Microsoft is currently testing a $4-a-month Premium version of Outlook.com that offers ad-free e-mail as well as the option to use custom domain names. That means that a business or individual can have a custom e-mail address like “@cynmackley.com” and assign other people e-mail addresses that would be managed by Microsoft. Gmail offers business users a similar service.
Currently, users can have add -free Outlook.com for $20 per year, but the custom domains are a feature that could be very appealing to business users.
The subscription is currently in the trial phase and only those who are invited can participate.
Before the panicked comments and e-mails start, this is not an indication that Outlook.com will stop their free ad-supported e-mail service. Only that they’re adding potential new features to the ad-free premium accounts.