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Is there a way I could automate part of the mail account configuration in outlook as with thunderbird? (more info at

ex. Using an .xml file to provide info for a specific domain (for, use IMAP with ssl on port...)

I've found out that Outlook can use a feature called Autodiscover, but I can't manage to make it work. (more info at

(I've been trying to use a local xml file).

Any clues on how I should procede / if a way exist?

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Why isn't autodiscover working? Do you have an Exchange server? – Zoredache May 10 '12 at 16:57
No we don't. We use Yahoo as a mail provider. I'm guessing that the autodiscover feature should work with any ISP or server app but I may be wrong about that. – Alexandre Huppe May 10 '12 at 17:19
And about the why / how is it not working... The info I've found about using an xml file locally on a computer says we need to set the path of the file in the registry and then... no more info. I've done so and tried to configure a new account in Outlook, but I'm not sure how Outlook is supposed to detect witch file to use (I'm guessing it uses the domain to match the file name). – Alexandre Huppe May 10 '12 at 17:28
Anyway, the provided information (in the xml file) should allow me to configure an account using Pop3 with ssl and while configuring the account, Outlook ask for the mail address and password (normal) and then tries to figure out the settings for the account. the next windows says it's can,t find a secure connection and propose to try an unsecured one (this is the point where I know my config file hasn't been considered). – Alexandre Huppe May 10 '12 at 17:28

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