How to Configure Microsoft Outlook for Live Mail

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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.

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  1. 1

    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.

  2. 2

    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.

  3. 3

    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.

  4. 4

    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.

  5. 5

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

Tips and warnings

  • 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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