Microsoft Rolls Out Aliases For Hotmail

Microsoft has rolled out a new feature to Hotmail, set to allow users to create and manage multiple disposable aliases from their primary e-mail account.

The Hotmail Aliases feature will let users create disposable e-mail addresses that can be given to online shopping sites, public websites and forums in lieu of their primary account details. The feature will help keep users' primary e-mail accounts safe from spam.

“E-mail aliases let you create completely different e-mail addresses that you can use to receive e-mail into your primary account without anyone knowing what your primary e-mail address is,” director of Windows Live Product Management team Dharmesh Mehta wrote in the Windows Team blog.

Users were previously able to create an e-mail alias by adding a '+' and a descriptive word to the first part of their e-mail address, but spammers had found it easy to decipher the original e-mail account by simply removing the plus sign.

Microsoft will allow users to add five aliases per year on their Hotmail account, with up to fifteen in total.