The Microsoft Outlook Hotmail Connector version 14.0 for Microsoft Office 2010, an upgrade from Outlook Connector 12.1, has been officially released. My Digital Life blog has previously published the leaked Outlook Hotmail Connector 14 for Office 2010 for free download. Outlook Hotmail Connector v14.0 has the full product build version of 14.0.4760.1000.

Outlook Hotmail Connector, a new name change from Outlook Connector, allows user to access and manage Windows Live Hotmail or Microsoft Office Live Mail accounts, including email messages, contacts and calendars for free from within Outlook. According to Outlook 2010 blog, Outlook Hotmail Connector 14.0 introduces several improvements and enhances reliability of connection to Hotmail, and fixes various bugs and issues such as blank messages being synchronized to Outlook.

Outlook Hotmail Connector 14.0 is compatible with Outlook 2003, 2007 and 2010. However, with Outlook Hotmail Connector 14.0 and Outlook 2010, and has the following features:

  • Read and send your Office Live Mail/Windows Live Hotmail e-mail messages.
  • Manage your contacts in Windows Live Hotmail.
  • Use advanced options for blocking junk e-mail messages.
  • Manage multiple e-mail accounts in one place.
  • Manage, and synchronize multiple calendars, including shared calendars to Windows Live Calendar from Outlook.

Hotmail in Outlook 2010

There are additional benefits to be derived from new Outlook version:

  • Junk filter settings. Your safe sender, blocked sender, and safe recipient lists are synchronized between Outlook and Hotmail.
  • Integrated Send/Receive. Send/receive works just as it does for your other Outlook accounts.
  • Integrated connection status. The Hotmail account status appears in the Outlook status bar.
  • Rule support for secondary accounts. Rules can be applied to your Hotmail account in Outlook, even if it is not your primary Outlook account.
  • Sync your drafts. The Outlook Drafts folder synchronizes with the Hotmail Drafts folder.

The standalone setup installers of Outlook 2010 Hotmail Connector 14.0 can be downloaded from Microsoft Download Center in both 32-bit (x86) and 64-bit (x64) flavors, or just download using the direct download links from Microsoft’s server below.

Microsoft has updated Outlook Hotmail Connector to version 14.0.5139.5001 with the following changes and enhancements:

  • Several send/receive issues are fixed.
  • The Outlook junk email filter within Outlook is turned off for Hotmail accounts (this was erroneously flagging good mail as junk). Junk messages are now detected at the Hotmail mail server. Any entries you made in Outlook for the junk email filters (Safe Senders, Blocked Senders, and Safe Recipients) continue to work correctly and synchronize between Outlook and the Hotmail mail server.
  • Fixes for hangs and crashes experienced when sending meetings using the Hotmail Connector and when adding a new Hotmail account to an existing profile.
  • Fix for an issue where Windows Live contacts’ birthdays and anniversaries shifted by one day when synchronized with Outlook.
  • Fix for an issue that blocked synchronization of the Category property in an Outlook contact with Windows Live.

Outlook Hotmail Connector 14.2 for Outlook 2003, 2007 and 2010 (32-bit): OutlookConnector.exe

Outlook Hotmail Connector 14.2 for Outlook 2010 (64-bit): OutlookConnector.exe

Initial release of final Outlook Hotmail Connector (Outlook will auto-prompt to upgrade to the latest release if you’re using this version):

Outlook Hotmail Connector 14.0 for Outlook 2003, 2007 and 2010 (32-bit): OutlookConnector.exe

Outlook Hotmail Connector 14.0 for Outlook 2010 (64-bit): OutlookConnector.exe

Users using Outlook Connector 12.1 can directly install Outlook Hotmail Connector 14.0 without uninstalling the 12.1 version. Users of older version of Outlook Connector for Office 2003 or Office 2007 may also receive notification dialog message to upgrade to latest version of Outlook Connector for Office 2010. However, some users reported that Outlook Connector upgrade fails. Installing via the above standalone offline setup installer avoid, and fix the issue.

Tip: For users who just want to download emails from Hotmail to Outlook, Outlook Connector is optional and not necessary, as there is free POP3 and SMTP support on Hotmail.

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