This article provides instructions on how to download windows email using free programs called email clients. If you use Gmail, Hotmail, Yahoo! Mail or an email address provided by your ISP, you don’t need to use a web browser to sign in to the respective service and check your email.
You can quickly setup and configure the account in a “dedicated” email program to receive and store messages on your Windows computer! In additional to email management, popular email programs can also serve as RSS and news clients. They may also include a calendar feature.
Good news! All Windows users have a preinstalled email program. For example, there is Outlook Express on Windows XP or Windows Mail on Vista. The latest free email program from Microsoft is called Windows Live Mail and you can download and install it in a few minutes. MS Outlook is another famous email program from the company. It is not free, though, and comes with the MS Office package or as a separate download.
The people who gave us Firefox also developed a very neat email client known as Thunderbird. It’s free just like the Firefox browser and can be obtained from the Mozilla web site.
Oh, there are several advantages… in fact, once you start using an email program you’ll wonder how you could live without one and probably never go back to the web based interface.
Depending on the email service and the program you choose to employ for downloading Windows email, the settings will vary but the basic steps are the same. Also, there are many email protocols and we shall be using POP (the Post Office Protocol). Don’t worry if this sounds confusing because all you need are the following:
Once you have the required POP settings, start your email program and add in the new email account. Please refer the following links:
Gmail accounts can be configured in all popular Windows email programs including Outlook Express, Windows Mail, Windows Live Mail, Thunderbird etc.
Unfortunately, the free Yahoo! Mail accounts are not POP enabled. You need to pay about $20 yearly for it. This is a small amount if you are a prolific user of Yahoo! Mail and have been maintaining your account since a long time.
Update: To download Yahoo! mail without upgrading to Plus, use the Yahoo! Zimbra desktop email program.
Please contact your Internet service Provider (ISP) for the POP settings of your email account. A couple of pieces of advice – if the ISP does not allow POP email access you should consider ditching them. Else you can ask for email forwarding instructions and have all messages coming to your ISP email ID forwarded to your Gmail account. Do I hear you saying that you don’t have a Gmail account? No problem! Refer how to create a Gmail account and get a Gmail email address for step by step instructions with screenshots.
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