There are undoubtedly many users who have a Hotmail email account at their disposal, where they often access it through the historical Microsoft Outlook software. However, not everyone has their own computer with them, so you need to find valid alternatives to check your mailbox anyway, for example from your smartphone, or without Outlook.
So let’s see how to access our Hotmail mailbox without the help of Outlook, using some solutions that can be used both on PCs and on smartphones and tablets.
The first information to know
Obviously, the first thing you necessarily need is a Microsoft account through which you can access the e-mail of the US company (if you don’t have one, here is a guide on how to create an e-mail account). After that, you can log in very easily from Webmail or using one of the many apps or software that can be useful for managing your emails, which we will discuss in the following chapters.
How to access Hotmail from a browser
Certainly, the simplest and most intuitive method is to log in via Webmail. Doing this is very fast, you just need a web browser of any type, such as Microsoft Edge or Safari if you use Apple. Plus, there are others you can rely on, such as the hugely popular Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox.
After starting the web browser, it will be necessary to type in the navigation bar at the top of the address and then click on Enter. After doing this, click on login by typing the email and then on password, by entering the one associated with the Microsoft account.
After doing all this, you will have full access to Outlook Webmail, where you have all the functions available to manage your e-mail.
How to access Hotmail from an email client
If you want to access the mailbox through a client on PC (be it Thunderbird, Apple Mail …), there are various solutions that you can consider, let’s find out below.
It is also important to note that, by default, the POP protocol is disabled on Microsoft e-mail accounts. So, you will have to go to enable it from the Email Settings panel. You can put this into practice by going to Microsoft’s Webmail, as we explained above, and then clicking on this link.
How to access Hotmail from Windows 10 Mail
On computers that have Windows 10 as an operating system, a completely free solution for managing e-mail is installed by default. I’m talking about the Mail app, which can be started by clicking on Mail, then click on Add account, click on Outlook.com and enter our email and password associated with the Microsoft account. Everything will be automatically synchronized. Nothing simpler.
How to access Hotmail from Thunderbird
Another solution to consider is to use the popular free and open-source software Thunderbird, which is available for Windows, macOS, and Linux PCs. You can download the software directly from this link.
After you start it, fill in the boxes on the screen that is immediately shown to you, adding your Microsoft account. Give a name to the account you are entering with the associated email and password. Next, click on Continue.
Normally, Thunderbird should automatically obtain the server configuration data, but if this does not happen, press the Manual configuration button and fill in the appropriate fields. Finally, click on Done and wait for the synchronization.