Microsoft announced in April that they have ended the custom domain support for Outlook.com. Custom domain support was one of the coolest feature that differentiated Outlook.com/Hotmail from Gmail in the recent years. Microsoft posted on Windows Live Admin Center homepage that Outlook.com no longer offers support for new custom domain sign ups and new customers looking to manage custom domains are encouraged to use Office 365. Microsoft yesterday sent out e-mail to existing Outlook.com custom domain users that as of 31 July 2014, you will no longer be able to add or remove accounts in your domain. They are also offering complimentary 90-day subscription to Office 365 Small Business Premium for 5 users if you sign up before 15 July 2014.
Dear Outlook.com Customer,
We want to inform you of some important changes to the Windows Live Admin Center: As of 10 April 2014, Outlook.com no longer supports new custom domain sign-ups. We appreciate that you have used this service and we regret to inform you of this change. This email will explain the upcoming changes and your options as a valued customer.
As a current customer, we will continue to support the ability to log in to Outlook.com with your existing custom domain email address, but as of 31 July 2014, you will no longer be able to add or remove accounts in your domain.
Instead, we recommend that administrators who wish to continue managing email addresses in their domain should consider Office 365 – Microsoft’s premium online email service. By migrating to Office 365, you will be able to continue managing your custom domains, as well as benefit from modern enterprise-class mail, collaboration and communication tools.
We would like to offer you a complimentary 90-day subscription to Office 365 Small Business Premium for 5 users if you sign up before 15 July 2014. Office 365 Small Business Premium includes the latest copy of Office for your PC / Mac & iPad, 50GB business-class email, OneDrive for Business online storage and more.
You will still be able to log in to Outlook.com with your custom domain during your Office 365 subscription, even if you choose to cancel your Office 365 subscription.