You can export your contacts from on the web into any email program that has an import function.Contacts and address books, and moving them from one system to another, remain an exceptionally weak link in how we handle email. By that I mean that if you elect to take the first option – start using on the web as your primary way of accessing email – fire up a desktop email program configured for that account periodically to downloaddownload (v.) is the act of copying data from a remote server to your computer or device.What you’ll lose: IMAP, POP3, and SMTP are email-only protocols.
That’s just one of several questions that arrived recently in response to Microsoft’s announcement that their Windows Live Mail 2012 desktop email program would no longer support Outlook.com-based email accounts, including email addresses at hotmail.com, outlook.com, msn.com, live.com, and more. As it turns out, the dire warnings, while certainly significant, may not be entirely accurate.
And, of course, the warnings fail to mention some very viable alternatives that don’t involve Microsoft.
While copies of email may be downloaded, enabling offline access, the IMAP protocol works best when continuously connected to the email server. See also: SMTP, the protocol for sending email, and POP3, the protocol for downloading mail.
Changes on that server – such as new mail arriving, or email being deleted or altered by a web interface or another email program – are quickly reflected in programs accessing that email server via IMAP. SMTP is an acronym for Simple Mail Transfer Protocol, which is the protocol used to transport email messages from computer to computer until they reach their destination.
Rest assured, you can always access your email by logging into Outlook.com from any web browser, and you will continue to have access to all your data that is currently in Windows Live Mail 2012. What the announcement failed to mention is that POP3 [Post Office Protocol version 3] email from an email server or provider.