Microsoft officially discontinued its Hotmail email service back in 2013, yet millions of people have still got old Hotmail accounts that they may still want to use, and old emails that they want to keep.
The good news is that you may still be able to use your old Hotmail address with the newer Outlook.com service that replaced Hotmail. The
Outlook service also replaced other Microsoft email services, such as Windows Live and MSN, so you may be able to use those addresses as well. I mostly use my iCloud mail address these days, but I still have an old Hotmail address that gets the occasional email, so I like to check in every now and then to make sure I don’t miss anything important.
The bad news is that if you haven’t used your Hotmail account at all for more than 270 days then Microsoft’s terms and conditions allow it to make the account inactive – and it may be deleted altogether. But, if your Hotmail account still exists, then there are a number of options for getting it back into action. You can log into your Hotmail account using a web browser on any Mac or PC, but we’ll also show you how to set it up using Apple Mail on your Mac as well.
This article was originally written in 2015, where the information is still relevant today for those who are still wanting to use an old Hotmail with Mac Mail.