Email, Messaging, & Video Calls Email How to Access Free Windows Live Hotmail via POP by Heinz Tschabitscher Writer A former freelance contributor who has reviewed hundreds of email programs and services since 1997. our editorial process Heinz Tschabitscher Updated on February 24, 2020 Phil Marden / Getty Images Email Yahoo! Mail Gmail Tweet Share Email Plus, more, extra, addition, bonus, ultra: plus gives you more. You don't need a Windows Live Hotmail Plus subscription, though, to download incoming Windows Live Hotmail messages to any desktop email program — or another web-based email service perhaps if it supports fetching mail — using the tried and true post office protocol (POP). Of course, you can send mail using your Windows Live Hotmail address from that email program, too. To Access a Windows Live Hotmail Account in Any Desktop Email Program Create a new account using the following settings:POP (incoming) server: pop3.live.comPOP port: 995POP SSL required: yesPOP user name: your complete Windows Live Hotmail address (including "@hotmail.com", "@live.com", etc.)POP password: your Windows Live Hotmail passwordSMTP (outgoing) server: smtp.live.comSMTP port: 25If you run into problems sending mail, try "587" for the SMTP port instead.SMTP SSL required: yesSMTP authentication: yesSMTP username: your full Windows Live Hotmail email addressSMTP password: your Windows Live Hotmail password Free POP access is currently only available to users in AustraliaBrazilCanadaFranceGermanyItalyJapanthe NetherlandsSpainthe United States andthe United Kingdom. In any other country, you may need that Windows Live Hotmail Plus subscription after all.