At last, Microsoft has launched email addresses! These addresses were originally rumored to launch back in June of 2006 but ended up being a no-show. Between then and now there have been multiple “tricks” or loopholes that were found (here, here, here, and here) which allowed people to create accounts before they actually launched like I did (notice the “registered since” date):

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35 different domains are now officially available depending on what country you’re in. LiveSide lists all of the available domains which range from Argentina to Vietnam. For those of you signing up for an account today, be prepared to deal with a bug or two because as you can imagine, there are thousands of people signing up.

Some of you may be contemplating getting a address but are hesitant because you don’t want to leave all of your emails and contacts behind. Thankfully Microsoft has made it easy to import your contacts from services like Microsoft Outlook, Outlook Express, Windows Contacts, Windows Live Hotmail, Yahoo! Mail, and Gmail. While it’s not a one click solution, it’s still simple to do.  In order to do this, you’ll have to export your contacts first and then go back to import that file to Windows Live. To use this feature, just click “contacts” in your Windows Live Hotmail account, and then click “Import Contacts.” You can also automatically migrate your Hotmail inbox using TrueSwitch which we mentioned here.

Note: Originally Microsoft was going to offer and addresses. Apparently they ditched the domain because there’s been absolutely no mention of it.