Hotmail was launched in 1996 and was the first free web-based email service. When Hotmail first launched, the free accounts offered features such as spam filters and enhanced virus scanning and storage up to 250-MB.
When Microsoft acquired the email service, Hotmail users were also provided with a schedule calendar and the capability to save contact lists in an address book. Users could choose to pay a subscription fee to upgrade their Hotmail account.
Hotmail.com can be accessed through smartphones, iPad’s, PCs and Mac devices anywhere in the world and it very easy and available on any devices. To create new Hotmail.com account is free and this article will guide you on how to do it.
Features Of Hotmail
- Storage Space: Ever increasing storage just like Yahoo! Mail accounts that have unlimited inbox space. Gmail gives a tad more than 7.5GB.
- Attachment size: 25MB which is same as that of Gmail.
- Forwarding: Emails can be forwarded to another email account but you must remember to log in at least once in 90 days to avoid having the Hotmail account deleted automatically.
- POP access: Hotmail provides free POP access to all its subscribers. This means the messages can be downloaded and stored on your local computer using any email client. Earlier, one could download Hotmail emails only through Microsoft programs like Windows Live Mail or Microsoft Office Outlook 2003 and 2007 through Microsoft Office Outlook Connector.
- Email client access: Hotmail POP3 settings help you to download messages using your favourite client as long as it supports the Post Office Protocol (it should). Heck, you can now get Hotmail on the iPhone. Below are links to articles that have instructions for some popular Microsoft clients:
Set up Hotmail accounts on Windows Live Mail
Configure Hotmail in Outlook Express
Set up Hotmail on Windows Mail Vista using this simple trick!
- Virus scanning and security: Any online email service worth its salt scans all incoming email and attachments for viruses and worms. Windows Live Hotmail uses Trend Micro virus scanning.
- Spam filter: All email accounts attract spam. And Hotmail’s spam filer does a decent job. It puts all potential spam into the Junk folder.
Languages available: 35
- Account expiration: Free accounts expire after 90 days of non-activity.
- Advertisements: Free Hotmail accounts are obviously ad supported. A big banner advertisement is displayed to the right of the list of email. However, at the time of writing, the banner is removed when you are composing a message which is a good things because flashy ads are a little distracting.
- Folders: You can create folders in Hotmail to manage your email messages; users can now also create sub-folders.
- Themes: Change the colors and images in the account interface to suit your mood. Personalize and customize your Hotmail account.
- Email composition: Emails can be composed using rich text that offers basic formatting of the message like changing the color, font size, font weight etc of text.
- Spell checker: Spell checker is included so you have no excuse for sending emails full for spelling errors.
- Visit www.hotmail.com or through outlook.com
- On the homepage, an option to login will appear, an option to create a new account or sign up if you don’t have an account.
- Tap on the sign up button to be taken to the registration form
- Fill the registration form.
- Your personal information and other details are needed to fill the space so provide it.
- Select a username of choice and password.
- An email will be sent to you once you have completed the Hotmail account.
Once you have created your Hotmail.com account, then follow the steps below to sign in to your account easily.
- Visit Hotmail login page
- Tap on the Login or Sign in option on the homepage.
- Enter your username and password in thw spaces provided.
- Click on the login button or sign in to your account successfully.
How to Set Up Hotmail Account
Once your Hotmail account is created, you need to set it up in order to receive emails:
- Open your inbox
- Tap on “Options” at the top right
- Select “More options”
- Open “Account management” then click on “Receive and send messages from other mailboxes”
- Tap on “You can receive mails from these accounts” then on “add another email address”
- Tap on “Advanced options” then complete the required information (address, username, Hotmail password, etc.)
- Verify that the box “This server requires a secured connexion (SSL)” is not ticked and the port should be 110
- Select “Leave a copy of my messages on the server” in order to read your messages on Outlook or other mailboxes.
- Tap on “Next”
- Choose the folder that will hold all your incoming messages.
- Click on “Save”
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