Google Apps Gmail alternative – get Free Microsoft Outlook email hosting for your domain

Posted on Mar 11 2014 - 1:19am by JayB

Google stopped new signups of the free version of Google Apps for Business in December 2012, which was popular amongst small businesses using Gmail as their email service. The free Google Apps for Business earlier allowed 10 email accounts, which was enough for small businesses on a budget. The paid Google Apps cost minimum $5 per user per month which comes with more storage, support and a few other features.

If you are looking for free alternatives to Google Apps to host email, there are few options like Microsoft Outlook, Zoho. Here we will show you how to configure a Microsoft Outlook email account for your own domain.

Effective around 10th April 2014, Microsoft stopped accepting new registrations for its free Custom Live Domains service. Existing customers can still continue to use the custom email addresses, however the future course of action by Microsoft is uncertain.

How to configure a Microsoft Outlook email account for your own domain

Go to Windows Live Admin Center

Configure Free Outlook Email for your domain

Sign in with your Live or Hotmail email account, if you don’t have any, you can create one.

Configure Free Outlook Email for your domain

Once you sign in, click on the button to add a new domain.

Configure Free Outlook Email for your domain

Enter your domain name and choose “Setup Outlook.com for my domain”, hit Continue.

Configure Free Outlook Email for your domain

After you add your domain, you will need to prove ownership of the domain by creating DNS records. There are several options given, creating MX Record for Mail setup is required, creating TXT record for domain ownership proof and Server trust is recommended. These MX and TXT records can be created at your hosting control panel.

Configure Free Outlook Email for your domain

After you add these records, if everything went right, the service will show Active.

Configure Free Outlook Email for your domain

Now you can go ahead and add email accounts for your users. You can add upto 50 users in the free account.

Configure Free Outlook Email for your domain

To set a custom url to access your mail, e.g. mail.domain.com, click on Custom Addresses. Click Add against mail.

Configure Free Outlook Email for your domain

Create a CNAME, i.e. type ‘mail’ if you want to set the custom address as mail.domain.com

Configure Free Outlook Email for your domain

Visit your Hosting/DNS control panel and create a CNAME record and point to go.domains.live.com

After you create the CNAME successfully, the status will show enabled for your custom address.

Configure Free Outlook Email for your domain

Now you are ready to access your spanking new Outlook inbox, a screenshot is provided below.

Configure Free Outlook Email for your domain

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3 Comments so far. Feel free to join this conversation

  1. shadhna gupta May 19, 2014 at 12:55 pm - Reply

    Not free forever…….for best it services visit Webshree

  2. syed May 15, 2014 at 3:34 pm - Reply

    outlook is not free now

  3. irperera April 17, 2014 at 11:04 am - Reply

    this alternative is no longer free.

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