Setting up Outlook.com in an email client like Outlook 2007 or 2010 is simple as long as you know the POP3 and SMTP Settings. Unfortunately, IMAP is not supported with Outlook.com accounts. There are rumors Microsoft will eventually support IMAP with Outlook.com addresses but for now, only POP3 and EAS (Exchange Active Sync) is supported.
For this tutorial, however, let’s focus only on how to get your email client working using POP3 and SMTP. All my screenshots are taken using Outlook 2010 however 2007 should be very similar. If you’re using Outlook 2013, you should not use POP3. You should just use EAS as it configures everything automatically.
How To Add an Outlook.com to Outlook 2010 or Outlook 2007 using POP3 and SMTP
Using Outlook 2010, Click File, Info, Account Settings.
Click New under the Email Tab.
Click the Manually Configure Server bullet and Click Next.
Click the Internet E-mail bullet and Click Next again.
Enter your name, email and various account info as shown below. For the POP3 and SMTP settings, use:
- POP3: pop3.live.com
- SMTP: smtp.live.com
Once all the information is filled out, Click More Settings
Click the Outgoing Server Tab and check the box to enable authentication for the SMTP server.
Click the Advanced Tab and use the following Settings for the Server Ports and Delivery. Click OK when done.
- Incoming server (POP3) – Port 995 and Enable SSL with Check Box
- Outgoing Server (SMTP) – Port 587 and Enable TLS with Dropdown
Note, POP3 is not like IMAP where it keeps your mailbox in SYNC with the server. POP3 downloads the email from the server and you have the option to delete the email once you do this or leave it on the server. My personal preference is to leave it on the server until I delete it, hence the settings below.
Back on the Main Account menu, Click Next to test the install and finish things off.
If everything tests correctly, you should get a Completed status. Click Close to finish off the install and Click Finish on the next screen also.