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MSN Hotmail…Gone with the wind!

Before you start reading, you should know that this is the whole article about once a legendary emailing service called, “msn Hotmail”. I will be going through a mix of storytelling as well as somewhat of a technical explanation for this platform. Being an avid user, I believe my words can have that intensity that some people desire to see.

What actually caused the Microsoft to devour Hotmail? We will never know. It may have been the bankruptcy of the original founding company or it may have dozens of other reason. One thing is certain though! Microsoft has now officially replaced the msn Hotmail. Don’t believe yet? Type the and see what opens up. As an avid user of this platform, I feel as if a wave of nostalgia has been silenced, replaced with grief and somewhat a disheartening effect. But who knows…perhaps it was for the best.

I was a Hotmail user for a very long time and I empathize with you. In fact, the reason why you are reading this article is that you wanted to have information about this platform. You have come to the right place. I will be also telling you a whole lot of other things which will definitely get through you.


A bit of Nostalgia…

I still remember as if it was yesterday. Just kidding! It was, in fact, a long time ago. But the good old nineties were there. It was probably the time of 1998 when I first ever logged into my new account of Hotmail. Internet wasn’t really a big trend. Heck, facebook was even missing…you can guess how popular was the internet at that time. And yet…no one knew that Hotmail would gain that level of popularity. Nobody could have predicted that email service would one day become a primary method of communication. And look at today. We all rely on emails, one way or another. It is without a doubt one of the most effective methods of communication today. Funny thing is…I still remember my granny saying that this email service lacks soul as to speak. She wasn’t wrong though. What could replace the phone call service along with the personal touch of fax? Well, the email service took over.

One of the most interesting and downright humorous aspects of email was that nobody wanted to give it much thought. I in fact pity the poor souls who had chosen some of the most ridiculous names at first, only to regret their choice later since emailing became one of the most effective communication methods. The only thing that it lacked was the playing in the market and trends with users, unlike Microsoft which is such a big game player.

As much as it was revered like the emailing god, the Hotmail was soon put out of worship. It still saddens me to see it finally gone but hey! At least the new emailing service is trendy and up to the date. One of the main reasons why I personally feel Mail went out of fashion was because of its lack of following trends. For users like me who are satisfied on a similar same old boring email window, asking us to still log in, this didn’t matter much. Unfortunately, the majority of the world doesn’t work that way. People demand new things constantly. Microsoft knows that very well. If only Hotmail had known it, it would be still around…answering my emails.

That is what happened folks. The Hotmail didn’t follow trends. It didn’t change much and fell out of everyone’s preferred list sooner than we may have thought. What made the matters worse were those spam folders. One can never have enough of those. When your genuine emails are mixed with an email from an unknown one, telling you to have some unrecognized family living in some remote corners of the world, ready to hand you tons of gold for free, you will want to stop using such email service.

I must admit one thing. Now that we are on aboard this nostalgia thing, I gotta tell you that I used to salivate for those Gmail accounts. Using Hotmail had its own charm, very similar to using a hard and colorless Nokia phone when people around are blackberry users. Sooner or later you find yourself wanting that.

And what made people like me, Hotmailians I should call them…different than the modern types? Laziness and not following the trends, preferring instead our own orthodox ways! And I gotta tell you…this is not good for business or marketing trends.

Now coming to the tale of downfall… We all know that Microsoft is one of the most advanced platforms, coping with users demands on a daily basis. This is one of the reasons why this devilry cast a dark curse over the lazy Mail. Now it has killed it and finally taken over its soul. I still have at end of my email address and God knows how weird it is to log into And well…it has its own charms. Outlook is preferably better if you like upgrades and wish for more organized emailing services.

In the end, what remains is my memory of coming to my home on hot summers, sitting under the cooling fan and checking my emails on my Pentium three. Those days are gone now…just like Mail. Microsoft offers much more reliable and better service. Hotmail is now a relic of past that withered with the passage of time.

 Technical Reasons for Demise of msn Hotmail

I gotta warn you now. The above paras were all bubblegum. I am going to speak a little nerdier. However, stick around. You really want to know the issues of Hotmail in detail

Outlook…The son of  msn Hotmail

Be it contacts or web-mails, be it even tasks and calendaring services, Outlook is your buddy for all of this. It is a platform well provided with tools and facilities to entertain you with all of these facilities. It is owned by Microsoft (duh!).

