Microsoft Office Tutorials and References
In Depth Information
When you sign up for a Microsoft Office Live account, Microsoft performs a $1
authorization check on your credit card to verify that the card information you
are using is valid and up to date. A temporary $1 charge may appear on your
online credit-card statement for a short period, but won’t appear on your
final billing statement.
Many spammers take advantage of free Yahoo! and Google e-mail accounts —
as well as Microsoft’s very own Hotmail e-mail service — and Microsoft
doesn’t want to allow that to happen. Microsoft also limits you to one account
per credit card as an added way of deterring the scoundrels in this world
from signing up for multiple accounts — and then using them for spamming
purposes.
Microsoft collects your credit-card information for another reason as well.
They are banking — literally — on the expectation that you’ll want to upgrade
from the Basics account and/or add a few of the extra services. Or they’re
hoping you’ll be so happy with adManager (Office Live’s version of “pay-per-
click”) that you’ll want to waste no time in giving Microsoft the go-ahead to
add a few more charges to your account.
What happens next year?
Typically, you need to pay a renewal fee for your domain name once a year. The
good news is that Microsoft automatically picks up the tab for your renewal fee
for you as long as you continue to subscribe to Office Live. And, if you already
own a domain name and wish to transfer it to Office Live, Microsoft pays for
any future renewals.
By now you’re probably wondering what happens to your domain name if you
decide not to continue with Office Live. Legally, that domain name belongs to
you. If you cancel the Office Live service, you maintain full control of your
domain name — but you’ll have to transfer your Web site to another hosting
service. You are also responsible for paying the new company to host your
Web site, as well as for paying the annual registration fee.
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