Microsoft Quietly Opens Up Outlook Premium To Everyone (in the US)

Posted on October 18, 2016 by Brad Sams in Outlook.com with 30 Comments

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Earlier this year, it was uncovered that Microsoft was testing a premium version of its Outlook.com service and now this offer is open to everyone. Microsoft is moving Outlook Premium to the preview stage and out of private beta testing.

The service, which offers an ad-free inbox, 5 personalized emails, and advanced calendar sharing options will set you back $19.95 a year. This price is a promotional offer as it will typically cost $49.99, according to the landing page that was spotted by Mary Jo.

Much to the chagrin of many users reading this, the offer is only available to those who live in the US. Microsoft has made a bad habit of only limiting many of its products, at least at launch, to the US market and has been slow to expand beyond its own shores in recent years with new products/devices.

At one point during beta period, it was speculated that Microsoft may offer this program free to everyone with an active Office 365 subscription but digging into the FAQs, there is no mention of a cross-promotion between the two services.

What’s a bit odd is that Outlook.com currently does have a premium service to only remove ads. As of right now, that option costs $19.95 a year which means the Outlook premium, at the discounted rate, is a much better deal.

If you are interested, you can sign up for Outlook Premium, here.

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