Now what I am about to tell you is a history of this wonderful platform. The outlook was world’s first web mail service. Technically I am speaking about Hotmail. In 1996, an eccentric Indian entrepreneur founded the company of Hotmail somewhere in the mountains of California.

The tale of Microsoft acquiring the Hotmail Company is not very old. In 1997, some salivating owners in the Microsoft saw it fit to own this wonderful company for their own use, therefore, buying it for the 400 million dollars. The name, “MSN Hotmail” was added after that. Just like the wind, the name of this company changed many times. One of the most trendy names which your probably remember is the windows live Hotmail.

Mail then followed a lot of changes and upgrades. From the old window that asked you to click yes if you wanted to log out, it came a long way forward. Latest upgrade was in 2011and it was the last one given by Microsoft. After that, we got Outlook finally replacing its good old predecessor for good. This happened in 2013.

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A Bit of History

It was already been told that an Indian entrepreneur named Sabeer Bhatia and Jack Smith founded a company by name of Hotmail, later one which would become the world’s first and one of most famous emailing services. Interestingly, it was made commercially available in 1996 in heated summers of June. How its name was chosen is also a very interesting turns of events. The word HTML was to be combined with mail, giving it the cliché name of Hotmail. As it was launched commercially, the service became available, allowing any user from any corner of world to contact another person.

The trend of Hotmail grew exponentially. You can only imagine how popular it had become, easily having about more than 8.5 million users by December 1997.

MSN Hotmail as new

As predictable, the growing status attracted the powerful and mighty as well as wealthy Microsoft, who deemed it fit to own this company, seeing its potential beforehand. They were right to do so!

So the tale took a new turn as the company, growing and prospering was sold to Microsoft for a total of 400 million dollars. MSN then combined its services with Outlook, giving it a new name of ,”MSN Hotmail”. Microsoft knew how to market. That is one of the main reasons why Hotmail’s popularity kept growing and increasing. The users grew now to thirty million and that was even before the internet was made available for everyone. Microsoft was quite hardworking too. Some of the most breathtaking projects were completed within a short span of a year or two which is an impressive feat. This served to boost the popularity of this platform.

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When it comes to progress, there sure are hurdles. 1999 proved a bit darker time for the world’s most used email site. This also became most widespread security issue, tarnishing its reputation.

You will want to read this. It also surprises me that how on earth such an emailing website could have a flaw like that. So to make conversation shorter, lets suppose you were a hacker back then. You didn’t need to do much. You could log into any of the hotmail’s accounts by simply typing the email address and typing, “eh” in the password.

You read that right. IT DID HAPPEN! No wonder it became as one of the most widespread issues. How such an issue was there all the time despite the progress and million dollars transaction is out of my intellect’s ability to process. However, this was actually happening at that time.

This doesn’t stop there. Who can ever silence the hackers? Right?

In 2001, we have another interesting security issue when hackers found they could log into anyone’s Outlook account and pull messages from another msn Hotmail account.

This proved not just an issue, it was outright dangerous. Imagine million dollars of the transaction or simply business emails being pulled out, revealing a plethora of information that could be used for sinister purposes! Yes that had strong potential of happening. I still wonder how skillfully Microsoft recovered.

And as you can guess, the hackers ran amok on the internet, hacking and moving forward with more of sinister actions.

A sizable proportion of accounts were compromised in this incident. This only tarnished the reputation of Hotmail. In year 2001, the days between 7th August and 31 August were riddled with such incidents.

Competition that ruins!

As if the hackers weren’t enough! You also got competition in form of Google. It was the time of search engines rising. Google introduced the service of Gmail. This happened in 2004. Outlook was still recovering and progressing forward. Gmail at that time was far more flexible and had better options of data storage. Besides that, the sharing of large sized files which could never be done with Not only that, the Gmail also provided the better security and Hotmail company almost felt losing. This was not going to be an easy task. The competition only increased as Gmail gained more and more fans, easily surpassing Hotmail in usefulness. It was time to do something far better and bigger. There was a new wave of innovation in the industry of webmail and Hotmail wasn’t behind it.

