– Email Where You Need It

Hotmail ( is one of the world's largest providers of free web-based e-mail. Find out how to login or use POP3 to download and read your email wherever you are.

Hotmail Webmail

Hotmail is the first and the most well known webmail program launched in the mid ’90s. It still evolves and adds new features like Hotmail POP3 access, an integrated audio player for voicemail and a rich Ajax-based web interface.

The original service was founded by Sabeer Bhatia and Jack Smith, and was one of the first webmail services on the Internet. It was commercially launched on July 4, 1996, American Independence Day, symbolizing “freedom” from ISP-based e-mail and the ability to access a user’s inbox from anywhere in the world. The name was chosen out of many possibilities ending in “-mail” as it included the letters HTML – the coding used behind all web pages. Originally, Hotmail was written down as “HoTMaiL” – the capital latters making the word HTML. By December 1997 (1,5 years after launch), it reported more than 8.5 million subscribers. Hotmail was acquired by Microsoft in 1997 for an estimated $400 million, and rebranded as “MSN Hotmail” and then as “Windows Live Hotmail” in 2005 and released worldwide in 2007 (Source: Wikipedia Hotmail).

Hotmail Login & POP3 Details

The current day system boasts a very powerful anti-spam protection engine and a generous 5GB space allocation for email storage. Earlier this year Microsoft announced that they enabled SMTP and POP3, which meant that users can now download emails directly to their home computers or even mobile phones.

Here are the details for Hotmail POP3 and SMTP

Hotmail Sign Up

To sign up for Hotmail is easy. As with everything else, fill in your details, agree to the terms and conditions and hit enter. Your new @hotmail address will also be your Windows Live ID which you’ll be able to use to access other sites and services (for example, to login to MSN Messenger). Once your new email address is active you will receive notices and service updates and even advertisements from Windows Live, Bing and so on. At this stage it is not clear whether it is possible to opt-out from receiving these emails to your Hotmail address.

And finally… a bit of history. Here are some screen shots of Hotmail over time.

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Windows Live@Edu

Hotmail evolved a lot and now offers Windows Live@Edu – free email to educational institutions around the world. The latest one in Perth was Curtin University that just deployed the system to their Graduate Business School.

Hotmail Windows Live@Edu

I have to say that interface is very light and fast – a great improvement since the old IMP/Horde based email system. With Hotmail Live@Edu you get 10GB mail box and a range of Microsoft tools.

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The review " – Email Where You Need It" was last updated on 17/04/2015.

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