If you ever wanted to have your own professional custom email domain, look no further. Microsoft is offering users that are looking to connect their custom email domains to Outlook.com for free. Yes, for absolutely free. You can read how you can connect your domain with Outlook.com.
Back in the day business-class mail servers would cost you an arm and a leg but thanks to aggressive competition from Google and Microsoft, that is no longer the case. Up until last year, Google has killed off its free Google Apps offering. Those that managed to register before that time are still able to use the service for free up to 10 users per domain after which it will cost $50 USD per user for a year. Unfortunately for us, we did not register an account.
Just two weeks ago we moved all our domains to Outlook.com and so far, we\’ve been pretty happy with it. This is what we have assessed so far:
We have not noticed any storage cap on the email accounts but it\’s said to have a 5gb limit. However, according to Microsoft representatives:
I understand your frustration however the storage space that is given to our free users is limited to 5GB though as I have mentioned it will increase periodically as you build your reputation. Rest assured that if you use your account responsibly and regularly, the storage limit shall increase.
That\’s a little vague as to what it really means. As Outlook.com is still in its early stages, we\’re guessing that Microsoft just hasn\’t decided on a limit on the email storage. For us, 5gb is still sufficient for daily email conversations.
We absolutely love the Outlook Apps especially Skydrive. As we work with Excel sheets a lot, the Excel app on Skydrive is amazing. You also get 7gb of storage on Skydrive. This was a major plus for us here at setuix.com as we use Skydrive a lot.
Outlook deals with spam so that\’s a good plus. Previously we were using SpamAssasin and while it was good enough, it was not perfect. Having Outlook deal with our spam is a warm welcome.
Setting up emails on multiple devices have never been easier. You basically never have to worry about server settings. We were surprised how easy it was to set up our email on the iPhone.
With all good things, there\’s always a catch. The web version of Outlook.com includes unobtrusive ads that appear on the right side of the email window. These ads can be removed for $19.95 USD per year. Personally, we don\’t mind the ads appearing on the side and it\’s not annoying enough to be a deal breaker. After all, it is a free service.