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Too Good To Be True?


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#1 Andrew

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Posted 01 May 2006 - 04:30 PM

While Googling for something completely different today, I noticed one of the results appeared to be saying that Microsoft was offering free top-level domains (.com, .net, and .org) along with free hosting for anyone. It appears legit to me, but I wanted to see if anyone here knew for sure whether or not it's a scam.

http://officelive.microsoft.com/

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Posted 01 May 2006 - 05:28 PM

Microsoft offering free stuff??

That's a EULA I'm gonna wanna read very, very carefully :thumbsup:

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Posted 02 May 2006 - 01:56 AM

Wowee, that is generous of Microsoft! I'm signing up for some of that..:thumbsup:
Looks real enough to me, and surely Microsoft wouldn't offer anything that wasn't legitimate?

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Posted 02 May 2006 - 11:19 AM

You're right. They have our best interests at heart, don't they? :thumbsup:

EDIT:

From The Office Live faq
Q: Why is Microsoft Office Live Basics free?

A: Office Live Basics is offered at no charge through an advertising-supported model. Microsoft is allowing a select number of advertisers to place small, unobtrusive ads on a handful of member pages. Please know that our advertisers' content will not appear on the Web site you create for your own company.



I knew there was something more to it!

#5 Christopher83

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Posted 10 May 2006 - 08:40 AM

I would imagine they would probably own the domain, so if you wanted to go places with it, you're probably SOL.

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Posted 10 May 2006 - 05:46 PM

And it's not all that great unless you're a complete beginner at making webpages. You can't even uplaod (so far as I can tell) your own webpages. you have to use their web-based page generation tools. What's the point of saving money on a free domain and hosting if I can't at least use the $300 program I bought to create the content?! :thumbsup:

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Posted 10 May 2006 - 08:01 PM

And you need IE to edit the pages...even with the user_agent switcher in firefox
it is still hard to work with. I sure wanted to upload my own site.

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Posted 11 May 2006 - 05:49 PM

it says FREE *

* At the end of the beta period, customers will have the option to continue using the service via a free or fee-based subscription (depending on the product selected). An Internet service provider account is required for Internet and
e-mail access and is not included with Microsoft Office Live services.
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Posted 11 May 2006 - 11:56 PM

The basic option will continue to be free, though.

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Posted 20 May 2006 - 10:57 PM

Last time microsoft was giving away free stuff was those USB Thumb Drives...

Still waiting for mine...

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Posted 23 May 2006 - 02:28 AM

Last time microsoft was giving away free stuff was those USB Thumb Drives...

Still waiting for mine...


Yeah, me too :thumbsup: :flowers:

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Posted 27 May 2006 - 01:52 PM

Wow!!!! I'm signing up as I type these very words. :thumbsup:


:flowers: ARG... got to wait until my parents come home; it requries credit card info.

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Posted 01 June 2006 - 12:04 PM

yeah it might be free, but dont think bill gates dont get a peice of the pie, for every user that signs up he probally gets another million dollors lol
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Posted 01 June 2006 - 02:30 PM

Yeah, me too


Me three.

I guarantee the free web based offering at the end of the beta will include ads. Nothing is ever for free.

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Posted 02 June 2006 - 06:26 AM

Hello,

I, like many, have the "Free" blinders on usually when stumbling around the web. I came to the conclusion that unless I am purposely searching for something free like web space or domain names, 9 times out of ten there is a catch that is less than desireable. I then decided to just open my wallet, and buy the real thing.

I recommend a local service, that you can actually have physical contact with. I have had to many problems with virtual customer service, and if I got beef, I just drive the two miles to my host, and let them have it......which I actually havn't had to do as of yet.

My point is, you get what you pay for, and if you don't pay anything, you are most likely going to recieve the same in the return service. I currently pay $10 a month for 100MB storage and unlimited bandwidth. I use Googles new Beta Web Site email service, which besides limited email addresses, is much better than the one provided by my host server.

The nice thing about owning your own space and domain name, is the options. I have .htaccess, modrewrite, php, perl, cgi........which just helped recently because I moved all the data from one of my sites to another, and was able to create custom search engine friendly error and redirect pages, which in turn saved my Google page rank.

I am totally convinced that the $135 a year I spend for my domain name and web service is fully warrented. If you are serious at all about having a site, and are willing to put in the time, stay away from the freebies, I personnally feel that if there is going to be advertisements on my site, then I am going to put them there.

Finnally, A lot of the Blogging services these days are all that most people really need anyway. There is a great article at A List Apart called:

Never Get Involved in a Land War in Asia (or Build a Website for No Reason)

Anyway, those are just my thoughts on the whole "Free" thing.

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