How to upgrade from Hotmail to

Microsoft recently introduced, the impending successor to Hotmail. If you don’t have an existing Hotmail account, you can get started with by easily creating a new account. However, if you do have an existing Hotmail inbox, there is a way to easily upgrade/change/convert to from Hotmail. This guide shows you how to do exactly that.


Before we being, take note going from Hotmail to does not change your e-mail address. The e-mail address you have with Hotmail currently is the same e-mail address you will have after you upgrade to If you want a new e-mail, you need to create a new account.

On the same note, converting from Hotmail to does not result in loss of data — all your e-mails, contacts, folders, etc. are converted with you. The only thing that changes when going from Hotmail to is the user interface; you get a new inbox with new features provided by that were not available in Hotmail.


The following are the steps you need to take to covert your Hotmail account to

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  1. Login to Hotmail

  2. Once logged in, go to your Hotmail inbox

  3. Once in your Hotmail inbox, click on Options (located in the top-right) then click on Upgrade to

  4. Next you will be prompted with a message asking you if you are sure you want to upgrade. Click on Upgrade to Outlook to continue

  5. Done.

    After you click on Upgrade to Outlook, your Hotmail inbox will be replaced with an and you can start using it:

  6. Your Hotmail account has now been converted to


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