Microsoft is killing off its Outlook.com Premium service. The service, which had an annual fee of $49.95, and offered services like ad-free Outlook will move over to Office 365 subscribers. On Monday, if you want ad-free Outlook, all you need to have is Office 365. Although, if you are already subscribed to Office 365, the new feature is already in place.
Ad-free browsing of Outlook.com Premium is the biggest feature. However, Office 365 subscribers will also get more mailbox storage. All Office 365 Home and Personal subscribers will be upgraded to 50GB of mailbox storage space if they’re already using 12GB or more. Microsoft is also including better malware scanning security and free technical support for Outlook.com email accounts. If you share an Office 365 Home subscription, every member will get these new benefits starting today, according to The Verge.
Custom domain support in Outlook.com Premium will only live on for existing customers. “The Outlook.com Premium standalone offering is now closed to new subscribers,” reads a support document. “Current subscribers can renew their subscriptions to continue receiving subscription benefits.” A separate support document suggests Microsoft will continue to support custom domains for existing subscribers, but that it’s working on a feature to “enable you to transfer your domain to other providers.”
Microsoft has begun rolling out this switch over to Office 365 Home and Office 365 Personal subscribers worldwide. They expect the process to update all account to take about a month. However, you do not need to have an Outlook.com account to use the service. It can manage Gmail, Yahoo and other email accounts in one central location.