How to Bookmark Your MSN Hotmail Inbox

MSN Hotmail is Now Outlook

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MSN Hotmail was Microsoft's first, free web-based email service, designed to be accessed via the web, from any machine on the internet.  

The History of MSN Hotmail

Next to Gmail, Hotmail was one of the world’s most recognizable email services. It was released in 1996. Hotmail was acquired by Microsoft in 1997 for an estimated $400 million and launched as MSN Hotmail, later rebranded to Windows Live Hotmail as part of the Windows Live suite of products

The Windows Live brand was discontinued in 2012. Some of the services and products were integrated directly into the Windows operating system (e.g. apps for Windows 8 and 10), while others were separated and continued on their own (e.g. Windows Live Search became Bing), while others were simply axed.

Outlook is Now the Official Name of Microsoft's Email Service

Around that same time, Microsoft introduced Outlook.com, which was essentially a rebranding of Windows Live Hotmail with an updated user interface and improved features. Adding to the confusion, current users were allowed to keep their @hotmail.com email addresses, but new users could no longer create accounts with that domain. Instead, new users could only create @outlook.com addresses, even though both email addresses use the same email service. Thus, Outlook is now the official name of Microsoft's email service, formerly known as Hotmail, MSN Hotmail, and Windows Live Hotmail.

According to Microsoft:

Microsoft Outlook is a personal information manager from Microsoft, available as a part of the Microsoft Office suite. Although often used mainly as an email application, it also includes a calendar, task manager, contact manager, note taking, journal, and web browsing.

How to Bookmark Your MSN Hotmail Inbox

Since MSN Hotmail could be accessed via the web, from any web browser on any machine on the internet, it made great sense to bookmark your MSN Hotmail inbox on your browser(s) of choice. For convenience, and if you were sure that nobody had access to your computer, you could bookmark your MSN Hotmail Inbox.

To create a bookmark or favorite for your MSN Hotmail Inbox:

  1. Create a new bookmark or favorite in your browser with the following address: http://hotmail.com/default.aspx?rru=inbox.
  2. Give the bookmark a meaningful name ("Hotmail Inbox" for example).
  3. Use the newly created bookmark to go to the Hotmail log-in page.
  4. Enter your Hotmail log-in information.
    • Make sure Remember my password is selected.
    • Click on Sign in to access your Hotmail account.

You can also make MSN Live Hotmail go directly to your inbox when you load it.