We all know the sad story about Google Apps (Hey wait! You know about Posterous’s story too right?) and I can see so much of eager faces to know the best alternative for it. We are quite lucky to get support from none other than Microsoft and their awesome mail platform – OutLook.com. So if you need a custom email address like email@example.com, yes something like firstname.lastname@example.org or any format you like, then you can easily do that with the help of OutLook. Here in this guide I’ll tell you how to proceed.
#1 Go to Windows Live Admin Center. Here you can manage and customise Microsoft Services, here we are going to use OutLook. After setting up your domain name, you can create user accounts, customise the look, and you can enjoy full features. Click the “Get Started” link to proceed.
#2 Now here you need to enter your domain name. For example, spradeep.com. Now choose the mail service for your domain name. Select the option “Set up OutLook.com for my domain” and click the button “Continue”.
#3 Now you need to assign a domain administrator. You can either sign in using your existing Microsoft Account or you can create one and sign in. Since I already have one I’m using that, if you don’t have one you can create it easily.
#4 In the next screenshot you can see this. After confirming the details, click on the button “I Accept”.
#5 Now that’s all. Things are perfect! Now what you need to do is, update some records in your DNS Manager. If your domain registrar allows DNS management, then you can do these there or else, you can do this in your hosting account. Just copy the things on the screen to be done, now send a request to your hosting account (Support team) to do them. Simple. It will be quite tedious for us to update these records one by one, you can request the support team to do these for you instead. 🙂
That’s it. Now you can go to your Account settings and create User accounts. Enjoy OutLook! Do let us know in comments if you face any issues. Thanks. 🙂
UPDATE – Microsoft Outlook Custom Domains Service Stopped
Official Update From Windows Live Admin Center,
Outlook.com no longer offers support for new custom domain sign ups. New customers looking to manage custom domains are encouraged to use Office 365, Microsoft’s premium online service, which also includes enterprise-class mail, collaboration and communication tools.
If you currently use custom domains with Outlook.com, we will continue to support the ability to log in to Outlook.com with your existing custom domain email address, but in the future, you will no longer be able to add or remove accounts in your domain.