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Old 22 Nov 2007, 07:53 PM   #1
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Forwarding from Hotmail/Live.com ?

I am trying to forward from my hotmail or live.com account. In their Options screen, it states:
"You can forward your mail to one other e-mail address that ends in hotmail.com, msn.com, live.com, or custom domains. You'll receive an e-mail at that address asking you to verify your account."

Well, I tried to enter my "custom domain" that I have hosted with my Fastmail account, and it won't let me. Am I not interpreting something correctly?

thanks for any help......
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Old 22 Nov 2007, 09:39 PM   #2
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... or custom domains ....
I think that means Custom Domains hosted with them.
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Old 22 Nov 2007, 09:51 PM   #3
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I think that means Custom Domains hosted with them.
Rats! That's what I figured, but hoped I was just doing something wrong.
I would liked to have the forwarding feature, but don't want to pay for their upgraded service.
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Old 22 Nov 2007, 10:30 PM   #4
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Rats! That's what I figured, but hoped I was just doing something wrong.
I would liked to have the forwarding feature, but don't want to pay for their upgraded service.
As far as I can tell they dont have Hotmail Premium anymore, there is no option I'm aware of where you can just signup for the service.
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Old 24 Nov 2007, 08:55 AM   #5
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Hmm, are you using classic? Logging in for my non-premium (free) Hotmail and Live addresses at http://login.live.com, going to Options - More Options - Forward mail to another email account, I was able to enter my Fastmail account address. It required a verification email, but otherwise, no problem.
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Old 24 Nov 2007, 09:28 AM   #6
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Hmm, are you using classic? Logging in for my non-premium (free) Hotmail and Live addresses at http://login.live.com, going to Options - More Options - Forward mail to another email account, I was able to enter my Fastmail account address. It required a verification email, but otherwise, no problem.
Yup. That's exactly what I have tried. Both classic and full versions. Both get this response:
"You're only able to forward mail to a custom domain or an e-mail address that ends in hotmail.com, msn.com, or live.com. Please try again."

Have you had your account for awhile, or did you just create it?
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Old 24 Nov 2007, 09:34 AM   #7
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One hotmail address I've had for about 5 years, the other three (one hotmail and two live) are recent, within the last few weeks, once I saw a thread here about forwarding now being an option.
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Old 24 Nov 2007, 09:57 AM   #8
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once I saw a thread here about forwarding now being an option.
I found this thread, that speculated free forwarding would be rolled out to it's free accounts soon. Maybe you just got yours first.
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Old 28 Nov 2007, 09:39 AM   #9
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An update...

Ok, I went back and checked, and my accounts do say:

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You can forward your mail to one other e-mail address that ends in hotmail.com, msn.com, live.com, or custom domains. You'll receive an e-mail at that address asking you to verify your account.
and I really hadn't noticed.

Although if Microsoft finds out, my forwarding will probably stop...

This was entirely unintentional, I usually forward mail to a Fastmail alias specifically for that account, so I can filter and file messages into specific folders. I have lots of accounts forwarding to Fastmail. So I created an alias of (.tld shown instead of .com):

[email protected]

and I have four hotmail/live addresses:

[email protected]
[email protected]
[email protected]
[email protected]

and forwarded them to a Fastmail subdomain address:

[email protected] => [email protected]
[email protected] => [email protected]
[email protected] => [email protected]
[email protected] => [email protected]

and because the receiving address includes @hotmail, the forwarding works!

-Jim
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Old 28 Nov 2007, 09:54 AM   #10
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yup. works here, too!
Jim, that's ingenious. This is why I come here!
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Old 28 Nov 2007, 09:58 AM   #11
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I really didn't need any more addresses, but this was a fluke. I set it up and it worked, I never considered that it only worked because of the structure of my forwarding address.

Enjoy it while it lasts...
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Old 28 Nov 2007, 10:00 AM   #12
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Enjoy it while it lasts...
no doubt! "nothing gold can stay"

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Old 28 Nov 2007, 06:01 PM   #13
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Well found!

But am I correct that this only works if you have your own domain ?

Because if I use "myfastmailname AT hotmail.fastmail.fm" this doesn't work...
(Seems logic if I read the Subdomain faq, which says that to use subdomains the format is: "[email protected]")

Can you confirm this ?

Edit: I thought I had found a way around this by using two levels of subdomain addressing (i.e. blabla AT hotmail.myusername.fastmail.fm). But, alas, it doesn't work on the fastmail side (it gets accepted by hotmail though). The FAQ states:
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Note that only one level of subdomain addressing is supported. ie., if your username is [email protected], then [email protected] will work, but [email protected] will not work.

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Old 28 Nov 2007, 06:33 PM   #14
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Hehe, I DID get it working by being the lucky first one to register an "appropriate" Fastmail alias ("hotmail" was already taken, so I had to use an other one).

No more popping for me (as long as it last, keeping fingers crossed)...

Edit: I made a complete idiot out of myself. I misread/misunderstoord Zhak's post and then figured his solution out myself, thinking I had a new solution. This sounds familiar
BTW: the "live" alias also works... (which is the one I registered)

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Old 29 Nov 2007, 02:00 AM   #15
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This sounds familiar
As before, 'great minds think alike'.
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