Here is what the new Premium entails

Martin Brinkmann
Feb 26, 2016
Updated • Feb 26, 2016
13 Premium is currently available as a pilot project by Microsoft; means, only invited users get a chance to test the service before it will be rolled out to everyone.

Microsoft revealed little about the service, only that it would reintroduce custom domains on

Users invited to the test pilot of Premium find information about what the new service offers on this page while everyone else may add their account to a waiting list.

Microsoft has not yet revealed when it will make the service available to the public. Premium Premium offers the following advantages over a regular (read free) Outlook account:

  • Premium users can add up to five personalized email addresses to Outlook that they can use. These custom domain email addresses sync with the mailbox automatically after setup.
  • You may share calendars, contacts and documents between all people who have email addresses on your domain.
  • An ad-free inbox (no banner ads, no distractions).

One thing that is quite interesting in this regard is that Office 365 subscribers will get Premium free of charge as part of their subscription.

It is unclear right now what Microsoft plans to do with the current Outlook ad-free subscription offer. Available for $19.95 per year, it could be upgraded to Premium instead.

It seems unlikely that the company will keep the ad-free plan up when it introduces the premium plan, but nothing has been confirmed yet. users who are subscribed to the ad-free plan may consider subscribing to Office 365 directly instead as they'd pay $50 for a one-year subscription if they subtract the price of Outlook ad-free from the subscription plan.

If you consider that you can grab Office 365 subscriptions cheaper at third-party retailers, it was offered previously for as low a price as $29.99 per year, it may be worth the upgrade especially since you gain other advantages such as 1TB of OneDrive storage with the subscription as well. (via Caschy)

Here is what the new Premium entails
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Microsoft revealed on the Premium Pilot page what users subscribed to the new service get when they sign up for it.
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  1. James Prettyman said on February 29, 2016 at 10:42 am

    Like the idea of. combining emails.

  2. James Prettyman said on February 29, 2016 at 10:35 am

    Glad to see the change. I thought it was just my time for troubles again.I have had a few.Looking forward to this. Thanks

  3. Heimen Stoffels said on February 29, 2016 at 10:34 am

    Ah, I see, thanks :)

  4. Heimen Stoffels said on February 29, 2016 at 10:12 am

    I’m paying for Office 365 and Outlook Ad-Free, currently. Without the latter, I still had ads in So you’re saying that MS wasn’t fair to me by serving me ads even though I shouldn’t have gotten any due to my Office 365 subscription?

    1. Martin Brinkmann said on February 29, 2016 at 10:33 am

      Heimen, the ad-free with Office 365 subscription offer launches together with Premium.

  5. Ravi Gautam said on February 27, 2016 at 5:27 am

    Zoho is already giving such service for free.

    1. Andrew said on February 27, 2016 at 9:45 am

      Too bad Zoho’s spam filter, email limits, and activesync kinda sucks

  6. lkpsp said on February 26, 2016 at 11:37 pm

    they will spy the premiun user too ?

    1. Andrew said on February 27, 2016 at 9:46 am

      Not sure how they are spying on the user in the first place, unless you consider the bots scanning your email subjects to show related ads as “spying”

      1. All Things Firefox said on February 27, 2016 at 7:34 pm

        I do consider that spying, but doesn’t do that. Gmail does but not Outlook.

  7. Decent60 said on February 26, 2016 at 5:05 pm

    “only invited users get a change to test the”
    Slight mess up, should be “chance” not “change”

    Outlook isn’t the same as it used to be and it’s gone down hill since they switched it from Hotmail. They used to have an automatic whitelist feature that only allowed Contacts to email you. LOVED it then. Then they dropped that, started saved emails older than X date (I lost 3 folders of emails, some of them were personal correspondence to people no longer alive that I like to re-read) and allowed more junk mail to be put into Inbox rather than the Junk folder.

    1. hr said on February 27, 2016 at 6:01 pm

      MS told me only available to Office365 business, not home

    2. Martin Brinkmann said on February 26, 2016 at 5:09 pm

      Thanks, corrected it.

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