Microsoft tests new Outlook that will offer personalised email, better calendar sharing and remove adverts
Microsoft is reportedly looking to charge users $3.99 (£2.81) a month for a premium Outlook.com service that provides users with up to five personalised email addresses, removes adverts and offers enhanced calendar sharing.
It is possible that the fee could change during and after testing as Microsoft experiments, while the service could be offered for free as part of an Office 365 subscription.
Microsoft already offers an advert-free version of Outlook.com, which costs £14.99 a month and also provides 10GB of storage and an exemption from any account expiration policies. It is unclear whether Outlook.com premium would replace or run parallel with this option.
A premium version of Outlook.com would represent a new way for the company to monetise its popular webmail service, which completed its rebrand from Hotmail in 2013.
Microsoft has added a number of features to Outlook.com in recent years, such as Skype integration, in a bid to attract and retain users amid fierce competition from Gmail and other webmail providers.