Goodbye Hotmail.com Hello Outlook.com

Microsoft on is replacing Hotmail, the company they bought over 15 years ago, as Outlook.com. Gone is the racy suggestive name hotmail and it is being replaced by the corporate look and feel of Outlook.

By the end of their first day, over 1 million people signed up for the service.

For Hotmail users, here are the most common answers to your questions:

I use Hotmail now. What happens to my email?

The next time you open Hotmail, you may see the new interface.   If you don’t, you can switch by choosing “Upgrade to Outlook.com” from the Options menu in the upper right when you’re at your inbox.

How do I get one of the new Outlook.com addresses?

For a brand new account, go to Outlook.com. (You may need to log out if you’ve already used the new site, then return to Outlook.com.) Start the process by clicking the “Sign up” button on the left. Fill in the form, which includes a field for your new xxxxxoutlook.com address, complete the CAPTCHA (Completely Automated Public Turing test to tell Computers and Humans Apart”) and click the “I accept” button at the bottom.

What does it look like?

Very Metro. The user interface (UI) has the same flattened, color-subdued look as a Metro app in Windows 8. By comparison, the traditional Hotmail UI looks like a carnival … busy, garish, loud, cheap.   Obviously, Outlook.com’s UI will mesh well with Windows 8. Depending on your opinion of that UI, however, it may seem jarring on older or non-Microsoft OSes, including Windows 7 and OS X.

Can I keep my old address and still use Outlook.com?

Yes, you can.   You can keep Microsoft-related addresses ending with hotmail.com, msn.com and live.com while switching to the new UI.

I want to ditch my hotmail.com address. How do I do that?

Start at Outlook.com. If you’re not automatically pushed to the new UI, switch by choosing “Upgrade to Outlook” from the Inbox’s Options menu — and select “More mail settings” from the gear icon’s menu. Click on “Rename your email address.”   Enter your existing hotmail.com address — the portion to the left of the @ character — and click Save while “outlook.com” is visible in the drop-down list. If the address is already taken, you’ll see a message to that effect.

Does Outlook.com show me ads?

Yes, it does. Text-based ads, to be specific.

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