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Hotmail was rebranded to Microsoft Outlook.com

Hotmail (renamed as Windows Live Hotmail) is one of the most popular online service, which is provided by Microsoft. Hotmail is known as Webmail and the users can access from a computer browser in any places all over the World. 

What happened with Hotmail?

In 2012, Microsoft released Outlook.com and then replaced Windows Live Hotmail in 2013. Nowadays, the link url www.hotmal.com directs user to login all accounts of Microsoft (included Sore, OneDrive, MSN, Skype, Outlook.com and other services). 

The history of Hotmail

Hotmail was acquired by Microsoft in 1997 and launched as MSN Hotmail, later rebranded to Windows Live Hotmail.  In August, 2012, Microsoft revamped Hotmail and renamed the service as Outlook.com. Now it is part of the Windows Live service group.

By 2016, Hotmail is available in 107 different languages, including English, Spanish, French and Chinese. Live.com has about 3 billion visits per month, in which 17% come from the United States.

15 features of Hotmail/Outlook.com.

  1. Security

    Finally, the class-A security function (A-level) has been established in Windows Live Hotmail.   After the security feature has been extended, HTTPS will be brought to Hotmail throughout the use, which means even when logging and browsing (reading/sending) email. Outlook.com has promised to keep the users’ privacy. Outlook also does not scan email or attachments in order to take any advertising information or private conversations.

  2. Able to view , edit & share Office Docs

    Now you can access free Microsoft Office application to view, edit and share office documents without downloading it to your computer. All you need to do is sending any document or PowerPoint presentation to your own email address. Therefore, you can open those documents at anytime, that are because your documents are now available on Hotmail Cloud, then you do not need to use a computer to access it.

    You also can view and amend presentations on Office Web application. After you have saved changes, it will automatically be stored on Skydrive. You can run the presentation slides without installing Office on your computer.

  3. Real-time Documents cooperate 

    If your friends or colleagues and you want to work on the same document at the same time, so you can do it easier by using new updated Hotmail version.

    Click on the file which currently appears on Skydrive of the sender in order to view it online. While editing, you can see the number of editor doing editing the file on the bottom left hand side. You also can check all changes immediately made by other team members.

  4. OneClick Filter.

    A selective One Click Filter of emails has been introduced in the new Hotmail version, which allows you to filter email with social networking updates, emails from regular contacts and group easily.

  5. Active views

    When someone giving you video links, Flickr photos….in email, in order o view them, you need to open the link to a new window of your browser. However, new Hotmail automatically recognizes the link, additional description and thumbnail pictures and allows you viewing videos directly on email interface. Similarly, you also can view Flickr picture and even can view a slideshow from your inbox. It recognises tracking numbers, postal services and shows all related information. Besides that, you can accept the Linkedin invitations without accessing its website.

  6. Quick views

    If you only want to check the emails which having images, you can quickly filter those emails by clicking “Photos” on the left side. Similarly, you can click into “Documents” in order to viewing all messages and attachments.

  7. Sending large files

    The combination between Hotmail and Skydrive makes it is possible to send large files up to 10GB in one email. The files saved on Skydrive service can be stored at 25GB-free storage space. When sending large files (documents or images, file zip,…) via email, the recipients only receive an url (a link) of the files. The recipients do not necessary to have an account on Skydrive in order to download them; click in the link is all they need to do.

  8. Sending and view images

    You can attach the number of image files in your mail . All the uploaded images into Skydrive and recipients will be received a link, which allows you to watch a slideshow of interactive images , download them (no Windows Live ID required) as well as able to leave comments (Windows Live ID needed).

  9. Edit & Reply

    If you or your colleagues send a document that is need some amendments and re-send it. Normally you have to download that document to a computer then making amendments, attach and then resend it.  

    All those steps are time consuming, new Hotmail feature allows you to edit document online. Before editing, it will automatically copy documents into your Windows Live Skydrive account. The online Word version looks like Microsoft Word and it will not affect the edited document format.
  10. View the conversations

    If you have conversations with your friends in a number of topic by email, which eventually send to various persons. Now you want to view all of those conversations in one place, this is possible in Hotmail with a new option “conversation”

    Click “Arrange By” on the right side (under the searching box) and choose “Conversation” from the drop down list, allow you to view all conversations. Moreover, when you read those messages, it presents the whole history of date and time of the conversations.

  11. Autocomplete search

    In order to search for a mail effectively, Hotmail has been added Search Autocomplete. Type the needed keywords and it automatically suggests the useful results.

  12. View the conversations

    If you have conversations with your friends in a number of topic by email, which eventually send to various persons. Now you want to view all of those conversations in one place, this is possible in Hotmail with a new option “conversation”

    Click “Arrange By” on the right side (under the searching box) and choose “Conversation” from the drop down list, allow you to view all conversations. Moreover, when you read those messages, it presents the whole history of date and time of the conversations.

  13. Remove Spam

    Hotmail divides spam into 2 types: “Spam” and “Gray mail” (newsletters and other marketing programs and promotions). The filter system goes through new spam of Hotmail based on IP Address filter, which works very efficiently.

