In 1996 Sabeer Bhatia and Jack Smith created one of the first online mail services called Hotmail that had around 400 million users around the world and with this success it gained the attention of a lot of important companies but Microsoft in particular who decided to purchased it in 1997 by the amount of 400 million dollars and where it continued to grow year by year and it was rebranded as MSN Hotmail
And even when both the company and the platform went through some pretty bad press after some security problems were discovered around 2001 and the competition appeared and seemed to be growing stronger Hotmail managed to keep everything under control and after all this problems were addressed and fixed Hotmail kept on growing stronger and innovation through the years.
With new competition Microsoft knew they had to stepped up their game so they started a beta version of the hotmail web app and upgraded their system and like that they went from MSN Hotmail to Windows Live Hotmail which included new and exciting changes from the simple look all the way to some pretty amazing features like more space for all your documents and photos and they increased the speed of the system all to make it run neater and smoother.
Update for their people
Years kept passing and by 2012 a new version arrived but this time it was significantly bigger than every other update that people had seen previously because it was the moved from the old and familiar Hotmail to the new and improved Outlook which included things like the fact that it was linked to the Microsoft Office services like Word, PowerPoint and Excel.
But this move meant a lot of change for the users so they made it a very smooth transition so not to make anybody feel uncomfortable by the sudden change, at the start the upgrade was optional and you could check it out to see if you liked it and if you didn’t you could downgrade back to where you started.
Even when there was no way to go back to the previous version and to this day you can keep your hotmail account it doesn’t have to change to an Outlook one and in the Outlook web app you can still choose for your email to be a hotmail account, and to this day you don’t even have to type outlook.com to get in because when you still type hotmail.com it will redirect you back to the outlook log in page.
How to sign in to Hotmail
So like it was previously mentioned you don’t need to change your account and you can even create new hotmail account very easily and I’m here to show you how in a few simple steps:
- What you need to do first is go into Outlook.com (or hotmail.com it will still redirect you to the same page, it doesn’t matter which one you use) and you will see two options one is Log in and the other says create a new account, click on the latter to do so.
- Then type out what you want your new account to be and the password you’ve chosen (make sure it includes numbers and/or any kind of symbol like an * or a # to it will be more difficult for others to guess) and then click ‘Next’.
- And then the next page will ask you some personal information like your name, your country and your birthday. After all of this complete the captcha that will appear on your screen.
- Once you complete all the information you will be shown a simple welcome message and you can select your time zone and the language you preferred the page to be in.
- And just like that you have a new hotmail or outlook account.
For your security
Always make sure to fill out any other information you need like the security questions and the alternative email just in case you ever forget your password or you are hacked you can easily report it and then respond all security questions and be able to change your password so whoever was inside it can be pushed out of the account (or if you simply forgot it) and then you can simply create a new password that will hopefully not be compromised.
You can do that by simply using simple numbers on the password and make it something no one that knows you well could simply guess it and never ever use the same password for multiple accounts because then you are just compromising all of them if by making it easier for any hacker because once they get into one account the cold easily get into all of them.
After you’ve created your account you can do things like add your contact, since outlook is linked with other social medias like Facebook, Twitter and others you can see which of your friends can be added to your contacts and you will be notified of everything that happens on any of those other pages. And you can also change the look of your account by clicking on the settings button and choose what color and theme you want your account to have now so you can show your creativity to all your contacts.
You can also communicate to other people through the skype video call that are also linked to outlook so you can be able to open them and see who is there off-line. You can also see the pictures and Youtube videos someone has sent you to your email through the same email without having to go to another website or downloading this documents, so you can easily see if you like them and then choose if you want to download them to your computer.
How to close your hotmail account
If even with all of this upgrades, features and advantages that outlook provides you decide to permanently close your account whether it’s because you no longer need it or because you just don’t want it, so this is how you can do this:
- So first the outlook web app might have to make sure it’s you so you will have to answer some questions so they know for sure it’s not someone trying to close your account.
- And if it is you you’ll want to make sure that you’re not leaving any important information behind when you close the account because once it is closed there will be no way to recover that information.
- Remember when you close your account you’ll lose to ability to sign in to any other Microsoft product or service so you’ll have to cancel any subscription you had under that email.
- Once you’ve made sure that you are not going to lose anything once you close it you are going to click on Close your hotmail account and sign into your account.
- Then see that once you’ve successfully sign in you are in the correct account and then click next.
- Then you will be shown a list of options where you have to choose one of them as a reason for why you decided to close the account.
- And then you have to select on mark account for closure.
Be careful with your account
After you’ve click on mark account for closure Microsoft gives you around 60 days before the account is permanently closed and gone forever just in case you change your mind or if you want to go through it to make sure there is nothing in it you will lose forever if you don’t retrieve it before the account it’s permanently closed.
During this waiting period it is marked for closure but it still exist in case you wish to repent it again all you need to do is sign in again before that sixty day mark and the closure will be canceled and everything will be as you left it.
Keep your interest in mind
After all of this you can simply see that what this company is completely focused on innovation and customer service since even when what you want is to cancel your account all it does is keep your interest in mind by letting you be able to recover all your data and letting you know what could happen any other thing that is currently using or is linked to that account and by checking the reason why you are closing this account to see if there is anything they could change in the future.
And you can see the desire to keep on changing by the amount of upgrades it is constantly doing by adding new features or removing those that by public response were not as popular as they once thought they could be.
So even if they are not number one you can clearly see why they are so close and how at one point they led this market (and possibly will lead it again soon) because they listen to what both their current and past users are saying they like or liked in the past and they look for ways to incorporate them for possible new customers in the future.