Although, Microsoft has yet again been rebranded to, Outlook.com for long now. They aren’t planning on plummeting other older brand names, like Hotmail and live to name a few.
Why? You ask!
Over the years there indeed have been quite a handful rebranding of the domain names, passport and live to name a few. Now the latest is @outlook has replaced beloved Hotmail.
But the older users can rest assured, as Microsoft does not plan to drop the older domain names out of the picture.
Yeah, they aren’t planning on dropping support but, the older accounts they call them as legacy accounts and no new accounts can be registered as such. However, their focus now seems to be only on the newer accounts with the domain names @outlook.com.
For an instance, when the Outlook.com got migrated to its Office 365 hosting platform, vis-à-vis, accounts that had an @outlook got migrated prior to those with legacy domain names.
Thence, you might want to switch to or make an additional outlook address for your existing Hotmail account.
May sound scary, paradigm shifting and unnerving. But below are complete points to guide you through, the process.
So, what does this change you know shifting to an outlook account?
Well, absolutely nothing!! You’ll just have an additional account, through which you would be able to access your emails, well, by default you’ll continue to send out with your original email address. What you can do for ease is make the outlook account your new default account.(see further below).
how do I add an @outlook address to my current mailbox?
Go to Outlook.com.
Choose “View account” by clicking on your, profile picture, in the top right corner.
You’ll be directed to the Microsoft Account page, click on this “Your info” link at the top.
Manage your sign-in email or phone number.
In the “Account aliases” section, click on the “Add email” link.
Fill out your preferred alias and click on the “Add alias” button.
Are we all set up,
how can I send an email from the new account??
You can manually select your outgoing address by using the From field when sending out a message, but that is kind of an overkill for every time you are sending the mail right?? Just set the default address for your account to your @outlook address.
Here is how!!
· Just go to the same page, Outlook.com, click on the gear Icon, on the top right of the page.
· In the Navigation Pane on the left choose: Mail then, Accounts then, Connected Accounts.
· At the bottom of the page, to which you have been redirected, here you’ll find a link or a drop-down menu to change your default senders address.
Do I need to change anything?
Outlook buttonNothing actually, the changes are all server side, so outlook pretty much adjusts to everything by itself, however, you will still see some remnants of the older account, to name a few.
§ The mailbox, within your navigation widget will still hold your previous legacy address.
§ The host file of your account is still based off of your legacy account.
§ The account settings also most probably holds your old account as your username.
§ Lastly and most devastatingly the alias address may not show up in the form field, the older one does.
Well, yeah except the last one all are moreover visual remnants, won’t affect the functionality per say.
As far as getting rid of these remnants are concerned, what you can do is, you can re-add your Outlook.com account as an Exchange account to Outlook through the auto account setup. By specifying your name email address and password (or the app password when you are using two-step verification) for the rest of the part outlook will configure it.
Am I all done now??
Not yet, some final steps nevertheless. As the binding step, you have to set your primary alias to you new @outlook address.
· Yet again login to Outlook.com
· Again go to “View Account” or “Account Settings”.
· Then you’ll be redirected to, Microsoft’s my account page, click on your info link at the top.
· From the drop-down menu, you must choose ”Manage your sign-in email or phone number”.
· There make primary the outlook, address that you want to use and you are ready.