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FREE domain, website & emails + £5 quidco from Microsoft!?
FREE domain, website & emails + £5 quidco from Microsoft!?

FREE domain, website & emails + £5 quidco from Microsoft!?

Just seen this new addition to quidco. Here's what they say :

Microsoft Office Live

What is Office Live? In summary, Microsoft Office Live is a free programme that helps your business establish an online presence, so you can look more professional, with Web hosting thats managed and maintained by Microsoft. Office Live will provide: Affordability: FREE Company Name Domain, FREE Website, FREE E-mail accounts with your company name Discoverability & Reputation: Your own domain name for FREE Responsiveness to your customers: you have access to company info when you are away from your office

For genuine tracked transactions completed wholly online, you can earn:
£5 for signing up


I'm currently looking into it. It's aimed at small businesses and you'll need a credit card for a £1 debit / credit validation but so far it look very intriguing indeed.

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This has been around for years, but didn't know about the Quidco bit.

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Money Spinning

This has been around for years, but didn't know about the Quidco bit.

Really? Oooh - never seen it before now, but yes - new to quidco it seems. Just signed up and got a .eu domain. I said I wasn't affiliated to any business as well.

Hope it's all as easy/free as it seems.

Not seen this before, Where is the catch?

They may charge by the month at some point in the future I think from looking at the T&Cs...

vickyo

They may charge by the month at some point in the future I think from … They may charge by the month at some point in the future I think from looking at the T&Cs...



Well i've just tried to sign up and they want credit card details, So its a no from me!!

Prefer to do that Qiq deal......

Original Poster

The T&Cs look a bit old. They seem to refer to "after the beta" (which finished in May 2007). I've seen quite a few mentions of this being free.

can some one help me please , i have just signed up , then it logged me out and said please enter you msm or hotmail acount details ?? is this the same details as windows live ? awwwwwwwwww i gave them all my credit card deeetssss aswell :oops:

Original Poster

Iom-RF

Well i've just tried to sign up and they want credit card details, So its … Well i've just tried to sign up and they want credit card details, So its a no from me!!Prefer to do that Qiq deal......


That's mentioned in my initial post. The t&cs / FAQs explain why they need it. (no debit cards btw). I've seen mention of "your explicit permission" for charges and Microsoft Office Live Basics remaining free.

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mostwanteddirect

can some one help me please , i have just signed up , then it logged me … can some one help me please , i have just signed up , then it logged me out and said please enter you msm or hotmail acount details ?? is this the same details as windows live ? awwwwwwwwww i gave them all my credit card deeetssss aswell :oops:



I sign in from here : office.microsoft.com/en-…057

Using the new Windows Live ID I created on signup.

Yeh its free i was doing this a few months back when i was in the beta. now i have a free account.

so would i write my email address
ahhhhhhhhhh im stuck is this a email address or website ive signed up for ooooooooooo poo

yes i got windows live so whats fred bloggs got to do with it , ??

ok im confused i signed up to windows live id in the very topbox for my website name i choose
streetvibesproductions so is this my id ? could you tell me what to put after that please ? thanks for you help

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Why can't you use a debit card?

yeh yu can

Original Poster

Iom-RF

Why can't you use a debit card?



T&C says:
Do you accept debit cards for validation?

Not currently. At present, we require a valid credit card to sign up for a Microsoft Office Live subscription, and debit cards are not accepted. For free subscriptions, your credit card is charged £1, and then that amount is credited back to you. We understand that this may negatively impact some customers and are considering alternatives for future offerings.

But T&Cs seem out of date.

Original Poster

mostwanteddirect

yes i got windows live so whats fred bloggs got to do with it , ??ok im … yes i got windows live so whats fred bloggs got to do with it , ??ok im confused i signed up to windows live id in the very topbox for my website name i choose streetvibesproductions so is this my id ? could you tell me what to put after that please ? thanks for you help



In my case fredbloggs.eu was the domain I requested.

Only you know what your ID is likely to be - perhaps :

[email protected]
[email protected]
etc. etc.

Has anyone been charged by Microshaft then?

I am going to give it a go. cheers

thankyou ive sorted it now thanks for your help

I'm just very skeptical, So to me its a "if its too good to be true it probably is", Would I be able to actually transfer the domain if I ended the contract?

i went throu signup process and at end it said Thank you for choosing: [COLOR=#ff8f44]Microsoft Office Live [/COLOR]
(First 3 months FREE, then £ 22.99/month + VAT:?

digi

i went throu signup process and at end it said Thank you for choosing: … i went throu signup process and at end it said Thank you for choosing: [COLOR=#ff8f44]Microsoft Office Live [/COLOR](First 3 months FREE, then £ 22.99/month + VAT:?



I think you must have signed up to the wrong service:

http://www.idontgetpaidenough.com/officelive.JPG

I signed up for Office Live Basic ages ago and even though I had to enter my credit card details I was never charged anything!

