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Screenshots: Manually update to Outlook.com before Microsoft does it for you

The actual upgrade takes only seconds to occur and you'll see a Welcome message

As soon as you log in, the entire upgrade will take place immediately and you'll see a Welcome message like the one shown in Figure C. Take a few moments to look over the information, check out the tips, and watch the video tour. If you are ready to begin using Outlook.com, you can just click the Continue to inbox button.

Once you have made the upgrade, you'll find that all of your email messages and contacts are just as they were in Hotmail.com. And, since you have the same @hotmail.com email address and password, you can begin using the new tools in Outlook.com to send, receive, and manage your email.

When you log out, you'll find that you can log back in at Hotmail.com or at Outlook.com. Either way, you'll end up in the new Outlook.com interface. Eventually, Hotmail.com will disappear and typing that address will simply redirect you to Outlook.com.

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By Greg Shultz

Greg Shultz is a freelance Technical Writer. Previously, he has worked as Documentation Specialist in the software industry, a Technical Support Specialist in educational industry, and a Technical Journalist in the computer publishing industry.