April 22, 2011, 1:30 PM — If you are a professional or small business currently beta testing Microsoft's cloud-based productivity and collaboration suite, Office 365, you will want to add your registered domain name to the service.
During the sign-up process for Office 365, you create a new domain for your account, and can use it to send and receive e-mail, create SharePoint sites, and create public Web sites. If your company already has a registered domain name, you can reassign that domain so that it can be used in Office 365.
This will allow you to use your company's domain name with all the Office 365 services including e-mail, instant messaging, Web site management and DNS (Domain Name Service) management. Office 365 can host your Web site, or you can host your Web site with another provider after moving other services to Office 365.
Because most SMB's already have a registered domain name, these instructions are for adding existing domain names to Office 365. For demonstration purposes, GoDaddy.com will stand in as the domain name registrar in the instructions.