Software & Apps MS Office How to Use Windows Live Mail to Read Mail From Hotmail or Outlook Mail Both email accounts use the same server settings Share Pin Email Print MS Office Outlook Word Excel Powerpoint 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 January 21, 2020 53 53 people found this article helpful Editor's note: Windows Live Mail is a discontinued email client from Microsoft. This article remains for archival purposes only. To open an email from an @outlook.com or @hotmail.com email address, set up Windows Live Mail to communicate with the proper email server. To do that, type the correct IMAP and SMTP server during the account setup. Windows Live Mail uses those servers to download and send mail on your behalf. When you connect Windows Live Mail to your Outlook Mail account, you will not be able to sync your contacts or calendars. Access Outlook Mail and Hotmail From Windows Live Mail The steps to add an email account to Windows Live Mail is the same no matter what email address you use. Unlike some email providers, both Outlook and Hotmail use the same IMAP and SMTP servers. Go to the Windows Live Mail ribbon menu and select Accounts. Select Email. The Add Your Email Accounts window opens. Enter your email address, password, and display name for your sent messages. Select the Remember this password checkbox. Select the Manually configure server settings checkbox. Select Next. Select the Server type drop-down arrow and choose IMAP. In the Incoming server information section, go to the Server address text box and enter imap-mail.outlook.com. Select the Requires a secure connection (SSL) checkbox. In the Port text box, enter 993. Select the Authenticate using drop-down arrow and choose Clear text. In the Login user name text box, enter your full email address. For example, type email@example.com for an Outlook Mail account or firstname.lastname@example.org for Hotmail. In the Outgoing server information section, go to the Server address text box and enter smtp-mail.outlook.com. In the Port text box, enter 587. Select the Requires a secure connection (SSL) and Requires authentication checkboxes. Select Next. Select Finish. Other Ways to Open Your Email Windows Live Mail is no longer updated by Microsoft, so it can't receive security patches or feature updates. Other programs can be used to download and send mail, too, that are updated with the most recent features. For example, Microsoft Mail and Outlook programs are email clients that work much like Windows Live Mail. A few other popular choices include Thunderbird and Mailbird. Your phone can access email, too, without needing any extras. You can set up email on iPhone and on Android. You can also access your Hotmail or Outlook Mail account online without a program at all. Visit outlook.com to log in to either account.