Microsoft's Premium service, which will cost $19.95 per year for the first year, is now in public preview for US users.

Back in February, Microsoft officials told me that Premium, an updated ad-free version of, was in private testing.

Some time recently, the company has moved the service from an invitation-only pilot to a public preview, though seemingly for US customers only. (Thanks to @ermanno_ferrari for the heads up.)

I signed into the public preview of Premium using my regular address today, October 18...

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