I wish that Microsoft would just open up the Live.com email addresses to the world and let anyone sign-up. Now it is getting to the point where people are finding tricks every few weeks, but I guess when people want something bad enough they will find a way to get it. This new trick is compliments of Windows X’s Shrine who walks you through how to get your Live.com email address. I have successfully done it and this is what you need to do to get an address for yourself:
- Go to domains.live.com
- Choose the option Get Started and then select Use a domain I already own. For that enter in a rather random domain (I just did a few random letters and it worked).
- Click on the Create a new Windows Live ID in your domain option to continue to a window that you may have seen before when trying to sign-up for a Hotmail/MSN email address. The real page is hidden underneath the CSS!
- You need to disable the site from using the CSS file and in Firefox this can be done by clicking on the option View -> Page Style -> No Style.
- As you can see in the example screenshot that I took above, you need to fill in the bubble for the option that reads Create a Windows Live e-mail address and then fill out the rest of the form, including the Windows Live email address that you would like. For those of you wondering the only option in the drop-down menu is “Live.com” so this doesn’t work for other countries.
- After your done filling in the rest of the form (the hardest part is figuring out their CAPTCHA) then hit the I Accept button. You will be presented with a screen that says something along the lines of “You are currently signed in as email@example.com. To make firstname.lastname@example.org the administrator for abcddd.com, click Continue.” Notice that YOU DO NOT HAVE TO CONTINUE. The email address is already created and you don’t have to confirm anything. Just go to your mail and continue about your business.
Of course, I can’t guarantee that Microsoft won’t remove all of the email addresses that get created using this method because they were almost about to last time. Maybe, just maybe, Microsoft will say the heck with it and open the service up to the public soon.
At any point if someone notices that this trick doesn’t work please post about it here. It may not work from other countries but it works for me in the United States. I would guess that this trick will be available throughout the weekend but will be shutdown promptly on Monday when the team returns to work, so you should have a few days to think of any addresses that you may want.