Windows Live Hotmail

I believe this era marks as a start of a new service. I must say when I saw the first upgrade, I knew what was ahead. The Hotmail had started changing profoundly. I knew that there was a big change in front of the emailing service. So the first wave of innovation started when in 2005, Microsoft’s new email service was announced. Its codename was Kahuna. There was also a beta version released. However, its usage was not open. For having access to its usage, you would need to request an invitation.

One thing that I absolutely loved about this beta version was its simplicity and fast service. What interested me more was that this service was created as a new. That is right! They had ditched old msn Hotmail. No wonder the Hotmail had breathed its last, under the rubble of hackers’ dilemma and competition and rose as a new from its ashes, mainly providing faster, reliable and safer as well as simpler service.

An interesting turn of events was followed when Microsoft had changed its name to Windows live mail. You can say they were burying the seeds of a name change that early! However, people especially the regular folks like me and you were not satisfied. They were still using Outlook and especially the beta users were very confused when it came to acknowledging names. For us, the word Hotmail meant a lot more than simple Windows Live mail. And hence, Microsoft was not able to do what it wanted to do all along! The name was changed to simply Windows Live Hotmail. This removed a lot of confusion.

Microsoft is known for learning and going with new trends. Seeing how the Mail system had gone flat before, they had learned from their mistakes. This is one of the strong reasons why we got something like a new system in April 2007. I say it was a nice step.

So Outlook was in for a new registration and the users which amounted to 260 million gained access to a brand new system. However, the old system was still there especially for users who had given their registration before. I believe it was something in their systems which allowed for change. People don’t change the trends that easily. Imagine sleeping night before, logging out of same old system and when you wake up and turn on the PC, you scratch your head while seeing the old system turned all new. As much frustrating it sounds, it can get even more frustrating if you had something important to do and this upgrade had got in the way. That would have been nasty!

Coming from 2007 onwards, there is a long history of development and progression. The Microsoft never rested then, always releasing the new systems and upgrades. As the time passed, I started seeing less and less of Mail other than just the name and I saw more and more of the upgrades. The only reason why Outlook was even used because of the users who had adjusted to the old system too much. Even when the complete transition was done to Outlook, I still saw many forums asking questions about where had their Hotmail accounts had gone!

Inevitable Transition to Outlook

Frankly speaking, when the transition happened, I wasn’t a bit surprised. I knew Hotmail had been changed completely the moment they turned it into Windows live Hotmail. It was only a matter of time. Though it took eight years for them to completely renew the minds of people to accept the Outlook, I believe people still cling to Hotmail. This is became even my email has Hotmail at the end.

At first, Outlook was released in 2012, its beta version made available to users. As it progressed towards 2013, the Outlook’s upgrades kept occurring. You had the option to switch towards the Outlook theme and system. Not only that, as Outlook gained more and more users, the option of switching towards the Outlook beta version and switching back was given. I think this was the right step. Although I prefer the beta version which is more organized and steady, the old system had its own charm and I wouldn’t just switch in one day.

Features in MSN Hotmail

The features of Outlook have come a long way from only sending the emails. This has been nicely handled by all of the developers and this is indeed the right step. There was something which I honestly miss. It was the ability to create custom domain names. Perhaps the developers had grown tired to see the custom names being there, ranging from sophisticated to outright stupid. Some of the main features are given below.

  1. Security and Privacy:

Ever since the first blow to the security in form of hackers, Microsoft has been increasing the security. So much work has been done in keeping the emails separated from work emails as well as spamy ones. Emails are not scanned and attachments for advertisement and information related to personal accounts are free from ads. This is a big boost!

If you go technical, you will find many additions to security algorithms which white hackers keep testing to make it better.

  1. Active View:

This is a big relief. I assure you when you logged in old times, you would have to wait for the whole file to be downloaded. Only after that could you view it. Now, you can view pdf formats and files as well as images in the emails. No need to download useless ones when you can cross check it.

  • Skype Integration:

One of the best things that Microsoft did was Skype integration. I often talk with my clients as well as friends through outlook. I will not say it is very simple or even very user-friendly. But when you learn to use it properly, it is like driving your own car. You can use it more and more according to your own needs.

