Use Hotmail without changing your email address

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Hotmail has been on a roll this summer releasing updates for their current 350+ million users. Some of the updates included push mail, contact & calendar in Exchange ActiveSync, shipping tracking, Facebook Chat, attachment upgrades, more video support, subfolders, and security improvements.

Starting this week, Hotmail will begin rolling out another update that allows users to use any existing email address (non-hotmail and live) accounts on Hotmail. The update will take some time, as other Hotmail updates do, but once the rollout is complete, users will be able to send up to 10GB of photos in one message, use Messenger inside your inbox, and many other great Windows Live Hotmail features.

To get started, make sure you marry your existing email account to a Windows Live ID. Once you have confirmed your Windows Live ID account, login to Windows Live Hotmail and follow the activation steps.

As previously mentioned, the roll out is still taking place and may take some time to reach every customer, but once it does, you'll be prompted with the activation steps. For now, some users may see this warning when trying to activate their email:

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its cool but it takes a very long time to receive emails from gmail and a very long time for it to send them which makes it really slow
i was testing it out and it took 5 mins for the mail to arrive
i guess they set it so every 5 mins it checks for new mail

For some reason Neowin didn't post the original source link http://windowsteamblog.com/win...ing-your-email-address.aspx

From Mike Schackwitz @ Microsoft

A few clarifications here...

For a long time, Hotmail has had the ability for you to create a Hotmail address, sign in, and aggregate mail from other services over POP. Nothing has changed about that feature -- it works the same as it always did, and if you're happy with your setup, then you don't need to change anything.

The key change here is that you don't have to create a new address to try Hotmail. If you've already got an address from any other email service, you can now use that to sign into Hotmail. And, when you set up POP aggregation from that other email service, you now can use Hotmail essentially as a client.

For example, if you have the address, "abc@company.com", you can create a Live ID for this address by following the signup link above. After you verify that you own the address, you can then sign into Hotmail using "abc@company.com". To view your company.com email, you can set up POP aggregation from @company.com.

Emails that you send will be sent "on behalf of", although different email services display that header in different ways. In Gmail and Hotmail, it will look like "From: abc@company.com" by default. If you view the advanced header details, you'll see the Sender field is something like, "hotmail_9cbcc674b5c4195e@hotmail.com".

Hopefully that's a little more clear!

Can anyone answer me this: What's new? I was using this feature a long time ago... It existed before this new update. So why is this new?

Mr aldo said,
Can anyone answer me this: What's new?

You can now check your eMail at username@anydomain.com by logging into Hotmail with that address, WITHOUT having a Hotmail address.
What actually happens is that the system now assigns you a placeholder Hotmail address, and will send and receive from your own eMail account using POP3.
Mr aldo said,
I was using this feature a long time ago... It existed before this new update. So why is this new?

You were not - it is brand new.
Previously, you could pull external eMail into an existing Hotmail account only - now you don't need the existing Hotmail account, and you can simply use the external eMail address only.

*shrugs*

I use hotmail as my mail handler, but use the Live Mail client to read email so it's pretty much like Outlook. Works well for me and since they have ousted adding an add text line on all outgoing emails, Windows Live Mail / Hotmail suits my needs.

Gmail to me looks like it should have been around for Windows 98, bland and simple. While simple works well, I prefer the look to WLM.

What's the difference between this feature and "Windows Live Custom Domains" ? On the face of it it looks just the same, or am I missing something? :-/

What does NW mean by "marrying" account? How is this different from signing up with Live.com using a non-Live.com email address (gmail.com for example)??

feelgood13 said,
What does NW mean by "marrying" account? How is this different from signing up with Live.com using a non-Live.com email address (gmail.com for example)??

Gmail gives you the ability to pull emails from other domains. Is this basically what this announce is about for Live.com?

Too bad it doesn't support proper exchange.... I really wish I could use my hotmail with Mac Mail

Too late for Hotmail. I'm already fairly integrated with Gmail already.

I use gmail to retrieve mail from my hotmail account (and ISP email account). It's very easy to search Gmail and I like their implementation of threaded conversations. Also, Gmail syncs well with my smartphone (android). I also like the app integrations google voice, google talk, and google calendar.

Ugh. this sounds like an ad. Sorry about that. Does hotmail have that kind of integration with smartphones? Getting an android smartphone led me down to this integration path.

Oogle said,
Too late for Hotmail. I'm already fairly integrated with Gmail already.

I use gmail to retrieve mail from my hotmail account (and ISP email account). It's very easy to search Gmail and I like their implementation of threaded conversations. Also, Gmail syncs well with my smartphone (android). I also like the app integrations google voice, google talk, and google calendar.

Ugh. this sounds like an ad. Sorry about that. Does hotmail have that kind of integration with smartphones? Getting an android smartphone led me down to this integration path.

Same. I have an android phone and I have near perfect syncing. I actually use GMail's hosted service so I've had the same hosted email address for like 3 years now.

There seems to be a lot of misinformation about this feature around the web right now. Many are citing the old 'add account' functionality as the new feature, which it is not.

I have used a non-MS address for years now and that's where all my liveID assets are, from xbox to zune pass to dev connections, etc.

It nice that I'll be able to use Hotmail as my primary mail client, without resorting to linking it to a hotmail address.

Thanks to Andrew for posting the proper feature.

dotf said,
There seems to be a lot of misinformation about this feature around the web right now. Many are citing the old 'add account' functionality as the new feature, which it is not.

This.

It's called EASI Passport. It's been a supported feature for over a decade now. In fact, Passport was originally envisioned to be your "single logon", and as such was designed specifically so that you could use any domain that you wished.

