Switching from Yahoo! Mail to Hotmail

Switching from Yahoo! Mail to Hotmail

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Why switch from Yahoo! Mail to Hotmail? There are lots of reasons. For example – if you email photos to friends and family, Hotmail lets you send them without clogging up your friends’ inboxes. Hotmail uploads your photos to SkyDrive and lets your recipients view in a slide show or download. You can view or edit Word, Excel and PowerPoint documents directly in Hotmail – even on a PC without Office installed. And Hotmail has made a lot of progress in protecting you from spam and malware with SmartScreen. Hotmail is the only email provider that allows you to take action on messages right from your inbox using Active Views (over one billion Active Views served with amazing partners). Oh and Hotmail also taps in to the awesomeness of Internet Explorer 9 by allowing you to pin it to your Windows 7 taskbar! So if you’re a Yahoo! Mail user and are thinking of making a switch to a different email provider - definitely consider Hotmail as an excellent choice. You can find specific information about how Hotmail is different than Yahoo! Mail at switchtohotmail.com.

Paul Pardi, a colleague of mine here at Microsoft, recently moved an old Yahoo! Mail account to Hotmail. Below is his account of the switching process, which, as it turns out, was super easy.

Since I have a free Yahoo! Mail account, which doesn’t support POP, I couldn’t just add my Yahoo! account to Hotmail (you can do this with Gmail, AOL and other webmail accounts, but with Yahoo! Mail, you must have a paid Yahoo! Plus account). To switch my free Yahoo account, I needed to use the TrueSwitch service.

Luckily, this proved to be really easy. There is a single page to fill in to make the switch. I just put in my Yahoo! Mail account info, my Windows Live account info, check a few boxes, and that’s about it.

trueswitch

The only things I needed to decide were whether to copy all my email messages over, whether to copy my address book over, and whether to send email to my entire Yahoo! contacts about my change in email addresses. I chose to do all three, and was allowed to modify the message that would be sent to my friends so it sounded a bit more like me.

When I was done, I clicked “Copy to Windows Live Hotmail,” and within 24 hours, all my Yahoo! Mail messages and contacts were on Hotmail, placed in a new folder so it was easy to differentiate from everything else in my inbox.

newfolder

I could then take my time moving the mail I wanted from the Yahoo folder to my inbox and deleting the rest. All my contacts were brought over and though there were quite a few duplicates, I was able to use the Hotmail cleanup tool to quickly combine or delete the duplicates in just a few minutes. I also took this opportunity to connect my account to Facebook and LinkedIn, so I could keep my Hotmail address book updated –and so I could chat with Facebook friends from my inbox.

clean up contacts

Because I can add Yahoo! friends to Messenger, I can chat with them in Hotmail without asking them to switch to a different IM service.

IM conversation

Since TrueSwitch doesn’t automate bringing your calendar info over from Yahoo, I had to do that separately. There are two ways to do this:

1. If you don’t think you’ll be going back to Yahoo, you can just export your Yahoo! calendar using an ICS file and then import it into Hotmail;

2. If you plan to continue using your Yahoo calendar, you can subscribe to ongoing updates from your Yahoo calendar from Hotmail. That way, the data remains in your Yahoo! account but also appears in your Hotmail calendar.

calendar export

So that’s about it. My Yahoo! email will be forwarded to my Hotmail account for 90 days, at which point I’ll have had enough time to let the people I want to hear from know about my new Hotmail address. In the meantime, mail still appears in my Yahoo! inbox but also is delivered to my Hotmail account. And if stragglers email me at my old Yahoo account after 30 days, I can set a vacation response in Yahoo Mail so they get an automatic reply with my new address.

If you or your friends still use Yahoo! Mail and interested in trying something different, share this post or send them to http://switchtohotmail.com for more information.

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  • This true switch service does not seem to work , please anyone help me ( ERROR can not authenticate the email ------- that you provided ) , i tried too much , please help

  • gvar369
    1 Posts

    This trueswitch service does not seem to work with the new outlook.com accounts.

    Is there an alternative to import yahoo accounts to outlook.com account.

    Thanks,

  • I have multiple folders under INBOX relevant to my email. When you say this process copies all messages, does it include these folders. If so, are the folder names preserved or do they all move under INBOX?

