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I have all my Hotmail/Live addresses linked so I can operate them all from one browser window.

I know that Microsoft requires us to log in every (6 mos.?) to affirm our interest or they will remove that account.

Since I have my accounts linked, do I have to log in to each of my Hotmail and Live email accounts separately to prevent their removal or will logging into my main program affirm my interest?

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In Windows Live Hotmail, customers have four times longer than with MSN Hotmail before their account expires: 120 days of inactivity instead of 30 days.

Any account, even if it's only being accessed through an e-mail client using the POP3 access, is safe from expiration due to inactivity as long as it is being accessed within the given time frame.

(same goes for IM access, I never use my Hotmail account but I'm using MSN via Pidgin or Miranda IM and the account is sound and safe :).

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Hi. If nothing is sent through those other addresses, is the fact that they are being monitored keep them current? – Xavierjazz Jan 14 '10 at 0:58
as i said, i registered an account ages ago to use the MSN protocol for instant messaging and NEVER login or use the account to send or receive emails. – Molly7244 Jan 14 '10 at 1:03
Thanks. Best regards. – Xavierjazz Jan 14 '10 at 1:04
you're more than welcome. – Molly7244 Jan 14 '10 at 1:05
As i re-read your comments, I feel that they don't really answer my question. I don't use IM. Regards – Xavierjazz Jan 14 '10 at 18:49

Actually using IM (MSN Messenger) only reserves your ID. Hotmail mailboxes does disappear after 30(?) days, but are recreated (empty) once you login into Hotmail again.

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270 days....... – Xavierjazz Mar 1 '10 at 14:36

I set my Hotmail up to forward all mail to my Gmail. I've logged into my Hotmail maybe twice in the last 6 months.

It's still alive :S

EDIT: I've had people say you can't get Hotmail to forward to Gmail any more, I set it up a couple years ago and had no trouble at the time. One of my friends claims to have setup the forward recently, I'll ask him how and get back to you.

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Now that I think about it, the only way I'm accessing it frequently is that it's linked to my Xbox Live account. – Dean Rather Jan 14 '10 at 4:44
Hotmail will not allow sending to gmail. – Xavierjazz Mar 1 '10 at 14:36

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