Microsoft’s Outlook.com Premium service, which costs $ 19.95 a year for the first year, is currently being previewed to US users.
In February, Microsoft officials told me that Outlook.com Premium, a non-update version of Outlook.com, was tested privately.
Recently, the company has moved the service from the pilot to the public only for public previews, although it appears to only be available to customers in the United States. (Thanks to @ermanno_ferrari for the head)
I logged into Public Outlook.com Premium using my usual Outlook.com address today, October 18.
Under the preview page of Outlook.com Premium, there will be a special offer price of $ 19.95 per year for the first year the service is available. The regular price will be $ 49.99 per year when the service is publicly available for purchase.
The preview of Outlook.com Premium provides users with five personalized email addresses (can use existing domain user); calendar and document sharing; and the inbox has no ads. According to Microsoft’s splash page for Outlook.com Premium, the new service is “backed by new Outlook.com.”
For a Premium.com subscriber of Outlook.com, a personalized email address with a custom domain is free for the first year, the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) page. Signing up for Outlook.com Premium will automatically renew at “current rates”, FAQs indicate, and there will be an additional fee per year for a custom domain.
“If you choose a new domain during the registration process, Microsoft will purchase the domain name for you. Microsoft retains ownership of the domain. You can continue to use your personal email address based on the domain name. That as long as you redo Outlook.com Advanced Register, “Frequently Asked Questions.
With preview, there is no auto-forwarding or grouping support. Microsoft is advising users who want more than five addresses to view Outlook 365 Business Essentials rather than Outlook.com Premium.
In February, Microsoft officials said, Outlook.com Premium piloted is not the same as $ 19.95 per year. No ads for Outlook.com (Hotmail Plus successor). However, the Outlook.com Premium service did and seems to be a substitute for frustrated users as Microsoft begins to revoke its custom domain support in 2014.