Microsoft introduced a new Outlook.com earlier this year and those users of Windows Live Mail 2012 on Windows 7 still working with Outlook.com will no longer send or receive emails from the app after June 30.
“To provide you an email experience with enhanced performance, security and reliability, the new Outlook.com has been built upon our latest Office 365 infrastructure. Because the Windows Live Mail 2012 email application doesn’t support the protocols used by this new infrastructure, you will not be able to send or receive Outlook.com email from Windows Live Mail 2012 after your account is upgraded. This means the time has come for you to upgrade to a new email application,” Microsoft said in a blog post.
Microsoft is asking the users of Windows Live Mail 2012 to switch to the Mail app on Windows to connect to Outlook.com. If they don’t want to upgrade just yet, they can still access their Outlook.com emails via a web browser in Windows 7. Microsoft will also provide those users a free one-year subscription to Office 365 Personal. It includes Outlook 2016, which can send and receive Outlook.com messages.