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Hotmail logon to Outlook.com vs. MS or live email address


I am wondering if my Hotmail address causes differences on the Outlook.com interface in Windows 8 as opposed to a true ms or live email address. One reason I ask is that at the top left of the interface of MAIL it says Hotmail. When I log on to Outlook.com in a browser I have the "gear icon" for settings. When I click on the METRO TILE MAIL and the interface is presented along with my mail I can find no where to change settings. If I reveal the "charms" and click on settings I can see nothing that helps?

> Would I have more options if I were to obtain a true MS email and not use Hotmail addy
> If there is not difference, why can't I find the gear icon or a place to change settings?

Thanks greatly! jack ":-D :D

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System One

  • OS
    Windows 8 Home
    System Manufacturer/Model
    HP Pavilion 23 A6 Vision AMD
    3.60 GHz
    AMD A6-5400 APU with Radeon
    6 GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    HD Graphics 3.6 GHz
    Internet Speed
    Verizon, 3mbps
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