Hotmail/Live.com changed their mailto: email handler. It used to be:


Where the %s gets replaced with mailto:[email protected] by the browser when you click on mailto: links.

So going to https://mail.live.com/secure/start?action=compose&to=mailto:[email protected] will open the compose mail page pre-populated with [email protected] in the To field. However this is no longer working and I can't figure out the current one, can you please help me?

  • Craigslist appears to using: https://mail.live.com/default.aspx?rru=compose&to=TO&subject=SUBJECT&body=BODY which is no longer working either. Oct 28, 2016 at 17:28

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Here is a compose link that works right now:

https://outlook.live.com/owa/#subject=SUBJECT&body=BODY&[email protected]&path=%2fmail%2faction%2fcompose

This then has the following compose screen:

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Source: answers.microsoft.com: Outlook.com compose link? where the answer has a link to blu182.mail.live.com which redirects to the link I've included here.

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    Thank you Stephen for sharing this! However it doesn't work in Firefox. Firefox prefixes the email with mailto: so in my test it was mailto:[email protected] which caused it to not load :(
    – Noitidart
    Oct 31, 2016 at 16:20
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    You must have an extension installed that is doing that. Firefox shouldn't be touching https URLs embedded in a href. It works fine in Firefox for me. Oct 31, 2016 at 16:23
  • Ah I am adding custom mailto handler via options page - i.imgur.com/XZDYpJz.png - I install custom handler with - addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/mailtowebmails - many users are trying to find outlook that works, I seriously appreicate your effort to help us! I reached out to microsfot support many times but they dont help :(
    – Noitidart
    Oct 31, 2016 at 16:34

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