Your new exmsft.com account

If you were given a link to this page after requesting an exmsft.com account then it’s been set up; welcome to the ranks.

You now have a new email address of the form oldalias@exmsft.com, where “oldalias” is your old Microsoft alias. I have no control, influence or information on what happens to your actual alias@microsoft.com address, but I assume that it exists only while you are employed there, and will begin bouncing shortly after you leave.

Join the Facebook Group

You may now request membership in the exmsft.com group on Facebook, if you are so interested, for server status updates. (Important: if you asked for membership prior to getting your exmsft.com account, send email to info<at>exmsft.com and ask again. Because of the large number of bogus attempts we now ignore membership requests for people that don’t already have an exmsft.com forwarder.)

Configure your email client

Short version:

Important: your exmsft.com comes with a quota, currently 50 megabytes. That means it will only hold so much email before bouncing messages sent to you. Make sure to configure POP3 downloads or fetches often enough and without “leave message on server” configured so as to not approach the quota.

Please understand I can provide only limited support helping you configure your POP3 access. This is something you’ve likely had to do in the past for other email accounts, so it’s nothing new. Besides, you used to work for Microsoft – I’m sure you can figure this out. 🙂

Recommended: Using Gmail to access exmsft.com email

My recommended approach to accessing your exmsft.com POP3 email account is to use a Gmail account. (Other email accounts – such as Outlook.com – may work, but I can confirm Gmail works, since it’s what I do.) This is perhaps the best spam filtering option out there, and it’s free.

You will need a Gmail account if you don’t already have one.

Configure Gmail to fetch exmsft.com email using Settings -> Accounts and Import -> Check mail from other accounts (using POP3). Do not leave messages on server.

Configure Gmail to “send as” your exmsft.com address if you want to. Gmail will offer it as part of the process of setting up the POP3 fetch, above, or you can add it manually in Settings -> Accounts and Import -> Send mail as.

Once configured this will automatically place all your email into your Gmail account, and you can then access that Gmail account however you like (web, mobile, desktop and so on). If you go all-in, you can send and receive using your @exmsft.com email address.

If you’d like more details on the process, the article How do I route my email through Gmail? out on Ask Leo! may help.

Using aPOP3 client to access exmsft.com email

You may, of course, use any POP3 email client of your choice. Outlook., Thunderbird, Windows Live Mail … whatever you like. You’ll be relying on those program’s spam filters to filter out your spam.

Do not allow email to accumulate on exmsft.com. That means:

  • Do not select “leave messages on server”
  • Download email frequently enough that it doesn’t accumulate