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    You can use your own personal email with a personal domain to connect to any type of Office 365 subscription, including Office 365 Home. Office 365 Home relies on a Microsoft account for authentication. A Microsoft account can be created with any personal domain email, it is not required to be Outlook.com/Hotmail.com, etc. Once the Microsoft account is created using your personal email, you can use it to activate and sign into your Office 365 Home subscription.
    If you don’t have a Microsoft account, go to the Microsoft account sign-up page and click on Create account. In the User name box enter your personal domain email address you wish to use. Fill out the rest of the form and click Create account.
    Now you can set up your Office 365 Home subscription with your Microsoft account. This will be the Microsoft account associated with your Office download. If you have…

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    Anonymous commented  · 

    The "Try this instead" is missing the point, I think. The point is not to use an existing custom domain and email service to sign up for Office 365, but to use Office 365's email service (Outlook) with a custom domain.

    Office 365 business plans support this, and somewhat inexpensively (look into the Exchange E1 plan), but it's cumbersome to set up for personal use and comes with a lot of extra business features that home users don't need.

    The bigger issue is that an Office 365 account is completely separate from a Microsoft Account, so utilizing Microsoft's Office 365 platform for email and a Microsoft Account for Cortana, Windows, Mobile, etc. means that your data will exist in two separate accounts that don't share information gracefully.

    Ironically Microsoft makes it easier to use a Microsoft Account with Gmail email service than with its own Office 365 email service.

    Ideally you'd be able to get everything in one, whether that's a business O365 account with Cortana, Windows, etc. or a personal Microsoft Account with Cortana, Windows, Onedrive, email, AND custom domain support. No need to mess with O365 unless you're a business.

    Unfortunately Microsoft still suffers from Split-Brain syndrome on this issue and has for years now with no hope in sight.

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    Anonymous commented  · 

    Office 365's home plans are just not competitive in this regard. All of Microsoft's competition offers this feature, whether that's Fastmail, Gmail, Protonmail, what have you. If even the smaller guys have this feature figured out, why has Microsoft discontinued it? I have a custom domain already in use that I have pointed at another email provider. I can't get behind Microsot's ecosystem play unless I can move my custom domain to an Office 365 family plan.

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