Can I use Microsoft Outlook with my AOL account?

Question

I was wondering if i could configure microsoft outlook express to send and recieve email using my aol account? It ask for the pop3 and smtp server names which I have called aol for and they don't know. Any help is greatly appreciated.

Answer

This question was answered on June 17, 1999. Much of the information contained herein may have changed since posting.

Unfortunately the Microsoft support page has this to say:

AOL E-mail Service Is Not Available for Microsoft Outlook The information in this article applies to:

Microsoft Outlook

SUMMARY

You are unable to use Microsoft Outlook as your e-mail client with America OnLine services (AOL)

MORE INFORMATION

AOL does not provide an e-mail transport service that can be used with Outlook AOL uses a proprietary e-mail system that requires the use of their own e-mail client software

In the book "Running Microsoft Outlook 98" by Alan Neibauer, pages 110, 140, and 265 there are references that imply that you can get e-mail from AOL through Outlook This is incorrect.

Sorry.

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Posted by Ken of Data Doctors on June 17, 1999