In the body of this article we will teach you how to Create a new email address with hotmail.co.uk. But first and foremost, an introduction to Hotmail and Microsoft’s email architecture: While there are still some options for creating a Hotmail email address, Microsoft have actually redirected Hotmail.com AND Hotmail.co.uk to their Live.com email domain, which, interestingly, seems to be geared more towards a US market.
Live.com is actually an email domain based around Outlook.com (you can never expected an uncomplicated life when it comes to Microsoft) which is their corporate branded email solution which can be used by both individuals and businesses.
Whilst outlook.com is the default email address extension that will be suggested to you when you arrive on this website, you can still change the drop down box and select Hotmail.com instead. Hotmail.co.uk however is no longer available.
So how can I Create a new email address with hotmail.co.uk?
Well, at the time of writing there is still a work around available to get a Hotmail.co.uk email address and it is as follows:
- Complete the signup process at live.com, selecting Hotmail.com as your email address extension.
- Verify your account and log in to the web-mail portal for the first time.
- Brows to your account settings
- Add an alias email address ending in Hotmail.co.uk
So how about the sign-up process itself – What do I need to know?
The sign-up process for Outlook.com (formerly Hotmail) is very straight forward; when you initially arrive on the site you will be prompted to sign in, so assuming you don’t already have an account, you can simply click on “Sign up now” to be taken to the registration form.
filling out the form is quite straight forward, you will be asked for several pieces of information including full name, address and birthday. It is important that you enter all of this information correctly, because it will be used as a security check in the event of you forgetting your password in the future, or if your account is ever compromised.
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You will also be asked for a phone number, this is so that Microsoft can take some steps towards verifying that you are a real person (not a machine creating accounts automatically) and that you have a point of presence.
Whilst you must enter a real phone number, you can enter a number that has been sued in the past to create another Hotmail account, but once again make sure that this is a phone number you own, because it also becomes a part of your security information.
Lastly, be aware of the newsletter sign-up box – it is at the end of the form and is ticked by default, so you are willingly agreeing to receive marketing emails from Microsoft if you leave it ticked (of course you can unsubscribe from these at a alter date if you wish).