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Hotmail Accounts Getting 'Hijacked,' Microsoft Says

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| Microsoft pointed to e-mail account "hijacking" as becoming an increasing 
| problem, especially among Windows Live Hotmail users. 
| [...]
| According to Microsoft, a hijacked user account would allow a hacker to send 
| e-mails to the user's contacts, which could result in both the user and those 
| contacts unwittingly downloading worms onto a workstation. From there, such 
| malware can spread to the network.    



Windows Live Hotmail Suffers Temporary Outage

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| Microsoft has confirmed officially that Windows Live Hotmail suffered a
| temporary outage, but indicated that the issue was resolved. And indeed at
| this point in time, the service is up and running with no problems
| whatsoever. Various users have started reporting not being able to sign in to
| their accounts, and the fact that they received messages informing them that
| their inbox was gone. The Redmond company explained that the messages were
| erroneous and assured Windows Live Hotmail users that their emails had not
| been impacted in any manner.


Microsoft Restores Service After Hotmail Outage

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| Microsoft scrambled to fix a global outage that hit its Windows Live Hotmail
| service for several hours on Thursday.


Hotmail posts decline in traffic in U.S.

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| Many Hotmail users are threatening to leave the e-mail service in the wake of
| its most recent redesign. Turns out, though, that even before the revamp,
| they were on their way out, at least in the U.S.


Hotmail holdouts grumble about 'pathetic' new interface

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| Microsoft isnât having much luck with the redesign of Hotmail, which is
| currently playing havoc with thousands of userâs emails.


Hotmail users bitch and moan about new interface

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| We asked Microsoft if it would respond to Hotmail users and their grumbles by
| providing the option to switch between modes, but at time of writing the
| company had not responded to our request for comment


Microsoft breaks HotMail for Linux users?

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| A Linux-Watch reader today reported difficulties using Microsoft's Hotmail
| service with Firefox browsers running on Linux operating systems. We
| confirmed that creating a new Hotmail account was not possible, due to an
| error message suggesting a "browser upgrade."


Microsoft Announces Changes for Accessing Hotmail with Outlook Express

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| Important news if you currently access your Windows Live Hotmail with Outlook
| Express, come June 30th. this will no longer be possible.
| Â Â A change is coming for users that access Hotmail with Outlook Express.
| Â Â Outlook Express uses a protocol called DAV (Distributed Authoring and
|   Versioning protocol) to access a Windows Liveâ Hotmail e-mail account.
| Â Â DAV, like POP3 or IMAP, is the way that a mail client communicates with a
| Â Â web-based mail server.


Hotmail doesn't work with Firefox 2.0: Microsoft answers to Linux users "Switch
to Outlook Express"

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| Iâm the increasingly discontent owner of an Hotmail account (donât laught, I
| subscribed back when Hotmail wasnât owned by Microsoft). Recently, in order
| to compete with Google on the Web, Hotmailâs interface was overhauled: it now
| has a âclassicâ interface, which works reasonably well but is still rather
| limited, and a supposedly âFullâ interface that should make it the equal of
| sites like Google Apps and Yahoo Mail/Calendar/etc.



Hotmail engine overhaul

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| The redesign effort, even its more ambitious aspects, is not
| a total wash, however.
| [...]
| With Hotmail, Microsoft was at the end of its development rope.
| Every new feature basically had to be "hacked" into the code.


A Hybrid Approach to E-Mail: The Best of Both Worlds

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| Given corporations' existing investments and their potential need to
| support additional Microsoft Exchange-compatible applications in the
| future, this hybrid open/proprietary approach will only work if it
| allows users to drop in an e-mail server without making changes to
| desktops or infrastructure.
| [...]
| A better approach employs a product that is compatible at the
| network-protocol level with the existing infrastructure. Outlook
| on the desktop will "think" it is talking to Exchange when it is
| really talking to the new Linux e-mail server, and end users do
| not know they are on a different server. IT professionals get a
| Linux e-mail server with higher performance, that uses lower-cost
| storage, and that works with existing datacenter applications such
| as Active Directory.


Hotmail's antispam measures snuff out legit emails, too

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| Hotmail users and email server admins, beware: you may be unknowingly
| caught in the crossfire of Microsoft's war on spam. Unintended
| casualties include legitimate emails from domains with
| well-established reputations, which are systematically blocked
| with absolutely no notice and little recourse.


Hotmail still riddled with spam

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| Microsoft has admitted that up to 98 per cent of messages sent to
| Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
| Hotmail addresses are spam.
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| [...]
| The findings will disappoint Microsoft chairman Bill Gates, who
| predicted at the 2004 Davos World Economic Forum that spam would
| be "eliminated" within two years.


Itâs ME vs. MICROSOFT - Who Will Win ?

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| Now, the only problem with #1 is that IT DOES NOT WORK. When Microsoft
| blackholes your email, or bounces it with â550 Your e-mail was rejected for
| policy reasons on this gateway.â, no amount of client whitelisting is going
| to help (I tried it). This leaves me with option #2 - well I say âF-You
| Microsoft, Iâm not paying for YOUR STUPID MISTAKES!â


If Intent Can Be Proven, Microsoft Could Face Millions Of Mail Fraud Charges

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| The final results bore out the "conventional wisdom." If emails were donuts,
| Hotmail would be HomerSimpsonMail. I don't need to reiterate the figures,
| there they are in blue and red. But for a Hotmail account to destroy up to
| 81% of all emails with attachments prior to their delivery to a "generic" ISP
| email account is nothing short of absurd, as these Hotmail accounts were not
| the free variety, but the fully paid ones. Compare those figures to the ones
| where the generic ISP email accounts exchanged emails with attachments and
| you will clearly see the difference. The worst performance was in making 2%
| Vanish.


Botnet army' behind tenfold rise in 'attachment' spam

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| "No one but the spam group knows how many PCs they can control with this
| spambot, it is assumed to be a high five figure number. If each of the PCs is
| instructed to send 200-300 spam messages containing a PDF attachment the
| spammers can send hundreds or millions of spam messages in a day - equivalent
| to 25 percent of all spam sent on a given day."


Vista: What To Do When You Cannot Delete a Message in Windows Mail

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| A number of users are experiencing problems with Windows Mail and
| deleting messages from the Inbox and Outbox. The message will first
| become unviewable in the reading pane and will then generate an
| error when you try to delete it.


Microsoft looking into Hotmail, Messenger problems

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| Microsoft engineers were looking into problems with Windows Live
| Hotmail and Live Messenger on Thursday after users reported
| problems getting onto the services.


Microsoft shipped OneCare unfinished?

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| Since shipping in May, OneCare has failed industry tests and exposed
| users to attack because of a security flaw in the antivirus engine.
| The application also incorrectly flagged Gmail as a virus and in some
| cases quarantined or even deleted complete in-boxes when a single
| e-mail was laden with a virus.


Microsoft is the world's biggest cause of zombie remailers

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| In China, it would take about one and one-half years wages (for the
| average Chinese) to buy a legitimate copy of Windows Vista. If you
| could find it here.
| Microsoft is the biggest cause of zombie remailers in the world,
| because they make noises, but do not do anything to address the
| real digital inequities in the world.

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