*Microsoft to end support for Windows Live Mail 2012

Declan Dunn, TechViews News   …..

Users of the popular Windows Live Mail 2012 who use it to connect to Microsoft’s Outlook email service are beginning to receive emails from Microsoft stating that they won’t be able to use WLM to connect to Outlook.com after June 30th, 2016.

Windows Live Mail is a free email client by Microsoft that Microsoft made available as part of the Windows Essentials 2012 suite of programs.

It is supported by Windows 7 and newer versions of Windows, and still available for download on the Windows Essentials website.

Microsoft explains, “Windows Live Mail 2012 will not support the synchronization technologies used by the new Outl‍ook‍.‍com. When account upgrades begin at the end of June, you will no longer be able to receive email sent to your Out‍look‍.‍com account in Windows Live Mail 2012”.

“If you currently use Windows Live Mail 2012, we recommend that you switch to the Mail app in Windows to‍day. The Mail app is built in to Windows 8/8.1 and Windows 10, and has a more modern design. To begin using it, simply launch the app and add your Out‍look‍.‍com account.”

What Microsoft fails to mention

Windows Live Mail supports three different connection types: POP, IMAP, and Outlook / Windows Live synchronization.

You can configure your Outlook.com account to connect using POP or IMAP instead, and this should still work after June 30, 2016 as Microsoft won’t disable POP or IMAP access to Outlook.com as it would affect all third-party clients if they would do so.

If you are using Windows Live Mail 2012 to connect to a Microsoft email account, make sure it is set up to connect via Pop3 or IMAP and you should be set to survive the cut on June 30th.

The information you need to ensure you can connect via POP or IMAP is published on this Microsoft support website.

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