Premium Outlook.com Now Part Of Office 365

As Office 365 continues to become Microsoft's core productivity software platform, the premium, ad-free version of outlook.com is being shutdown with its features folded into Office 365 as of today. That means the only way to get an ad-free cloud-email service from Microsoft will be to pony up for the dearer Office 365.

With SaaS increasingly becoming the way individuals and businesses deploy email services, making that offering ad-free makes it even more attractive. While Office 365 costs almost three times as much as Premium Outlook.com, you fo get a lot more for your money.

I think this also signals a change in the way cloud services are delivered. Microsoft is banking on users being prepared to pay an annual subscription fee for an ad-free experience rather than be hit wth ads.

Existing subscribers won't be pushed over to Office 365 but there's no way to access premium Outlook.com without Office 365 from today.

Is this a sign of the times? Will more oline services turn to subscriptions and dispense wth adverts?

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Comments

    That's good news, I've got an Office 365 subscription, but wasn't really interested in paying for outlook.com premium as well. I wonder if this includes the domain server, which was really the only part I was interested in. Article is pretty light on details...

    so my sub expires in 2019, will i be able to renew after that, with the domain stuff, or are the gonna offer a free upgrade to office 365?

      At this stage, it seems renewals are OK. It's only new subscriptions that have closed.

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