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Where’s the POP3 Service in Windows Server 2008?

I’ve recently upgraded my virtual server to a Windows Server 2008 box and to my annoyance noticed that Microsoft have removed the POP3 Service that shipped with Windows Server 2003.

I know that POP3 is old and a bit rubbish, but it was perfect for my purposes.

Rather than shell out for a commercial mail server I suggest you try the free hMailServer which is a doddle to install and configure and in my opinion far better than Microsoft’s POP3 Service.


I’m using it for my POP3 and SMTP server.

Read more about hMailServer’s features which include SPAM filter and virus scanner integration and pre-configured authentication and relaying security.

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