There is an alternate way to download the messages in the HTML format without using the Windows Live application. That is to use the standard POP3 configuration. But the problem with this method is that the phone will search for all your messages on the server during each download attempt, even the messages that are already downloaded to your phone. Needless to say, the whole process takes a long time and drains the battery.
- Use the Windows Live web mail forwarding option to forward your incoming messages to your Gmail address. (Hotmail Options > Managing Your Account > Email Forwarding)
- Configure a standard email account on your Windows Phone, of type Other. In the Email Address field, type your full Windows Live email address. Clear the check box asking whether you would like getting the settings automatically from the internet. Choose Internet Email as your email provider. (You may configure the settings by using your Gmail address in the Email Address field, but it fails irrespective of the following configurations as the system attempts to push outgoing messages through Gmail itself.)
- In the incoming mail server, give your Gmail incoming server address, type, and user name. See https://mail.google.com/support/bin/answer.py?answer=13287 for more information on this.
- In the outgoing mail server settings, give your Windows Live mail outgoing server settings. See http://explore.live.com/windows-live-mobile-hotmail-pop-settings-phone-faq for more information on this.
Update: If you are unable to bypass the automatic email configuration prompt when trying to perform the second step mentioned above, specify your email ID incorrectly (say email@example.com instead of firstname.lastname@example.org). After you finish the configuration, go back to Tool > Options and correct the email ID.