Now THIS is what I call ‘good thinking’! Microsoft, as a part of its Office Live Beta program, is giving away free domain names with free web hosting. You can have it as a part of the Microsoft Office Live Basic pack, which they claim will be free after the beta test period too. So you can now get your own domain name, with 30 MB space on signing up. You’ll need a Microsoft Passport Login and a credit card. ‘Huh? Isn’t it free?’ would be a standard question, but they say it’s only being taken to verify a customer’s identity (pretty standard, many other sites do it; but mostly sneaky ones out to phish you).
Your domain would be registered with Melbourne IT registrar, so even if you cancel your Office Live subscription you can still retain the name by transferring it to some other registrar. The sad part is you that if you already have one, then you can transfer the domain name to Office Live, not the content. And 30 MB is nothing these days. Well, you can’t have your cake and eat it too, I guess. Because in this cruel world, nobody gives this much away for free; not Google, not Yahoo!, nobody else. It’s a surprise actually seeing this coming from Microsoft, the Darth Vader of the software industry.
Oh, almost forgot. You NEED Internet Explorer for this. And you can only choose between .com, .net and .org