So I think as long as you go for the basic one, you're fine.

I signed up a while ago, never been charged but can't remember my sign on, and it was some dodgy format you couldn't use html.

For those who have set up a Website, does Microsoft place any advert banners on the site?? as i would think they would if they offering this service for free, needs to be some catch!!!

anonemoney

For those who have set up a Website, does Microsoft place any advert … For those who have set up a Website, does Microsoft place any advert banners on the site?? as i would think they would if they offering this service for free, needs to be some catch!!!



No adverts as far as I'm concerned...

The catch is most probably that you do not have complete control and flexibility over your website (for my basic account anyway)

I think the catch is, If your website actually become sucessful, They could actually take the site away from you (as they've actually always owned it!)

I'd rather by a £3 domain and use some cheaper hosting, At least then you own the site.....

ok i signed up last night

you get a choice of a few basic teplates ect, no adverts as far as ive notice so far but there is a search bar on there which i cant sem to disable

All ok for nothing really, i only signed up to secure the .com version of our .co.uk shop, and set it up as an advertising board

loupomm

All ok for nothing really, i only signed up to secure the .com version of … All ok for nothing really, i only signed up to secure the .com version of our .co.uk shop, and set it up as an advertising board



You should be able to set all the keywords and then be able to redirect to your site...

Iom-RF

You should be able to set all the keywords and then be able to redirect … You should be able to set all the keywords and then be able to redirect to your site...




yeah im intending but i signed up quite late last night so just set it up quickly :thumbsup:

do you get ftp access ?
php mysql cgi etc ?
bandwidth, space ?

tis a good way to advertise another site, also i got a cheap domain name from 1and1 with £2 quidco, they then let you design just one page to have without the need for hosting, i set this with advertising for my shop too, so i got a years advert for just £1.50 after quidco, then i submit it to all free search engines

office.microsoft.com/en-…spx

Microsoft Office Live Basics is the easy way to get started on the Web. If you have always wanted your own Web site, Microsoft Office Live has just made it easier — much easier.
Free domain name and Web hosting
Easy-to-use Web site design tools
500 MB of Web site storage space
25 company-branded e-mail accounts
Web site reports

Reserve your own domain name
Make the first step in taking your business online by creating a unique and personalised domain name (like [url]www.adventure-works.com)[/url]. Microsoft Office Live Basics includes one FREE domain name for your business.



Easily create and update your own Web site
Site Designer is a simple, yet powerful Web design tool to help you create a professional, fully customised Web site. You can create a Web site quickly, and won't need to hire technical help to maintain it. Microsoft Office Live Basics gives you:
Free Web site hosting
500 MB of Web site storage
Easily upload your logo, images, and documents


Access your own e-mail, contacts and calendar anywhere
Quickly access and manage your e-mail, calendar, and tasks, whether you are in or out of the office.
Up to 25 e-mail accounts, each with a full 5 GB of space
Keep track of people, events, and information
Access e-mail, contacts, and calendar from most Web browsers


Learn more about your Web traffic
Our Web site reports can help ensure that your Web site is really working for you. With Site Reports you can:
Monitor the success of your Web site
Determine which search engines and keywords are driving traffic to your Web site
Find out how many unique visitors and page views you get on a daily, weekly, or monthly basis

im sure the catch is they hope the basic features wont be enough so you will upgrade, cos if the site is popular and you outgrow the space etc you will want more but they own the domain so your kinda stuck there lol

loupomm

im sure the catch is they hope the basic features wont be enough so you … im sure the catch is they hope the basic features wont be enough so you will upgrade, cos if the site is popular and you outgrow the space etc you will want more but they own the domain so your kinda stuck there lol



No you own the domain, and can move it away from them (the registrar is actually MIT) after 60 days, however then you become responsible for paying for the yearly renewel.

EDIT:
"What happens to my domain name if I cancel my Microsoft Office Live subscription?

If you cancel your Microsoft Office Live subscription, you can keep the domain name, but you are responsible for paying the annual registration fee for the domain name to the domain name registrar after the first year.
We register your domain name with Melbourne IT, our domain name registrar, with you as the registrant or owner. If you cancel your Microsoft Office Live subscription, you maintain full control of your domain name through the Melbourne IT Web site. However, you cannot transfer your domain name to another registrar for 60 days after signing up with Microsoft Office Live."

b33r

No you own the domain, and can move it away from them (the registrar is … No you own the domain, and can move it away from them (the registrar is actually MIT) after 60 days, however then you become responsible for paying for for the yearly renewel.



cool, i can then point it to my .co.uk :thumbsup:

I think you can change your registrar from Microsoft to one of your own choice after a certain amount of time (like 60 days or something?)...so once you move your domain you can get more access to it dependant on your new package with your new registrar
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