When I attempt to access my Hotmail account via Outlook Express I get the following error:
Unable to poll for new messages on your HTTP server. Account: 'Hotmail', Server: 'http://services.msn.com/svcs/hotmail/httpmail.asp', Protocol: HTTPMail, Server Response: '', Port: 0, Secure(SSL): No, Socket Error: 12002, Error Number: 0x800CCC19
I've been using OE to download my Hotmail messages for years, but only over the past few days have I had this trouble. I contacted Microsoft and of course they gave me the usual "cut 'n paste", patronising reply.
I don't have a premium account, but because I've been using this address since long before those restrictions came about I've been entitled to continue using OE with my free account. And besides, if that was the problem, Microsoft would have told me when I contacted them (I indicated to them that my account was a free account), and I'd have received this error message instead:
HTTP/1.1 402 Access to Hotmail via Outlook & Outlook Express now requires a subscription. Please sign up at http://upgrade.msn.com
And like I say, I've been using OE to access this account for years without any trouble.
I use Outlook Express 6.00.2900.2180 (xpsp_sp2_rtm.040803-2158) and Windows XP Professional SP2 (and I've installed all of the latest updates).