If you have Outlook 2003 or 2007, and have a Windows Live Hotmail account, then you can easily access your Hotmail from Outlook itself. For that, Microsoft has launched a free software called Microsoft Office Outlook Connector.
To access your Hotmail in Outlook, just intall Microsoft Office Outlook Connector. Once this is intalled, you can configure your Hotmail details in Outlook, and then Outlook will be able to show you your Hotmail mails as well, along with your other email accounts.
It is very useful to access Hotmail through Microsoft Office Outlook. You can see all the mails, sort them using advanced sorting capabilities of Outlook, and use advanced search capabilities of Outlook to search in your Hotmail.
Outlook can also access all your contacts from Hotmail, and any change made in those contacts in Outlook will be reflected in your Hotmail webmail account. Similarly, you can access your Hotmail calendar from Outlook. Any other calendars that have been shared with you can also be accessed from Outlook.
Microsoft Office Outlook Connector is a very practical software for those who already have Microsoft Office Outlook. Good thing is that it is completely free, and very easy to use.
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