Hotmail was launched as a free web-mail service in July 1996. Two decades later and after a series of rebranding campaigns and relaunches, Hotmail –also known as Windows Live or Outlook after Hotmail was acquired by Microsoft in 1997 and renamed Outlook in 2013– remains a powerhouse with over 400 million active users a month.
Available in 106 languages, Hotmail is equipped with a range of outstanding features, including robust anti-spam, anti-virus and anti-phishing services, and a Hotmail account provides access to virtually unlimited free storage, connections to Skype, Facebook, Twitter, Google and LinkedIn, mobile access, and built-in search – not to mention convenient, intuitive and lightning-fast emailing.
Signing up for a new Hotmail account is easy and takes mere minutes. Simply follow the instructions below and you’ll quickly be on your way to enjoying the host of services that Hotmail and Outlook have to offer.
How to sign up for a Hotmail account
1. Got to Hotmail.com. Open your browser and go to www.hotmail.com. You’ll be directed to the sign-in page; click on the “Create account” option and you’ll be taken to Hotmail’s sign up page. You can also visit the sign up page directly at https://signup.live.com.
2. Enter your information. You’ll be asked to provide some basic personal information, including your full name, location/country, birthdate and gender. Remember that your name will appear to your friends, family, co-workers and others in the Microsoft services you use.
3. Choose your username. Microsoft offers users a range of options when it comes to choosing a username for your new account. You can use any email address as the user name for your new Microsoft account, including addresses from Outlook.com, Yahoo! or Gmail. If you prefer this option, simply enter your regular email address as your Microsoft username.
If you want to create a new email account, click on “Get a new email address”. Microsoft allows you to choose between an Outlook or Hotmail domain by clicking the dropdown menu and choosing the domain you prefer.
4. Choose your password. Passwords are case sensitive and have an 8-character minimum. Find out how to create a secure password with our series of tips.
5. Protect your info. You’ll be asked to enter your phone number and an alternate email address. These help Microsoft keep your account secure and will be used by Microsoft to send you a verification code or an automated call if it has to verify your identity.
You’ll also have to verify that you’re a real person before you can create your account. Enter the characters you see in the space provided. If you have any problems, click “new” for a new captcha text or “audio” to hear it out loud.
6. Check that all your information is correct. Make sure that all the information you’ve entered is correct and that all required fields have been filled out. Check the box if you want to receive promotional offers from Microsoft, or uncheck the box if you’re not interested.
7. Finish creating your account. Once all your information has been entered correctly click on “Create Account” to finish signing up for Hotmail. You’re ready to go! Visit the Hotmail website again to sign into the email account you just created with your new username and password.