What's the difference between MSN, Hotmail, Outlook & Windows Live Mail?

What are the MSN, Hotmail, Outlook and Windows Live Mail?

MSN (acronym of The Microsoft Network) is a web portal and related collection of Internet services. It is an app for Windows and mobile devices, provided by Microsoft.

Hotmail was a free online e-mail service set up by Jack Smith and Sabeer Bhatia in 1995 that was later acquired by Microsoft in December of 1997. It allows users to read and send e-mail using internet connection.

Outlook is a program bundled with Microsoft Office. Thanks to it, users could read and manage email, calendars, contacts, etc. on their own computers. In fact, Outlook is not an email service but a program to fetch emails for you. However,,  a website rather than a program like Outlook, provides free webmail with individual Microsoft Accounts and provides email, calendar, and contact functions.

Windows Live Mail is a desktop email program first introduced by Microsoft to replace Outlook Express. It is part of the Windows Essentials suite, including such programs as: Live Mail, Live Writer, Photo Gallery, MovieMaker and OneDrive. (It used to include Messenger, which was replaced by Skype).

What is the difference between MSN, Hotmail, Outlook and Windows Live Mail?

Live Mail and are fundamentally identical.  If you log into or using the same Microsoft ID, you should see the same mailbox, but possibly with a different user interface.

Over time, the will be improved over time and Microsoft will eventually want to provide the Outlook services to Hotmail users.  

With your Hotmail account, you can use Outlook without a new account or even no changes in username/password.

Whether you already upgrade your Hotmail account or not, your email will always work.

All Microsoft mailboxes ending with,,, will or already be migrated to the current platform hosted on the Office 365.

Microsoft has announced that those email services including Hotmail, Live Mail and MSN Mail will be ended and suggests their users transfer into some other free Mail apps or Outlook service -  a Microsoft Office’s email and personal information . Even though Outlook users will be charged, they could be offered one year free Office 365 from Microsoft.

After one year using Outlook, users will be charged additional £59.99 per year for Office 365 Personal. The package includes all services of Microsoft Office plus a 1TB free online storage.

Alternatively, you could pay a lump sum of £164 for a permanent using package of Microsoft Office Home and Business 2016 () or Microsoft Office Outlook 2016. .

The Mail app is simpler but less powerful than Windows Live Mail: it has limited options to sorting emails, and cannot send emails to groups. Outlook is far more powerful than Windows Live Mail and has more advance features for emails, contacts, calendars and to-do lists.

Overall, you can only choose to upgrade to Outlook or downgrade to Mail.


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