Program configuration for Windows Mail

Make the following adjustments to use our news server:

Start Windows Mail as usual.

Now the program window of Windows Mail is shown. The Microsoft news server is already configured (as "Microsoft Communities"). You will have to add our news server in order to use it. Click Tools in the menu, then Accounts....

Tools / Accounts

Click Add....

Tools / Accounts - Add...

In the next dialog, select Newsgroup Account as type of account. Click Next.

Wizard: Account Type - Newsgroup Account

Please enter your full name (first name and surname) in the field Display Name and click Next.

Wizard: Your Name

Please enter your correct e-mail address in the field E-mail address and click Next.

Wizard: Internet News E-mail Address

Enter the name of our news server: News.Individual.NET

Check My news server requires me to log on if you have received username and passwort for the service.

Wizard: Internet News Server Name

Enter the account details that you have received from us. Enter the "username" in the E-mail username field, the "password" in Password. Windows Mail will remember the password if you check Remember password.

Storing your account information in the news reader's configuration is a potential security risk. If you are unsure, please refer to our FAQ at

Wizard: Internet News Server Logon

Click Finish to confirm the end of this configuration part.

Wizard: Save settings

The newly created account appears in the list of accounts now. You can set that account as your Default account by clicking Set as Default.

Set as Default

After adding the news server you have the opportunity to get the list of available newsgroups. Select Show available newsgroups, but don't turn on Communities.

Show available Newsgroups

Now Windows Mail downloads the list of groups.

Downloading Newsgroups

Afterwards you can select the newsgroups you are interested in. Select each group and click Subscribe.

Newsgroups Subscriptions

You will find the list of subscribed newsgroups in the program window. Now you can read and write articles through our server.

Read Articles

Please select the news server with the right mouse button to optimize the news reader configuration. Click Properties.

Set Properties

Select the Advanced register card and choose the maximum value for Server Timeouts. If you prefer both authentication and articles to be transferred over an encrypted connection, check "This server requires a secure connection (SSL)" and set "Port number" to 563; otherwise leave it unchanged at "119".

Properties - Advanced

As your final step please make sure that the usage of HTML is not activated.

Do this by selecting the command Tools / Options... and clicking at the register card Send.

Tools / Options...

Make sure Plain Text is selected for News Sending Format.

Options - Send