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About a year ago, I decided to move away from using Gmail as my primary email address, in favor of Outlook.com. I initially considered it way back at the end of 2012 when Google decided it was going to drop support for Exchange ActiveSync (EAS), but I had been using Gmail for over a decade and was, frankly, just too lazy. Finally, after growing more and more concerned about the privacy of my email data, I bit the bullet and made the switch.

Though I had been using Gmail for so long, the transition was generally painless. One of the most important things that I needed to transfer over, was my list of Contacts. Thankfully, that too, was very straightforward.

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If you are a Bing Rewards member and have a few hundred points laying around collecting dust, you can use them to remove the ads on your Outlook.com screen.

For those not familiar, Bing Rewards points are earned as search for items using the Bing search engine. You can even earn points by using Bing on your Windows Phone. Points earned can then be redeemed for gift cards, contest chances and other services. One of which is to buy ad-free time for Outlook.com.

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Outlook.com is Microsoft's free emai service available for eveyrone to use. The service enables you to create a free email alias for use around the web and beyond, but it was also possible to add your own domain (example being forename@surname.com). This option was removed and Microsoft has recently sent out an email to remind consumers that if they already have a custom domain configured, they'll no longer be able to manage that domain and its accounts.

The only possible solution is to upgrade to the Office 365 business subscriptions. Luckily, they're giving away a free 90-day trial of the Office suite, but there is a way to remain on Outlook.com with your unique email domain if you don't need to add and/or remove new accounts. Head past the break for more details.

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As previously announced, Microsoft will be getting rid of the messaging folder on Outlook.com. As the company moves towards a more unified Skype messaging system, all old messaging history will be removed from your Outlook.com inbox. This change will only affect users who use the Outlook website to message, but if you do want to keep your old chat history, be sure to continue reading.

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