Full-session SSL for Hotmail is here!

By damaster | Posted November 6, 2010 30 comments

Last week we told you about certain limitations with the full-session SSL feature for Hotmail, and told you that it will be coming very soon. Well, today, thanks to a tip from John S., we were told that the new Hotmail with HTTPS feature is now available to all. To access it, simply type in https://www.hotmail.com, and upon first sign-in you’ll be presented with the following screen:

HTTPS on Hotmail

You’ll be given the choice “Always use HTTPS”, or simply “Continue to Hotmail” and use HTTPS for this time only. If you choose to Always use HTTPS, every time you login to Hotmail (or other Windows Live properties like Contacts and Calendar) you’ll be redirected to the HTTPS address. If you’d like to change your settings, simply visit https://account.live.com/ManageSSL on Windows Live Account.

As we mentioned previously, if you choose to Always use HTTPS, it will cause errors in Windows Live Mail, Outlook Hotmail Connector, as well as Windows Live for Windows Mobile and Nokia phones. So choose this option wisely. Remember, bookmarking the HTTPS address for Hotmail might be an easier option, while maintaining compatibility with Windows Live Mail or Outlook Hotmail Connector. We certainly hope that Microsoft fix this issue very soon – after all, Gmail had turned on SSL for all of their users by default, and there aren’t any issues with syncing Gmail with any clients. Let us know in the comments if you have it working in your region.

Posted November 6th, 2010 at 5:41 am
Category: News
Tags: Hotmail, SSL, Wave 4, Windows Live
  • http://twitter.com/ales_x1 Alex Ushev

    When I try to choose Always use HTTPS it says that this feature is not available for my Windows Live ID :/

    • damaster

      It might not work for everyone yet – it’s still in the progress of being rolled out. But at least clicking “Continue to Hotmail” takes you to the HTTPS site.

      Remember that the availability of this feature has not yet been officially announced. But we’ll keep you posted when it does. :)

  • http://twitter.com/ales_x1 Alex Ushev

    When I try to choose Always use HTTPS it says that this feature is not available for my Windows Live ID :/

    • Damaster – LiveSide.net

      It might not work for everyone yet – it’s still in the progress of being rolled out. But at least clicking “Continue to Hotmail” takes you to the HTTPS site.

      Remember that the availability of this feature has not yet been officially announced. But we’ll keep you posted when it does. :)

  • Graphitecube

    Now all my Hotmail accounts are accessed using HTTPS. :)

  • Graphitecube

    Now all my Hotmail accounts are accessed using HTTPS. :)

  • http://alexsimkin.tumblr.com/ Alex Simkin

    When I sign in using the link you put, it says ‘We’re sorry, but your account doesn’t support HTTPS. To get to Hotmail, please sign out and then sign back in using “http” in your browser’s address bar, not “https”.’

    Why? Help, anyone?

    • http://alexsimkin.tumblr.com/ Alex Simkin

      It might be HTTPS isn’t yet available in my region. I’ll check again soon.

      • http://alexsimkin.tumblr.com/ Alex Simkin

        Still not working… it still says the message that I first wrote. Has it finished rolling out yet? Would the fact that I’m using a Family Safety managed account change things?

  • Anonymous

    When I sign in using the link you put, it says ‘We’re sorry, but your account doesn’t support HTTPS. To get to Hotmail, please sign out and then sign back in using “http” in your browser’s address bar, not “https”.’

    Why? Help, anyone?

    • Anonymous

      It might be HTTPS isn’t yet available in my region. I’ll check again soon.

      • Anonymous

        Still not working… it still says the message that I first wrote. Has it finished rolling out yet? Would the fact that I’m using a Family Safety managed account change things?

  • http://techdows.com venkat

    Looks like Livesite folks rushed to publish this post without testing the feature and official confirmation from Microsoft .
    Full Session SSL for hotmail not yet rolled out, that’s what the message showing when you manually signed into encrypted hotmail using HTTPS for hotmail address, when checking contacts and calendar HTTPS disappears that’s y hotmail asking to turn on automatically use HTTPS option which wasn’t still not yet rolled out .
    Dick Craddock confirmed in windows live post to a comment yesterday that full session SSL feature hasn’t yet rolled out for hotmail, he says its coming soon
    http://windowsteamblog.com/windows_live/b/windowslive/archive/2010/11/01/use-hotmail-features-without-changing-your-email-address.aspx
    I even checked several times by following ur instructions I am getting same error again feature not yet available for your account type.
    All users worrying that the feature hasn’t available to them as this news spreading through twitter and popular tech blogs.

    • http://www.twitter.com/brammie2118 Brammie2118

      Going to Contacts is still in https, Calendar not.. but going from calendar to other page, it’s back on https :)

      • http://jamieellis.co.cc/ Jamie Ellis

        can agree if going from Hotmail to Calendar it does not work

        The web page at https://calendar.live.com/calendar/calendar.aspx might be temporarily down or it may have moved permanently to a new web address.

        More information on this error
        Below is the original error message

        Error 102 (net::ERR_CONNECTION_REFUSED): Unknown error.

  • http://techdows.com venkat

    Looks like Livesite folks rushed to publish this post without testing the feature and official confirmation from Microsoft .
    Full Session SSL for hotmail not yet rolled out, that’s what the message showing when you manually signed into encrypted hotmail using HTTPS for hotmail address, when checking contacts and calendar HTTPS disappears that’s y hotmail asking to turn on automatically use HTTPS option which wasn’t still not yet rolled out .
    Dick Craddock confirmed in windows live post to a comment yesterday that full session SSL feature hasn’t yet rolled out for hotmail, he says its coming soon
    http://windowsteamblog.com/windows_live/b/windowslive/archive/2010/11/01/use-hotmail-features-without-changing-your-email-address.aspx
    I even checked several times by following ur instructions I am getting same error again feature not yet available for your account type.
    All users worrying that the feature hasn’t available to them as this news spreading through twitter and popular tech blogs.

    • http://www.twitter.com/brammie2118 Brammie2118

      Going to Contacts is still in https, Calendar not.. but going from calendar to other page, it’s back on https :)

      • http://jamieellis.co.cc/ jamie1984

        can agree if going from Hotmail to Calendar it does not work

        The web page at https://calendar.live.com/calendar/calendar.aspx might be temporarily down or it may have moved permanently to a new web address.

        More information on this error
        Below is the original error message

        Error 102 (net::ERR_CONNECTION_REFUSED): Unknown error.

  • Josh

    It still hasn’t rolled out for me.

  • Josh

    It still hasn’t rolled out for me.

  • jnt

    In TX here… still getting the message: “Your Windows Live ID can’t use HTTPS automatically because this feature is not available for your account type.” Just FYI

    • jnt

      Actually, even though I get that message, it appears that it still enables full-session https… interesting!

  • jnt

    In TX here… still getting the message: “Your Windows Live ID can’t use HTTPS automatically because this feature is not available for your account type.” Just FYI

    • jnt

      Actually, even though I get that message, it appears that it still enables full-session https… interesting!

  • worksnow

    Works now but I can’t open calendar

  • worksnow

    Works now but I can’t open calendar

  • worksnow

    Switching it on encrypts every connection – even to the photo page. Excellent.

  • worksnow

    Switching it on encrypts every connection – even to the photo page. Excellent.

  • Herman

    works good, but the calendar is not working any more with ssl enabled. all the calendar links in hotmail are broken as it seems to access a ssl connection with calendar which is not available…

  • Herman

    works good, but the calendar is not working any more with ssl enabled. all the calendar links in hotmail are broken as it seems to access a ssl connection with calendar which is not available…