Outlook, formerly Hotmail is a simple way to get a free email address that is accessible from anywhere. Hotmail boasts some great features including being fast, seldom out of service, it has a proven anti-spam system and robust anti-virus and anti-phishing features. In addition, your Windows Live ID can be used to access Skype, Xbox Live, or any online service offered by a Microsoft (network NET Passport Network) account. This article will show you how to get started with a Hotmail (Outlook) account.
End of Hotmail
If you are wondering what happened to Hotmail emails, look no further. As of February 2013, Microsoft accounts have been upgraded to the new Outlook interface. All Hotmail accounts are now accessible via https://login.live.com/.
Create an Outlook Account (Previously Hotmail)
Head to the Microsoft account signup page, and select No account? Create one!:
Microsoft will request some personal information to complete the sign up but it is not necessary to fill in all of the information fields if you would prefer that your personal data remain confidential. However, if you forget your password or lose access to your account, such information can be useful to recover it.
Switch to the Use your email instead option if you would prefer to access the service this way:
Choosing Your Hotmail (Outlook.com) Password
When creating your password, we advise that you choose a password that is easy enough for you to remember, yet difficult for an outsider to guess. We recommend a combination of capital and lowercase letters, numbers, and special characters (!@#$). For further tips on how to create a secure password, please see our article on managing and securing your passwords.
Once your Hotmail account has been created, you may test your login by going to the Live homepage and logging in with your new username and password.
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