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How to auto-forward emails in hotmail to other mailbox

Posted on 2009-07-15
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Hi, I would like to know how can I auto-forward all incoming emails to hotmail to other email addresses? It seems in the option I can only forward to email addresses with windows live domain.

The reason I'm doing this is because I just registered a mobileme account and I need to slowly switch everything over from my 5 years+ hotmail to the mobileme account.

Thanks for any help here
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by:flob9
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Connect to live.com with your hotmail account, then go into the mail options, you will find that option.

Manage your account => Forward mail to another e-mail account
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by:Lenny_Peng
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Yes, but that does not allow you to forword to emails with domain names other than .msn .hotmai and .live
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by:tsptech
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Unfortunately forwarding a hotmail account to anything other than a hotmail,msn, or live email account can not be configured in the hotmail account options.

"You can forward your mail to one other e-mail address that ends in hotmail.com, msn.com, live.com, or is part of Windows Live Custom Domains."

If you have a paid hotmail account forwarding is possible.

Forwarding is possible using a variety of programs and addons and an email program such as microsoft outlook or outlook express. Depending on which email program you will be using retrieving your hotmail email will be possible as long as you log into your hotmail account at least once every 270 days.
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by:flob9
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Hmmm ... so, that's seems to be not possible.

You could grab the mails with a mail client, then add a rule to forward them automatically, but in this case you will need a computer running 24/7 to achieve this ...
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by:Lenny_Peng
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That's why I don't like Microsoft and switching to Mac!

Can you tell me how to set up forward in Entourage on Mac? Thanks
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by:Thomas4019
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If you are using you mobile me account on a Mac. I believe the built in mail application on a Mac has the abillity to merge multiple accounts.

Configure your Mac to also grap you hotmail emails.

Hotmail Pop3 server:  pop3.live.com
Hotmail Pop3 port: 995.

You could even send from your hotmail from the Mac application as well.

Hotmail SMTP server: smtp.live.com
Hotmail SMTP port: 25

http://www.mydigitallife.info/2009/01/16/hotmail-free-pop3-and-smtp-access-and-server-configuration-settings/
http://discussions.apple.com/thread.jspa?messageID=9786955
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by:Lenny_Peng
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Thanks Thomas but I don't think free hotmail account support Pop3 and SMTP.
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They DO, as of early this year.

http://windowslivehelp.com/solutions/settings/archive/2009/01/13/pop3-availability-in-windows-live-hotmail.aspx

Read the update, they have completed the rollout, ALL members Worldwide can use POP3 and SMTP. I know it's confusing, but I am using POP3 access and it is great.
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