  1. Deleting the Spams:

There is a sweep option which allows you to delete a large number of useless emails. Other than that, I fell in love with spam identification of this system. Although there were many genuine emails which it identified as spam and you have check the option, “it is not a spam”, most spam emails are pushed in a side bin and deleted automatically from junk emails after ten days.

It is very important to check junk emails since any email which is a bit different gets in junk and deleted automatically within ten days. So you gotta be careful.

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How to add and request receipts and delivery notifications

By 1996, Windows Live Hotmail was launched by Jack Smith and SabeerBathia and was one of the first free email services in those times. In case you do not know yet, its name was first spelled HoTMaiL, emphasizing the HTML. Next year, it was sold to Microsoft Corporation and renamed as In the beginning, it provided users with many interesting features such as a calendar, virus scanning, spam filters, management tasks, and more.

After renaming this service, Microsoft Corporation released many interesting changes and introduced new features. Even if the company made many changes to the email service, is not very different from Hotmail. In fact, Outlook is a modern version of Hotmail. For this reason, users can make sure that they are the same.

What happened to Hotmail?

As I said before, when Hotmail login page was acquired by Microsoft, the company introduced a wide range of changes to this free email service. For instance, the URL redirects you to the home page for all Microsoft services, such as OneDrive, Skype, and so on. In addition to this, Microsoft provides users with the possibility to update their email accounts and to enjoy all the new features.

Everything you need to know about adding and requesting read receipts and delivery notifications

First and foremost, it is important for you to know that delivery receipts were designed with the main goal of confirming delivery of the sender´s messages to the recipient´s mailbox. However, they are not the ability to confirm delivery of those messages that the recipient previously saw. Receipts confirm that your messages were opened. Apart from this, the recipient has the option of declining to send read receipts. It is also possible that read receipts were not sent to the recipient.

How to tack all sent messages?

Firstly, look for the Options button, and then tap the Mail option. Now you are required to tap the Delivery receipt confirming the message was delivered to the recipient’s e-mail server option. In addition to this, it is important to mention that it is better to track a single message instead of all of them. Keep in mind that some recipients have the option of receiving notifications that read receipts are requested on your messages.

How to track a single message?

In this case, you are required to look for the Request a Delivery Receipt option and tap it. If you do not find this option, you have to look for the Tracking group. In this section, you will find the option you need to select.

If you are interested in tracking responses, you have to locate the first message you sent. If you do not find it, look for the Sent Items option. Then, tap the Message option and select the Tracking button. You have to keep in mind that you will not find the Tracking button if no receipt was received previously. This option will be available when you receive one receipt.


How can I add or remove folders in Favorites?

For most of the users, Outlook is just an email application which is used for sending and receiving email messages. However, it is much more than this. Microsoft Outlook can be defined as an email client provided by Microsoft Corporation. The world-famous company created this free webmail service for the purposes of being a manager of personal information and also a stand-alone application. Additionally, it has the ability to operate in conjunction with other Microsoft services, such as the Microsoft Exchange Server.

And if that was little, it has the ability to manage a wide range of useful tools such as contact lists, management tasks, schedule calendars, any kind of document, and so on. This email application also lets you communicate via phone support, among others. However, one of the most important features is the ability to remove folders in Favorites. In the present case, we are going to describe some interesting aspects of this helpful feature.

What should I know about removing folders in Favorites?

I think it is a good idea to start by defining what Favorites are. It is possible to define Favorites as a section that can be found in the Folder Pane and allows users keep used mail folders available in the easiest way possible. With this section, you are not required to scroll through all your email account to look for a file that can be hidden on the site. You have a wide range of options for adding or removing folders to the special section. Of course, you will choose the best option based on your personal needs.

To do so, you have the option of selecting the folder you want to add and dragging to the special section. However, you have to take into consideration that you will not be allowed to remove a folder this way. The other option you have for adding or removing is by clicking the Show in Favorites button or the Remove from Favorites button.

The last option you have for adding or removing in the Favorites section is as follows: look for the Folder Pane and select the folder you are interested in adding and select the Folder option. After doing so, you are required to find the Favorite group and select the Show in Favorites option. Keep in mind that the added folder will be included in the special section at the same time the ribbon command will be highlighted.

