This was an expected move from Microsoft, Microsoft has finally ended the custom domain support for Outlook.com. Custom domain support was one of the coolest feature that differentiated Outlook.com/Hotmail from Gmail in the recent years. Microsoft posted on Windows Live Admin Center homepage that Outlook.com no longer offers support for new custom domain sign ups and new customers looking to manage custom domains are encouraged to use Office 365. If you are already using custom domains on Outlook.com, Microsoft will continue to support the ability to log in to Outlook.com with your existing custom domain email address, but you will no longer be able to add or remove accounts in your domain. Changes to custom domains with Outlook.com Outlook.com no longer offers support for new custom domain sign ups. New customers looking to manage custom domains are encouraged to use Office 365, Microsoft’s premium online service, which also includes enterprise-class ...

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, an ex-Microsoft employee was arrested for leaking trade secrets and internal Windows related software builds to a blogger. Court documents revealed that Microsoft snooped into Outlook/Hotmail accounts of the blogger to crack down this case. Some news sites accused Microsoft for snooping customer’s (in this case blogger’s) email account. Electronic Frontier Foundation today raised the same issue criticizing Microsoft for searching blogger’s Outlook/Hotmail contents without court warrant. To the contrary, if Microsoft’s independent legal team concluded that there was probable cause, it could have passed the tipster’s information to the FBI to obtain a warrant and conduct the search under the auspices of the criminal justice system. The warrant protections enshrined in the Constitution would be preserved, ECPA would be satisfied, and Microsoft could have claimed the high moral ground. Instead, Microsoft has opted for an internal corporate shadow court. To be sure, the process described in Microsoft’s statement ...

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Microsoft has been under a storm of criticism lately over reading the emails of a blogger’s Hotmail account linked to an ex-Microsoft employee who leaked Windows 8 builds.  Microsoft looked through the Hotmail account without getting a court order.  However, this issue is slightly more nuanced than it seems.  A corporation, in fact, cannot get a court order to search themselves.  Microsoft Vice President and Deputy General Counsel released a statement clarifying the matter: Courts do not issue orders authorizing someone to search themselves, since obviously no such order is needed. So even when we believe we have probable cause, it’s not feasible to ask a court to order us to search ourselves. However, even we should not conduct a search of our own email and other customer services unless the circumstances would justify a court order, if one were available. Microsoft has issued some guidelines on looking customer data during ...

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Yesterday, an ex-Microsoft employee was arrested for leaking trade secrets and internal Windows related software builds to a blogger. Court documents revealed that Microsoft snooped into Outlook/Hotmail accounts of the blog to crack down this case. Some news sites accused Microsoft for snooping customer’s (in this case blogger’s) email account. Their main argument was that while Microsoft has skewered rival Google for going through customer emails to deliver ads, it has now done the same. That’s a lame argument given the fact that this is a criminal case involving damages to Microsoft’s own properties. Microsoft responded initially with the following statement saying that Microsoft’s terms of service make clear our permission for this type of review, this happens only in the most exceptional circumstances. During an investigation of an employee we discovered evidence that the employee was providing stolen IP, including code relating to our activation process, to a third ...

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One year ago today, Microsoft’s redesigned Outlook.com came out of preview and rolled out to Hotmail users worldwide. Throughout the year, Microsoft delivered both major and minor updates improving the over all user experience. Microsoft commented the following on Outlook.com’s anniversary, It’s been a great year. We’ve learned a lot, heard great feedback from customers and continue to work every day to deliver the most personal and productive email service. We believe more than ever that Outlook.com is the best email choice for people around the world. We thought the best way to mark our one-year anniversary would be to say thanks to you, our customers, and share a few of our reflections from the past year. Microsoft is celebrating this day with customers on Twitter using the hashtag #OutlookTurnsOne. Tweet your experiences, they will be randomly selecting participants throughout the day to receive Outlook.com celebration packages. Source: Outlook ...

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It seems Google/Gmail’s bad day continues. Following hour long outage causing millions of people without access to their email accounts, a glitch in Google Search and Gmail caused thousands of email to be sent to single Hotmail user. The particular user’s Hotmail account was indexed by Google and linked to top search result when someone searches for Gmail in Google. As you can see in the image above, when someone clicks the Email link, a Gmail compose window opens with this particular Hotmail address in the To field. Due to this case, thousands of people who had their compose window opened started sending blank emails to his account. TechCrunch spoke to this poor guy, Another Google search surfaces who this address belongs to: one David S. Peck of Fresno, California. We even found his resume. We spoke to Mr. Peck on the phone just now, and he says he’s been ...

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Microsoft today revealed no.of small but useful improvements they made to Outlook.com on their blog. These improvements includes the updated UI for sweep to delete feature, Apply to all from.. in categories, Move all email from… in the Move feature, Search with improved Advanced search UI and archive specific emails you want and more. Read the full list of improvements below, 1. Sweep to delete A good first step is to get rid of email you don’t want. Use Sweep to delete (or, if you want, block) email in bulk. You can also create a rule to automatically sweep out email going forward. Many of you have told us Sweep is one of your favorite features (it’s used around 7.5 million times every week). To make it simpler, we have updated the UI to require less clicks to use. 2. Organize by categories The email that remains is probably mail you ...

