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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Microsoft today officially confirmed that both Windows 8.1 and Windows RT 8.1 is now in RTM stage, so they have started releasing Windows 8.1 and Windows RT 8.1 to all their hardware partners. Microsoft also confirmed that we will be able to get the final bits of Windows 8.1 only on October 18th. In the past, the release to manufacturing (RTM) milestone traditionally meant that the software was ready for broader customer use. However, it’s clear that times have changed, with shifts to greater mobility and touch as well as the blurring of work and personal lives. As such, we’ve had to evolve the way we develop and the time in which we deliver to meet customers with the experience they need, want and expect. We’ve had to work closer to our hardware partners than ever before. Reaching this milestone is about optimizing the overall experience for our customers. Our ...

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  Microsoft today announced that Windows Live Mesh will be officially retired on Feb 13, 2013. Live Mesh was started as an ambitious project by Microsoft as their cloud desktop under the guidance of former executive Ray Ozzie. However it lost its way competing with internal teams such as Windows. Later, Microsoft rebranded Live Mesh as Windows Live Mesh and removed some features to integrate it with SkyDrive. And now Microsoft has announced the end of this project. With the significant investments in bringing the DNA of Mesh together with SkyDrive, there are now over 200 million people that have used SkyDrive, and more and more are making the move every day. So while Windows Live Mesh was at one point used by a few million people, most have made the move and there are now less than 25,000 active users of Windows Live Mesh. As a result, we’re announcing today ...

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Microsoft today announced the new versions of Movie Maker and Photo Gallery for Windows 7 and Windows 8. Movie Maker and Photo Gallery are still part of the Windows Live Essentials suite which also included Windows Live Messenger, Windows Live Writer, Windows Live Mail and SkyDrive (Replaces Live Mesh). The new Movie Maker and Photo Gallery includes some key improvements which are described below. Movie Maker: Video Stabilization: Sometimes the video we take is just little too shaky; especially as we take more and more videos using our phones and smaller video cameras. Movie Maker has taken advantage of new technology in Windows 8 to smooth out your wobbly videos. Just select the shaky video and choose from a variety Video stabilization options and Movie Maker will smooth it out. Music: The one thing that can really make a difference in a movie is the soundtrack. But it can be ...

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The Metro Design language is quickly spreading across various product groups in Microsoft. We have seen them in upcoming Windows 8, Windows Server versions as well. Now even Microsoft’s Windows Live web services will be redesigned with Metro design. Windows Live services include Hotmail,SkyDrive, Calender, People, etc,. As we already have Metro versions of these services in Windows 8, we won’t be surprised if Microsoft carries forward the same to web versions as well. Check out the image leaked by technoblog above. Source: Liveside.net ...

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The much awaited (atleast to me!) overhaul of Microsoft accounts portal is here.  Microsoft’s old Billing portal was like a website designed in 90′s, but now it has got a clean new look and awesome unification across various Microsoft accounts (Props to Rafael who noticed it first). The accounts.microsoft.com portal now unifies all Microsoft accounts such as Hotmail, Xbox LIVE, Zune, Office Live and even Windows Azure accounts. You can now have an overview of purchases and subscriptions made across all Microsoft services under this new portal. Check it out yourself and enjoy the new experience. via: Withinwindows ...

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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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Your browser doesn’t support HTML5 video. Download this video to view it in your favorite media player: High quality MP4 | Lower quality MP4  At Building Windows 8 blog today, Microsoft detailed the digital identity management improvements that’s coming with Windows 8. Everyday we use handful of websites that leads us to maintain atleast 10 different username/password combinations. There are efforts to reduce this overhead such as Facebook login API, OpenID, Windows Live ID API, etc,. But Windows 8 is trying to solve this problem in a different way that is more secure than the other online identity provider’s attempts. Windows 8 will allow you to store your username and passwords in a secure manner. The first is by providing a way to automatically store and retrieve multiple account names and passwords for all the websites and applications you use, and do so in a protected manner. Internet Explorer 10 uses ...

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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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Microsoft today announced load of new features to its SkyDrive online storage service. The updates are around new file management, HTML5 file uploading, simple sharing, support for new file types and more. Performance improvements were also done with this update, Many actions now happen inline (such as upload, delete, copy, move, rename, share, and create). We preload more resources when you’re typing your username and password before logging in. This makes it faster to view and edit Office docs. Signing in to SkyDrive is about 50% faster. On pdf support, In this release, when you click a PDF, we load it using whatever available PDF viewer your browser supports. This means that on IE, Firefox and Safari, PDFs will load in the browser if you have Adobe Acrobat installed. On Chrome, PDFs will load using Chrome’s native PDF viewer. You can read more on this here. ...

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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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On September-8, Microsoft enterprise services such as Office 365, etc and Windows Live services such as Hotmail and SkyDrive suffered from outage for many users. The service was restored to normal in less than 4 hours. Microsoft then told that service interruption was caused to due to DNS problems and they are investigating the root cause of the system. Today they explained the reason behind the outage, We determined the cause to be a corrupted file in Microsoft’s DNS service.  The file corruption was a result of two rare conditions occurring at the same time.  The first condition is related to how the load balancing devices in the DNS service respond to a malformed input string (i.e., the software was unable to parse an incorrectly constructed line in the configuration file). The second condition was related to how the configuration is synchronized across the DNS service to ensure all client requests ...

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The day one of BUILD Windows conference is over. Here is the quick summary of what happened there, Microsoft Windows Division President Steven Sinofsky took stage for the keynote. With little background of Windows 7,  Steven introduced Windows 8. Windows 8 is Windows reimagined. Windows 8 PC’s will have no compromise on any aspect of a PC. Windows 8′s core UI experience is shown. Windows 8 will sport new start screen with Live Tiles. Users can customize Live Tiles, rearrange them, group them, rename the groups,etc,. Windows 8 will have new Lock screen with picture based password support. Gesture support and multitasking on Windows 8 was shown. Metro Style apps will take full screen always and suspended when moved away from screen. New control panel for Metro UI with access to commonly used settings. User can switch back and forth between Windows 32 app and Metro Style app anytime. User can ...

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