Live Mail Sync
Am I alone in thinking that the killer feature of Windows Live Mail is its ability to sync with hotmail accounts? Syncing is a feature that Microsoft’s software+services strategy should mandate all products adhere to and Live Mail/Live Hotmail is the best example I have seen of it so far.
I love the fact that I can write, read, move and delete all of my emails in both Hotmail and Live Mail and the changes will be reflected in the other near instantaneously. Given that, I find it strange that more isn’t done to sell this feature of Windows Live Mail. Hell, I’ve never even seen a step-by-step guide in how to configure it so, I thought I’d provide one.
Step 1. Enter your Live ID details and the name by which you want to be known in your emails:
(Don’t forget to check the ‘Manually configure…’ checkbox)
Step 2. Click Next
Step 3. When asked to choose the type of incoming mail server select ‘HTTP’
Notice that after selecting it there isn’t any more options that you need to configure so just click Next
Step 4. You’re done.
It really is that simple so, like I say, I don’t know why they don’t sell this feature more.
In the future I hope to see a lot more syncing between desktop software and online services:
- Live Messenger should sync with Linked Live IDs thus enabling us to switch between them in the IM client
- "Allowed sender" list in Live Mail should sync with Live Hotmail
- Custom dictionary lists in Microsoft Office, Live Writer and Hotmail should be synchronised so we’re always working off of one list
- Live Photo Gallery should sync with Live Spaces so that photos added to either should automatically appear in the other. Along with comments and tabs.
- A future Live Calendar desktop client should sync with Live Calendar in the cloud