The hosting company that hosts my website over at www.shijaz.com was upgrading their servers, and they wanted me to make some DNS changes so that I can point to the new servers.
I considered this a good opportunity to make use of Windows Live, the free hosting services from Microsoft. It rocks!
To make use of this service, you need to register a internet domain name, and then create an account at domains.live.com. This basically involves making some DNS changes. If you want to login to Hotmail (now Windows Live Mail) and send out & receive email using firstname.lastname@example.org email address, you just need to making your MX record point to Hotmail. You get a free 500 GB mailbox! The tasks mentioned in the website are easy to follow.
You can also "brand" Hotmail so that it looks like your own stuff. Here’s what I did with mine:
I also installed the Outlook Connector on my PC, which lets me access my email using Outlook, and synchronize my email, calendar and contacts – just like Outlook Anywhere/RPC over HTTP!
If you create an optional SRV record on your domain, you can even login to Windows Live Messenger using email@example.com as the sign-in name.