Microsoft defends its Hotmail snooping in Windows leak investigation

Responding to criticism of its investigation into an alleged leak of company trade secrets, Microsoft acknowledged overnight that it searched a Hotmail customer’s Microsoft accounts without a court order — but described the action as “extraordinary” and announced that it will add a new layer of outside review when it encounters similar situations in the… Read More


Microsoft builds Google Chat into webmail in new bid for switchers

Microsoft is integrating Google Chat into, attempting to eliminate one of the factors that prevents Gmail users from switching to Microsoft’s revamped webmail service. users who connect their Google accounts will be able to chat with Gmail users — or “friends stuck on Gmail,” as Microsoft cheekily puts it — from inside Microsoft’s online… Read More


Hotmail is officially toast, but Microsoft says is on fire

Microsoft today announced that the migration from Hotmail to the new is officially complete and that there are now more than 400 million active Outlook accounts. The Redmond software giant also said that 125 million that are accessing email, calendar and contacts on a mobile device using Exchange ActiveSync. Back in February, Microsoft added 1.5 million new… Read More


Microsoft: Overheating datacenter caused outage

A firmware upgrade failure at one of Microsoft’s datacenters caused the facility to overheat and shut down access to and Hotmail for some users earlier this week, Microsoft said in a blog post this morning explaining the cause of the problem. The outage, which started on Tuesday afternoon and lasted until early Wednesday morning,… Read More

An user fires up his personal hovercraft in a new television ad, part of an effort to revive Microsoft's fortunes in consumer email. arrives: Microsoft gets aggressive in new bid to dethrone Gmail

Microsoft is officially launching on Tuesday — taking its new consumer email service out of preview mode and starting to shift longtime Hotmail users to the updated interface. It’s part of a plan, announced last year, to retire Hotmail, Microsoft’s classic webmail service. Nope, the upgrade isn’t optional, but don’t worry, old-timer, you… Read More


GeekWire Podcast: Where The Hell is Matt? On our show!

Even if you don’t recognize Matt Harding’s name, you’ve probably seen one of his videos. He’s the globetrotting YouTube star behind the site His videos, showing him dancing with people in countries around the world, have been viewed millions upon millions of times. Matt is our guest this week on the GeekWire radio show… Read More


Hotmail, MSN suffer outage

My wife just tried to log on to her Hotmail account, but no dice. A few minutes later a GeekWire reader sent me an email — not from their Hotmail account obviously — indicating an outage at both MSN and Hotmail. It is unclear how widespread the problem is, but Twitter is erupting with a… Read More


Microsoft updates SkyDrive, trying to stand out in a cloud

Microsoft plans to roll out a series of updates to its free Windows Live SkyDrive service later today, trying to give the cloud service a stronger identity as a standalone product for storing files — not just a behind-the-scenes tool for Office Web Apps, Hotmail, Windows Phone and other Microsoft products. The company says the changes have… Read More


Stats: Hotmail still on top worldwide; Gmail gets bigger

While researching this morning’s story about the latest interactive features from Microsoft’s Windows Live Hotmail, I realized it had been a while since I checked the market-share statistics for the major webmail services. I didn’t receive them in time for the earlier post, but now that they’ve arrived, the latest numbers show some interesting trends… Read More


Hotmail gets interactive with Netflix, Posterous, LivingSocial

Microsoft’s Hotmail team today will show how more companies plan to use its “Active Views” technology — interactive email messages that can be updated in the recipient’s inbox, even after they’re sent. Blogging platform Posterous plans to use the technology to let its users see and respond to comments about a post from within an email,… Read More