What is MSN and Hotmail

People may not remember how life was before the internet arrived and changed everything. With access to the internet came things like Windows 95, online encyclopedias,  websites, and most importantly, emails and instant messages. Back in the time, these things were a huge change, and nowadays they are still a very important and vital part of our lives. However, most people don’t know what MSN actually is, and therefore, don’t know how many things they can achieve with it, so let’s break it down.

What is MSN and what it has to offer.

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Back in 1995, Microsoft came out with their famous operative system known as Windows 95, and with it came what would be known from that moment on as MSN, or the Microsoft Network. Basically, it was a series of programs launched by Microsoft that included the very first online email service ever.

MSN was the very first online email system to ever work, and it was a huge success. It allowed people with internet connection to send direct messages to other people in a matter of minutes. And although this concept keeps working nowadays, it has changed dramatically.

MSN today.

In the present time, people don’t refer to their emails as MSN, actually, MSN as it was launched back in 95’, only lasted up until 2007, when it was replaced for a new service known as Windows Live Hotmail. Yes, as a matter of fact, Hotmail lasted a long time, until it was replaced for Outlook, however, people can still use their hotmail address.

MSN and Hotmail.

Hotmail is basically the updated and recent version of MSN, and of course, it is still one of the many programs and services Microsoft has to offer. Hotmail is known for being one of the biggest online email services ever (alongside with Gmail), even tho it is discontinued and it goes by the name Outlook now.

Things you can do with Hotmail.

Hotmail, or Outlook (same thing, just different name), actually has a great variety of tools and options people can use just by simply owning a hotmail account. With your account, you can send direct or multiple messages, depending on what you want or need, and the other person will get them in real time.

But not only can you send messages, you can also include items like photos, documents, different archives, videos and so much more on every message you want to send, making this service incredibly useful. Also, you can type the email you want to send and keep them in your drafts so all you have to do later, is hit send.

Update to Outlook.

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Outlook is the most recent update of MSN, and it seriously shows some really great improvements for all its users. If you already have a Hotmail account, you don’t have to worry and try to change it to Outlook, the system instantly redirects you to the page the moment you sign in, meaning you can still have your old Hotmail account and enjoy all the benefits that Outlook has to offer.

Benefits of using Outlook.

As shown before, using outlook is so much more than just sending and receiving emails. One of the best improvements that were added to this platform, was making every Microsoft Office program available to use through your Outlook account. Once you enter your email, you will find a button at the left top of your screen, and if you click on it, you’ll find an option to use every Microsoft Office program online.

From Word, to PowerPoint, to Excel, every one of them is available and the best thing is that you can use them online without having to download them if you don’t have them already installed on your computer or laptop.

By doing this, every time you use one of this programs, every document you create will be save automatically on the cloud, meaning it won’t occupy any storage or memory space on your laptop. This allows you not only to access your documents from every computer with internet connection, but also to have a copy of them just in case your original documents are erased or lost. And, what’s even better about Outlook and Microsoft Office online, is that you can download and save the files on your laptop if you wish to do so.

Create an Hotmail account.

If you don’t already have one, and you really want to make the most out of your online email, then you need to create your own Outlook account. To do this, you need to go their main page here, click on create an account, and that’s it! The page will require you to fill up some personal information they need, choose your email address, your password and customize some other aspects and that’s it!

Learn to use Hotmail or Outlook.

Once you have made your account, the next step is to learn how to use it. Outlook has a really clean and simple interface that makes it easy to use and understand. You will see all your recent emails right in front of you, meaning every email you contacts send you will appear right on the homepage of the website.

Things like your drafts, spam emails, sent emails and more will appear on the left side of your screen so you can click on them whenever you need to check them up. Also, and definitely a plus of having Outlook, is that it is connected to your Skype account. Meaning that if you created your Skype using your hotmail or Outlook address, then it will automatically link up with it, so you will be able to check our your unseen chats, contacts and more!

Using a Hotmail or Outlook email is honestly really simple for everyone. All you need is a computer, a laptop (or even your phone), internet connection and some time to get the hang of it, but once you have managed how to use this platform, you will find how much easier it is going to make your life.