Microsoft’s domains.live.com Beats Google to the Punch on User Owned Domains

Sweet.   I’ve been toying with the idea of giving up my gmail account and just going with an email address on one of my own domains, but I didn’t want to have to worry about spam catching, remote access, or learning how to efficiently use the webmail interface that my hosting providers uses.  I’ve already signed up my family domain and blobservations.net.  I wasn’t previously using any accounts on these domains, so I don’t mind expirementing with them on a new service.  I’m expecting gmail to have this functionality soon as well, but I’ve recently become disenchanted with the gmail experience.  It’s still feels too “beta” for as long as it’s been out, and the occasional service outages come at inconvenient times.


So far I’ve got some gripes/wishes with domains.live.com (the mail component.  I’m guessing they’ll be hosting other stuff under this moniker given the generic name).


The first account I signed up, I activated before going to accountservices.msn.com and setting a country.  This account ended up with a 2MB space limit.  Not cool.  I tried resetting the country at accountservices, but it was still at 2MB.  It may have changed if I was patient, but I tried deleting & recreating the account only to find out that there’s a waiting period to use a previously used account.  This is a pain.  And the other account that I set the country properly first ended up with a 25MB space limit.  In the current landscape of multi-gig mailboxes, Hotmail should just suck it up and keep pace.  I know, it’s hard to scale when you’re as big as Hotmail, but seriously, at least get your guinea pigs up to 1 Gigabyte from the start!  (We won’t really use that much space, we just like to know it’s there!  It’s marketing, not technology!)


These new accounts are adding to my passport account soup.  I think I’m up to about 6 accounts that I actually still care about!  I’d love some mechanism to merge passport accounts, or at least let me open all my Hotmail accounts under one login with a unified interface. 


That’s it for now.  I’ve still got lots of opinions about the classic Hotmail interface, but many are probably already addressed by the Kahuna / mail.live.com beta.  If someone were nice enough to hook me up with a beta invite on that front, I’ll gladly share my opinions!  (just use the contact link on this blog 😉 )

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One thought on “Microsoft’s domains.live.com Beats Google to the Punch on User Owned Domains

  1. I am a bit confused about the whole passport thing in combination with the new domain service.
    Currently I have my own domain with an e-mail address that I use for ‘official’ stuff, I also have a hotmail e-mail address that fuctions as my passport at the same time.
    Is it possible to ‘merge’ these two addresses into one account? For me this would be ideal, especially if it were possible to specify the ‘from’ address when sending mail.

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