Outlook.com (formerly Hotmail) is one of the oldest and longest running services for sending and receiving email messages and is the heir to Hotmail, which is owned by Microsoft.
Outlook.com, after Yahoo Mail and GMail, is the most used e-mail service in the world and has really become an optimal solution, both if you are used to reading and writing Emails via web browser, and if the management is done via client desktop (such as Microsoft Outlook).
Outlook.com this year has really improved a lot compared to the past, both in the graphical interface and in the options and features.
For example, it can be integrated with Windows Live Messenger and all other Microsoft online services, allows you to manage your address book and allows you to import friends from Facebook and Linkedin.
Also excellent is the management of messages with tools to clean up the inbox and to quickly organize the emails received and sent.
No space limits and the ability to send photos and images up to 10 GB in a single email are other valuable features of Hotmail.
Anyone who does not have an Outlook.com email address and who has one but does not use it can still choose to use Outlook.com features without changing your address.
In fact, recently we can sign up for Outlook.com without creating an Outlook.com email address, thus continuing to use the old one.
Surely those who use services such as Gmail or Yahoo mail do not need Outlook.com.
Instead, I appeal to all those who continue to use the bad mail services provided by providers such as Libero, Alice, Fastweb, Virgilio, Wind and so on.
The principle is the same as for mobile number portability: since everyone already has one and is rightly opposed to having to open a new one, it is possible to bring the old address to a modern and feature-rich online email service.
Here, the link for sign up for Outlook.com with your old Email address.
NOTE: If you get the message: 'You don't have a mailbox yet', you need to clear the cache, close the browser, reopen it and log in again.
If, on the other hand, you already have a Windows ID, that is the registered login to access services such as MSN Messenger or SkyDrive, just enter Outlook.com to activate the new e-mail address.
From the options (top right button) you can set up a different mail account to send emails and you can choose to receive messages arrived at that address, in Outlook.com.
In any case, Outlook.com guides you through setting up the connection to the old service so that existing emails are imported into Hotmail via POP, and that the user can send and receive emails from Outlook.com with the primary email address.
Why Use Outlook.com?
Very briefly, some of the better features I'm:
- An excellent spam filter that excludes junk mail;
- Ability to watch photos and videos directly in the body of the messages;
- View Emails as if they were a conversation;
- View Word, Excel and Powerpoint documents with Microsoft Office Live and then edit them directly from Outlook.com;
- Send attachments up to 10 GB thanks to the SkyDrive integration.
Finally, remember that you can also receive Outlook.com mail on clients such as Microsoft Outlook Windows Live Mail, the new program in the Windows Live Essentials suite.
To configure Outlook.com as a new account in a desktop mail client the parameters are:
Incoming mail server: pop-mail.outlook.com
Server for sending emails: smtp-mail.outlook.com
POP3 server port: 995
SMTP Server Port: 25 or 587
Enable encrypted connection.
From August 2012 Hotmail became Outlook.com improving a lot.