VB6/ASP - Send Email using Microsoft OAuth 2.0 (Modern Authentication) from Hotmail/Outlook Account

You can send email using traditional user/password SMTP authentication from personal Hotmail/Outlook account.

However Microsoft will disable traditional user authentication in the future, switching to Microsoft OAuth (Modern Authentication) is strongly recommended now.


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 in VB6

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 VB6 project.

Add Reference in VBA (EXCEL/Access/Outlook)

Open VBA IDE by press Alt+F11, Please select menu -> Tools -> References -> and select EASendMailObj ActiveX Object, click OK, the reference will be added to current VBA project, and you can start to use it to send email in your VBA project.

add reference in VB 6.0

Create your application in Azure Portal

To use Microsoft/Office365/Live OAuth (Modern Authentication) in your application, you must create a application in https://portal.azure.com.

  • Sign in to the Azure portal using either a work or school account or a personal Microsoft account.

  • If your account gives you access to more than one tenant, select your account in the top right corner, and set your portal session to the Azure AD tenant that you want.

  • In the left-hand navigation pane, select the Azure Active Directory service, and then select App registrations -> New registration.

    azure portal new app registration
  • When the Register an application page appears, enter your application’s registration information:

    azure portal application registration
    • Name - Enter a meaningful application name that will be displayed to users of the app.
    • Supported account types - Select which accounts you would like your application to support. Because we need to support all Office 365 and LIVE SDK (hotmail, outlook personal account) select Accounts "in any organizational directory and personal Microsoft accounts".
  • Redirect URI (optional)

    Select the type of app you’re building, Web or Public client (mobile & desktop), and then enter the redirect URI (or reply URL) for your application.

    For web applications, provide the base URL of your app. For example, http://localhost:31544 might be the URL for a web app running on your local machine. Users would use this URL to sign in to a web client application.

    For public client applications, provide the URI used by Azure AD to return token responses. Enter a value specific to your application, such as myapp://auth.

  • Client Id/secrets

    After you registered your application, Azure AD assigns a unique application (client) ID to your app, and you’re taken to your application’s Overview page. click "Certificates and secrets" -> "client secrets" and add a new client secret.


Please store "client secret" by yourself, because it is hidden when you view it at next time.

API Permission

  • Click "API Permission" -> "Add a permission" -> "Exchange" -> "Delegated Permission" -> "Check EWS.AccessAsUser.All"
  • "Add a permission" -> "Microsoft Graph" -> "Delegated Permission" -> "User.Read", "email", "offline_access", "openid", "profile", SMTP.Send, IMAP.AccessAsUser.All, POP.AccessAsUser.All.
azure application api permission


  • Click "Authentication"

    • Implicit grant: check "Access tokens" and "ID tokens";
    • Redirect URI: input the url to get authorization code, for native desktop application, you don’t have to add redirect uri.
  • Mobile and desktop applications -> Redirect Uri, please check or add the following URI.



    • https://login.live.com/oauth20_desktop.srf is used for Live SDK, is used for local Http Listener.
  • Supported account types:

    Select Accounts in any organizational directory (Any Azure AD directory - Multitenant) and personal Microsoft accounts (e.g. Skype, Xbox)

  • Advanced settings:

    Set both "Live SDK Support" and "Treat application as a public client" to "Yes".

azure application Authentication Overview

Above client id and client secret support both "Office365 + SMTP/EWS" and "Live (hotmail, outlook personal account) + SMTP",

Use client id and client secret to request access token

You can use client id and client secret to get the user email address and access token like this:

  • Your application uses a web browser/browser control to open Microsoft OAUTH URL;
  • User inputs user and password in Microsoft Web Authentication Page, and then Microsoft returns access token back to your application;
  • Your application uses access token to access Hotmail/Outlook/Live SMTP server.
  • You can find full example codes in EASendMail Installation Path\Samples_{Programming language/Developer Tool}\Oauth project.


You should create your client id and client secret, do not use the client id from example codes in production environment, it is used for test purpose. If you got "This app isn't verified" information, please click "Advanced" -> Go to ... for test.

VB6 - Send Email Using Microsoft OAuth + Hotmail/Outlook/Live SMTP server

Here is a simple application which demonstrates how to use Microsoft OAuth to do user authentication and send email.


