Windows Live Hotmail is a free web-based email service. It belongs to Microsoft’s Windows Live group. Historically, Hotmail (introduced in 1996) was the first service of its kind in the world. After its acquisition by Microsoft in 1997, it was renamed to MSN Hotmail. Since 2007, it has been being operated under the current name, Windows Live Hotmail.
Hotmail provides free registration and usage for everyone, unlimited storage, and integration with Windows Live Messenger. According to independent research, it is the world’s largest web-based email service.
Sent and received messages can be automatically grouped in Hotmail, if you wish. It is a convenient way to handle conversation threads.
When registering, you can choose which domain should be appended to your user name to form your email address: @hotmail.com or @live.com.
Hotmail uses Windows Live ID authentication (formerly known as Microsoft Passport).
In late July 2012, Microsoft presented Outlook.com — officially, still in “preview” status — which is essentially the new Hotmail generation, designed to eventually replace the latter. Outlook.com uses typography-based Metro design (featured in Windows Phone 7 and Windows 8), thus providing simpler and cleaner interface with the modern look. If you already have a Hotmail (Live) account, you can switch to Outlook.com at any time while keeping your old address, or can choose to obtain a new address ending with @outlook.com.
Favepad provides a convenient way for you to sign in to Windows Live Hotmail (or Outlook.com) and interact with it. One of the unique features of Favepad is that your unread message count gets displayed after you sign in to Hotmail. Try it and you’ll definitely like it.