  • Ariella
    2 Posts

    I've just completed a manual migration of 5,000 msgs and about 20 folders/labels from Gmail. Here's how I did it:

    plus.google.com/.../YnZMu4SULjn

  • faltal
    2 Posts

    I tried to use the hotmail. because I like the msn butterfly, and to swtich from my yahoo and gmailand aol and use only the msn. but imagine i cannt  WHY......

    Read the reply below, True switch was not able to move my emails because my hotmail account doest the needed storage

    gmail= 6.3 GB

    my aol= 3GB

    and this the reply I received from hotmail support so I decided to move to yahoo which is better than hotmail and gmail.. even the aol has unlimited storage  so why bothering my self to switch to hotmail

    _________________

    Hi ,

    I've checked the account that you've provided and they are all under in 5gb limitation.

    May I suggest you to to upgrade your account to Premium. Paying for your account will increase your storage, your mailing capability and contact limits.

    You can contact our billing support if you wish to upgrade your account. Kindly refer to the link below for their support.

    For English support

    For Non-English support

    You can also contact the Billing support hotlines at the following numbers:

    UK — 0800-587-2920

    US — 1866 672-4551

    Thanks,

    Windows Live Geoffrey A.

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    ______________________

    another reply

    Hello Ferasaltal,

    I have checked your account details and found out that the email address you have been using for 3 years is a free account. If you want to upgrade to premium to increase your storage limit, please click on this link.

    Thanks,

    Windows Live Janet B.

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  • faltal
    2 Posts

    I tried to use the hotmail. and swtich from my aol and gmail. but imagine i cannt

    and this the reply I received from hotmail support so I decinded to move to yahoo which is better than hotmail and gmail.. even the aol has unlimited storage  

    _________________

    Hi ,

    I've checked the account that you've provided and they are all under in 5gb limitation.

    May I suggest you to to upgrade your account to Premium. Paying for your account will increase your storage, your mailing capability and contact limits.

    You can contact our billing support if you wish to upgrade your account. Kindly refer to the link below for their support.

    For English support

    For Non-English support

    You can also contact the Billing support hotlines at the following numbers:

    UK — 0800-587-2920

    US — 1866 672-4551

    Thanks,

    Windows Live Geoffrey A.

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    ______________________

  • how can switch from yahoo to hot mail ?

  • One HUGE omission is Yahoo Mail has IMAP support, Hotmail...nope. POP3 just doesn't cut it anymore.

  • Sasa_RI
    2 Posts

    Hahaha. This is the best joke iv heard in a long time. Been using Yahoo for o i don't know 10-11 years and i have NEVER!! lost one email or had any problems. Do you can say the same for Hotmail? I love when an advertising post begins with the bashing of an opponent. That speaks for its self. Now i even lost the will to try Hotmail witch i am forced to have unwillingly. Nothing new for M$ i just don't see what drives a person to go so low. The point is you could make much better effect without specifically mentioning any oder mail service but just pointing out why Hotmail is worth the switch

  • Gurtej
    24 Posts

    My primary email is Yahoo and I cannot think of replacing it with Hotmail. With the recent Hotmail upgrades I am not able to access more than two year old emails whereas my Hotmail and Yahoo accounts are both 11 year old. Of course I use Hotmail for emailing photographs.

  • Sir Brandon LeBlanc, I have a problem. The TrueSwitch service cannot import the messages from my Yahoo! Mail address normal.misery@yahoo.com because according to it, the service cannot authenticate my Yahoo! Mail address. I double-checked the e-mail address and even typed my password slowly, but still to no avail.

  • adacosta
    91 Posts

    I use my Yahoo account for spam mail.

  • Yahoo used to be my client. In the last year or so it's Hotmail permanently. Keep making the service better by merging SkyDrive and Office web storage and I'll start getting more friends to join too.

  • controlz
    145 Posts

    Why doesn't it move over your calendar??

  • @jamiet - Where possible, Hotmail connects with other services directly to import your mail and contacts. In some cases, we partner with Trueswitch – a 3rd party serving all of the leading mail providers – to offer secure import of your information from services where we can’t otherwise offer a complete import.

  • hdw
    25 Posts

    While hotmail is great ,Yahoo mail is pretty nice as well . It has a tabbed UI which is not found in hotmail .

    The overall experience is also quite good after the update which was rolled out recently.

  • jamiet
    45 Posts

    Why on earth are you advocating use of a service (TrueSwitch) that requires you to hand over your password? Worse, it doesn't require you to hand over just ONE password, it requires you to hand over TWO.

    Irresponsible in the extreme!