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Hotmail Account

Does Hotmail even still exist? Yes, it does! Although many people aren’t aware of it – you see, Microsoft has been cleverly rebranding and re-rebranding Hotmail ever since they bought it in the late 1990s. These days, their official web email platform is what provides the Hotmail service, so you won’t necessarily see the word “Hotmail” blazoned all over the sign up page, but they are the same thing. As of this writing, you still have the option to choose an email address that ends in instead of, although it’s not clear if this option will be phased out in the future.

So if you want to create a Hotmail account and ensure that your email address actually says “Hotmail”, it might be wise to get on that as soon as possible. Lucky for you, it’s a really easy sign up process that won’t take more than 5 minutes on the computer. You can even do it on the Outlook mobile app, if you prefer. Here are some instructions that you can follow to make sure you can sign up for a Hotmail account without running into any speedbumps or confusion.

Hotmail Account

Hotmail account

If you’re going to be signing up for Hotmail account on the computer, start by opening up your preferred web browser, and typing “” into the address bar. Now, the website that you will be taken to will not say “Hotmail” in the URL, and it probably won’t have the word Hotmail anywhere on the page. That’s okay – remember what I said about re-rebranding? What you’ll most likely see is “” in the URL, “Outlook” as the name of the page, and “Microsoft” as the type of account. Don’t worry, you’re in the right place.

Click on the link to create a new account, which should be underneath the log in box. In the sign up form, type in all the necessary information, like your first and last name, birthday, country, etc. It’s also strongly recommended that you provide a mobile number or at least a backup/secondary email address. These can be used to add an extra layer of security to your Hotmail account and will also be helpful if you ever forget your password.

You’ll have to choose a unique email address for your new Microsoft/Hotmail account, meaning it can’t be an email address that anyone else is using. Now, this next step is very important if you want a real Hotmail account and not an Outlook one: find where it says “” after your chosen email handle, and click the little arrow to open up the menu of options. One of your choices should be “” – find it and click on it to select.

Now all you have to do is pick a password to log in to your new Hotmail account in the future anytime you want to check your email, use OneDrive, Skype, etc.

Finally, prove that you’re a real human by entering the code you see into the box, agree to all the legalese, and click on “Create account” to finish setting up your new Hotmail account.


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Sign in Hotmail

It’s not very complicated to sign in to Hotmail once you understand a little bit about exactly what it is and its history. As with most websites, email services, etc., the actual Hotmail sign in process isn’t rocket science, but unlike those other sites, it has undergone so many name changes in the past 20 years or so that it all can get a little confusing. Is it still Hotmail? Well, what’s this Outlook thing then? And what the heck is a Microsoft account??

Sign in Hotmail

sign in hotmail

So, here’s the thing: they all pretty much mean the same thing these days. Hotmail was acquired by Microsoft in 1997, later becoming “Live” (short for Windows Live Hotmail), and ultimately being merged with MSN services, and the end result of all of this was the new which rolled out a few years ago.

That’s why, when you go to “”, the URL will actually say “”, and you might see the word “Outlook plastered all over the page while simultaneously being asked to sign in with your “Microsoft account”.

Now that we’ve taken care of that, let’s get on to the steps to follow to sign in Hotmail!

Steps to sign in to your Hotmail account

The first step we’ve already covered. Go to in your web browser, and when it redirects you to another domain that says Outlook and Microsoft account, etc., don’t worry because you’re in the right place to sign into your Hotmail account. Hotmail is, in fact, one of several different types of Microsoft accounts that you can use for associated services like OneDrive, Skype, Xbox Live, and many others.

The second step is to enter your Hotmail email address into the first field. If you happen to have an email address ending in Outlook, MSN, Live, or any other incarnation of Microsoft, you can use that to sign in here too. It’s all the exact same service nowadays. But it is important to type the correct domain that was given to your email address when you first created the account.

The third step is to type your password into the second field. Hopefully you haven’t lost track of it! Type carefully and double check whether your keyboard has caps lock enabled or not if you have any problems. You might be able to recover a lost password with your mobile phone or a backup email address if you provided that information to Microsoft.

Alternatively, you can request a single-use code to sign in to Hotmail, which will be sent to your mobile phone via SMS. This is a good option for library computers or cyber cafes where you can’t be certain that there aren’t key loggers on the PC you’re using.

The fourth step is to decide whether you want the computer (browser, really) to keep you signed in all the time. This is a convenient option if you’re the only one who uses the computer, but you’ll generally want to leave the “keep me signed in” box unchecked on any other computer.

Last step is to click on the “sign in” button. If your Hotmail login information was correct, you’ll be taken straight to your inbox!


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Create Hotmail account

Hotmail is the No.1 email service from Microsoft, with billions of users around the world and millions of new users every day. It has been rebranded several times in its history, most recently as to compete with Google Mail (Gmail).

“Hotmail” has changed its name to MSN Hotmail (1998 – 2006), then Windows Live Hotmail (2007 – 2011), Microsoft Hotmail (2011 – 2012), and finally to Outlook… or Microsoft account, depending on where you look (2012 – present). But they’re all the same thing, and even though it’s officially Outlook now, you can still get an “” email address when you create a Hotmail account.


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Why get a Hotmail account?

Hotmail is much better than you ever thought, and I’ll tell you how.

The new Outlook is modern with a fresh, clean design that’s intuitive to use, connected with live conversations, productive with free Word, Excel, and PowerPoint web apps built in, not to mention 7 GB of free, private cloud storage. It works on your PC, Mac, phone, and tablet.

