Microsoft’s marketing team loves to compare their products with competing products. In that series, we now have an infographic that shows a side-by-side comparison of OWA, Outlook and Gmail. According to me, these are the more credible players in the email and collaboration market. Microsoft’s argument is that Google’s Gmail is good enough, but why do you want to settle for a ‘good enough’ product when you Outlook and Outlook Web App (OWA) can not only increase your productivity, but also ensure you can collaborate with others, right within your email, in a highly secure environment. They highlighted some features on the blog post, Granting a delegate access to your calendar Busy people sometimes need help managing their lives. For executives, managers or other people who must constantly juggle competing priorities and demands, the ability to choose a delegate and give that person access to your calendar can be a godsend. ...

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Recently, a Houston man has been arrested by Houston Metro Internet Crimes Against Children Taskforce after Google sent a tip to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children saying that the man had explicit images of a child in his Gmail account. While this is a good news, it created lots of discussions on internet privacy. It is not just Google, even Microsoft scans your Outlook.com and OneDrive accounts for explicit child abuse images. Microsoft’s Digital Crimes Unit has long worked to advance innovations and strong partnerships to combat child exploitation. In 2009, Microsoft, working with digital imaging expert Dr. Hany Farid of Dartmouth College, developed PhotoDNA and freely licensed it to NCMEC for use in a program to disrupt the online distribution of the worst known images of child pornography known to NCMEC. Google and Microsoft are now working together with NCMEC to combat child pornography on the ...

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When patents published by Microsoft become public, most of them will provide a hint on the future of product releases. In some cases like this, Microsoft tries patent the existing stuff. With this patent, Microsoft is trying to patent conversation based grouping in email. Abstract: Described are embodiments for displaying groups of communications, such as messages, as a conversation. Conversations are groups of communications that can be traced back as related to an original communication. The embodiments allow a user to select a conversation mode for displaying communications, e.g., messages, as conversations. In response to the user’s selection, embodiments provide for displaying a graphical element associated with a conversation. The graphical element can be selected to display the messages associated with the conversation. Additionally, embodiments provide for selecting a conversation and applying actions to the conversation, resulting in the application of the action to the messages that are associated with ...

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If you are using Windows, you must be aware of the fact that Ctrl+F keyboard shortcut initiated Find operation. This works in Windows Explorer, Internet Explorer, Microsoft Word, Excel and thousands of other programs. But there is one notable exception, Microsoft Outlook. When you use Ctrl+F keyboard shortcut inside Outlook, it forwards the current email instead of initiating the Find operation. Have you ever wondered why it was designed like that? Short answer is, Bill Gates. Read the below story to know why Ctrl+F differs in Outlook from rest of the Windows apps. It’s a widespread convention that the Ctrl+F keyboard shortcut initiates a Find operation. Word does it, Excel does it, Wordpad does it, Notepad does it, Internet Explorer does it. But Outlook doesn’t. Why doesn’t Outlook get with the program? Rewind to 1995. The mail team was hard at work on their mail client, known as Exchange (code name Capone, ...

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As Microsoft announced last year, Microsoft is today expanding encryption across their services in an effort to reinforce legal protections for their customers’ data. All Outlook.com emails are now encrypted like how Office 365 e-mail works already. This will provide even greater protection for user’s data across all the great Microsoft services that you depend on every day. First, Outlook.com is now further protected by Transport Layer Security, or TLS, encryption for both outbound and inbound email. This means that when you send an email to someone, your email is encrypted and thus better protected as it travels between Microsoft and other email providers. Of course, this requires their email service provider to also have TLS support. Over the past six months, we have been working across the industry to further protect and help ensure your mail remains protected. This includes working closely with several international providers throughout our implementation, ...

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One of the most underrated feature in Outlook.com is the ability to create aliases for free. In Outlook.com, you can create new email addresses—or aliases—in addition to your existing address, and manage them all from one inbox. Since the new addresses you created are just aliases, they also share the same contact list, calendar, and account settings as your primary email address. Microsoft has also added the ability to sign in to your account with any alias—they all use the same password—and you can choose which alias you want to send an email from. There are life moments that call for an email address update. Maybe you’re hunting for a new job, and need a more professional email address. Perhaps you’re getting married, and want your address to reflect your new name. Or you’re attending an industry event or signing up for a new email newsletter, and you don’t want to distribute your personal ...

