Along with the announcement that Outlook.com is adding support for IMAP, Microsoft also announced bunch of services that integrate with Outlook.com using IMAP and OAuth. IMAP along with OAuth allows developers to build third-party clients and services that offer value-added scenarios on top of your Outlook.com email. New and unique scenarios that build on your Outlook.com inbox: TripIt, Sift, Slice, motley*bunch, Unroll.me, OtherInbox, and Context.IO have taken advantage of Outlook.com’s new IMAP capability and are rolling out updates today that allow their apps and services to integrate with your Outlook.com email. We’ll have many more to share in the near future. If you’re building an app that wants to integrate with Outlook.com, we’ve provided more details at the end of this post on how to get started. Read about each of the services from the link below. Source: Outlook Blog ...

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Microsoft today announced that they are adding IMAP support for Outlook.com today. IMAP support was one of the long awaited features for Outlook.com and Microsoft has finally done it. Why IMAP? While we believe that EAS is the most robust protocol for connecting to your email, with syncing in near real time, and superior battery and network efficiency, there are still some devices and apps that haven’t made the upgrade to EAS. As an older protocol, IMAP is widely supported on feature phones and other email clients such as those on a Mac. We heard your feedback loud and clear that this was important. In addition to offering more complete device connectivity, IMAP (along with OAuth) gives developers opportunities to build third-party clients and services that offer value-added scenarios on top of your Outlook.com email. We are excited to launch the first set of services today that integrate with Outlook.com, and ...

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As with every second Tuesday of the month, Microsoft released its regularly scheduled Windows updates yesterday.   Update KB2817630 for Outlook 2013 caused issues for a number of people, and Microsoft has pulled the patch. Microsoft posted an explanation of what went wrong on their Office Blog today: Due to a version incompatibility between outlook.exe and mso.dll, a mismatched reference to a data structure causes the “Minimize” button in the navigation pane to render incorrectly, typically extremely large to the point that the navigation pane is “invisible” to the user.  The issue only manifests when incompatible versions of outlook.exe and mso.dll exist on the system. If both versions are earlier (lower) than 4535.1000, or both versions are later (higher) than 4535.1000, the problem does not manifest.  If one file is updated but the other is not, the problem is evident.  The incompatible state is created by installing either the September Public Update OR the August ...

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  Microsoft today announced a better way to manage aliases and primary account for Microsoft Account.  Microsoft gave us the ability to rename or to add aliases to your account few years back and they are streamlining the process with few changes. Read it below. Several years ago we launched the ability to rename or to add aliases to your account, which gave important flexibility to manage these changes. But we found that these tasks were a little too monolithic. For example, sometimes you wanted to sign in with one alias but use another to send mail or display on your Xbox. So we started working to break these tasks down to give you more flexibility. In April, we added the ability to sign in with any alias on your account. At that time, Rename was left unchanged; and it walked you through an experience to add a new alias ...

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Microsoft today announced the availability of Skype for Outlook.com in several countries around the globe including the United Kingdom, Germany, Brazil, France, Canada, and the United States. Microsoft also said that for the those in the other countries, they are still working hard to ensure it is available worldwide in the near future. Microsoft is celebrating the launch of Skype on Outlook.com with a small contest,  To celebrate the availability of Skype for Outlook.com in the United States we have partnered with Gail Simmons, food expert and author. As a busy professional who is always on the go, Gail understands the importance of keeping in touch with friends and family. We partnered with her to announce a contest where consumers can submit a recipe for a chance to make a video call with Gail via Skype for Outlook.com. For every entry Outlook.com will donate $10 to Common Threads, a charity ...

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After resolving the Outlook.com web and mobile services, Microsoft today detailed the cause of the outage and how they are going to avoid it in the future. Here is their full response from service status website, Update and Resolution of Recent Outlook.com Outage We want to apologize to our customers who were affected by the outage on Outlook.com this week. We have restored access to all accounts and have made changes so that the service will be more resilient in the future.  We realize that we have a responsibility to the customers who use our services to communicate and share with the people they care most about, and we apologize for letting those customers down this week. Our first priority is to the health of the services, and we will learn from this incident and work to improve the experience of all our customers. As part of that, we would ...

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To celebrate its one year anniversary, Microsoft Outlook.com is giving away some free SkyDrive storage and Skype video calling to its early adopters. Microsoft sent out promo codes for 3GB of extra free space on SkyDrive for 1 year. And the other promo code is offers one free month of Skype group video calling. However, video calling is limited to 100 hours for this free month with a strange a limit of 4 hours per session. You can signup for Outlook.com for free to get modern web email experience. ...

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Microsoft started Scroogled campaign last year to educate consumers about how Google crosses the privacy line to target and deliver ads. They scan your email content to deliver ads related to it. For example, if you and your doctor are exchanging some information about the problem you have, Google will deliver ads on the problem you had. Recently, they have stepped up their efforts to deliver ads to consumers in a more direct way. They will send ad emails to your Inbox. Yes, for the first time ever, an email provider spams their own users with ads. You can watch the above video to see how it works. Please sign the petition to stop Google from going through personal email to sell ads. Try Outlook.com. Source: Microsoft   ...

