How to Send a MP4 Video Through Your Hotmail Account

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How to Send a MP4 Video Through Your Hotmail Account
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Since Microsoft bought it in 1997, Hotmail has become the first choice of millions of users for sending and receiving e-mails. With some basic knowledge you will be able to easily send MP4's through your Hotmail account. As of July 2010, Hotmail limits file sizes to 20 megabytes. However, Hotmail has launched Hotmail Wave 4, an integration with SkyDrive allowing a total of 200 files to be sent within an e-mail with file sizes limited to 50 megabytes each.

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  1. 1

    Log in to your Hotmail account.

  2. 2

    Click "Mail" in the left pane then click "New" (e-mail message), address your e-mail, enter a subject and compose the text.

  3. 3

    Click "Attach" which is located just above the email composition box next to "Send" and "Save draft." A text entry box will appear just below the Subject field along with a button marked "Browse..."

  4. 4

    Enter the location of the MP4 video file if you know it or just click "Browse" and find the MP4 file on your computer, camera or external drive. Keep in mind the file size is limited to 20 megabytes.

  5. 5

    Wait for the file to upload and click "Send." Larger files can take several minutes to upload but you are free to work on something else while it is uploading. If your file is larger than 20 megabytes it will start uploading but you will shortly receive an error message indicating your file size exceeded the 20 megabyte limitation.

Tips and warnings

  • If you would like to take advantage of the Hotmail Wave 4 higher file size limits see the Resources section. You may need to set up some extra features after which you can find SkyDrive by logging into your Hotmail account and clicking "More" which is located at the very top of the screen in the menu bar that begins with "Home."
  • Do not send copyrighted files through your Hotmail account as this is in violation of copyright laws and Microsoft's terms and conditions.

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