Other important aspects of adding or removing folders in the Favorites section

If you are interested in adding a folder to the Favorites section, you have to take into account that it will be a shortcut to the folder. In other words, the current file has to remain at the previous position in the folder list. If you need to remove a folder, you have to take into account that you will not delete the folder or its content, that is to say, you will just remove the shortcut that is included in the Favorites section. It is also important to mention that if you add a new folder to the Favorites section, it will appear at the bottom of the section.



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Learn everything about Outlook and do not stay behind.

What is Outlook

Understanding what Outlook is, is very important because it is not just an electronic messaging service like Hotmail used to be. Microsoft has decided to make an application that encompasses a large number of services that undoubtedly facilitates the lives of users.

As for its particular design, it is very similar to the design that we can observe in Windows 8. With an interface that also allows you to connect to different social networks and manage them without having to leave your mail. Another of its advantages is that it allows you to enter an office package in the cloud through SkyDrive. A service that you cannot always consider in other messaging platforms.

What services offer you Outlook

Now that you have an idea of what it implies, you need to know how to make the most of your tools. The services that Outlook as a company offer are many and varied We tell you what some of they are right now:

  • Incorporate new linked email accounts.
  • Copy, send, select, some mail items from other accounts.
  • Work without having a data connection and synchronize once you have it.
  • Customize filter levels.
  • Share, modify and edit own and shared calendars with other contacts.
  • Convene meetings and see the availability of attendees.

Who created Outlook

The creation of Outlook is not as recent as you think. Since 1989 we have already heard about this incredible platform that initially sold services separately. Initially, office packages were sold, with nothing more than Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. After that, the Outlook MS applications began to be combined in 1990.

The best version we have of Outlook services is found in the office 2003 package. This included a better interface as features that users were willing to take advantage of.

Although do not be fooled, the most recent version created and that also includes a large amount of technology is the Microsoft Office suite that comes in Office 2016. Without a doubt, it is here that we really consider Outlook as a service that is overcrowded and can be used by everybody. In addition to working directly with the configuration of your personal computer in a friendly way.

How to create an Outlook account

If you want to enjoy all the benefits that this platform offers you, it is necessary to create an Outlook account and this is done in the following way.

  1. The first step in creating an Outlook account is to enter into an Internet browser. This can be Chrome, Mozilla, Explorer, Opera or whichever you prefer.
  2. Once there, place the word Outlook in the search engine and then press ENTER to go directly to the page.
  3. In the main page of the services, you must press the “register now” button. In that case, a new tab will open.
  4. Fill out the form that is presented below with all the personal information requested. In this case, it will also ask you to enter the username. Depending on the use you give to your mail, put a name that is very easy to remember for you and for the people who will communicate with you.

The username is the name with which you can access your personal account so it is important to write it down in a place so you do not forget it, as well as the password you have decided to have. You can even request the service to have a particular extension followed by @ arroba. Example: or

It is very important that you consider that the name you have decided to place in your email cannot be accessed by anyone else. It is a unique account that will define you in the digital world, so if the name is repeated, Outlook will not allow you to add the account. Consider then that it is necessary to rethink the name in case this happens.

  1. Now add your secret key, address and location data, an alternative email in case you forget your password and cell phone. This information is of utmost importance to bring a better security control on your account.
  2. Now, accept all the terms and conditions of having an email account and press the “create account” button. The option to select the images that are indicated or better known as “captcha” will appear. Now you will enter directly into the inbox and your email will be already created. Keep in mind that if you withdraw from the computer, you must log out and if you want to be able to log in again, you just have to put your username and password.

Outlook advantages

Having an Outlook account as an email account can have the following advantages:

  • The main advantage that offers you to have an Outlook account is that it allows you to communicate with users of social networks easily.
  • It has a call service that turns out to be completely free through Skype, which facilitates communication between several users.
  • It incorporates a storage space with cloud technology in SkyDrive. It is ideal to keep all the information at your fingertips and everywhere when you need it.
  • You can link your account to your mobile devices and have all your information at your fingertips. You will no longer need to be on a computer to access your emails as more and more mobile devices are added to this technology.

Outlook vs Hotmail

It is important that you know that when it comes to Outlook, there are also other messaging services that you can consider. In this case, we will compare it with the services that Hotmail offers and its functionality.

It is important to note that with the advance Outlook has positioned itself a bit and combined the services that Hotmail previously offered. It is for this reason that we have a messaging service that can be addressed both Hotmail and Outlook without any problem. What is important to consider is that currently to access the services of Hotmail or Outlook is done under the Outlook platform.

