A preview of the new Outlook.com Premium is now available to the public in the United States. This premium service underwent limited testing earlier this year, but now it is accessible to the general public. Now anyone can participate in the Outlook.com Premium Preview Program by just signing up – but there’s a fee involved obviously.
Since the press release, there has been a lot of fuss and excitement over the premium version. People are signing up and trying the new features. Critics are speculating about the success factors of the new service.
Here is a detailed summary of everything that is related to Outlook.com Premium – features, benefits and surprises.
Outlook.com Premium | What’s All the Fuss About?
So when you visit the homepage of Outlook.com Premium (the one also hyperlinked above), the page opens and displays the price and features of the premium service.
As you scroll down, you will see the three main features of the Outlook.com Premium.
5 Personalized Emails
The Outlook.com Premium provides you with five personalized emails when you create your account. You can use your existing domain name on the Outlook.com Premium for free. You can also choose a unique and personalized domain name, such as firstname.lastname@example.org, but this requires an extra $10 on top of the Outlook.com Premium’s subscription charges, but it is free for your first year. We will go into more details in the pricing section.
This is possibly the best feature among the Outlook.com Premium’s services. No one needs to be reminded how nagging, irritating and distracting ads are in the first place. The web interface of the new Outlook.com Premium has no banner ads, so you can resume working in peace without any flashy distractions.
This is a very handy feature. Remember the five email accounts you created with your custom domain name (@mycompany.com)?
Well, Outlook.com Premium allows you to share content, such as calendars, contacts and documents with those individuals. This feature is set on default, so be sure to change your settings if you don’t wish to share content with any of those five people.
Powered by the New Outlook.com
So the Outlook.com Premium is run by the same hardware and connectivity that powers the Office 365 subscription service. This means that the Outlook.com premium has the same level of privacy, reliability and security as Office 365. You can manage your time more effectively, collaborate with others and get things done faster.
A good catch, right?
We have to agree that the Outlook.com Premium has some really good features – who wants to say no to no ads?
Lack of Features
But there are a few things that the Outlook.com Premium does not support; groups or auto-forwarding, for instance.
And as it is still in the preview and testing phase, you are bound to encounter some bugs and possibly some other missing features.
Domain Name Ownership
This is important. Remember the first thing we discussed? How Microsoft lets you have a custom domain name?
Well, to provide its customers with custom domain names, Microsoft has partnered with GoDaddy, which means that GoDaddy provides Microsoft with domain registration. Now this is all good and well, but only until you decide to cancel your subscription for Outlook.com Premium. Because it turns out that Microsoft retains the ownership of your custom domain after your subscription expires name if you registered it through Microsoft.
To avoid this, you might want to register your domain name yourself, and then use Microsoft’s Outlook.com Premium and pay Microsoft only for your yearly subscription according to Outlook.com Premium’s FAQs. It’s a good deal if you pay $10 for your domain name that you registered with someone other than Microsoft, but not if it costs you more. But it’s your call in any case.
Powered by the New Outlook.com
This is not necessary a disadvantage, just a drawback. In order to use the highly secure and reliable interface of the Outlook.com Premium and subscribe for its services, you need to upgrade your Outlook.com to the new Outlook.com.
So if you subscribe to the Outlook.com Premium before this year ends, you will pay $19.95 per year and your subscription will renew at the same price. But if you subscribe later then you will have to pay $49.99 for a year’s subscription of Outlook.com Premium.
If you get your custom domain name registered with Microsoft, then you will get it free for the first year, i.e. you will only pay for Outlook.com Premium’s subscription. After the first year, your custom domain name will renew at $10 per year in addition to the Outlook.com Premium’s subscription.
And if you bring in your own domain name, then you will just have to pay for Outlook.com Premium’s subscription.
Yeah, we thought this was a little confusing too.
Now that you know all there is to know about Outlook.com Premium (as of now), you can make an informed decision whether you want to go for it or not. Other than the feature for groups and auto-forwarding, and Microsoft retaining the registered domain names after expiration of your subscription, there is no major issue. And if you can manage without these missing features and know that you won’t be canceling your subscription, then you have nothing to worry about!
This new platform offers great features, and the ad-free feature itself is appealing enough to make someone try Outlook.com Premium. To sign up and subscribe to Microsoft’s Outlook.com premium, click here.