If you’ve been thinking of getting an Office 365 Webmail account for your email tests, here’s a way to get it for cheap.
As many of you know Microsoft’s Office 365 Webmail better known as Outlook Web App or OWA is a different beast than Outlook.com. Office 365/OWA has a lot more quirks than Outlook.com and generally supports a smaller set of CSS.
However, since Office 365 is a paid product, you are forced to either pony up for the subscription or cross your fingers and hope for the best. Although there is a free trial, it only gives us a month – not adequate for regular email testing purposes.
12 Months For $12
As it turns out, Microsoft has partnered with GoDaddy to promote Office 365 Email. For $1 a month, you can get a bundle of a free domain, website and… Office 365 Email! Here’s the link (I not getting any kickbacks – I swear!):
This is not a new deal, I believe they’ve been running this deal for a while, but I found out about it when I was notified that my Tabs For Email example had issues in Office 365 and I needed an account to test! (The radio element was not properly hidden but its fixed now).
Once you sign up, you get an email letting you know that it takes up to 24 hours to set up your email account. Mine only took 10 minutes. Once the email account is created, you’ll receive an email with a link to Office 365 and your temporary password.
Buying The Cereal For The Prize
After a year the price shoots up to $11.99 a month (1000%!), so to avoid any hassles should you decide to cancel, I suggest you register a domain you don’t mind throwing away (ala the cereal). If another deal comes along in the mean time, you could register for it again!
Turning Off Auto Renew
If you don’t intend to keep it for more than a year, I’d also suggest turning off Auto-Renew right after you get your account.
Visit your account page and turn off “auto renew” for your three products:
– Website Builder/Instantpage
– Office 365 Email and Productivity