Outlook.com Premium Pricing Promotion Extended Through June

Posted on April 3, 2017 by Paul Thurrott in Outlook.com with 11 Comments

Outlook.com Premium Pricing Promotion Extended Through June

Microsoft quietly extended the deadline for Outlook.com Premium promotional pricing to the end of June. So you have plenty of time to save big on this interesting service.

As you may recall, I recently explained that this promotional pricing, which lowers the annual cost of the service from $49.95 to $19.95, was set to expire on March 31. On the eve of that expiration, however, Microsoft quietly changed the date: Now, the promotional pricing ends June 30, 2017.

Perhaps they’re working through a soft launch here and will eventually begin touting Outlook.com Premium. But to date, Microsoft has never said anything officially about this service, or about its general release. So here I am, doing Microsoft PR. This is a moment of great self-reflection, I assure you.

But I’m OK with it in this case, because Outlook.com Premium is pretty cool. (And yes, I’m a subscriber.) The service came out of preview in February, providing subscribers with custom domain support for up to five users, automated information sharing between calendars, contacts, and OneDrive-based documents, with an ad-free inbox for all users.

Given that Microsoft’s Ad-Free Inbox service for Outlook.com is $20 by itself, Outlook.com’s promotional pricing is sort of a no-brainer, especially when you read the fine print: “Your Outlook.com Premium subscription will auto-renew annually at $19.95”; right: It’s not just $19.99 for the first year. It’s perpetual.

But the issue up-front was that Outlook.com Premium was available only in the United States. Fortunately, as of March, that changed, and the service is now available in several other countries, including Australia, Canada, Hong Kong, Ireland, Singapore, and the United Kingdom (Great Britain and Northern Ireland).

So breathe easy, folks. Read up on how Outlook.com Premium really works. And then go for it. At a more relaxed pace.

 

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11 responses to “Outlook.com Premium Pricing Promotion Extended Through June”

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    Polycrastinator

    Paul (or anyone else), is it possible to have multiple domains pointing at the same account? I'm thinking of signing up, but want to register both, say polycrastinator.com and a domain for my family, and have both a family and personal address pointing at the same mailbox as aliases. Will Outlook Premium support that, or can you only have one domain pointing at it?

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      Chris_Kez

      In reply to Polycrastinator:

      I'm pretty sure it's only one domain. I think they're trying to limit the number of users piggy-backing off a single subscription.

      Also, I recommend you register your domain elsewhere, then connect it to your Outlook Premium account. If you register directly through the service I think you'll run into issues if you eventually decide to drop the service and use the domain for something else. If you click to one of Paul's earlier articles about Outlook Premium, he describes the process. I don't recall if the concern about re-using the domain was covered in the article or in its comments.

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        Polycrastinator

        In reply to Chris_Kez:

        Thanks. I'm already intending to register elsewhere for precisely that reason. My email has been in the Google ecosystem since Gmail came out, so 13 years. Depending on how things go with Microsoft I may point it back at Google after a few months, but I want to give Outlook a fair shot, first.

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    chump2010

    On the UK website, when I sign in, it says something different:


    * Personalized email free for the first year. Your subscriptions will auto-renew annually at $49.99 (Outlook.com Premium) and $10 (personalized email). Personalized email is not available on a stand-alone basis; a concurrent Outlook.com Premium subscription is required. You will be notified if the price changes; cancel at any time at premium.outlook.com . Available while supplies last. Email addresses subject to availability and GoDaddy’s Domain Name Registration Agreement and Proxy Agreement. Subscription includes 5 email addresses sharing the same domain.






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    mattbg

    Joining from Canada, the FAQ says the following about renewal:


    Your subscription to Outlook.com Premium will automatically renew annually at the then current price.

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    Zoomout

    Paul, to help Microsoft with their marketing, you should have used the phrase "but wait, there's more!"

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    PhilipVasta

    I'm intrigued by Outlook Premium, but I'm still trying to figure out its use. Why would a family need a custom domain name? A small business might, but this isn't geared toward them. The calendar and OneDrive sharing is already possible to easily set up on your own. Ad-free webmail is nice I guess. I just don't quite get it.

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    Care

    Is it possible to change the domain you use later? I'd consider locking in at this price with a test domain to see if it would suit my needs.

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    AnOldAmigaUser

    Seemingly, this is no longer 19.99 for perpetuity. Just looked into it, and the small print has changed. Here is the new disclaimer:

    *Personalized email free for the first year. Your subscriptions will auto-renew annually at $49.99 (Outlook.com Premium) and $10 (personalized email). Personalized email is not available on a stand-alone basis; a concurrent Outlook.com Premium subscription is required. You will be notified if the price changes; cancel at any time at premium.outlook.com. Available while supplies last. Email addresses subject to availability and GoDaddy’s Domain Name Registration Agreement and Proxy Agreement. Subscription includes 5 email addresses sharing the same domain.

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    JHONTIGER

    Microsoft quietly extended the deadline for Outlook.com Premium promotional pricing to the end of June. So you have plenty of time to save big on this interesting service

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