It does not matter which one you choose as long as you take advantage of the benefits.

Differences between Outlook and Gmail

Speaking of differentiating elements, these big of the business are those who have a greater number of users in the market. Therefore, it is very important that you consider what are the main differences that these two have to offer in the market:

  • Outlook has a very friendly and intuitive design which once you select a contact you can send the message directly. For its part, Gmail also offers this service although with an unfriendly design.
  • For instant messaging, it has a very practical platform in which is not necessary to have nothing more than Messenger. This same service can be found in Google although it has not had the best results from the users.
  • Although in terms of social networks Google has “google plus” this is not the best one. Outlook in terms of interaction with social networks turns out to be the best option for everyone. This integrates directly into the mail all networks such as Twitter, Facebook, Linkedin.
  • Both have a storage service in the cloud so the difference we should notice is the amount of free storage they offer. While Google only allows you to store about 10GB, the Outlook service is almost unlimited.
  • Regarding the classification of spam mail, we consider that Gmail’s capacity is much higher than Microsoft, which makes this a perfect tool when saving personal records.

In consideration are more benefits that Outlook can offer you than Gmail. Keep in mind that the image that you can show at the time of management and domain of any network it is Outlook the one that gives you a more comprehensive service. It is also important that you consider that the Outlook messaging service joins and integrates the office automation packages with Office 360. In addition, since it is a Microsoft messaging service, it has a more business-friendly service and is perfect for cases in which you need to undertake any business.

Outlook configures Gmail account

If you want to migrate but your main account is in Gmail we will tell you how you can link the services of this in Outlook, and that the latter be the one who manages your accounts.

  1. It is necessary to configure the IMAP protocols in your Gmail account. Go to the main screen of your mail Gmail located at the top of the gear and press it to enter the configuration.
  2. Once there you must select in the pop-up window the option “Forwarding and POP / IMAP”. Press the option to activate IMAP and save the changes. Close session to save the changes and access your Outlook email now.
  3. Once you enter your email you must select the “account settings” option.
  4. Once there, you must press “first time” or “new” on the mail label that appears in the configuration. Choose the option “manual alternative” or “additional Server” and press the following option.
  5. In the new pop-up window, place all the information and press “more settings”. In this option it will open a new tab called “outgoing server” and you will choose “My Outgoing server”. Then press ok.
  6. Then go back to the main configuration window and in this case, you will start to verify the account you have added and at the end click on the “close” button. Now the option to link Gmail in Outlook is already configured.

Consider the Outlook services like the best ones that you can find in the market. Do not hesitate then to make the most of all its benefits.


How to Delete Outlook Account

If you want delete Outlook Account you are selling your PC or disposing off it in the sense of giving it to a sibling or friend, you need to change credentials. A Microsoft account holds critical information; from calendars to important business emails. It might also hold private data that you don’t want a second eye on it. This means you cannot share your email account. The only way to protect such data is by securing your outlook account; in this case, deleting it from the PC. You might want to change the automatic hotmail login settings before you delete the account to ensure none ever gets a chance to view your personal data.

Delete Outlook Account

It can be a New Year resolution and you are changing your identity. Also, there is no harm in having multiple Microsoft accounts. If you run multiple devices for work and social activity, you might need multiple Hotmail accounts to avoid mixing play and work. Besides, the 21st century is characterized by identity theft. One of the major risks in the online world today is with malicious parties accessing your data without permission. Therefore, your Microsoft account can easily be compromised. If you are a victim, changing your Microsoft account is not an option because you are vulnerable.

It is necessary to change or delete your Outlook account and this is why Microsoft has no restrictions against this. You can do this as many times as you wish as long as you have a legitimate reason, just make sure you can identify yourself. While this gives a chance to the same malicious people to use accounts with different identities that cannot be traced to them, it is a solution to most legitimate users who report problems with accessing the account.


Accessing your Hotmail account can be as a result of forgetting the password because you rarely get the login page. It is a common issue because most users enable the automatic login feature, hence no need to type the password every time. You might be using your PC every day throughout the year but no prompts to key in your password. In such a case, it is easy to forget. Of course, the easiest and fastest option is to recover or reset the password; however, if you don’t feel it is necessary going back to the same account and you want to start a fresh, deleting is easy. You can also take the option of changing the Microsoft account.


