Windows Live Custom Domains has been updated, as reported on the team blog.
Here are the major highlights of this release:
- We now support all TLD's and ccTLD's.
- You can register subdomains (a domain that is part of a larger domain) with our service. As an example, you could host mail in your primary domain promotehumanity.com as well as your subdomain mail.promotehumanity.com, or both.
- We've improved the Open Membership experience. You can interactively create html code and preview it before you add this to your web site.
- We now offer integration of domains for sale, which includes automatically configuring the service. This feature will initially be available in the US English market with other countries and languages added as partners are onboarded.
- We've improved our error messages and added better Help content. We'll be adding online communities to our Help very soon.
- Many other improvements based on your feedback, including immediate recycle of acounts and on-the-spot e-mail upgrades to Windows Live Mail Beta after logging into your Hotmail account (available in select markets).
The pay-for-configuration is an interesting development, allowing non-geeky users to use one of the most undervalued Windows Live services. Yes Custom Domains works with Windows Live Mail Desktop, and Messenger and everything else from Windows Live. So if you haven't got an @live.com address yet, perhaps now is the time to be creative?