    It works rely on the interaction of the users with their emails. If the users always place an email into “Trash” folder without reading afterwards, then Hotmail will consider it as “Grey mail” and block it in the future.

  14. Sweep

    You can manage a messy inbox by using this feature. If you receive a daily message that you do not need, all you have to do is selecting that email, click “Sweep” then “Move all from…” or “Delete all from…”.  You can opt to “Also move future mails” to confirm that mail will not to be sent in to your inbox in the future.

  15. Exchange ActiveSync (EAS)

    If using phone to surfing emails, you can use the advantage of Hotmail ActiveSync. It helps synchronising emails, calendar and contacts between mobile and web. That means any changes on your email (read/delete email) will be automatically appear on web. It is similar to IMAP function.

Hotmail Login

You can continue to sign-in with your hotmail account (@hotmail.com) using the same password.


  1. Go to https://www.hotmail.com or https://outlook.com. This will redirect you to the login.live.com. Don’t worry, it is the domain which will direct you to your Hotmail inbox.
  2. Enter your Hotmail Account username and password.
    • Please enter exactly your full email address. Example :com@hotmail.com ( This can be an email account ending with @outlook.com,@hotmail.com@msn.com, or @live.com, and includes international domains, such as @outlook.co.uk, or any custom domains hosted on Outlook.com. )
    • Passwords are case sensitive, so please check whether caps lock is on before you enter Hotmail login password
  3. Click on sign in button to come to Hotmail home page, where you can manage your Hotmail emails.

You will reach Hotmail inbox which is now Outlook Mail. You can access all your old Hotmail emails and contacts in outlook.com. If you face any issues in Hotmail account login, please visit Outlook login support page


  • If you're signing in to a public computer, make sure to sign out before leaving the computer. 
  • Check the small box below password box saying "Keep me signed in" if you want to remember your login credentials for next time. Ensure that you are using your personal computer.

Hotmail App

Make sure that your device already installed Hotmail App. If not, you can download it for free from Google Play. The app’s name is currently: Microsoft Outlook. Microsoft’s app is a really useful and commanding email tool. You can manage your emails and attachments easily and access contact lists and calendars with a single swipe of your digits. It might not support all email providers but could works well with ExchangeOutlook.comYahoo MailGmailiCloud, and Office 365 email accounts.

STEP 1 : Launch it and you’ll be prompted to enter your email address and password.

STEP 2 : After configuring a few synchronization settings, you’ll see your inbox. The official Hotmail app


  • Manage your emails and attachments easily
  • Synchronization of contacts, calendar, and events: You could access contact lists and calendars with a single swipe of your digits.
  • Multiple account supports: You can configure several Outlook.com or Hotmail addresses.
  • Push email:  If you daily receive a plethora of emails, the app will analyze your ongoing communication to bring the most important conversations to the top.

Built-In Email App

STEP 1 : Open your built-in email client  
Tap Settings > Accounts > Add account > Exchange.

STEP 2: Enter your Hotmail  username and password.    

Notice: Type your full email address for example loginnsignup.com@outlook.com (or @hotmail.com,@msn.com,@live.com ,@outlook.co.uk)

STEP 3: If you want to setup your company email on built-in app, you need to know the following:

  • Email and Password
  • Incoming and outgoing Server
    • Server name : s.outlook.com
    • Port : 443 or 993
  • Security Type : Select SSL/TLS or  Use secure connection (SSL).

STEP 4 : Account options

Change default sync setting if you want.

After configuring your synchronization settings, you have completed the settings and your account is ready to be used. You can view your email by launching the Email app.

Outlook mail on iPhone, iPad, or iPod

Outlook for iOS allows you to send and receive emails, view and manage your calendar, and more.

- Outlook for iOS availability may depend on which country you’re currently living for and requires iOS 8.0 or higher.

- Try adding your email account using built-in email app on iOS if your device is not compatible or not available in your region

This tutorial shows you how to do this on an iPhone, but the steps are identical on iPad.


  • A better file management system.
  • Fast notifications with a good sound.
  • Performing real fast than before.
  • Providing better bulk mail management than other email providers.
  • Faster syncs than before.
  • An awesome view for iPhone.

Built-in email app on iOS

STEP 1 : Go to Settings > Mail, Contacts, Calendars > Add Account


STEP 2 : Select "Outlook.com". The setting procedure is similar to that of Hotmail, Live, or MSN email account.

STEP 3 : Enter your Hotmail email address, password and account's description.

Be careful that you have to enter your full email address, whose ending is either one of these following @outlook.com,@hotmail.com@msn.com, or @live.com, or @outlook.co.uk, etc,.

STEP 4 : Select what data if you want to sync with Hotmail (your email, contacts, calendars, and reminders). And tap "Save"

STEP 5 : Change "Mail Days to Sync" setting (Default : 1 Week). If you want to have access to all of your emails, choose No Limit.

After you're signed in, follow any additional prompts and begin using your Outlook for iOS app.

Outlook for iOS

STEP 1 : Install Outlook for iOS app from Apple Store.

STEP 2 : Launch app and enter your full email address. And tab "Add Account".

STEP 3 : Enter your login credentials and tap "Sign in".

After configuring your synchronization settings, you account is ready for use. You can view your email by launching the Email app.


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