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How to Create a Free Hotmail Email Address

Updated September 03, 2018

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.

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

  2. Type in your desired ID and select "hotmail.com" 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. 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. Wait for the page to load. When your Inbox loads, you will know that your account has been successfully created.

  5. Tip

    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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About the Author

Mark Kennan is a writer based in the Kansas City area, specializing in personal finance and business topics. He has been writing since 2009 and has been published by "Quicken," "TurboTax," and "The Motley Fool."

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