As of April 2013, Hotmail users must log into their email accounts through Microsoft’s upgraded email service, Outlook.com. Typing Hotmail.com into a Web browser now automatically forwards a user to the new Outlook.com login interface.
All Hotmail.com email addresses and associated passwords remain valid unless the user chooses to log in and delete the account manually. Although the new service has a redesigned user interface, all former Hotmail.com users continue to have full access to their stored data, including saved email, archived photos and contact lists. Users have the option to switch over to a new Outlook.com email address, or they can opt to stick with the Hotmail.com address.Learn More
It is no longer possible to sign up for a free Hotmail account as Hotmail.com has become Live.com; however, a person can sign up for a Live.com e-mail account by visiting signup.live.com and inputting their first name, last name, username (firstname.lastname@example.org), country/region, ZIP code, birth date, gender, phone number and creating a password. There is also a CAPTCHA that must be filled out to ensure that the data reflects a real person and not a bot.Full Answer >
As of May 2013, you can only create an Outlook account. Microsoft discontinued Hotmail and migrated all Hotmail and Windows Live email accounts over to the new service. Outlook offers the same features as Hotmail and Windows Live and provides a way to access your email in your Web browser or through a mobile application.Full Answer >
To set up a Hotmail account, go to Microsoft's account creation page, and fill out the necessary information. Users can choose between "@hotmail.com" and "@outlook.com" for their email address.Full Answer >