, 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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Microsoft is often labelled as a packaged software vendor to Enterprises and OEMs in the media. They are largely ignored as an owner of various web properties that come in most visited lists. comScore recently released their monthly ranking of U.S. desktop web activity at the top online properties for December 2013 based on data from the comScore Media Metrix service. Yahoo Sites came at top in the Top 50 Properties (Desktop Only) with over 195 million unique visitors followed by Google at No.2 with 192 million unique visitors. Microsoft came at No.3 position with 175 million unique visitors. Microsoft’s web properties includes MSN web portal, Bing search engine, Outlook/Hotmail, Skype and other official websites like Xbox.com, Microsoft.com, etc. To put Microsoft numbers in comparison, Facebook and AOL which are primarily web companies trails behind Microsoft in this list. Source: comScore ...

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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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After hacking official Xbox and Xbox support twitter accounts, official SyrianElectronicArmy has hacked the official Microsoft Twitter account. As you can see in the image above, they have tweeted about Microsoft email accounts being monitored by governments and top websites visited on IE is for downloading other browsers. Don’t use Microsoft emails(hotmail,outlook),They are monitoring your accounts and selling the data to the governments. #SEA @Official_SEA16 Leak: The top two visited links from @IE: http://www.google.com/chrome  and http://www.mozilla.org/firefox/  #SEA Syrian Electronic Army Was Here via @Official_SEA16 #SEA pic.twitter.com/MDxQXK6CIJ I think its time for Microsoft to revisit their official social media account usage policy. May be changing strong passwords often with knowledge social media managers should avoid this sort of embarrassing moments. Update: A Microsoft Spokesperson confirmed the hacking with the following statement, “Microsoft is aware of targeted cyberattacks that temporarily affected the Xbox Support and Microsoft News Twitter accounts. The accounts were quickly reset ...

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Microsoft today announced a new option in Outlook.com that allows consumers to easily switch from Gmail to Outlook.com. All you need to do is follow a few simple steps to connect your Gmail account to your Outlook.com account. This will import your Gmail emails into your Outlook.com inbox and, your Google contacts will automatically appear in Outlook.com. Also the new tool will even set up your Gmail address as a “send-only” account so you can continue to send email from your @gmail.com address, right from Outlook.com, if you still want to. How it works: To begin, simply start the process here and sign in with your Outlook.com account. If you want all your mail from Gmail to be copied into a new set of subfolders, click Options and select that option, otherwise click Start. You’ll then need to sign in to Gmail and grant the tool access to your account. Once ...

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The title is a reference to a controversial statement made by President Obama while campaigning in 2007: http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=z75WFJIAXmw#t=225 An internal memo, obtained by AllThingsD, shows Yahoo employees are having a tough time letting go of their favorite mail client Outlook (the software often bundled with the Office suite).  Microsoft is famous for “dogfooding” its own products, meaning they use their own beta software throughout the development process.    Yahoo’s SVP of communications products Jeff Bonforte and CIO Randy Roumillat are trying to get Yahoo employees to do the same, only with Yahoo’s new mail client.  It proven to be rather difficult, and only 25% of their employees have moved on to Yahoo’s solution with over 75% clinging onto Outlook.  Here’s the full text of the memo: Hello Yahoos, Earlier this year we asked you to move to Yahoo Mail for your corporate email account. 25% of you made the switch (thank you). ...

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Microsoft released an update for its Mail, Calendar, and People apps for Windows 8.1 devices couple of days back. This new update brings several new features and improvements in all three apps. Microsoft has provided the detailed change log which you can read them below. What’s new in Mail • See all messages from your favorite people in one place. • See a more organized Outlook.com inbox with social updates and newsletters filed away automatically. • Use Sweep to clean up your Outlook.com inbox. • Delete, flag, and mark messages from the message list. • Drag and drop messages into folders. • Select multiple messages at once with checkboxes. • Write new messages without leaving your inbox. • Open a message, draft, or attachment in a separate window. • Search across all mail in all folders. • Create automatic replies for when you’re away. • Choose the default font and color ...

