Microsoft now allow you to create and manage multiple email aliases from a single Hotmail account. Starting today, you can add up to five aliases per year to your Hotmail account, up to fifteen aliases in total, all designed to make it a lot easier to organize different types of email and personas in one Hotmail inbox without having to give out your primary email address if you don't want to.
"Together with features that we introduced in November that let you use Hotmail with any existing email address, the new aliasing feature makes it easy to use a different email address and still get all the benefits of Hotmail without having to change your primary email address and online identity," Microsoft said.
"Hotmail (and many other email services) already allow you to just add a plus sign ("+") and a descriptive word to the first part of your email address. For instance, if your email address was firstname.lastname@example.org and you wanted to create an alias for online shopping, you could use email@example.com. Email sent to this alias will still be delivered to your inbox or to a particular folder. This can help with managing different types of incoming email. In addition to the plus feature, we've also released Sweep to help manage this type of incoming email traffic.
However, with the plus addresses that many services offer, it's still very easy to determine your actual email address and there're times when you simply don't want to give out any part of your real email address -- that's where our new alias feature helps you out. Email aliases let you create completely different email addresses that you can use to receive email into your primary account without anyone knowing what your primary email address is."
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