After a long wait, Outlook 2010 has arrived. And all of us who use Yahoo and Outlook 2010 both are looking forward to combining them. Fortunately, the steps to configure Outlook 2010 for Yahoo take only a few minutes, once you know how.
But from the messages I’ve received, and the cries for help I’ve seen online, lots people have run into one or more of those details. Here are a few of the mistakes that users are running into when trying to make Outlook 2010 and Yahoo Mail work together:
1. Using the Wrong Version of Yahoo Mail
Yahoo won’t let you connect to your free Yahoo Mail account with Outlook (or any other mail program). There are lots of possible reasons Yahoo might do this, but in the end it doesn’t matter why.
To be able to make a Yahoo Outlook 2010 connection, you are required to upgrade your existing Yahoo Mail account into a Mail Plus account or a Business Mail account. For most people, I recommend Yahoo Mail Plus.
This upgrade isn’t a big hassle. You don’t have to change your email address or do anything differently. From our persoective, the only significant change in Mail Plus is that it can connect with Outlook. But it does cost you a little bit of money ($19.95/year, or $1.66/month) in exchange for the big convenience of getting your Yahoo mail in Outlook.
2. Trying to Use an Incompatible Protocol
We need to lapse into geek speak here for a minute. People with a little know-how in this kind of thing try to set up a Yahoo IMAP connection, because the IMAP protocol is ideal for this kind of task.
But Yahoo doesn’t support IMAP connections. Instead, they rely on POP3 connections. The POP3 protocol isn’t as capable of advanced functions as IMAP, but it works just fine for sending and receiving Yahoo mail using Outlook 2010.
3. Guessing at All the Settings
While anyone can set up this connection once they know how, the correct settings to use aren’t intuitively obvious to most people. As a result, they get one or more of the fiddly little setting wrong, and the whole project falls down.
This is why I urge you to work with instructions from someone who has already set this up many times. Doing so will save you lots of stress. Surely you don’t want to spend hours messing around with this trying to get it just right on your own.
Now that we’ve covered these three issues, I think you will agree that you will be able to configure Outlook 2010 for Yahoo Mail once you have quality instructions.
Would you like to see some proven, detailed instructions that walk you through exactly how to configure Outlook 2010 for Yahoo access? As you’ll see from the comments on this site, lots of people have successfully made a Yahoo Outlook 2010 link using the instructions on this page: http://living-with-outlook-2010.com/emailaccounts/2010/08/yahoo-outlook-configure-outlook-for-yahoo/