Back in February, we learned about Microsoft's plans to offer a premium tier for its Outlook email service from a landing page uncovered by Twitter user WalkingCat. The new subscription will offer an ad-free experience, as well as access to more features such as calendar sharing, and is currently only available for those with an invite.
A new report from Thurrott says that Microsoft is currently testing Outlook Premium as a standalone subscription, whereas some have speculated that it would only make sense as a bonus feature for Office 365 subscribers. The landing page shows that Outlook Premium will cost $3.99 per month, and Microsoft is offering a full year for free, which is definitely impressive.
If you have an Office 365 subscription, the page currently states that you get access to Outlook Premium for free, but seeing as Microsoft has yet to make any official announcements, things could change at any moment - the same goes for the $3.99 price point of the standalone subscription.
If you want to give it a go, you can request an invite here. If you're wondering what advantages you get by paying for an Outlook Premium subscription, here are the highlights:
- Five personalized email addresses
- Sharing calendars, contacts and files will be easier; sharing relationships across personalized domains
- Ad-free access to Outlook.com
- Access to the new Outlook.com