Before deleting your account, you should take care of some loose ends to ensure the account is fully closed and no data can be accessed by anyone including yourself or Microsoft.

  • Check on the Microsoft Billing service; if you have been making any purchases or a subscription is active, you need to disable it before you think of permanently closing your account. Any active subscription automatically blocks the delete process of a Microsoft account.
  • Outlook, Hotmail, and Windows Live are components of Microsoft. You have to close these, one by one before you close the entire Microsoft. It is a process and it has to run subsequently. There is no way of closing Outlook without closing Microsoft, which is the same as Windows Live. This means you have to follow the procedures and adhere to all policies by the provider before clicking on the delete button.
  • If you have any Skype credits, make sure you have utilized them before closing your account. Any credit will automatically disappear on closing of the Microsoft account.
  • If you have any credit cards attached to your Microsoft account, be sure to remove them all. Find out if there are any account balances on Microsoft itself and Xbox; deplete all of it before deleting the account.
  • Before Microsoft processed the request to close an account in 200 days. Today, the process only runs for 60 days. This is enough time to utilize all your account balances and Skype credits instead of wasting it away. Make sure you have checked all the balances and any subscriptions to avoid wasting your “investment.”
  • Remember to pull out all your data. Download any relevant documents, videos or any kind of files before you close the account. In fact, the 60-day period is for allowing you to retrieve all your data because there will be no further prompt or warning before the account closes down permanently. Remember it is a reversible process hence need for keenness and sobriety to avoid regrets because of lost data.
  • Also, the Microsoft account will stop receiving emails or any kind of updates after you successfully delete. You will not be able to login to the account because it simply does not exist.

However, your ID will stay on the Windows server for the next 365 days after successful closure of the account. It is a gradual process but does not mean you can reverse the process.

How to delete Outlook account

  1. Sign in to your Outlook account.
  2. Go to the settings interface and choose security settings
  3. Scroll to the bottom of the page to “more security options.
  4. On the account details page, scroll down to “close account.
  5. A page will pop up with details on what you should expect in the process and after closing the account

Microsoft makes sure you are informed of the closing process and that you will lose data. If you were stranded on how to delete outlook account, follow the 5 steps above.


Narrow your search criteria in Outlook

Sometimes you need to find a specific email or contact in your inbox, but the inbox is just too full or you don’t remember in which folder you had decided to place it. But thankfully for you, Outlook comes with some features that will help you find whatever it is that you need at the moment.

Thanks to these features the only thing that you will have to do to be able to find whatever it is that you need, is to search for a name or subject that you remember these email having and it will show you all the results that match the description you’ve given. Below we will show you exactly how to narrow down your search criteria, so this way you’ll get better results in Outlook.

Search Basics

What you need you need to know about these searches, is that whenever you write down anything, even if it’s just a phrase or one simple word, Outlook will search all the messages, not only in the names or the contact who sent it and it will give you all the results that include the word that you’ve chosen, and this way you can look at all of the results until you found the one you need. If the results are still too many you can just add another word to narrow it down.

If you don’t remember anything inside the email that might narrow it down, but you happen to remember who sent it you can just simply type out in the search bar for whatever the email of the sender was, and by doing this it will show you, as a result, all of the emails that were sent to you by this person, so you can simply check the emails to see which one is the one you need.

Narrow your search criteria in Outlook

Outlook’s filters

Now that you know the basics of these search features, we will talk about of some of the filters you’ll be able to find in some of the many built-in search features that you will be able to see when you get into the ‘Search’ tab at the top of the screen.

In here you can simply choose certain filters that will narrow everything out by subject, contact, and there is a very good one that will filter everything out and show you only the emails that include any kind of attachment, so it makes it easier for you if that is what you are looking for.And you will be able to find all the filters that were mentioned before are in the search tab, right in the Refine group.

You can even look for some contacts by looking for things like their names, birth dates, numbers, alternative email account and any type of contact information that they have on their profile. And if there is any kind of attachment in the email you are looking for, you can just narrow down the result, not by looking for the name, but by searching for the size of the file.

Narrow your search criteria in Outlook