Web-based email services such as Live.com, Gmail and Yahoo enjoy stupendous fan following with millions of accounts. The convenience of using live.com email login or any other web-email service simply cannot be denied; users can get all their messages in one place, a significant amount of free online storage and the ability to access their accounts from any client device.
In fact, with nearly the same features and extent of functionality, for most users the decision on which web based service to use is more a matter of flipping a coin than real analysis. However, a closer scrutiny reveals that there indeed is a difference in how these public email services measure up against each other.
Why should you be going for live.com email login?
Although Google would have us believe that its Gmail service rules the roost as far as free email services go, an independent analysis firm ComScore found that it is Live/Outlook.com which has a wider user base with nearly almost 325 million users, as compared to the 298 million of Yahoo and 289 million accounts of Gmail. Of course, there is no way to tell how many of these accounts are abandoned and how many users have accounts with more than one email service provider.
However, strictly in keeping with the higher score of Live.com, let us talk about why the refurbished version of Hotmail.com has gained so much popularity. A neater interface and integration with other Microsoft services has certainly worked in favor of Outlook. Some of the other features that have contributed to its success include:
- Unlimited storage as compared to the 10 GB offered by other services like Yahoo and Gmail
- Automatic email forwarding provided even with free accounts
- Mail attachment limit of 25MB and 10 GB through Skydrive
- Sub addressing available
- Ability to synch your social media pages (Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter) with your live.com account
- Can create email aliases
- Tile ads are not so annoying as those from other services
- Ability to buy an ad free account for less than $20/annum
How to get your Live.com email login details?
If you are using a machine with Windows 8, things will be simpler as Live.com has been integrated into the OS. This feature allows users simple, 1 click access to your Outlook account as well as many other Microsoft products. However, if you are using a Mac or an older operating system from Microsoft, this is what you will need to do:
Step 1: The registration page is available at https://signup.live.com/signup.aspx?lic=1. Before you start the sign up process, it would help to keep some information handy such as a cell phone number and an alternate email ID. This information will be used to reset Live.com email login username and password, if ever needed.
Step 2: On the registration page, you will see a form. It should not take you more than a few minutes to get through it. The first two fields are for your name; depending on how you intend to use the account, you could use the name of your business, your given name or a pseudonym. However, remember that this will be the nametag on all the messages you send out from this email address.
Step 3: Now, pick a username for the account. If the option you choose is not available, the site will offer alternatives; pick one that is closest to the username you wanted. Next, choose an alphanumeric code for your password. This should be at least 8 characters long.
Step 4: Fill in details required to complete the registration process such as your contact information, gender and birth date. Furnish an alternate email ID which can be from Live.com or any other email service. You will also be asked to provide your telephone number; however, this is optional. So, you could complete the registration without providing this information
Step 5: At the end, you will see a Captcha quiz and a field below it. Enter the number or alphabets that you see in the Captcha box correctly and then click on the button that says “create account”.
Using your live.com email account
Like with all web based email services, you will be able to access your email account from any device and any place. It is also possible to connect other email ID’s including those from Microsoft and other email service providers to your live.com account. This way you will be able to receive all your messages in one inbox.
When you want to use your account, go to https://login.live.com/login.srf. To your right, you will see a form. Add your live.com email login username and password in the appropriate fields and click on “sign in”. If you check the option for “keep me signed in”, you can save your login details on that particular device. However, this is not recommended on public computers.
It is also possible to access the mobile version of the email service through tablets and cell phones. You can visit the mobile compatible page of Outlook at https://mail.live.com/m/. Use your live.com email login data to access your mail on feature phones.
For smart phones, you can download Outlook email apps at http://windows-live-mobile-client.en.softonic.com/windowsmobile. Once the program has been downloaded and installed, you will be prompted to offer your live.com email login details. You can save these in your cellular devices as well, so that you do not have retype every time you want to check your mail.
Resetting live.com email login passwords
If you have lost your password, the recovery process is simple. However, it does involve the email address or the phone number that you used to register with. If you do not have access to these, you will not be able to regain access to your dashboard. With this information ready, go through the following process:
Step 1: Go to the login page at https://login.live.com/login.srf. You will see the password recovery link which is labeled as “can’t access your account”. It is right below the login form. Click on it and you will be taken to the next page.
Step 2: Now, you will see various options given for the likely issues that a user may have. You will have to pick the one that is applicable to lost passwords. This is the one that says “I forgot my password”; click on “next” and you will be taken to the second part of the password recovery procedure.
Step 3: On the following page, enter your username and complete the Captcha quiz. Then, click on “next” to continue.
Step 4: The default recovery process involves an email message sent to the email ID that you specified during registration. However, if you also furnished a telephone number, you will be able to choose between the two verification options.
Step 5: If you only furnished an email ID or choose this as your verification method, an email message will be sent to you. Open your alternate email account to find a message from Outlook. A blue link will be included in it; click it open or copy paste it into your browser address bar. You will then be taken to the dashboard of your account from where you can reset the password.
Step 6: If you pick the telephone verification method, an sms will be sent to the specified number and it will have a numeric code. On the verification page, enter this code and click on next to access your account dashboard.