iCloud Email Account is same as Hotmail account or Live account. For Example, if you have a hotmail.com account, then you can signin from any email account that is related with Microsoft account. Let me break this all down for you. No matter which accounts you have either live.com, hotmail.com, microsoft.com or outlook.com you can signin from same site i.e login.live.com. And it is also same thing for iCloud email.
It all depends on when you created your iCloud account. Your email address can be from icloud.com, me.com or mac.com, it does not matter which accounts you have. You can receive and send emails in your iCloud inbox by any of those email address that you use for apple login. Signin into your iCloud account is very easy and you have lots of other options too. You can signin to your apple iCloud email account through use of mobile devices, mac or laptop..
There is no fast rule to choose the email address during iCloud sign up. Choose any email address you would like, gmail.com, yahoo.com, hotmail.com, etc. It is not essential to use iCloud account for email service of iCloud. Make email@example.com email address as default address for sending and receiving emails if you wish to. You can make icloud email as primary email through the following steps:
- In iCloud Mail, click <Preferences> from Action pop-up menu that you can see on sidebar.
- Click on <Composing>.
- Choose <@icloud.com> as default email address that you want to choose from ‘Set a default address’ pop-up menu.
- In Outlook 2010 and 2013, click File > Info > Account Settings. After that, click on Email tab, select your @icloud.com email address from the given list. And then, click on ‘Set as default’.
iOS 6 or above:
- Click on Settings > iCloud > Account, then click Mail under ” Advanced” .
- Under iCloud Account Information, tap your email address.
- From the list of address, tap the firstname.lastname@example.org email address that you want to use as default address for sending email from iCloud Mail.
This is how you make your iCloud email address your default email address on various accounts. iCloud Email service is free and very advanced. Send email from your iCloud to any other email address and receive mails from any accounts. For this, you have to go to iCloud.com. It would have been more easy to use if users could login from facebook for iCloud.