Goggle Apps are great but payed now 😦

We all love to have free business email account.

So here Free Business Email from Microsoft Outlook can become perfect option. here you can have 50 Emails from Microsoft Outlook and 5GB Document storage like Google Drive.

I recently configured Microsoft Outlook for one of domain and it worked fine, I am happy, I saved 100 USD per year.

There are steps to configure Microsoft Outlook for you website domain.

Step#1 : Getting start

Create one Microsoft Account : https://signup.live.com/signup.aspx

Step#2 : Now Register you domain for Email.



Step #3: On the next screen, you’ll be provided with a list of custom DNS records that you will have to add to your domain. The following two records are essential:

MX record for handling your mail traffic
It usually reads like abc.pamx1.hotmail.com
SPF record to authenticate your outgoing Outlook emails
It has a fixed value v=spf1 include:hotmail.com ~all

Step #4: While you are on your domain registrar’s page add these custom DNS records for Outlook, create an additional CNAME record if you wish to access the Outlook.com website as a sub-domain of your main website.

For instance, if your website is yourdomain.com, you can setup a CNAME record called “mail” and you will then be access to access Outlook.com from mail.yourdomain.com. The value of the CNAME record should be set as “go.domains.live.com.” (no quotes but period at the end).


Step #5: Once you have created all the DNS records, wait for 30-60 minutes as it might take a while for the DNS changes to propagate through the Internet. To verify, open the command prompt in Windows and run the following command (replace yourdomain.com with your own own domain):

C:>nslookup -type=mx yourdomain.com
C:>nslookup -type=txt yourdomain.com

If these records show the recently added Hotmail entries, proceed to the next step.

Step #6: Go back to the Windows Live Domains site and refresh the page. Once the domain and DNS records have been verified, click “Member Accounts” and add a new user. This will be your new email address powered by the Outlook service.

You can now go to outlook.com or even mail.yourdomain.com (remember the CNAME record you added) and sign-in with the new email address you just created.

Unlike Google Apps which allows you to create a maximum 10 users in the free edition, the limit is 500 users in the case of Outlook / Hotmail. Also, Microsoft hasn’t mentioned any storage limitations for your Outlook mailbox as of now.


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