VB6 - Send Email using Hotmail, Outlook.com, Office 365

The following vb example codes demonstrate how to send email using Hotmail, Outlook.com and Office 365 SMTP servers.

Hotmail, Outlook.com SMTP Server

Hotmail/Live/Outlook.com SMTP server address is smtp.live.com. It requires explicit SSL (TLS) connection to do user authentication, and you should use your Hotmail/Live/Outlook.com email address as the user name for ESMTP authentication. For example: your email is myid@hotmail.com, and then the user name should be myid@hotmail.com.

Server Port SSL/TLS
smtp.live.com 25, 587 TLS

Office 365 SMTP Server

Office 365 SMTP server uses 587 port and explicit SSL (TLS) connection.

Server Port SSL/TLS
smtp.office365.com 25, 587 (recommended) TLS


EASendMail is a SMTP component which supports all operations of SMTP/ESMTP protocols (RFC 821, RFC 822, RFC 2554). Before you can use the following example codes, you should download the EASendMail Installer and install it on your machine at first.

Add Reference

To use EASendMail SMTP ActiveX Object in your project, the first step is “Add reference of EASendMail to your project”. Please select menu -> Project -> References -> and select EASendMailObj ActiveX Object, click OK, the reference will be added to current project, and you can start to use it to send email in your project.

add reference in VB 6.0

VB6 - Send Email using Hotmail, Outlook.com, Office 365 - Example

The following example codes demonstrate sending email using Hotmail, Outlook, Office365 SMTP server. In order to run it correctly, please change SMTP server, user, password, sender, recipient value to yours.


To get full sample projects, please download and install EASendMail on your machine.

Private Sub btnSendMail_Click()

    Dim oSmtp As New EASendMailObjLib.Mail
    oSmtp.LicenseCode = "TryIt"

    ' Set your Hotmail/Outlook/Office 365 email address
    oSmtp.FromAddr = "liveid@hotmail.com"

    ' Add recipient email address
    oSmtp.AddRecipientEx "support@emailarchitect.net", 0

    ' Set email subject
    oSmtp.Subject = "test email from hotmail account"

    ' Set email body
    oSmtp.BodyText = "this is a test email sent from VB 6.0 project with hotmail"

    ' Hotmail/Outlook SMTP server address
    oSmtp.ServerAddr = "smtp.live.com"

    ' For office 365 account, please change server address to:
    ' oSmtp.ServerAddr = "smtp.office365.com"

    ' User authentication should use your
    ' email address as the user name.
    oSmtp.UserName = "liveid@hotmail.com"
    oSmtp.Password = "yourpassword"

    ' set 587 port
    oSmtp.ServerPort = 587

    ' detect SSL/TLS connection automatically

    MsgBox "start to send email ..."

    If oSmtp.SendMail() = 0 Then
        MsgBox "email was sent successfully!"
        MsgBox "failed to send email with the following error:" & oSmtp.GetLastErrDescription()
    End If

End Sub

32bit/x64 ActiveX DLL

Seperate builds of run-time dll for 32 and x64 platform

File Platform
Installation Path\EASendMailObj.dll 32 bit
Installation Path\x64\EASendMailObj.dll 64 bit


  • Standard EXE

    For VB6, C++, Delphi or other standard exe application, you can distribute EASendMailObj.dll with your application to target machine without COM-registration and installer. To learn more detail, please have a look at Registration-free COM with Manifest File.

  • Script

    For ASP, VBScript, VBA, MS SQL Stored Procedure, you need to install EASendMail on target machine by EASendMail installer, both 32bit/x64 DLL are installed and registered.



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