I know it is possible to get Sky emails on your computer using Outlook Express. But I don’t have this program on my new Windows 7 laptop. Do I still need Sky incoming and outgoing email servers to receive the messages to my machine? There is a program called Windows Live Mail, will it help me?
A Sky email account can be set up in any email client that uses the Post Office Protocol (POP3). All the free Windows default email programs support this email protocol which means you would be able to download email from your Sky account and store them on your computer without the need of additional software.
FYI, there are other email programs available if you want a non-Microsoft alternative. And, yes, along with the username and password, the Sky incoming and outgoing email server information is required to add the account to the chosen email client.
Do you need the Sky incoming and outgoing email servers?
Windows Live Mail is the default email program on Windows 7, just as Outlook Express was on XP (and earlier versions of Windows). Since you already have the Sky email account set up on your old computer, there is no need to fiddle around with Sky incoming and outgoing servers because you can simply transfer the Outlook Express email account settings to the Windows Live Mail on the new Windows 7 computer – please refer the link for more information.
For those who came looking for the Sky incoming and outgoing servers, here they are:
- Incoming: pop.tools.sky.com
- Outgoing: smtp.tools.sky.com
Please understand that this information is required only when you want to set up the Sky email account manually. If you already have the account working on an email client such as Outlook Express on XP or Windows Mail on Vista, the settings can be exported to an .iaf file and then imported in the new program.
Finally, you can also copy and transfer all old email from Outlook Express to Windows Live Mail on the new Windows 7 machine – read that article for detailed instructions.