If you think about email services online Hotmail is definitely one of the first that comes to mind, being the absolute pioneer regarding this specific sector, since it revolutionized and boosted email use by transforming it into a service for the masses, making completely free, secure and it functioned through the web by a browser and not requiring expensive software to install.
So, back in 1996 with the born of Hotmail such platform became successful and worth talking about and using, with millions of consumers by the year of 1997 and a feat that made Bill Gates; Founder of Microsoft, to consider and carry out the complete purchase of Hotmail in that year.
Like this, Hotmail as a platform became part of the MSN service set created by Microsoft as an integration of all their products available at the time; MSN Messenger, Expedia and CarPoint. By 2005, Microsoft created a new service platform called Windows Live, such MSN in first instance but changing layout, design and functioning, where Hotmail was also included.
Nevertheless, Hotmail´s biggest change would come in 2013 when Microsoft decided to change its name to Outlook, as well as migrating all the existing Hotmail accounts into the new platform, improving layout, security and general functioning.
Now, let us explain the main advantages a service like Hotmail or Outlook has, as well as some of its disadvantages that are just a few, but it is better to know about them.
Outlook as a key to a valuable and useful service platform
When you registered on Hotmail or Outlook to have your account, such address will allow to be part and use a great service platform provided by Microsoft, attending different products, tools and possibilities online through specific software and also using your favorite internet browser, in the case you do not want to download anything and work on the go.
First of all, as it is obvious logging you in Hotmail or Outlook will allow to use a complete email platform, in order to send and receive messages from virtually anywhere, including attachments to share photos, videos, documents and important files.
In second place, and related to the fact that you can attach documents and files using Hotmail or Outlook, such address allow you to edit and modify these document on the go thanks to the Office platform created by Microsoft. So, you can edit and share documents with people and contacts in real time, completely free and with all files saved on the cloud as we are going to explain next.
In order to modify, edit and save documents and share them on the go and in real time, by using Office technology offered by your Hotmail or Outlook account, Microsoft provides its cloud service called OneDrive; as an online storage platform where your emails, attachments, multimedia information and files are saved and ready to use, always available from any connected device.
In fact, it can be said that OneDrive is the main platform that allows connecting all of Microsoft´ services available through just one account, as a cloud that hand to you everything you need easily.
Other important services available through Hotmail
As you can see about what we have explained before, Hotmail is the key to access a great set of services provided by Microsoft, which are linked together and integrated each other to offer a connected experience between several devices but just one account, having everything you need regarding information and saved data in just one place.
For example, related to the integration of products done by Microsoft it was impossible its latest operating system Windows 10 was not available. So, you can use your Hotmail or Outlook address to log in on Windows 10 and sync all the information you have on your computer or the part you wish to be uploaded, opening and closing session with the same credential your account has.
And being Microsoft a company with a set of hardware and software products, and an idea of having them all connected by your Hotmail or Outlook account, XBOX as a console and service comes to the table. You can log in with your address if you have and XBOX 360, XBOX One or XBOX One X, and start using XBOX Live to game online, buy games and pay with your credit card.
And last but not least, you can use Skype by logging in with your Hotmail or Outlook account in order to communicate with your family, coworkers, contacts, friends or anyone you like, by writing or using video calls. In relation to this service, you can open session with your Hotmail address on Skype as you did a while back on Windows Live Messenger, recovering all of your added contacts.
Advantages of Hotmail or Outlook regarding email use
Regarding Hotmail or Outlook and the advantages using the email platform itself, since all the accounts were updated now users enjoy a more stable service, with plenty of more options to personalize layout, as well as manage folders, move emails to different containers, and control security matters as you want to control your privacy and have a more trustable account.
For instance, you can change color´s layout and since the updated related to Outlook shift a different design is shown, in order to take advantage of big and large screens, it offers a folder panel on the left, a writing panel and inbox on the center, along with a right side panel that adapts to what you want to use, in terms of services like Skype, calendar and contacts, and account management too.
Everything is extremely easy to do on Hotmail or Outlook as it is called now; from writing a new message and attach files from your computer or clouds like OneDrive or Box, to create new folders, resend emails and manage the account configuration to set your platform the way you like thanks to the customizable options.
Disadvantages related to Hotmail or Outlook
As it happens with any service, Outlook is not perfect and has some disadvantages in comparison to other email platforms.
For example, the main flaw Hotmail has is the little amount of storage capacity that offers to the users, being only 5 gigabytes for attached documents, files and also all the possible media we could upload to OneDrive, being too little space without doubt due to the number of photos, videos and general information and data we produce from our smartphone and mobile devices.
In comparison, a known email service such as Gmail offers to users 15 gigabytes of storage; three times the capacity Hotmail provides. However, the winner regarding this topic is the platform Yahoo without question; it offers 1000 gigabytes or a 1 terabyte of storage, which is plenty of room to save high resolution photos, 4K video, movies, large documents and so much more.
Storage capacity is an important matter for most users, since this is a great way to secure important information, from damage failure to accidental deleting, as well as being the best method to save physical space from our devices, which can be quite limited and being covered fast thanks to capacity of cameras and space used by apps like games.
Now, Hotmail does not have many more disadvantages to talk about, being a complete email platform that offers stability, security and it is very easy to use, having great changes to evolve during this years and quite hard competition.