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Outlook.com Premium sheds its preview tag, now generally available in the U.S.

By Ng Chong Seng - on 17 Feb 2017, 10:02am

Outlook.com Premium sheds its preview tag, now generally available in the U.S.

Available in preview form previously, Microsoft has this week made generally available (alas, only in the U.S. at this point) Outlook.com Premium, which, just like what it says on the tin, is a premium version of the company’s web email service.

The key feature of Outlook.com Premium is its support for custom domains. So instead of using the service provider’s domain for your email address (e.g., johndoe@outlook.com), you can use a custom domain name that you own, so your email address will look something like johndoe@hwzrocks.com.

Admittedly, this is nothing new in the world of email services; Google’s G Suite and the commercial version of Microsoft’s Office 365 support custom domains, too.

And as noted by Paul Thurrott, the first account you create in the new custom domain will be an alias of the Microsoft account that you use to sign up for the service. So you’ve bought apps or games on Windows 10 or Xbox using your Microsoft account, you can now also sign in with your new custom domain’s address.

In addition to five personalized email addresses, Outlook.com Premium also allows users to share calendars, contacts, and documents. And since you’re paying for the service, Microsoft won’t serve you banner ads in the inbox.

At the moment, Outlook.com Premium is available at an offer price of US$19.95/year (usual price: US$49.99/year). And for the first year, you get a free custom domain, which will cost you US$10 extra if you continue your subscription a year later.

Source: Outlook.com Premium (via Thurrott.com).