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Many are not aware of this fact. If you’re a Gmail user, Google scans all of your sent and received messages, extracts keywords that they think are relevant to you, and then uses that data to target you with ads. All email service providers protect your inbox by scanning for spam, phishing attempts and malware, but not all email providers use the words from your email to show you ads. Microsoft is focusing on this point with a new campaign titled “Keep Your Email Private” against Google’s Gmail to protect user’s privacy. Google goes through every Gmail that’s sent or received, looking for keywords so they can target Gmail users with paid ads. And there’s no way to opt out of this invasion of your privacy. Watch the video below. Visit Keep Your Email Private for more details. ...

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Microsoft announced its company wide reorganization to transform into a devices and services company few months back. Since then, there are lots of changes happening within the company. Mary Jo Foley today reported three such changes today, 1) Windows Embedded team is now part of the unified operating system division under Terry Myerson. 2) The Outlook.com, Windows Mail and Calendar app teams which were initially part of the unified OS group are now part of the Applications and Services group under Qi Lu. Mary Jo Foley also reported that Windows Mail and Calendar apps might get replaced with the Outlook app that is now available for Windows RT. 3) Perceptive Pixel software team is now part of the unified operating system group under Terry Myerson. Microsoft also has some Perceptive Pixel software updates planned in April 2014. Read more from the link below. Source: ZDNet ...

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Microsoft reported its financial quarter results yesterday with record 1st quarter revenue beating expectations. They are now reporting under new financial segments. The most part of the former Online Services Division is now part of Devices & Consumer Other segment. It includes Bing, Xbox Live, Office 365 Home premium and few others. While this division has not started making money, they are now losing money less than before. Here are the highlights of the results, Search advertising revenue up 47% Driven by continued revenue per search improvements and query volume growth Bing U.S. market share at 18.0% up 210 basis points Xbox LIVE transactional revenue, up >25% Over 2 million Office 365 Home Premium subscribers D&C Other revenue increased $235 million or 17% mainly due to higher advertising revenue, which increased $106 million or 13%. While the growth was due to search advertising revenue, display advertising revenue decreased 31%. Microsoft cited that lower ...

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Microsoft today released an update for Outlook.com mail app for Android devices. This new update brings in some of the most requested features such as server side search, support for aliases and more. What’s new? This update includes over 150 improvements, along with some new features including: Server-side search: You can now search through all of your email, even if the messages aren’t on your phone.  If you can’t find what you’re looking for on your phone, you have a new option to search Outlook.com to find your messages. Download all mail: Another popular request was to allow more choices for syncing your mail. We’ve added an option to let you download all your messages, regardless of how old they are (though keep in mind you can now search for messages even if they aren’t on your phone). Support for Aliases: People love using aliases, but they want to be ...

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The modern mail app that was shipped as part of Windows 8 was not up to the mark. It was experiencing performance issues until Microsoft delivered an update 6 months later. Even after all the updates, the mail app remained as one of the weak points. Microsoft was aware of it and they delivered an much improved Outlook Mail app for Windows 8.1 devices. All Windows 8.1 devices will have this mail app pre-installed and it is the best email experience on any tablet. In a world of mobile devices like tablets, there’s an increasingly narrow distinction between your “work computer” and your “personal computer.” More and more people are bringing their personal tablets to work, and their work laptops home. Windows 8.1 is designed for this world, equally suited for your work life and your personal life. The Mail app is no exception—it’s designed to be great for your ...

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This is a story by the NYDailyNews, I’m simply going to posts some excerpts without any commentary: How do global terrorists keep in touch on the Internet? They use Gmail, just like a lot of other people on the planet. Michael Hayden, former director of both the CIA and the National Security Agency, said the free email service offered by Google is the most popular communication method among radical insurgents across the world. “Gmail is the preferred Internet service provider of terrorists worldwide,” Hayden said Sunday during a speech at St. John’s Episcopal Church, across the street from the White House. “I don’t think you’re going to see that in a Google commercial, but it’s free, it’s ubiquitous, so of course it is.” Hayden’s comments were in defense of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, under which U.S. intelligence agents spied on private emails and Internet chatter around the world. The ...

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