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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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Microsoft today announced the availability of Outlook Web Access (OWA) for iPhone and OWA for iPad. These OWA for iPhone and OWA for iPad are mobile apps that offer the same email, calendar, and contact functionality you get in Outlook Web App on the browser, but with additional native platform capabilities. Push notifications that actively notify you of new email Meeting reminders pop up, even when the app is closed Voice activated actions like scheduling a meeting or sending email Contact sync so that OWA contacts are recognized by the iPhone’s caller ID function Remote wipe capability that allows IT to delete email and calendar data in the app from the device in the event that the device gets lost or the user leaves the organization These apps provides even more value to organizations on any Office 365 subscription that includes Exchange Online. If you are wondering about Windows Phone app, Windows ...

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Microsoft Outlook team today announced that they are discontinuing the Linked Accounts feature in Outlook.com. Linked Accounts provided a way to quickly switch between different accounts each with their own email address and this will be replaced by Mail forwarding and aliases support.   We believe that aliases provide a more robust and secure capability for managing multiple email addresses. You can send and receive email from different addresses and keep it all organized the way you like.  And all of this is tied to a single Microsoft account that has your latest and most up-to-date security info. A couple years ago, we began the process of delinking linked accounts and encouraging people to move to aliases. We got good feedback about some issues, and have been hard at work fixing these gaps. To give you a smoother transition, we’ve added two new features: Mail forwarding – you can now forward ...

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The Outlook Gods have been answering prayers recently and it was officially confirmed by Microsoft that Outlook is coming to Windows RT.  In the meantime, we have screenshots The new Outlook has so much to offer including a streamlined user experience that reduces clutter and makes your content king.  From cool new features like quickly responding to email with inline reply, to using ‘peeks’ to view your calendar or contacts without having to manually switch between tabs, Outlook brings great new tools to your fingertips.  And with today’s news, Outlook will soon be available across Windows PCs, phones and tablets.  To learn more about what’s new in Outlook, check out the Outlook section on Office.com. *Morgan Stanley Research, “Tablet Landscape Evolution“, May 2012 via: Winsupersite   ...

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Microsoft today announced Google Gtalk integration in Outlook.com so that you can now also chat with your Google friends. With this new feature, you can chat with the person who uses Gmail right from your Outlook.com inbox. And if you’re working together on an Office document in SkyDrive, you can send an instant message to a Google contact with just a click. Microsoft is rolling out Google chat integration now, so look for it in your inbox over the next couple of days. Once your services are connected, you can see all of your contacts together in one place. And since you are often connected to a person through more than one service, we automatically match up contacts that are the same and link them together. Of course, you can also link any contacts we missed or unlink any contacts that don’t belong together. The result is an uncluttered contact ...

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Microsoft today announced that they have completed the upgrade of 400 million Hotmail accounts to new Outlook.com. With the announcements, they also added two new features to Outlook.com: SMTP send, so it’s easier to send mail from different email addresses, and deeper integration with SkyDrive. Deeper SkyDrive integration: insert files and pictures directly from SkyDrive: There are a number of ways we’ve integrated Outlook.com and SkyDrive: a single Microsoft account for signing in, a shared contact list and set of connected networks, the ability to send large attachments, a shared header, and much more. Today, we’re excited to release the direct integration of SkyDrive into the Outlook.com compose experience. When you’re sending an email message, you can select files from your SkyDrive and we’ll automatically turn those into the right thumbnails with links that have the right permissions tied to people that receive the email. When you insert pictures from ...

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Microsoft has updated their Outlook.com app for Android devices. The new app almost replicates the Windows Phone Mail app with clean Modern UI. App Description: The official Microsoft Outlook.com app gives you easy access to Outlook.com so you never miss a thing. Send and receive emails on the go from your Android device. Sign in using your existing Microsoft account, usually your Outlook.com email address and password. Key features include: - New intuitive design, look and feel - Get emails right away with push notifications - Sync with your device Calendar and Contacts - View and sync standard and custom folders, including sub-folders - Group your email conversations with Conversation Threading - Send, receive, and view photos and other attachments - Easy to use search functionality - Use with multiple Outlook.com accounts Tips - Filter your emails (all, unread or flagged) by clicking on Inbox in the top menu. - ...

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A small number of users of Microsoft’s webmail service Hotmail/Outlook.com yesterday experienced a long service outage. The services was fully restored after nearly 15 hours. Microsoft VP Arthur de Haan today blogged in detail about the root cause of the service and how they restored it. Read it below. Root cause analysis At 13:35 PM PDT on March 12th, 2013 there was a service interruption that affected some people’s access to a small part of the SkyDrive service, but primarily Hotmail.com and Outlook.com. Availability was restored over the course of the afternoon and evening, and fully restored by 5:43 AM PDT on March 13th, 2013. On the afternoon of the 12th, in one physical region of one of our datacenters, we performed our regular process of updating the firmware on a core part of our physical plant. This is an update that had been done successfully previously, but failed in this ...

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