“We bring a change like this only after thoughtful consideration.
But the Redmond technology firm will not be updating Windows Live Mail 2012 to be compatible with these new changes.
The Mail app built into Windows 10 is compatible with all of the above email addresses.
The next-generation Microsoft operating system is fast approaching the end of its year-long free upgrade scheme.
Microsoft has confirmed it will charge users between £99 to £130 to upgrade their machines to Windows 10 or Windows 10 Pro after the promotion ends.
Microsoft is in the process of upgrading a number of older email addresses with the latest technologies and security enhancements.
If you have a Microsoft mail address – either @outlook.com, @hotmail.com, @uk, @live.com, or @– then your service will be upgraded by June 30th 2016.
Unfortunately that means you will no longer be able to use the Windows Live Mail 2012 desktop app to access your email.
Corporate Vice President for Microsoft Outlook, Javier Soltero explains: “To provide you an email experience with enhanced performance, security and reliability, the new has been built upon our latest Office 365 infrastructure.“Because the Windows Live Mail 2012 email application doesn’t support the protocols used by this new infrastructure, you will not be able to send or receive email from Windows Live Mail 2012 after your account is upgraded.“This means the time has come for you to upgrade to a new email application.“We recognise that changes like this can be difficult and apologise for any inconvenience this causes you.
Those with Microsoft email accounts who do not wish to upgrade can access their mail via any web browser, and will continue to have access to all your data that is currently in Windows Live Mail 2012.
The news comes as renown Microsoft author and pundit Paul Thurrott said the popularity and new capabilities built into i OS and Android could spell the end for Microsoft and Windows 10.
Thurrott said Microsoft was currently facing "a potential extinction moment."Those who upgrade now will get the latest updates for free, including the upcoming Anniversary Update.