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Microsoft announced in April that they have 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. Microsoft yesterday sent out e-mail to existing Outlook.com custom domain users that as of 31 July 2014, you will no longer be able to add or remove accounts in your domain. They are also offering complimentary 90-day subscription to Office 365 Small Business Premium for 5 users if you sign up before 15 July 2014. Dear Outlook.com Customer, We want to inform you of some important changes to the Windows Live Admin Center: As of 10 April 2014, Outlook.com no longer supports new custom ...

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By searching on Bing and joining Bing Rewards, you’ll earn credits you can redeem for popular gift cards, services or donations. Each month your Bing searches could earn you enough credits for a $5 gift card to a retailer including Amazon.com*, Fandango, Dominos, Sephora, Xbox, Toys R Us, or for a service such as a one-month subscription to Hulu Plus or Skype, and more. Microsoft has recently added this new redeem option. You can make your web email experience even better with Ad-free Outlook.com. Redeem your credits today for an inbox that’s free of graphical ads. *You can order more than one 3 Month Ad-free Outlook.com token, but you can only redeem one token at a time. If you order two tokens, you won’t be able to redeem the second token until the initial 3 month term has expired. Code must be redeemed by 12/31/2014. To learn more, visit http://aka.ms/adfreeoutlook ...

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A security research firm has exposed the Outlook.com Android mobile app does not do anything to ensure confidentiality of messages and attachments within the phone filesystem itself. The application we’re discussing here is Outlook.com free email service’s mobile client offered by Microsoft. This app is described as being created by Seven Networks in conjunction or in association with Microsoft (i.e. looks like it was outsourced.) The app allows users to access their Outlook.com email on Android devices. In the course of our research we found that the on-device email storage doesn’t really make any effort to ensure confidentiality of messages and attachments within the phone filesystem itself. After notifying Microsoft (vendor notification timeline is found at the end of this post) they disagreed that our concern was a direct responsibility of their software, in light of similar problems with iOS being deemed a concern by privacy advocates we thought it’d be a good idea to share what we ...

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Google has today released the Hangouts plugin for Microsoft Outlook. With this plugin, you can now schedule meetings and join Hangouts video calls from Microsoft Outlook. Schedule a Hangouts video call with other Outlook users in your company with a single click. Join a scheduled Hangouts video call by opening the meeting in Outlook and clicking the Hangouts video call link. Google Apps for Business users can schedule Hangouts video calls with other Outlook users in their company with the Hangouts Plugin for Microsoft Outlook®. This plugin is also used by Chromebox for meetings organizations that do not have Google Apps for Business. The plugin adds a video call name to the Microsoft Outlook event, and participants join the video call from a Chromebox for meetings device by entering the video call name using the remote control. Learn more about it and download the plugin here. ...

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Microsoft Outlook.com team today announced no.of new features that will help you in managing the email. The new features include advanced rules that will allow you to automate your email without your intervention. For example, you can now add a rule that will flag all the emails from contacts you have if the unread state is there for more than 3 days. With Advanced Rules, you now have more control over how your emails are sorted, filed or bumped to the top of your inbox. You can create multi-condition and multi-action rules and set your inbox to organize itself automatically. Advanced Rules allow you to combine your existing rules together and customize them to suit you. We’ve included a number of optional conditions that are unique to Outlook.com, including time constraints, email tallying, checking read/unread state of emails, and checking if the sender is a contact you know. Another cool feature is ...

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Microsoft already allows their users to import their email from Gmail to Outlook.com, due to the success of the program, they are now announcing today that users can use Outlook.com to import and manage your email from Yahoo Mail and many other IMAP-enabled email providers. Microsoft has now implemented a import wizard in Outlook.com that allows users to import and manage your mail from Yahoo Mail or many other IMAP-enabled email providers, or from Gmail. You can keep your old email addresses, but manage them all from one place: Outlook.com. Importing your email from Yahoo Mail Importing your Yahoo Mail into Outlook.com is simple. To get started, navigate to Options and then click Import email accounts. Select Yahoo, enter your Yahoo email address and password, and then click Import. This will also set up your Yahoo email address as a “send from” account, meaning you can continue to send emails from your Yahoo address, right from ...

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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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