Now you can add email accounts to your Windows Live Hotmail account, so you can read all your mail at one place.
To do so, click the “Add an email account” link in the left pane. On the next page simply fill in your email address and corresponding password and click Next. This will suffice for most email providers en Internet Service Providers, no need to worry about port and server settings.
In case this automated check does fail, it will say so in an information bar on the page, please check if the settings are correct. You can verify them by clicking on Advanced Options. This will give you the possibility to adjust the incoming mail server, switch mail port from 995 to 110 (secure connection or not), and if you want to leave a copy of the message on the server.
Once the account settings work you get to the next screen where you can choose if you want to receive mail for that account in your inbox or in a seperate folder. You can even choose a color for the account so you can easily recognize from which account the email arrived, most handy if you choose to receive everything in your inbox.
Of course you can also send emails from the accounts you’ve added, just select the addy from the dropdown when you create a new email message. You will also have to verify that the added email account is yours by clicking a link in an email that will be sent to the added email account.
At the moment the number of accounts you can add is limited to 4. Also note that if you reached this limit and decide to replace one with another by deleting one of the accounts you’ve added and adding a new, that you can’t add a new one straight away:
It could also be that this option is not available in your country, but surely if it isn’t it will soon. I noticed because an article appeared on the Dutch Windows Live Blog, LiveLog Nederland. Normally I use Windows Live Mail to check my mail, so I’m not on the web version that much. I’ve added accounts into my Hotmail anyways as this might come in handy if I ever want to check my mail from my mobile (mobile.live.com) or elsewhere.
Go on, give it a go.