Microsoft Outlook is the most popular email program by businesses and Microsoft Outlook Express, a stripped down version of Microsoft Outlook comes by default on all Windows computers.
Hotmail, Microsoft’s free hosted email program is used by millions of consumers and MANY businesses as well.
With this in mind, Microsoft is now offering Microsoft Outlook Live an online subscription to Microsoft Outlook which will cost $60 per year.
While Hotmail is ok for those very light email users, Microsoft Outlook Live is for those who want more – with 2GB’s of storage as opposed to 250MB and the ability to send 20MB attachments as opposed to Hotmail’s limit of 10MB.
You can also use Outlook Live to check email from Microsoft Exchange servers.
This latest offering from Microsoft competes with similar offerings from MI8 and other hosted Outlook/Exchange service providers.
Cnet writes Through April 19, Microsoft is offering a discounted annual rate of $44.95.
Outlook Live will initially be available in the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom. Richardson said the company hopes to expand further, most likely to countries with a high percentage of homes with a broadband Internet connection.
The product is similar to the Outlook Connector feature that is a part of Microsoft’s MSN Premium service, which costs $9.95 a month. However, the Outlook Connector, which works with Outlook 2002 or later, does not include a copy of Outlook.