Microsoft Office Outlook Connector

Microsoft Office Outlook Connector

Free
Outlook Connector is part of Windows Live Essentials
3.6  (27 votes)
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We all know that one of the weakest points of Windows Live Hotmail is that it forces us to buy a Premium account to use POP3 with any clients. Otherwise, we must limit ourselves to just Windows Live Mail, which is synchronized using the protocol DeltaSync. Though Windows Live Mail isnĀ“t bad, it lacks most of the Outlook utilities, and leaves people that spent money on a complete MS Office suite with a useless Outlook.

Fortunately, Microsoft has decided to take pity on their customers and offer Outlook Connector, an add-on, which allows us to use the same protocol in Microsoft Outlook. Which, as I said, is more complete than Windows Mail or Live Mail, because it lets you utilize the full hotmail features.

This supplement was in its testing phase for a while and it recently reached an update. But this update had a surprise: it also allowed us to synchronize Outlook with Windows Live Calendar, and there was an add-on to sync Google Calendar with this release. Everything is more than welcome by us.

Outlook Connector provides full two-way synchronization that works very well since the very beta. However there is one detail that should be considered if you have a paid (MSN) Hotmail account: the program will automatically update your account to the beta of Windows Live Calendar, so better see if you like it before using it.

The software works with Windows 2000 - Windows 7 and does a good job, it even downloads emails faster that Windows Live Mail and is less buggy that Windows Mail, highly recommend if you have purchased Office 2007.

jean de los santos
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Review summary

Pros

  • Free.
  • Quick download (only 4.3 mb).
  • Very functional.

Cons

  • Updates your paid msn calendar to Windows live calendar automatically.

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