A couple of months ago, Neowin excitedly announced Messenger integration in Hotmail. Again, a feature that has been around since Messenger version 2.x. That was also over a decade ago.

Pretty soon, we should see an announcement from the Hotmail team that they now support sending and receiving email...

Slugbait said,

This.

It's called EASI Passport. It's been a supported feature for over a decade now. In fact, Passport was originally envisioned to be your "single logon", and as such was designed specifically so that you could use any domain that you wished.

A couple of months ago, Neowin excitedly announced Messenger integration in Hotmail. Again, a feature that has been around since Messenger version 2.x. That was also over a decade ago.

Pretty soon, we should see an announcement from the Hotmail team that they now support sending and receiving email...

That may be so but this is a bit different. This allows you to use any passport (non-hotmail, non-msn) and use the hotmail interface for email. You don't need a hotmail account. What you are suggesting is the add account function that is present in a hotmail passport. For example I have email@embarqmail.com but if I had setup a passport under that I still couldn't use the hotmail stuff without getting a hotmail email address as well then adding my embarqmail.com address to that. This avoids the hotmail address creation.

shinji257 said,

That may be so but this is a bit different. This allows you to use any passport (non-hotmail, non-msn) and use the hotmail interface for email. You don't need a hotmail account. What you are suggesting is the add account function that is present in a hotmail passport. For example I have email@embarqmail.com but if I had setup a passport under that I still couldn't use the hotmail stuff without getting a hotmail email address as well then adding my embarqmail.com address to that. This avoids the hotmail address creation.

EASI Passport, as it has been since it was first created, allows you to use any passport (non-hotmail, non-msn) and use the hotmail interface for email.

You may also use your EASI Passport to logon to Messenger, mymsn, msntv or pretty much any other MSN or WL property.

The process has been tweaked over the years, but the feature itself is no different than it was back in the 20th Century.

Slugbait said,

EASI Passport, as it has been since it was first created, allows you to use any passport (non-hotmail, non-msn) and use the hotmail interface for email.


Wrong. Using a none-Hotmail address to authenticate an MS Passport site did NOT (until now) allow you to see that address's eMail through Hotmail.
I suggest you read the article again, from the source http://windowsteamblog.com/win...ing-your-email-address.aspx
The new feature is allowing you to log in to Hotmail with emailaddress@anydomain.com and then see and respond to eMails at that address through the Hotmail interface.

stromo said,
Users will be able to submit 10gb of photos in one message ehh?

It actually uploads to your SkyDrive account, which is a part of Live. Once the photos have been uploaded, a shared link is created for access.

stromo said,
Users will be able to submit 10gb of photos in one message ehh?

However, I was wondering if this could also work with other type attachments.. For example, can I send a few attachments in one mail above 10MBs?

Like it, I dumped Hotmail a few years ago but really like Live mail, but have no urge to change my address. Great solution for me.

bob_c_b said,
Like it, I dumped Hotmail a few years ago but really like Live mail, but have no urge to change my address. Great solution for me.

Same here. I just wish my cluster would get updated already.

I'm really impressed with what they've been doing. I'd like them to work on the push notifications for Win 7 jumplist (IE 9 pinning) soon.. that would be cool.

majg said,
I'm really impressed with what they've been doing. I'd like them to work on the push notifications for Win 7 jumplist (IE 9 pinning) soon.. that would be cool.

Yes! This is the only thing holding me back from ditching a client e-mail program!

Ugh.

I want to use my 1999 Hotmail address in Gmail. Gmail works. Gmail is functional. Hotmail has always been ugly, nasty to look at. Ads in the most-annoying locations.

Xenomorph said,
Ugh.

I want to use my 1999 Hotmail address in Gmail. Gmail works. Gmail is functional. Hotmail has always been ugly, nasty to look at. Ads in the most-annoying locations.

hahah +1

Xenomorph said,
Ugh.

I want to use my 1999 Hotmail address in Gmail. Gmail works. Gmail is functional. Hotmail has always been ugly, nasty to look at. Ads in the most-annoying locations.


Yep, that ad in the far right where i never have any need to look is REALLY annoying...

Xenomorph said,
Ugh.

I want to use my 1999 Hotmail address in Gmail. Gmail works. Gmail is functional. Hotmail has always been ugly, nasty to look at. Ads in the most-annoying locations.

if only there was some kind of "adblock" software out there, hang on.......

Xenomorph said,
Ugh.

I want to use my 1999 Hotmail address in Gmail. Gmail works. Gmail is functional. Hotmail has always been ugly, nasty to look at. Ads in the most-annoying locations.


Gmail is fugly and pathetic. Hotmail is beautiful and productive. I won't ever touch Gmail with a ten-foot pole. Hotmail FTW.

Uplift said,
Using a gmail account in hotmail is sick.. just sick.

Just out of curiosity, what do you prefer about the hotmail interface that the gmail interface doesn't have?

Shadrack said,

Just out of curiosity, what do you prefer about the hotmail interface that the gmail interface doesn't have?

Rather than a battle of features now, it's just a matter of what you're used to. For example, I use my gmail account via pop3 from Hotmail most of the time, because I *like* it.

Shadrack said,

Just out of curiosity, what do you prefer about the hotmail interface that the gmail interface doesn't have?

I think you mis-understood.

Why would anyone use @gmail.com and then stick it in hotmail.. gmail is so much better.

Uplift said,

I think you mis-understood.

Why would anyone use @gmail.com and then stick it in hotmail.. gmail is so much better.


Hotmail is 100 times better than Gmail in every area.

That is great, I'm really, REALLY loving the new Hotmail!. Especially the new Exchange ActiveSync support. I can maintain just that calendar and contact list have it be on my Outlook and my iPhone