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Hotmail using C# A HTTPMail client under .NET


In this article Kais Dukes explains how to connect directly to Hotmail using C# and XML. In this article Kais has included lengthy code snippets to make the job easier.

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By: Kais Dukes
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March 20, 2003
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  1. · Hotmail using C# A HTTPMail client under .NET
  2. · Conclusion

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Hotmail is the world's largest provider of free, Web-based e-mail. However, the only non-web mail client with direct access to Hotmail is Outlook Express. Since the HTTPMail protocol is undocumented, other vendors are discouraged from providing a similar service.

In this article we saw how to connect to a Hotmail mailbox, enumerate inbox mail items, and send and retrieve e-mail, using C# and the XMLHTTP component. Sample code accompanying this article contains a .NET assembly, demonstrating that connecting to Hotmail via HTTPMail can be as simple as working with any other mail protocol such as POP3, IMAP4 or SMTP.


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