For about the last 12 hours, Microsoft has been allowing people to register ‘@live.com’ accounts. This includes not only .com, but many ccTLD codes as well (ccTLD stands for country code top level domain, i.e. live.jp, live.de, etc).
Here is the link to get your account(s): http://get.live.com/getlive/overview
If you are not getting the ccTLD you want, or you want a .com, you can hack the link to insert the RFC 4646 code for your language and location, so for example if you want live.ie (Ireland), use http://get.live.com/en-ie/getlive/overview. If you want live.jp (Japan), use http://get.live.com/ja-jp/getlive/overview, and so on.
If you don’t know the correct RFC 4646 code to get the ccTLD you want, ask me in the comments.
Note: if you want a ccTLD account, bear in mind that you will be directed to a sign up page in the local language, not in English. So for example if you want to have a live.jp account, you’ll need to be familiar enough with the Japanese language to sign up successfully, and you’ll be provisioned with a Japanese language inbox at Hotmail too. If you are savvy enough, you can make it through just by memorizing the order of the fields in the English language version and typing accordingly, and finding the link to turn your Japanese inbox into English through Hotmail options page.
LiveSide has the list of all available ccTLD domains supported by this new @live.XX feature.
I was at the bank and at lunch when the email first came out, and by the time I got back to my desk, email@example.com was gone :-( I was bummed, but I quickly set about securing some other IDs which are important to me. I got the following:
I also got firstname.lastname@example.org as a consolation prize, having missed the .com and .ie options.
I am going to have to link all of these together to make things a bit easier to manage! Anyway, happy registering