If you don’t have a Microsoft account, it only takes a few minutes to open a new Outlook.com account. With a free Outlook.com account, you can access your email, calendar, tasks, and contacts from anywhere you have an internet connection.

Illustration of a person using a laptop to create a new Outlook.com account
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The instructions in this article apply to Outlook.com and Outlook Online.

How to create a new Outlook.com email account

When you’re ready to open a new free email account on Outlook.com:

  1. Open a web browser, go to registration screen in Outlook.com and select » Create a free account» .

    Create free account settings from the Outlook.com webpage in Chrome
  2. Enter Username — the part of the email address that precedes @ outlook.com .

    Outlook.com email compose screen in Chrome browser showing username compose box
  3. Select the dropdown arrow in the right corner of the username field to change the domain from outlook.com on default on the hotmail.com, if you prefer a Hotmail address. Then select Further .

    Create an account settings on the Chrome web page for an Outlook.com email account showing a choice between Outlook and Hotmail.
  4. Enter and then re-enter password then select Further .

    Choose the password, which is easy to remember, but difficult for someone else to guess.

    Password field during Outlook.com account creation
  5. Enter your first and last name in the respective fields, and then select Further .

    First and last name on the
  6. Choose your country / region enter date his birth then press Further .

    Region and Birthdate fields in the email generation process for an Outlook.com email address
  7. Enter the characters from the CAPTCHA image, then click Next .

    CAPTCHA screen from Outlook.com email creation process
  8. Outlook will set up your account and display a welcome screen.

    Final welcome screen while composing an Outlook.com email
  9. You can now open a new Outlook.com account on the web or set it up to access email programs on computers and mobile devices.

Features of Outlook.com

An Outlook.com email account offers all the features you would expect from an email client. Plus this includes:

  • Focused mailbox for your most important emails.
  • Swipe with gestures to archive and delete messages.
  • Possibility schedule messages, to return to your inbox at the specified time.
  • Possibility attach important messages at the top of your mailbox.
  • Text formatting features to personalize outgoing emails.

Outlook also adds travel itineraries and flight plans from emails to your calendar. It attaches files from Google Drive , dropbox , OneDrive and box . You can even edit files Microsoft office right in your inbox.

Outlook Mobile Apps

Download Free applications Microsoft Outlook for Android and iOS and use your Outlook.com account on your mobile device. Outlook.com is built into phones Windows 10 .

The mobile apps include most of the features available with a free online Outlook.com account, including a targeted inbox, the ability to share, delete and archive messages, and powerful search. You can also view and attach files from OneDrive, Dropbox, and other services without downloading them to your phone.

Outlook.com vs. Hotmail.com

Microsoft bought Hotmail in 1996. The email service has gone through several name changes, including MSN Hotmail and Windows Live Hotmail. The latest version of Hotmail was released in 2011. Outlook.com replaced Hotmail in 2013. At the time, Hotmail users were given the option to save their Hotmail email addresses and use them with Outlook.com. It is still possible to get a new Hotmail.com email address when you complete the Outlook.com registration process.

What is Premium Outlook?

Premium Outlook was a standalone, paid version of Outlook. Microsoft discontinued Premium Outlook at the end of 2017, but added more features to the Outlook desktop app that is included with Office 365 .

Anyone who subscribes to the Microsoft Office 365 Home or Office 365 Personal software packages gets Outlook with advanced features as part of the application package. Outlook for Office 365 benefits include:

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