This sample cannot handle the event of Web Browser is closed by user manually before authentication is completed. You can refer to the better sample project which uses Web Browser Control in EASendMail installation path.

Option Explicit

Const ConnectNormal = 0
Const ConnectSSLAuto = 1
Const ConnectSTARTTLS = 2
Const ConnectDirectSSL = 3
Const ConnectTryTLS = 4

Const AuthAuto = -1
Const AuthLogin = 0
Const AuthNtlm = 1
Const AuthCramMd5 = 2
Const AuthPlain = 3
Const AuthMsn = 4
Const AuthXoauth2 = 5

' client configuration
' You should create your client id and client secret,
' do not use the following client id in production environment, it is used for test purpose only.
Const clientID = "eccbabb2-3377-4265-85c1-ea2fb515f075"
Const clientSecret = "QaR_RR:-5WqTY[nni9pdBr9xVybqrAu4"
Const scope = "wl.offline_access%20wl.signin%20wl.imap%20wl.emails%20email%20openid"
Const authUri = "https://login.microsoftonline.com/common/oauth2/v2.0/authorize"
Const tokenUri = "https://login.microsoftonline.com/common/oauth2/v2.0/token"

Public Sub DoOauthAndSendEmail()

    Dim httpListener As New EASendMailObjLib.httpListener

    ' Creates a redirect URI using an available port on the loopback address.
    If Not httpListener.Create("", 0) Then
        Debug.Print "Failed to listen on " & httpListener.GetLastError()
        Exit Sub
    End If

    Dim szUri
    szUri = "" & httpListener.ListenPort

    Debug.Print "listen on " & szUri

    ' Creates the OAuth 2.0 authorization request.
    Dim authorizationRequest
    authorizationRequest = authUri
    authorizationRequest = authorizationRequest & "?response_type=code&scope="
    authorizationRequest = authorizationRequest & scope
    authorizationRequest = authorizationRequest & "&redirect_uri="
    authorizationRequest = authorizationRequest & szUri
    authorizationRequest = authorizationRequest & "&client_id="
    authorizationRequest = authorizationRequest & clientID
    authorizationRequest = authorizationRequest & "&prompt=login"

    Debug.Print "open " & authorizationRequest
    ' Opens request in the browser.
    Dim browserUi As New EASendMailObjLib.browserUi
    browserUi.OpenUrl authorizationRequest

    ' Waits for the OAuth authorization response.
    Do While True
        If Not httpListener.GetRequestUrl(100) Then
            Debug.Print "Failed to wait:"
            Debug.Print httpListener.GetLastError()
            Exit Do
        End If

        If httpListener.RequestUrl <> "" Then
            Exit Do
        End If


    ' Send response and stop http listener.
    httpListener.SendResponse "200", "text/html; charset=utf-8", "<html><head></head><body>Please return to the app and close current window.</body></html>"

    Dim requestUri
    requestUri = httpListener.RequestUrl
    Debug.Print "RequestUri: " & requestUri

    Dim errorCode
    ' Checks for errors.
    errorCode = ParseParameter(requestUri, "error=")
    If errorCode <> "" Then
        Debug.Print "OAuth authorization error: " & errorCode
        Exit Sub
    End If

    ' Check authorization code
    Dim code
    code = ParseParameter(requestUri, "code=")
    If code = "" Then
        Debug.Print "Malformed authorization response: " & requestUri
        Exit Sub
    End If

    Debug.Print "Authorization code: " & code

    Dim responseText
    responseText = RequestAccessToken(code, szUri)
    Debug.Print responseText

    Dim parser As New EASendMailObjLib.OAuthResponseParser
    parser.Load responseText

    Dim user, accessToken

    user = parser.EmailInIdToken
    accessToken = parser.accessToken

    If accessToken = "" Then
        Debug.Print "Failed to request access token, return!"
        Exit Sub
    End If

    Debug.Print "User: " & user
    Debug.Print "AccessToken: " & accessToken

    SendMailWithXOAUTH2 user, accessToken
End Sub

' path?parameter1=value1&parameter2=value2#anchor;
Private Function ParseParameter(ByVal uri As String, ByVal key As String) As String

    ParseParameter = ""