There are so many features to talk about in Outlook/Hotmail, such as:

  • Unlimited storage space in your Hotmail inbox, which automatically increases to provide as much storage space as the user needs.
  • Recover deleted messages, which is really helpful if emails were accidently deleted from the inbox, or after a hacked account is recovered.
  • Creating an email alias; if you want to use a temporary email address for a job site that you will dispose of later, or to sign up for online shopping, etc.
  • Instant actions, which are little buttons that appear beside sender names and subject lines in the email message list. This feature saves time, letting you delete, flag, or mark a message as read/unread/junk in one tap without even opening the message.
  • Sign in with a single-use code which you can use instead of a password. This feature is handy when using a public computer. You can request a code when you need one and it will be sent to the mobile number you have added to your Microsoft account for secure login.
  • Renaming your email address.
  • Cleaning your Hotmail inbox with a quick “Sweep”.
  • Sorting e-mails by date, sender, etc.
  • Arranging emails by size.
  • Sending large attachments using SkyDrive.
  • Sending and receiving emails from any POP-enabled Account: Gmail, Yahoo! Mail Plus, etc.

How to create Hotmail account

Creating a Hotmail account is super easy. On the Hotmail website,, you’ll have the option to sign in, or to sign up with Windows Live and a Hotmail address. Click the “Sign Up” button, and fill out the information requested on the sign up page. Here, you’ll choose your email address, and enter personal and security information. Choose your unique account name in the Microsoft account name field, and select “” for your email domain (default setting is outlook).

You’ll need to create a password. As indicated, it should be at least 8 characters, case sensitive, and numbers are recommended too for greatest security.

Fill in as much additional information as possible to help recover your password in case you lose it.

Agree to the terms of service and privacy policy to complete the process. And voila! You just created a new Hotmail account!

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Create a Hotmail Account

How to Create a Hotmail Account, Hotmail is one of the most popular free email accounts of all time, which is no surprise considering it’s owned by the most famous software company of all time, Microsoft. These days most people know it by the name Outlook, but it’s the same email service from the same people – you even sign up and login on the same website!

If you don’t have a Hotmail account, or if you simply want to create a new one, setting up a Hotmail account is super easy and just takes a few minutes.



Create a Hotmail Account

1.Start by going to This will automatically change to (Hotmail has gone through many versions, so now Hotmail, Live, Outlook, and Microsoft all mean the same thing). You’ll see the sign in form for people who already have a Hotmail or Outlook email address (known as a Microsoft account).

2.Below the big blue “Sign in” button, it says, “No account? Create one!” Click on “Create one!” to go to the new Hotmail account registration page.

3.Fill in the required personal information, like your name, country, date of birth, gender, a mobile phone number and an alternate email address (these last two are to help secure your account and help reset your password if you ever forget it).

4.Choose a Hotmail username, which will be your new email address. It can’t be something that anyone else is using. If the name that you want is already taken, you can try a different domain (see below) or try rearranging the name or adding numbers to the end of it. For example, if “janesmith” is taken you could try adding a middle initial and birth year to get “janersmith1973”.

5.You’ll notice that the default domain for your new email address is “”. If you want your email address to end in “” instead, click on the little gray box with the down arrow and select “” from the list.

6.Enter the password you want to use to sign into your Hotmail account in the future. It has to be at least 8 characters long and is case sensitive, which means capital letters and lowercase letters are considered different characters (“A” is not the same as “a”). Try to pick a password that isn’t easy to guess (i.e. not “password”, “abcdefgh”, “12345678”, etc.). Good practice is to avoid dictionary words or any personal information about you (like pet’s names or your Social Security Number), and to use a mixture of character types.

7.Having a combination of upper case and lower case letters, plus numbers and special characters makes it much more difficult for password hacking software to break into your account. For example, a hacker’s program can crack the word “password” in about 1 minute, but if you change some letters to upper case and change the “o” to the number zero (paSSw0rd), it now takes the program more than 21 hours. If you also change the “a” to “@”, (p@SSw0rd), it takes almost 25 days.

8.Microsoft doesn’t want a robot creating 1000 new Hotmail accounts (which will most likely be used for spam), so you have to enter a captcha code to verify that you’re a human being. If you can’t see it, you can ask for a new one or ask for an audio code.

9.If you don’t want to receive promotional offers from Microsoft (you probably don’t, but who am I to judge?), uncheck the box below the captcha field.

10.If you’ve got some time to kill, read Microsoft’s services agreement, privacy policy and cookies policy (does anyone actually do this?).

11.Finally, click on the big blue “Create account” button.

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Create a Hotmail account on mobile

These days, most of us like to have easy access to our email on the go, and the best way to do that is using the official mobile app for whatever email platform you use. The Microsoft Outlook mobile app is the app to use for your Hotmail account. And if you want, you can even create your Hotmail account directly in the app instead of using your PC to do it.

The steps to create a new Hotmail account via the Outlook mobile app are basically the same as those described above for computers, except that you’ll have to download and install the app to your device (if you don’t already have it), and if you do already have it, ensure that no other account is logged in. When you open the app, you should see a sign in screen with the same option to “create a new account”.

Now that you’ve created a Hotmail account…

Your Hotmail account is an official Microsoft account, which means it’s not just good for email. You can also use for an account on a Windows device (tablet, Windows phone, laptop, etc.), OneDrive cloud storage, or for you gamers out there, Xbox Live. Microsoft also now owns Skype, and you can usually use your Hotmail email and password to log in to Skype messenger (or MSN messenger, but I don’t know of anyone who still uses that these days).

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