We first reported on Outlook.com Premium in April. Today, Microsoft opened the doors on the service in the United States. The company did this rather quietly, a surprise considering the company wants this to appeal to businesses.
It is worth noting that this is the shift of the service to public-preview. Until now Outlook.com Premium has only been available on an invitation basis.
In public preview, anybody can sign up for the premiums service. If you are not familiar with Outlook.com Premium, it is a subscription-based version of Microsoft's email service. The company is differentiating the service apart from the standard Outlook.com email client with some new features that will appeal to enterprise.
Here are the main standout features from the Premium client:
- Five personalized email addresses: Get personalized email addresses [email protected]* for up to five people. Your new email syncs with your existing Outlook.com mailbox, so there's no additional setup.
- Staying connected has never been so easy: Share calendars, contacts, and documents with ease. Sharing relationships are set up automatically between the people who have email addresses on your domain.
- An ad-free inbox: Outlook.com Premium has no banner ads, so you can enjoy a distraction-free view of your email, photos and documents.
- Powered by the new Outlook.com: Gain access to a new, modern inbox that includes enhanced security, privacy, and reliability features. Outlook.com gives you new ways to collaborate, manage your time, and get things done.
Cost and Hosting
If you are interested in Outlook.com Premium, it will cost $19.95. This is a first-year offer, though, and afterwards the price will rise to $49.99 for subsequent years. To host the domain names, Microsoft is collaborating with web hosting giant GoDaddy. The company will supply email domains that can be chosen by the Outlook customer.
Microsoft will cover the cost of this domain hosting for the first year. After that, customers will need to renew your email domain with GoDaddy directly. Check out Outlook.com Premium by hitting the source, provided you are in the US.