Looking for a custom email address, something like firstname.lastname@example.org? Using a free email service like Gmail or Yahoo or Outlook isn’t bad for day-to-day communications, but if you want to run a business or want to come out as a professional having a custom email address is a must. Microsoft has just launched a service where you can get a custom email address for as low as $3.99 per month if you upgrade to Outlook Premium.
If you are confused what’s a custom email address, normally, you might be having an email address like email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com or whatever. These are free services. Just like you, there are millions and millions of Gmail.com email users, Outlook.com email users and Hotmail.com email users. For personal email communications or for signing up for various services, using a free email service is fine.
But when you’re doing a business or when you want to promote your personal brand, you need to have a custom email address, with your own domain. So instead of having something like firstname.lastname@example.org you would prefer email@example.com. Your prospective customers and clients will take you more seriously if they receive email from you that is not coming from a free email service provider.
According to this ZDNet link it isn’t quite clear when Outlook Premium email service with custom email addresses will become available for public use. Right now it is invite-only service.
Outlook Premium email service is going to be different from the sort of the Premium service you might already be using with Outlook. Currently, for $19.95 per year you can get ad free Outlook.com. There are no banner and graphic ads and you don’t need to keep on signing in in order to keep your account active. You also get free technical support.
The custom email address service from Outlook will be free for a year but after the first year, you will need to pay for the service. Actually, once you start paying, it will be slightly more than $3.99 because if you have a custom email address, you also need a custom domain for it. You either need to have that domain already or you will need to get it registered.
Again, when you sign up for Outlook Premium the domain will be registered for you, that is, if you don’t already have a domain. After that, whenever you want to renew your custom email address with Outlook Premium, you will also have to renew your domain. Normally when you have a domain you have to renew it every year. In this case, Microsoft’s official partner is GoDaddy.com. So when you start playing, you will need to renew your domain every year. You can set it to auto-renew if you don’t want to forget renewing your domain and in the process, losing your custom email address.