The solution I found: move to outlook.com and f.ck with gmail.
I believe I'm entitled to employ profane words. Lots of them... Lots and lots...
Microsoft cans free custom domain support in Outlook
That sort of change doesn't bother me so much. Whenever dealing with "free" services, the adage "Beggars can't be choosers" is often the case. My experience is that when something like the above is offered free of charge, it was done either to: (a) start attracting new users toward something that would eventually be made be a paid-for service; or, (b) offered in order to thoroughly 'real-world' test the technology for a planned paid-for service.
Looks like the future is now and the Outlook.com users have been given notice of its arrival.
Not surprising. Especially now that the Office 365 and MS Exchange Online services are fully up and taking subscriptions.
But even so, Microsoft could have handled it a little
more courteously than to pull an "effective immediately" move.
Then again, a "subject to immediate change without notice
" boilerplate clause was probably somewhere in the TOS - which nobody bothers to read. And often much to their loss.
Rules of thumb when it comes to "free" services:
1. For companies that primarily harvest and sell information
(Google, et al): "If you're not our customer, you're our product."
2. For companies that primarily charge actual money
for their products or services: "If you're not our customer, you're not our customer."