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Applies to: Exchange Online

Topic Last Modified: 2013-09-23

This cmdlet is available only in the cloud-based service.

The New-HotmailSubscription cmdlet allows a user to create Hotmail account subscriptions in their own cloud-based mailbox. An administrator can't use this cmdlet to create subscriptions in another user's mailbox.

For information about the parameter sets in the Syntax section below, see Syntax.

New-HotmailSubscription -EmailAddress <SmtpAddress> -Name <String> -Password <SecureString> [-Confirm [<SwitchParameter>]] [-DisplayName <String>] [-DomainController <Fqdn>] [-Mailbox <MailboxIdParameter>] [-WhatIf [<SwitchParameter>]]

This example creates the Hotmail subscription Ayla's Hotmail in the mailbox of the user Ayla Kol. The Hotmail account has the following details:

  • Email address: ayla@fabrikam.com

  • Password: Pa$$word1

New-HotmailSubscription -Name "Ayla's Hotmail" -EmailAddress ayla@fabrikam.com -Password (ConvertTo-SecureString -String 'Pa$$word1' -AsPlainText -Force)

The New-HotmailSubscription cmdlet creates a connection between a user's mailbox in the cloud-based service and a remote Hotmail mailbox. The cloud-based mailbox periodically polls the Hotmail mailbox for new messages.

You need to be assigned permissions before you can run this cmdlet. Although all parameters for this cmdlet are listed in this topic, you may not have access to some parameters if they're not included in the permissions assigned to you. To see what permissions you need, see the "Subscriptions" entry in the Feature permissions in Exchange Online topic.


Parameter Required Type Description




The EmailAddress parameter specifies the email address of the Hotmail mailbox.




The Name parameter specifies the name of the Hotmail subscription. The name of the subscription doesn't have to be globally unique. The name must be unique compared to other subscriptions that exist in the same mailbox.




The Password parameter specifies the password used to sign in to the Hotmail mailbox. You must specify the value for this parameter in a secure format, for example, (ConvertTo-SecureString -String '<password>' -AsPlainText -Force).




The Confirm switch causes the command to pause processing and requires you to acknowledge what the command will do before processing continues. You don't have to specify a value with the Confirm switch.




The DisplayName parameter specifies the friendly name of the Hotmail subscription. If you don't specify a value for the DisplayName parameter, the value of the EmailAddress parameter is used.




This parameter is reserved for internal Microsoft use.




The Mailbox parameter specifies the cloud-based mailbox that will contain the Hotmail subscription. You can use any value that uniquely identifies the mailbox.

For example:

  • Alias

  • Distinguished name (DN)

  • GUID

  • Name

  • Display name

  • LegacyExchangeDN

  • Email address




The WhatIf switch instructs the command to simulate the actions that it would take on the object. By using the WhatIf switch, you can view what changes would occur without having to apply any of those changes. You don't have to specify a value with the WhatIf switch.

To see the input types that this cmdlet accepts, see Cmdlet Input and Output Types. If the Input Type field for a cmdlet is blank, the cmdlet doesn’t accept input data.

To see the return types, which are also known as output types, that this cmdlet accepts, see Cmdlet Input and Output Types. If the Output Type field is blank, the cmdlet doesn’t return data.

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