The basic sign-up process of Hotmail in the olden times consisted of the following steps:
- One had to enter their first and last name and choose a username for their account.
- The password creation field did not have many restrictions apart from certain guidelines provided.
- One could choose to enter other fields where the information input was optional.
The account creation process in the earlier times was simpler and left several gaps in the security measures. For that reason the new Hotmail account creation process is a more restricted and monitored process. Hotmail domain underwent several changes from the time it was introduced initially. It is now part of Microsoft. Initial days of acquisition saw Hotmail being accessed through MSN domain as well. The live domain that was introduced a few years back saw Hotmail being made a part of this domain. Recently Microsoft introduced the Outlook web based email service. Outlook has been a desktop based email platform that has been part of Windows from early times. A recent change made by Microsoft has seen Outlook being brought out in the open and made an open web based email platform.