" button on the Outlook toolbar to retrieve current, pending e-mails in Windows Live.


Microsoft Outlook is available through the Office Suite. You can also use Outlook Express, which is a free version installed with the Windows operating system.

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