Outlook.com Premium was first discovered in pilot form back in February 2016 and achieved general availability in February 2017. It is Microsoft's subscription offer for its email service in which, for an annual fee, subscribers get access to the following additional features:
- Five personalized email addresses with a custom domain for up to five users, which is bought from GoDaddy for an extra $10 per year - but apparently free for the first year. Also, if the user already owns a custom domain, it can be used with the service at no extra charge.
- Easy sharing of calendar, contacts and documents powered by the new Outlook.com platform and by OneDrive for those users sharing the custom domain.
- Ad-free inbox when accessing those e-mail addresses via Outlook.com on the web.
From its first release until late last month, the service was only available for US residents, but now those living in Canada, UK and Northern Ireland, Singapore, Australia, Hong Kong, and Ireland can also purchase a subscription. Back then, according to the Outlook.com Premium website, a price hike was expected for March 31, but that never happened. Actually, the small letters at the end of the page were updated with a new date for the current promotion's end, which is June 30, 2017.
For reference, here are the current and future prices provided on the Outlook website:
|Region||Price before June 30||Price after June 30|
|United States of America||19.95 USD/year||49.95 USD/year|
|Canada||29.99 CAD/year||74.99 CAD/year|
|UK and Northern Ireland||14.99 GBP/year||37.48 GBP/year|
|Singapore||36.00 SGD/year||90.00 SGD/year|
|Australia||37.95 AUD/year||94.95 AUD/year|
|Hong Kong||168.00 HKD/year||420.00 HKD/year|
|Ireland||19.99 EUR/year||49.99 EUR/year|
Therefore, if you live where the service is available and want to be an Outlook.com Premium subscriber, you now have three more months to enjoy the promotional price. Finally, Microsoft hasn't shared information about a wider availability of the service yet.