If you’ve ever opened up your Hotmail account and wished there was a way you could pay Microsoft for this web-based email service, it looks like you could soon be in luck. Microsoft is currently testing what its Outlook Premium, a premium version of the Outlook.com you might already be using. Not everyone can start throwing their money at Microsoft though, because you’ll need an invite to use it.

Currently running in its “Pilot” phase, Outlook Premium comes with several perks over its not-so-premium counterpart. First, you’re not stuck with using a hotmail.com, outlook.com or live.com email address. Instead, you can configure Outlook Premium to tap into your custom domain to get a more professional look. Microsoft is partnering with GoDaddy to give you the domain for free for the first year, but then it’s up to you to renew it after that.

The $3.99 monthly fee unlocks five such custom domain email address for you, as well as the elimination of ads while viewing your web-based inbox. Microsoft also says they’re making it easy to share calendars, contacts and documents.

Since they’re just testing things and since there’s no real official timeframe, it’s unclear when and if Outlook Premium will launch for the masses. It also means that the $3.99 monthly fee could change between now and then. In the meantime, the first year is free for everyone who gets an invite and it remains free for Office365 subscribers.

If you haven’t received an invite from someone in the Outlook Premium inner circle, you can enter your information to get on the waiting list and wait in the same line as everyone else.


Via TC

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