How to Create a Free Hotmail Email Address

Written by michael keenan
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Hotmail was first created in 1996 to provide a free e-mail account service. In 1997, Microsoft purchased Hotmail for £292 million. As of 2009, Hotmail had almost 300 million users. Hotmail's main competitors today are Google's Gmail and Yahoo's free e-mail service. Hotmail accounts start with 5GB of storage and can grow as you need to store more. If you need free e-mail, you can set up a Hotmail account and pick an original address in just a few minutes.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy


  1. 1

    Open your Internet browser and go to the Hotmail home page. Click "Sign Up" on the lower left of the screen.

  2. 2

    Type in your desired ID and select "" from the drop-down menu next to the ID. If your ID is already taken, use one that is suggested or choose another of your own.

  3. 3

    Complete the rest of the information requested. When you have finished and read the terms, click "I Accept" at the bottom of the page.

  4. 4

    Wait for the page to load. When your Inbox loads, you will know that your account has been successfully created.

Tips and warnings

  • When choosing a password, use both upper case and lower case letters as well as numbers to make it more secure.

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