3 Replies Latest reply: Sep 24, 2008 7:53 PM by Nightrain
Stephen Bunker Level 1 Level 1 (55 points)
I'm helping my father migrate to a mac and have been trying to configure Apple Mail so it can access his existing msn mail account. I've tried to locate the account settings on his "butterfly web browser" but cannot locate them. Can anyone help out?

iBook, Mac OS X (10.4.9)
  • Ian Thompson4 Level 1 Level 1 (95 points)
    I am trying to do a similar thing. Use Hotmail through Mac Mail and can only find the below. Let me know if this works for you - I am yet to try it.


    check your mail->preferences->accounts, and click on your hotmail account.

    in the 'account information' tab, i have the following--without the brackets:

    description: [what shows up in the account pane to the left]
    email address: [your hotmail address]
    full name: [um...yer name]

    incoming mail server: [hotmail.com]
    user name: [your email address before the @]
    password: [your hotmail password]

    outgoing mail server:[services.msn.com:myusername]

    if i click the 'server settings' button below that pulldown, i can type in 'services.msn.com' easily enough. but, in order to get my username to show, i change the authentication pulldown to 'password' and enter my username and password.

    ok...that last bit is where it gets a little hinky. mine works just fine with authentication turned off. but, in the main view my outgoing server still shows my username after the colon.

    also, make sure you configure the other tabs....especially the 'advanced' tab where you have to enable the account.

    and, that the httpmail url is set to:

  • Ian Thompson4 Level 1 Level 1 (95 points)
    I have just been given the settings from someone whom it currently works, their hotmail email gets sent to their Mac Mail. (I don't know, however what plugin they downloaded years ago to allow this to work I'm afraid)

    description - hotmail (This can be anything I think)
    Email Address - youremailaddress@hotmail.co.uk or hotmail.com
    Full name - Your full name
    Incoming Mail Server - msn.com
    User Name - (Your username)
    Password - ******
    Outgoing Mail Server (SMTP) - HTTPM: (after the colon put in your email address)

    Let me know if this works,
  • Nightrain Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)
    Hotmail seems to work better for me using the HTTP plugin, rather than the usual POP3, and SMTP settings. I had problems sending mail through the SMTP setting (smtp.live.com) but the plugin works much better for me.