SMTP failure in Thunderbird using Hotmail? Wacky solution!

First Follow the steps here. I found that no matter how hard I tried to fix “Sending” emailing using my hotmail account did not solve the issue. I tried a wacky step and it solved my problem:

In Thunderbird goto:

Edit->Account Settings->Outgoing Server (SMTP)

and select your hotmail server ( and click edit

Now just UNCHECK the “Use name and password”, then RECHECK that checkbox and click OK.

Now if you try to send an email (MAKE SURE the FROM: dropdown is your hotmail account too) thunderbird should RE-ASK you for your hotmail password (And you can save it to the cache) and voila, the problem is fixed.

I did this in Ubuntu 9.04 (Jaunty)

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