If you wish to login to your Hotmail account, here are the changes you will face and what you will experience:
- Hotmail has been transitioned and moved to Outlook.com ; the domains have become one and all subscribers and their accounts will be found under this one, unified platform
- Your email address remains as Hotmail.com if you wish to but they have all been moved to the Outlook.com inbox. That signifies that, if someone addresses an email to your firstname.lastname@example.org, it will land up in our Hotmail or Outlook account
- Without any loss of data, the emails, calendars, rules, contacts and other features of your inbox have been moved to the Outlook.com inbox. You have the option of using your Hotmail address as before or you can get an outlook.com address as well if you want
- Whether you type in hotmail.com, outlook.com or mail.live.com, it will open up the sign in page where you can login using your Hotmail account credentials.
If you wish to save the login details, you can click on that option. You can also change the new page layout of your Hotmail inbox by visiting the settings tab. Here you can click on the option given to change back to the old Hotmail interface.
You might be one of the numerous others who own existing Hotmail accounts and now find themselves under the Outlook.com domain, whether they like it or not. Hotmail was a revolutionary web based mail service at the time it was introduced. At that time, free, web based email service that allowed one to access their account anywhere in the world, through an internet connection, was a novelty feature. At that time only ISP related email services were common which had to be paid for and one had to check their mail though the subscribed IP address or computer.
After having sold the successful email service to Microsoft, the owners of Hotmail become billionaires and the successful email service story continued. Millions of subscribers signed up for the service and even today, several old users of Hotmail account have stayed with this brand loyally and not given way to temptations brought forward by modern, web based services like Gmail, Yahoo and others. For the large subscriber base that Hotmail commands, MSN has not deleted its identity but subtly removed its domain or brought it under outlcook.com. That means, you get to keep your existing Hotmail address. Your account remains the same with all its emails and in the folders as organized from before. You have access to additional features under the Live brand experience and your Hotmail ID becomes the one MSN ID you can use to access all its other functions and services. Today, when you sign up for a new Hotmail ID, it will no longer be a Hotmail ID but an MSN or Outlook ID. For existing Hotmail users, they need not sign up for a separate ID as their existing Hotmail ID will suffice on the upgraded platform.