Feeds

Microsoft railroads little man with Office Live U-turn

Aims to be 'in line with competitors'

Intelligent flash storage arrays

Microsoft has decided to charge annual fees to all users of its domain renewal service on the Office Live Small Business (OLSB) site.

The company told early adopter customers of the service, who had previously been promised free website registrations for life, that from 1 October it would begin charging them a $14.95 a year renewal fee for their domains.

Redmond had offered the free website registration service as part of its OLSB online service.

As of February 2008 all new OLSB customers were told by Microsoft to expect to stump up $14.95 for each subsequent year that they had a domain name registered on the service.

However, anyone who had signed up before that date to OLSB, which launched in 2006 and is aimed at firms with 10 employees or fewer, had been promised that their domain registrations were for free "in perpetuity."

Come 1 October this year, however, those users will face the same renewal fee as everyone else using the service.

"We’ve made a policy change and will start charging customers who signed up between the above dates the annual domain name renewal fee," said Microsoft on the OLSB website.

"We’ve made the decision to begin charging all customers for custom domains to standardise our pricing and bring it in line with our competitors." ®

Internet Security Threat Report 2014

More from The Register

next story
Inequality increasing? BOLLOCKS! You heard me: 'Screw the 1%'
There's morality and then there's economics ...
Google hits back at 'Dear Rupert' over search dominance claims
Choc Factory sniffs: 'We're not pirate-lovers - also, you publish The Sun'
While you queued for an iPhone 6, Apple's Cook sold shares worth $35m
Right before the stock took a 3.8% dive amid bent and broken mobe drama
How the FLAC do I tell MP3s from lossless audio?
Can you hear the difference? Can anyone?
Spies, avert eyes! Tim Berners-Lee demands a UK digital bill of rights
Lobbies tetchy MPs 'to end indiscriminate online surveillance'
4chan outraged by Emma Watson nudie photo leak SCAM
In the immortal words of Shaggy, it wasn't me us ... amirite?
prev story

Whitepapers

Providing a secure and efficient Helpdesk
A single remote control platform for user support is be key to providing an efficient helpdesk. Retain full control over the way in which screen and keystroke data is transmitted.
Intelligent flash storage arrays
Tegile Intelligent Storage Arrays with IntelliFlash helps IT boost storage utilization and effciency while delivering unmatched storage savings and performance.
Beginner's guide to SSL certificates
De-mystify the technology involved and give you the information you need to make the best decision when considering your online security options.
Security for virtualized datacentres
Legacy security solutions are inefficient due to the architectural differences between physical and virtual environments.
Secure remote control for conventional and virtual desktops
Balancing user privacy and privileged access, in accordance with compliance frameworks and legislation. Evaluating any potential remote control choice.