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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

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Microsoft fixes Skype for Outlook.com, makes integration available to users worldwide

Microsoft announced today that Skype for Outlook.com is finally available to users around the world and made a couple improvements to the functionality of the service. Nearly one year ago, Microsoft unveiled the Skype plugin in an effort to make its webmail service more of a universal communications hub. But the feature was only available to… Read More

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Outlook.com now supports IMAP, OAuth login

If you’ve wanted to use Outlook.com with an email client that doesn’t support Exchange ActiveSync, today is your lucky day. As a part of an AMA with the Outlook.com team on Reddit, Steve Kafka, a Senior Program Manager Lead at Microsoft, said that the company is making IMAP access available to all Outlook.com users today…. Read More

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Microsoft builds Google Chat into Outlook.com webmail in new bid for switchers

Microsoft is integrating Google Chat into Outlook.com, attempting to eliminate one of the factors that prevents Gmail users from switching to Microsoft’s revamped webmail service. Outlook.com 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

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Microsoft starts to integrate Skype with Outlook.com

Microsoft is starting to integrate Skype into Outlook.com, aiming to make its webmail service more of a universal communications hub. The company this morning announced a preview of Skype video calling and messaging for Outlook.com, rolling out first to “a select set of people” in the UK, with plans to take it to the U.S…. Read More

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Microsoft: Overheating datacenter caused Outlook.com outage

A firmware upgrade failure at one of Microsoft’s datacenters caused the facility to overheat and shut down access to Outlook.com 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 Outlook.com user fires up his personal hovercraft in a new television ad, part of an effort to revive Microsoft's fortunes in consumer email.

Outlook.com arrives: Microsoft gets aggressive in new bid to dethrone Gmail

Microsoft is officially launching Outlook.com on Tuesday — taking its new consumer email service out of preview mode and starting to shift longtime Hotmail users to the updated Outlook.com 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