Jamie Thomson

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Live Mail Sync

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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


Windows Live Tags: clubhouse, Live Mail, how-to, Deltasync


Written by Jamiet

November 19, 2007 at 4:13 am

Posted in Uncategorized

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  1. 1st bullet : Definitely got to have that feature. Or I would love to see ALL of them at once, instead of a quik switch.
    2nd bullet : true
    3rd bullet: Microsoft needs to include an OS-wide dictionary, so it works across all the programs and the system. Like the way Leopard implements this and the ability to add more entries.
    4th bullet – not everybody wants any photo to automatically be somewhere else, but an option would be cool
    5th bullet – Or Microsoft could just make this possible with the integrated Windows Calendar in Vista, or Outlook.


    November 20, 2007 at 7:01 am

  2. Hi Michael,
    I didn’t know that. Perhaps that wasn’t built-in when I first started using WLM early in the beta.


    November 23, 2007 at 8:16 am

  3. Hello, Jamie,
    With respect to "(Don’t forget to check the ‘Manually configure…’ checkbox)" at the end of Step 1.
    A hotmail account(@live.com, @hotmail.com, @msn.com) does not require ‘checking’ the ‘Manually configure server settings’ button.
    Windows Live Mail will recognize each of the three above accounts as an http account and setup the DeltaSync server.
    -Enter the email address, password, check ‘Remember password’, enter a ‘Display Name’, uncheck ‘Manually Configure…’, click Next.  Done!
    Additionally WLM is also capable of auto-configuring a few pop3 accounts(Google, Yahoo).


    May 13, 2008 at 7:28 am

  4. cool. thanks for the extra clarification Winston.


    May 13, 2008 at 6:05 pm

  5. Just tried to do this. Windows Live is saying "Windows Mail no longer supports the HTTP servers used by Hotmail and other web-based e-mail providers. You can select a different server type, set up a different e-mail account by clicking the back button."


    February 21, 2009 at 6:17 am

  6. I’d like to ask you something of I may. My problem is that I share my domain name with someone else in the home who works on a Mac. He gets a lot of email I don’t want to see/be bothered deleting. I’d like to be able to filter out all mail with his name as reciever. I use live mail on Windows 7. The sort function that used to appear in outlook does not appear to exist in livemail. Is there a way to acheive what I need?


    December 26, 2010 at 8:42 pm

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