[AI] Access to Hotmail via Outlook Express to Stop

vishnu ramchandani vishnuhappy at yahoo.com
Wed Apr 23 07:41:51 EDT 2008


Access to Hotmail via Outlook Express to Stop

A change is on the cards for users who access Hotmail
with Outlook Express. Microsoft has announced that it
will stop access to Windows Live Hotmail email
accounts from its desktop email software -- Outlook
Express -- beginning June 30. Actually, Microsoft is
disabling the DAV (Distributed Authoring and
Versioning protocol) or the protocol required to
access Hotmail from Outlook Express, thus leaving
customers unable to access their Hotmail Inbox via
Outlook Express.

In a blog post on the Windows Live Hotmail technical
support blog, Microsoft said, "DAV is a legacy
protocol that is not well suited for client access to
large inboxes. Over time, as we've increased email
storage limits for Hotmail customers and now offer 5GB
inboxes for free, a more efficient access protocol is
needed." As an alternative, the software giant has
recommended that customers start using Windows Live
Mail, the next-generation free desktop email client
that has the familiarity of Outlook Express.

In place of DAV, "Windows Live Mail" uses a
newly-developed protocol called 'DeltaSynch' that
Microsoft claims to be far superior to DAV especially
in case of large email inboxes. "The new protocol
unfortunately is not supported by Outlook Express, and
support would require too many changes to the Outlook
Express software," read the blog post.

'DeltaSynch' enables email clients to only download
changes since the last time that the client polled the
email server for changes. It allows users to easily
manage multiple email accounts including Windows Live
Hotmail, plus other email accounts that support
POP3/IMAP. And Windows Live Mail is claimed to
integrate well with other Windows Live services, and
download within minutes. With the new email client,
once the user name and password is provided, the user
would automatically be linked to the Hotmail account.


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