What happened to Hotmail? The email everyone used with MSN Messenger

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Hotmail is a free service that allows users to send and receive email. Also, Hotmail accounts are not automatically deleted when they become inactive, but do you know how to access your account.

How did Hotmail start?

Open Hotmail on the phone

Open Hotmail on the phone – Source: spm

Hotmail is the first free email service that officially started on July 4, 1996. It was created by Stanford University students Saber Bhatia and Jack Smith.

This platform was so revolutionary when it was launched that it registered millions of users in just a few weeks. Thus, in December 1997, Microsoft purchased the messaging service from its creators for $400 million and changed its name to MSN Hotmail.

However, Hotmail reached its highest level of popularity when it incorporated the first instant messaging software. This platform allowed us to connect to MSN Messenger, the first decade chat, where we can also play “status” songs and make video calls with our contacts. In addition to MSN spaces where we can download photo albums.

Why is Hotmail no longer so popular?

Although for several years Yahoo was the direct competitor to Hotmail. However, it was the appearance of Gmail that started to hurt Microsoft’s email service. The Google app already offered 1 GB of storage, and it was faster and more user-friendly for the end user.

Faced with the sharp decline in the popularity of Hotmail, Microsoft decided, in February 2013, to start migrating all Hotmail accounts to Outlook, which provides a more intuitive, comfortable and sophisticated interface.

What is Hotmail called now?

Sign in to Outlook

Connect to Outlook – Source: spm

Hotmail is not completely gone, but it is now called Outlook. This email platform seeks to oppose Gmail. However, Gmail still uses Android and is required to access YouTube, Google Maps, and other services.

How do you get your old Hotmail account back?

Fortunately, there is a way to recover a Hotmail account that you no longer use since you created your Gmail inbox.

  1. Enter the Outlook home page and press the button to start the session.
  2. Type your Hotmail email and when it asks you for the password, you have to click on the I forgot my password option.
  3. Microsoft will ask you to retype your old email and the new email where they will send you a recovery code.
  4. Once you receive this code, you will need to enter it on the website.
  5. Outlook will ask you to fill in some information and this must match the data you entered when creating your Hotmail account.
  6. First and last names, date of birth, country, and passwords that you remember to use are some of the data you should fill in.

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