    If uri = "" Or key = "" Then
        Exit Function
    End If

    Dim pos As Integer
    pos = InStr(1, uri, "?")
    If pos <= 0 Then
        Exit Function
    End If

    uri = Mid(uri, pos + 1)
    Dim i, parameters, uriParameter
    parameters = Split(uri, "&")

    For i = LBound(parameters) To UBound(parameters)
        uriParameter = parameters(i)
        If InStr(1, uriParameter, key, vbTextCompare) = 1 Then
            Dim value
            value = Mid(uriParameter, Len(key) + 1)

            pos = InStr(1, value, "#")
            If pos > 0 Then
                value = Mid(value, 1, pos - 1)
            End If

            ParseParameter = value
            Exit Function
        End If

End Function

Private Function RequestAccessToken(ByVal code As String, ByVal redirectUri As String) As String

    Debug.Print "Exchanging code for tokens..."
    RequestAccessToken = ""

    Dim responseText
    responseText = ""

    Dim httpRequest
    Set httpRequest = CreateObject("MSXML2.ServerXMLHTTP.6.0")

    Dim tokenRequestBody
    tokenRequestBody = "code="
    tokenRequestBody = tokenRequestBody & code
    tokenRequestBody = tokenRequestBody & "&redirect_uri="
    tokenRequestBody = tokenRequestBody & redirectUri
    tokenRequestBody = tokenRequestBody & "&client_id="
    tokenRequestBody = tokenRequestBody & clientID
    tokenRequestBody = tokenRequestBody & "&grant_type=authorization_code"

    httpRequest.setOption 2, 13056
    httpRequest.Open "POST", tokenUri, True
    httpRequest.setRequestHeader "Content-Type", "application/x-www-form-urlencoded"
    httpRequest.Send tokenRequestBody

    Do While httpRequest.ReadyState <> 4
        httpRequest.waitForResponse (1)

    Dim Status
    Status = httpRequest.Status
    responseText = httpRequest.responseText

    RequestAccessToken = responseText

    If Status < 200 Or Status >= 300 Then
        Debug.Print "Failed to refresh access token from server."
    End If

End Function

Private Sub SendMailWithXOAUTH2(ByVal userEmail As String, ByVal accessToken As String)
    Dim oSmtp As New EASendMailObjLib.Mail
    oSmtp.LicenseCode = "TryIt"

    ' Hotmail/Outlook/Live SMTP server address
    oSmtp.ServerAddr = "smtp.live.com"
    ' Using 587 port, you can also use 465 or 25 port
    oSmtp.ServerPort = 587

    ' Enable SSL/TLS connection
    oSmtp.ConnectType = ConnectSSLAuto

    ' OAUTH/XOAUTH2 type
    oSmtp.AuthType = AuthXoauth2
    ' set user authentication
    oSmtp.UserName = userEmail
    ' use access token as password
    oSmtp.Password = accessToken

    ' Your email address
    oSmtp.FromAddr = userEmail
    ' Please change recipient address to yours for test
    oSmtp.AddRecipient "Support Team", "support@emailarchitect.net", 0

    oSmtp.Subject = "Test email using Hotmail Oauth"
    oSmtp.BodyText = "Hello, this is a test...."

    Debug.Print "start to send email using OAUTH 2.0 ..."
    If oSmtp.SendMail() = 0 Then
        Debug.Print "The email has been submitted to server successfully!"
        Debug.Print oSmtp.GetLastErrDescription()
    End If

End Sub

VBScript - Send Email Using Microsoft OAuth + Hotmail/Outlook Live SMTP Server in ASP

If you use Microsoft OAuth in ASP application, you should use a ASP page to get authorization code instead of HttpListener. You need to add your ASP page path to Authorized Redirect URIs in your Azure application.

' Please add http://localhost/gmailoauth/default.asp to Authorized redirect URIs in your Google/MS Azure project.
Dim code
code = Request.QueryString("code")

You can find a full sample project in EASendMail installation path\Samples_ASPNetMvc.

TLS 1.2 Protocol

TLS is the successor of SSL, more and more SMTP servers require TLS 1.2 encryption now.

If your operating system is Windows XP/Vista/Windows 7/Windows 2003/2008/2008 R2/2012/2012 R2, you need to enable TLS 1.2 protocol in your operating system like this:

Enable TLS 1.2 on Windows XP/Vista/7/10/Windows 2008/2008 R2/2012



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