One of the last vestiges of Windows Live, Admin Center, stumbles to the deadpool

By Kip Kniskern | In News | Posted April 11, 2014 5 comments

It was bound to happen. The little used and almost never promoted but very useful Windows Live service, Admin Center (it started its life as Custom Domains, and was renamed back in November of 2007), is finally reaching end of life. The service, which allowed users to create Hotmail ( email accounts for their own custom domains (we use it here, and all of our addresses are managed by WL Admin Center), is now closed to new users, according to a message on the home page:

Instead, new users are encouraged to sign up for an Office 365 account, like Office 365 Home Premium, Office 365 for Business, or even perhaps the soon to be released Office 365 Personal, which offer a lot more functionality than the Admin Center, but don’t offer unlimited creation of free accounts under a custom domain.

Aside from being a bit of a trip down memory lane with the Windows Live Wave 3 header, the Admin center didn’t offer much in the way of management, other than to be able to create and/or delete email accounts for custom domains, it was truly a “set it and forget it” type of service.

(via Ed Bott)

Posted April 11th, 2014 at 10:23 am
  • Nham Thien Duong

    Well, there goes a great feature, though it will still be supported, but only paid, it’s understandable, Microsoft is making A-class services, and most of them are free, I really love (THE FORMER-)Windows Live’s products, and Cloud-services, but now that they’re all more integrated into Windows & Windows Phone they simply work more better than they did in the past, it was almost as a collection of countless of unrelated services that only shared a name (brand), now only Windows Live Mail, and Windows Live Writer remain, though officially Microsoft calls them ”Windows Mail”, and ”Windows Writer”, respectively, I hope that Microsoft will bundle the Essentials too, and complete this full on-line/off-line integration with Windows, Windows Phone, and Xbox. :-)

  • Mario Albertico


  • tvalentin

    If there a document explaining what steps to take and how to reconfigure or migrate mailboxes to standalone A June shutdown does not leave a lot of time.

  • Michael Hazell

    Great….just fucking great. Now I have to move my domain to my own hosted mail server because of Microsoft. Microsoft please go fuck yourself.

  • Arup Ghosh

    Microsoft is following Google’s footsteps