Microsoft's Live ID includes a variety of free benefits. These include a free Hotmail email account, MSN Messenger, Xbox Live and SkyDrive online storage. Your Live ID will also let you access any future free offerings from Microsoft's online network. Creating a Live ID only takes a few moments and requires a supported browser such as Firefox, Internet Explorer or Chrome. You'll be able to use your Hotmail account immediately after creating the ID.
Open your preferred Web browser and go to the Hotmail website. Click the "Sign up" button found at the bottom of the page.
Enter the Windows Live ID you want to use. Enter your password twice. Add an alternate email for password recovery, or click the link to set a security question instead.
Fill in the remaining fields with your name and location. Type the verification code at the bottom of the page. Click "I accept" to create your account and access Hotmail.