In 2013, Hotmail re branded as Outlook. Changes were seen in the homepage of the main website and as well as in social media and Mobile apps too.
In 4 June 2013, Hotmail tweeted ” This is it, the last
@hotmail tweet. Farewell! Remember stay connected and follow @Outlook for news and tips on free email from Microsoft.”. So, this was the last tweet by the official Hotmail twitter page and later on continued by the name of Outlook.
This is not the first time that they have come up with the idea of re branding. Few years back they came up with the name Live. But that didn’t work out well and stuck with Hotmail. Till last year you can choose @live while signing up but this option has been disabled now but you can still use it for login but not sign up. But this time, they have done some serious re branding.
However, the point to be noted is that there’s no change in the service provided (as Microsoft provides many free services and products). Login and sign up process are still the same. And yes, if you have a Hotmail account, no need to worry as this is only the change in the name of the company not the service provided. So just chill.
Since the re branding, there’s been some massive changes in the homepage and as well as service provided.
Hotmail Login Page
Previously, you need to enter the email address followed by your login password in the same box in the homepage. But as of now, you need to enter your email address, click NEXT then only enter your password. So, its kind of long process here.
Secondly, there used to be a service called “Alternative Login” where you don’t need to enter your password to access your account. Haven’t heard about this yet? You’re too late; sorry but this service is no longer supported. What this does is, you need to enter your mobile number and you’ll receive a code. enter that code and you can access your account without any hassle. However, the code can only be used once for the security reason. This option comes handy when you are using a public device and fear of account hacking.
But however, this option is no longer to be found.
Creating Hotmail Account
Recently, there’s been a change in creating an account page. Previously, you need to provide all the information in single page, but as of now, users need to provide a bit of information an click on next until it’s finished. Click here to learn in detail.