Why I use Outlook.com for my custom email accounts (and how you can too)

Summary:Microsoft’s best-kept email secret is an online tool that allows you to connect any custom domain to its shiny new Outlook.com back end, for personal or business mail. It’s free, and it works amazingly well. [Update: Microsoft has ended this service.]

[Update, April 10, 2014. Microsoft has ended this service. Existing customers can continue to use addresses that are already set up, but you can no longer attach your own domain to Outlook.com. For details, see "Microsoft ends support for custom domains in free email service." ]

I've removed the instructions that were previously on this page, as they are no longer functional.

Topics: Networking, Microsoft


Ed Bott is an award-winning technology writer with more than two decades' experience writing for mainstream media outlets and online publications. He has served as editor of the U.S. edition of PC Computing and managing editor of PC World; both publications had monthly paid circulation in excess of 1 million during his tenure. He is the a... Full Bio

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