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Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Don't You Just Love It When Companies Change The Way Things Work?

Thunderbird mail
Shucks, this morning my Hotmail would not download to Thunderbird any longer. Now what? I recall getting Microsoft emails about changes coming to Hotmail, but all the info was for Outlook and Outlook Express. Thank goodness for Google. A quick search revealed that, yes there was a change and also an explanation of how to get Hotmail to download again.

You may ask why don't I simply switch to using Google? Well, I discovered that my computer runs better with Thunderbird as my main email client rather than another online mail browser window open. And with a couple Hotmail accounts, a Yahoo account and Gmail that all arrive in my desktop email box I am set.

OK, back to the fix. Rather than creating a new email account, I just edited the current one and things are working again.

Select the account in Thunderbird -> view setting for this account and make the changes like this:
  • Server Name: pop3.live.com
  • User Name: Your FULL email address
  • Port: 995 (this should be automatically set when you select SSL)
  • Use secure connection: SSL
  • Use secure authentication: leave unchecked
Now onto Yahoo, it worked yesterday, but no more today. I have not found a solution to that yet. Yahoo Mail Add-on used to work great, but sadly not any more. Back to research.

Anybody has any good idea on how to fix Yahoo downloads? Thank you, I would love to hear from you.

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