Setting Up an Exchange Account

Discussion in 'Mac OS X Lion (10.7)' started by haravikk, Feb 4, 2013.

  1. macrumors 65816

    May 1, 2005
    Okay, so I recently upgraded my account to use for e-mail (but retaining my address as my login for now).

    However, I'm trying to set up the account to use Microsoft Exchange but I'm having trouble.

    When I open the Mail, Contacts & Calendars system preferences pane I choose to add an exchange account with my address as e-mail and enter the correct password. The pane tries for a hotmail server but gives up and asks for more details.

    So I correct my username to be my full hotmail e-mail address, and I enter "" as the exchange server which is what I believe it's supposed to be. However, the preference pane just complains that there was a problem and that I should check my login details. If I continue anyway then none of the accounts that it sets up work (as if my account details were wrong).

    I've tried using hotmail addresses for the exchange server but none of them seem to work (invalid address) so I expect they may have been shut down.

    Anyway, I've tried trawling through Microsoft's useless support documents; I couldn't even find one that gave details of exchange setup, only one mentioning it as the preferred method but going into no further detail whatsoever. I got the "" address from user questions from a search; it seems like the right address and seems to be a valid server but it just won't accept my username and password.

    Has anyone else managed to set up an e-mail account as an Exchange account on OS X Lion (or Mountain Lion)?
  2. macrumors G4

    Jul 17, 2002
    This can only be an option if Microsoft allows access to Hotmail via Exchange. Microsoft makes no mention of anything other than POP on its website.
  3. thread starter macrumors 65816

    May 1, 2005
    I've upgraded my hotmail account to an one though, so I'm not sure the previous restrictions on should still affect it?
  4. macrumors Core


    Jan 23, 2005
    Last time (a couple months ago) I tried this, I found a suport article that said Exchange is only for mobile devices. Desktop clients only have access to POP3. No IMAP and no Exchange. I recall the article said they were "considering" changing this.
  5. macrumors newbie

    May 15, 2009
  6. macrumors G4

    Jul 17, 2002
    :rolleyes:This is an iPhone app. Because iPhone Mail does what the OP wants, your app is superfluous. The OP is trying to use the Exchange protocol on his Mac.
  7. thread starter macrumors 65816

    May 1, 2005
    Ah, in that case I assume it's still like that then, so it looks POP3 is still my only option then. Thanks!

    Sucks a bit though, as has a rather annoying feature of constantly "reminding" me that an application is using POP to access my mail if I sign into it from a browser… Microsoft's support documents are also delightfully vague and inconsistent as the one I read definitely said Exchange was available and made no mention of any restrictions, but at the same time also didn't give any hints as to how to set it up ;)

    Anyway, thanks for the responses!
  8. macrumors newbie

    Oct 14, 2013
    iOS7 supports

    In iOS 7 on both the iPhone and iPad, I can now add a new account, but no such luck on Mountain Lion. I hope the support is added with Mavericks.

    Ofcourse it would be great if there was a way to use personal domains within iCloud itself.
  9. macrumors newbie

    Nov 20, 2013

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