What is Hotmail?
Hotmail.com is one of the world’s first webmail services founded in 1996 by Sabeer Bhatia and Jack Smith. Hotmail was later acquired by Windows in 1997 and launched as MSN Hotmail, later converted to Windows Live Hotmail.
It also has unlimited storage, Ajax, and close integration with Calendar, OneDrive, People, Office Online and Skype.
How is Hotmail different from other webmail services?
Hotmail.com incorporates with Office Online to allow subscribers viewing and editing of Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint documents that are attached to the email messages. Subscribers can directly open attached Office documents within the web browser, and save them to their OneDrive account. Subscribers can also edit any received Office documents, and directly reply to the sender with the edited version of their document. In addition, users may also send up to 25 GB of Office documents using Hotmail.com by uploading these docs into OneDrive, and then share them with other users.
One of the key advantage is the preview panel (something not offered in Gmail), which separates the inbox from the preview below. If you use the side-by-side view, which is more in keeping with Windows 8’s mail app, the preview panel looks a lot clearer. Or you can have no preview at all, if you prefer the Gmail way of doing things.
Introduction of Skype to Hotmail.com
A preview version of Skype was introduced to Hotmail on April 30, 2013. This feature allows subscribers to make a video call or chat within Hotmail.com without using the Skype on desktop.
Let us have some deeper knowledge about the features associated with Hotmail.com
- Folder List
This is the area located on the left side of the screen which contains the default Mail Folder List of Inbox, Junk, Drafts, Sent, Deleted, and New Folders. Here you can mark important mails, move mails to other folders where you can organize them, Chat with people using the messenger option on top right corner, make video calls with loved ones by connecting directly through Skype, and send mails by clicking on “+New” button.
The inbox has been intended for simplicity, clarity, and easier access to your mail. Customization becomes much more basic: you no longer get quirky background theme choices, but you can choose a basic interface colour. Microsoft has reformed the smaller top frame so that there is more room for the messages. A recent update, however, offers more colour options than the original preview did.
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Another awesome advantage with Hotmail is that Microsoft discontinued the appearance of display ads. You won’t see any ads at all when reading messages from your contacts. Nor does Microsoft scan the contents of your mail to target ads to you, as Google does with Gmail.
- The Ribbon
You can find The Ribbon on top left corner. By hovering your mouse over it, a list of features opens:
Outlook.com – where you can find your mail.
People – where you can find your contacts and sync Facebook and Twitter contacts.
Calendar – you can find important meetings, birthdays, public holidays at one place.
OneDrive – an online storage device to store images, videos, and other media content to share with friends and family.
Word Online – a very useful tool to create content on Microsoft Word online.
Excel Online – want to add up something? Create graphs? Pi charts? Excel Online is the solution.
PowerPoint Online – makes it easy to create and share slides.
OneNote Online – wanna make notes on the go? This feature comes to your rescue.
Sway – want to share a story happened in your life? Your vacation with pictures, videos, and some text? Sway is the best option for you.
Office Online – Wanna work online? You can even purchase it for a particular amount and use it at your convenience.
Search is also well maintained. As you type letters in the search box, any of your contacts’ names that match appear, along with options below to search by From, Subject, and to fields. An advanced search option adds the ability to specify a date range, keywords, folder, and whether or not the message has attachments.
A little bit into History
Hotmail service was founded by Sabeer Bhatia and Jack Smith, and was one of the first webmail services on the Internet along with Four11’s RocketMail (later Yahoo! Mail). It was commercially launched on July 4, 1996, symbolizing “freedom” from ISP-based email and the ability to access a user’s inbox from anywhere in the world. The name “Hotmail” was chosen out of many possibilities ending in “-mail” as it included the letters HTML, the markup language used to create web pages (to emphasize this, the original type casing was “HoTMaiL”). The limit for free storage was 2 MB. Hotmail was initially backed by venture capital firm Draper Fisher Jurvetson.
By December 1997, it reported more than 8.5 million subscribers. Hotmail initially ran under Solaris for mail services and Apache on FreeBSD for web services, before being partly converted to Microsoft products, using Windows Services for UNIX in the migration path.
Hotmail was sold to Microsoft in December 1997 for a reported $400 million, and it joined the MSN group of services. Hotmail quickly gained in popularity as it was localized for different markets around the globe, and became the world’s largest webmail service with more than 30 million active members reported by February 1999.
Outlook.com was first introduced on July 31, 2012 when its beta version was made available to the general public. Existing Hotmail customers could freely upgrade to the preview version of Outlook.com and downgrade back.
In May 2015, Microsoft announced it would move the service over to what it described as an Office 365-based infrastructure. This was followed in June 2015 by the introduction through an opt-in preview of new features, including new calendar layout options, a filtering service called “Clutter” and new theme designs. Microsoft also introduced the ability for third-party providers such as PayPal and Evernote to include add-ins into the service.
How to create an account in Hotmail.com?
- Go to www.hotmail.com
- Click on “Sign-Up”
- Fill in the details as necessary
- Now, it will send a confirmation to your e-mail or a text message to your phone
- Confirm with your e-mail or enter the text message in the box shown
- Now, you are good to go with your new Hotmail/Outlook/Microsoft Live E-mail!