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Read your Hotmail in Outlook

If you’re like so many other folks working in the corporate world, you probably use Microsoft Office Outlook for your work e‑mail, and Windows Live Hotmail for your personal e‑mail. Sure, it’s a hassle switching between two e‑mail programs, but you put up with it because you don’t want to—or can’t—use your work account for personal e‑mail.

Well, the hassle is over. Now you can send and receive Hotmail messages from within Outlook 2003 or Outlook 2007. All you need to do is install a free download from the Microsoft Office Outlook website, the Microsoft Office Outlook Connector.

With the Office Outlook Connector, you can safely keep your personal and work e‑mail apart, and quickly switch between them from within Outlook. That makes it easier than ever to keep your personal e‑mail to yourself, and prevent it from getting into the wrong hands.

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The Office Outlook Connector creates a new mailbox and set of folders for your Hotmail account, separate from your main Outlook mailbox and folders
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Use Outlook features in Hotmail

Maybe you send personal messages from your work e‑mail account because you don’t want to bother using a web-based mail account, such as Hotmail, at work. With the Office Outlook Connector, the bother disappears. Now you can take advantage of all the rich features of Outlook when using Hotmail. The Outlook Office Connector gives Hotmail users a slew of features they never had, such as the ability to:

  • Auto-correct spelling errors.

  • Instantly search message folders.

  • Use advanced options in Outlook, such as sophisticated tools for blocking junk e‑mail messages.

  • Access your Outlook contacts when writing Hotmail messages, and access your Hotmail contacts from within Outlook.

  • Access your message folders and contacts when you’re offline.

Download and install the Office Outlook Connector

Installing the Office Outlook Connector takes only a few minutes. Then, the next time you open Outlook, you'll be asked to enter your Hotmail e‑mail address and password. When Outlook opens, you will notice a new folder with the name of your Hotmail account.

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The first time you use the Office Outlook Connector, you must enter your Hotmail address and password

After you enter your e‑mail address and password, you can start sending and receiving Hotmail messages with Outlook in the same way that you have always sent and received other e‑mail messages from Outlook. New messages sent to your Hotmail account will appear in your Hotmail Inbox in Outlook every time you click Send/Receive (you can also check them on the Hotmail website).

To send a new Hotmail message from Outlook

  1. Click New.

  2. Click Account, and then select your Hotmail account from the drop-down list.

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    Select your Hotmail address from the Account list


  • If you don’t select Hotmail from the Account list, new messages will be sent from the e‑mail account you were using with Outlook before you installed the Office Outlook Connector. When you reply to a Hotmail message received in Outlook, Outlook will automatically reply from your Hotmail account, unless you select another e‑mail account.

Switch accounts or add more Hotmail accounts

If you have more than one Hotmail account that you want to use within Outlook, or if you want to change which Hotmail account you’re using, you can change your Outlook account settings. Here's how:

  1. Open Outlook 2003 or Outlook 2007.

  2. Click Tools, and then click Account Settings.

  3. Click the E‑mail tab, and click New.

  4. Click Other, click Microsoft Office Outlook Connector, and then click Next. Follow the instructions to enter the information for the Hotmail account you are setting up.

For more information, go to the Office Outlook Connector website.