How to Create a Hotmail Account in 2021

hotmail is now outlook.com. learning how to create an outlook.com account

Hotmail was one of the first public webmail services that could be accessed from any web browser. It debuted in 1996 and was acquired by Microsoft in 1997. Microsoft phased out Hotmail in 2011 and relaunched the service as Outlook.com in 2012. Outlook.com is a personal information manager web app from Microsoft consisting of webmail, calendaring, contacts, and tasks services.

Prior to Hotmail, email could only be accessed from a device with an application specific to the email provider, or required an Internet Service Provider (ISP) service agreement. Although many users today have @hotmail.com email addresses, the hotmail.com address now redirects to Microsoft‘s outlook.live.com site.

While users can still select @hotmail.com when creating a new email address, the service itself is still via Outlook.com. It’s worth mentioning Outlook.com is the free, web-based mail account and is not the same as Outlook, the mail client application of the Microsoft Office suite. 

Read also: Hotmail Email Accounts

How to create an Outlook.com account

  1. Open a web browser and navigate to Outlook.com’s sign-in page: outlook.live.com/owa/.

     

  2. Select Create free account.
    create free outlook account
  3. Enter a username this is the part of an email address that comes before the @outlook.com. For easy identification, most people use their name, such as jane.doe@outlook.com.

    create a free hotmail account

  4. On the far right of the username field, there is a dropdown arrow. If clicked, this dropdown arrow will reveal the other domain that can be used for an email address, hotmail.com. If the Hotmail domain is preferred, select it from the dropdown menu. The default domain will be outlook.com if not specified. Select Next.

    choose a hotmail or outlook handle to create your account

  5. On the next page, create a password. Ensure this password is difficult to guess and has a combination of letters, numbers, and symbols. Outlook.com requires that passwords have at least eight characters and contain at least two uppercase letters, lowercase letters, numbers, or symbols. After you’ve created a unique password, select Next.

    Read more: Find the Best LastPass Alternative for Managing & Protecting Passwordsadd a unique password in creating your outlook account

  6. On the following page, enter your first and last name in the fields provided. Select Next.

    add your first and last name in creating your outlook.com account

  7. On the next page, choose your country/region and enter your birthdate. Select Next.

    add your birthday in creating an outlook.com account

  8. On the next page, enter the correct characters from the CAPTCHA image or rotate an image until it’s the right side up. Select Next.

    Solve the recaptcha puzzle to create a outlook.com account

  9. Outlook.com will then set up your email account and display a welcome screen. From this screen, you can set up other account features and settings, such as color themes, time zones, and contacts.

    the welcome screen of outlook.com

  10. To access your email account, select Sign in and enter your credentials on Outlook.com’s homepage specified in Step 1.

    sign in to your newly created outlook.com account

Hotmail features in Outlook.com

Outlook.com uses Ajax programming techniques and supports later versions of Internet Explorer, Firefox, Safari, and Google Chrome. Main features of the webmail service include sending, receiving, and managing emails, scheduling and managing meetings and events with Outlook.com’s calendar, getting detailed information about contacts when their name is hovered over, managing tasks with Microsoft To Do, and locating messages, people, and documents with the search function. These features are located all in one place for easy access.

Outlook.com also adds travel itineraries and flight plans from emails to the calendar. It can attach files from Google Drive, DropBox, and OneDrive. Microsoft Office files can be edited straight from from an inbox. Other, more specific, features of Outlook.com include:

  • Email scheduling: Outlook.com allows an email to be written and then scheduled to send on the day and time you want it to go out. Once the email is written, navigate to Options>Send later
outlook.com email scheduling

Fill in the date and time you’d like the email to be sent.

set the date and time email scheduling for outlook.com
  • Template: For emails that are sent repetitively, the template feature allows users to save the text of an email, similar to a template. In future messages, the text can easily be inserted. To create a template, go to the three dots>My Templates.
outlook.com email templates
  • Customizable email organization: Emails can be color coded according to keywords or content. For example, instead of unread emails marked in bolded font, they can be highlighted red, green, or any other desired color. Users can specify a keyword, and Outlook.com will highlight the keyword in a specified color if the subject line includes the keyword. Emails from specific contacts, such as a coworker, can be highlighted for easy visibility. Click the cog in the right hand corner > View all Outlook settings > General > Categories.
set categories in outlook.com email

How to access old an Hotmail account

To gain access to your old Hotmail mailbox and contacts, Microsoft has an Account Recovery Form available. This method is only available if you’ve enabled two-step verification. If you’ve disabled the option, you won’t be able to use the form or recover your account.

how to recover your old hotmail account

To use the form, go to account.live.com/acsr. Enter in the email address you want to recover or the phone or Skype username associated with it. Type in an email that Microsoft can use to contact you. After completing the security test, press Next. Microsoft should get back to you in 24 hours with your old account information.

Abby Braden
Abby Braden is an award-winning writer and editor for websites such as TechnologyAdvice.com, Webopedia.com, and Project-Management.com, where she covers technology trends and enterprise and SMB project management platforms. When she’s not writing about technology, she enjoys giving too many treats to her dog and coaching part-time at her local gym.

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