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A year ago today, Microsoft introduced the preview of Outlook.com. User feedback has helped in delivering over 600 additions, changes and improvements, packaged in 34 feature releases in the last year. Over 100 of these 100 were to help improve performance, reliability and stability. In terms of the size of the feature, here are the top twelve that have been delivered based on your feedback. Top 12 in the last 12 months Source: Outlook Blog ...

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We all are waiting for the Metro-style redesign of Microsoft web services including Hotmail. Today, screenshots of the upcoming Metro designed Hotmail leaked to the web revealing its beauty. Liveside today posted a bunch of screenshots of the same, one of which is posted above. As you can see, its beautiful, clean and simple. I can’t wait to try out this new redesign, what about you ?? Check out more screenshots from the source link. Source: Liveside ...

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Microsoft is testing a new replacement for the traditional banner ads in the Hotmail service. The display ads will be replaced by local deals which the user may be interested in. In an interview with Marketing Land, Dharmesh Mehta, Director for the Windows and Windows Live Business Group is confident that users will feel less distracting and less creepy. Its testing tested in few cities and may be expanded to all in the future. From Marketing land on deal content, The new deals ads will be initially targeted by country, language, age and gender. However Microsoft might allow users to select categories of interest later on. I asked Mehta about the deal sources Microsoft is using. He said that some were sourced by Microsoft directly and some are aggregated from partners. The business models and the way Microsoft gets paid also probably vary accordingly. The company said it will be ...

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  Microsoft today announced the availability of Kindle Fire application for Hotmail. The new app will bring regular Hotmail features based on Exchange ActiveSync to Kindle Fire. Microsoft also released some stats on the other Hotmail apps on iOS and Android.  There are over 12 million active Hotmail users on iOS and over 3 million active users of our Android application. Read more at Hotmail team blog. ...

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Last month Microsoft Hotmail announced a bunch of new features targeting power users. The update is now rolling out to more number of users. You can just login to Hotmail Web interface and check whether you got the new Hotmail or not. One of the interesting feature coming with this update is the new flagging system. Hotmail has made a simple and elegant change to the way flags work. Now when you flag an email, three things happen: It immediately moves to the top of your Inbox It is marked as flagged, just like before It shows up in the Flagged Quick View, just like before You can read what’s new in the Hotmail here. Thanks to Vinod for the tip. ...

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Agari is a startup that is working on providing global brands with the tools needed to proactively guard brand reputation, eliminate email threats, protect customers, and prevent the loss of sensitive data. Generally they work to prevent phishing emails from internet. They get metadata from messages of all major email service providers including Microsoft Hotmail and indicate phishing attacks to its partners. From CNET, “Facebook can go into the Agari console and see charts and graphs of all the activity going on in their e-mail channel (on their domains and third-party solutions) and see when an attack is going on in a bar chart of spam hitting Yahoo,” for instance, Daniel Raskin, vice president of marketing for Agari, told CNET in an interview. “They receive a real-time alert and they can construct a policy to push out to carriers (that says) when you see this thing happening don’t deliver it, ...

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Today Hotmail team detailed the upcoming features in Hotmail that helps us to better manage our email load. They claim that “Hotmail gets flags right”, you may agree with them by seeing what’s coming in Hotmail in next few weeks. Hotmail has made a simple and elegant change to the way flags work. Now when you flag an email, three things happen: It immediately moves to the top of your Inbox It is marked as flagged, just like before It shows up in the Flagged Quick View, just like before Here’s a peek at my Inbox, with a few messages flagged: The flagged emails are right at the top of my Inbox where I can find them easily. Unflagging a message makes it go back to where it came from in the message list, and it’s easy to flag or unflag a message just by clicking on the flag icon ...

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Today Microsoft detailed the upcoming update to Next-gen Hotmail service. There’s huge list of features, you can find them in detail here. Along with the update to its web client, Microsoft announced the availability of Hotmail app for Android devices. The app features the following, -With push email get messages on your phone without delay – Synced calendar and contacts – View your folders in Hotmail, including sub folders – Send pictures from your phone using Hotmail – Supports multiple Hotmail accounts – Send, receive and view attachments You can download the app here. ...

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Microsoft today detailed the upcoming changes to Hotmail Wave 5 update in an event held in US. Following are some of the features, the new Hotmail which will roll out from today will have, 1) Categories / Labelling system: Finally you will be able to label group of messages/senders into a category. You can make a category for newsletters for example. 2) Instant Actions pane : This will appear next to each message when you hover over that allows you to perform various actions such as sweep, delete,etc. 3) Flagging: Similar to Outlook now users can flag messages. 4) Sweep schedule: You can now sweep folders such as “clean all messages older than 10 days” ,etc. 5) Improved SkyDrive integration in sending attachments and more. You can find more about them with screenshots of each features here and here. ...

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