This week, I was talking with a friend who has had her hotmail account for 20 years now. I was telling her she could upgrade her account and have it be an ‘outlook.com’ address instead of hotmail. Microsoft was rolling out upgrades to everyone this summer. Now in order to keep the first part of your email (the part before the @), you may have needed to be nimble to snag your new outlook.com address last Fall.
If you love your hotmail or live mail interface, you will have to make this move eventually. I upgraded as soon as I heard about it and really like the clean interface and especially the features on keeping my mailbox cleaned up with the ‘sweep’ feature. This feature lets you tell Outlook how many of a certain newsletter you want to keep in your mailbox. So if you are subscribed to a lot of newsletters, just right-click on one of them and tell how many you want to keep. The software does the rest!
But back to the upgrade. Here’s a video that shows you how to do a manual upgrade. It just takes a minute or two. But most should already have the new interface.
More Upgrade to Outlook.com Information
Perhaps you’ve been upgraded and haven’t seen any information on what was going on. This link has a lot of information with some related links that might be of interest. http://www.thewindowsclub.com/hotmail-outlook-upgrade-faq .
Things About the Upgrade:
- You can keep your @hotmail or @livemail or @msn email address
- these IDs will work when you log into your Email, SkyDrive or other Microsoft accounts you may have set up
- You won’t be able to go back once the upgrade has occurred
- Your email settings remain the same
- You can set up a new outlook.com address. I really like the outlook.com extension much better than live or hotmail!
I hope this information has been helpful. Let me know how your upgrade went. Please leave me a comment.