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  • Microsoft to abandon linked email accounts in favour of aliases
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    Microsoft to abandon linked email accounts in favour of aliases

    By 17 June 2013

    Microsoft announced on Monday that it plans to kill its linked accounts feature for Hotmail and Outlook.com. The company first introduced linked accounts in 2006, enabling users to toggle between their Microsoft accounts without having to re-enter passwords,...

  • Hotmail is dead, long live Outlook.com: Now with 60 million active users
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    Hotmail is dead, long live Outlook.com: Now with 60 million active users

    By 19 February 2013

    Microsoft has announced that it's finally pulling the plug on Hotmail, the service it bought in 1997 for about $400m from founders Sabeer Bhatia and Jack Smith. To be fair, this sounds more dramatic than the reality, which is that the user interface is...

  • Pocket-lint Podcast #95 - iPhone 5 release date, Outlook.com and Olympics tech
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    Pocket-lint Podcast #95 - iPhone 5 release date, Outlook.com and Olympics tech

    By 3 August 2012

    It's a bumper edition of the podcast this week, as the team looks at the biggest iPhone 5 rumours, launch and release date gossip and delivers its verdict on whether they are true or just tripe. Plus, the Linters explain what's happening to Hotmail as...

  • Get your Outlook.com email address now, Hotmail definitely being phased out
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    Get your Outlook.com email address now, Hotmail definitely being phased out

    By 1 August 2012

    Microsoft has told Pocket-lint that it plans to eventually kill off Hotmail altogether, with Outlook.com email addresses becoming the software giant's new standard. The company wants to perfect the system before any immediate action, but has confirmed...

  • Windows Phone 7 users can update their email addresses to Outlook.com without restore
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    Windows Phone 7 users can update their email addresses to Outlook.com without restore

    By 1 August 2012

    Contrary to other reports and Microsoft's own alarming warning message, Windows Phone 7 users won't have to restore their handsets to factory settings if they switch their Hotmail email accounts to Outlook.com - as long as they opt to make their new address...

  • Hotmail becomes Outlook.com as Microsoft revamps email platform with cleaner interface and social network integration
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    Hotmail becomes Outlook.com as Microsoft revamps email platform with cleaner interface and social network integration

    By 31 July 2012

    Microsoft has begun previewing Outlook.com, a refined email experience available to try now for all existing Hotmail users. The idea is to provide a more polished Outlook experience for people’s personal email accounts, be it on the computer or a mobile...

  • 75 per cent of Brits still use PCs to email not smartphones
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    75 per cent of Brits still use PCs to email not smartphones

    By 15 March 2012

    Microsoft is continuing its fight against "greymail", the rogue emails that clog up inboxes but aren't spam. The Hotmail team wants people to realise that all the newsletters they once subscribed to, and marketing nonsense they continue to receive, can...

  • Pocket-lint Podcast #58 - iPhone 5 Special
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    Pocket-lint Podcast #58 - iPhone 5 Special

    By 4 October 2011

    The "Let's Talk iPhone" Apple press conference is imminent, so the team turns its immediate attention to the iPhone 5, no, hang on, er, the iPhone 4S, nope, bugger, Tim Cook's possible catchphrase. Oh, you get the picture. Also on the agenda for Rik Henderson,...

  • Microsoft takes on graymail with refreshed Hotmail service
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    Microsoft takes on graymail with refreshed Hotmail service

    By 3 October 2011

    Microsoft is in the process of relaunching its Hotmail email service with the bold and intriguing mission statement: "Hotmail Starts the War on Graymail". After having successfully reduced the amount of spam messages that you will receive in your inbox...

  • iPhone / iPad Hotmail coming with iOS 5 - confirmed!
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    iPhone / iPad Hotmail coming with iOS 5 - confirmed!

    By 3 October 2011

    While the Hotmail application for Android handsets and tablets is now available, it's only a matter of time before Apple iPhone and iPad owners will be able to integrate Hotmail email accounts with their devices too. However, it won't be released in app...

  • Hotmail Android pictures and hands-on
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    Hotmail Android pictures and hands-on

    By 3 October 2011

    Microsoft has released an official Hotmail application for Android, and Pocket-lint was invited to the company's London headquarters to check it out in advance of its public unveiling. Demonstrated by Bryan Saftler, Hotmail product manager, Microsoft...

  • Hotmail says bye to silly passwords
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    Hotmail says bye to silly passwords

    By 15 July 2011

    Passwords that even a cat could hack are set to be banned from Hotmail after users continue to use weak letter combinations to protect their accounts. Things like 'password' and 'ilovecats' are out, with new users having to use properly complex logins....

  • Hotmail set for summer revamp
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    Hotmail set for summer revamp

    By 18 May 2010

    Microsoft has announced that Hotmail is in for a major overhaul with an array of new features that it hopes will put pressure on its webmail rivals such as Gmail. The best new feature, by far, is the Active View function. What this means for users are...

  • What has 1.3 billion inboxes, 155 petabytes of storage and 350 million monthly users?
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    What has 1.3 billion inboxes, 155 petabytes of storage and 350 million monthly users?

    By 23 December 2009

    Microsoft currently hosts around 1.3 billion Hotmail inboxes, according to statistics just released from the software giant, that make fascinating reading for anyone interested in an at-a-glance look at the once-seminal webmail service. In a blog post,...

  • iTunes still most popular music service by far
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    iTunes still most popular music service by far

    By 16 November 2009

    A survey of 2000 internet users in the UK from GfK NOP has found that iTunes still remains by far the most popular music service, but that new entrant Spotify is shooting rapidly up the charts, despite having only just celebrated its 1st birthday. The...

  • Hotmail passwords leaked out online?
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    Hotmail passwords leaked out online?

    By 5 October 2009

    It's being reported that passwords for "thousands" of Hotmail accounts have leaked out online. An anonymous user posted details of over 10,000 accounts with user names running from A to B on a site called PasteBin, which is used by developers to share...

  • Microsoft announces new Windows Phone applications
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    Microsoft announces new Windows Phone applications

    By 31 March 2009

    Microsoft has announced new Windows Phone applications, partners for future launches and new designer wallpaper themes for its mobile platform at the CTIA Wireless event in the States. Headlining the news, the company has revealed that EA Mobile and MySpace...

  • Hotmail rolls out POP3 technology worldwide
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    Hotmail rolls out POP3 technology worldwide

    By 13 March 2009

    Microsoft has announced that free POP3 technology has now been rolled out to Hotmail accounts worldwide. The process of launching POP3 technology for free for the online email program kicked off in January with nine countries including the UK being the...

  • Emoze pushes Windows Live Hotmail
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    Emoze pushes Windows Live Hotmail

    By 18 February 2009

    Emoze is using the Mobile World Congress event to promote its service that pushes Windows Live Hotmail to your mobile device. Said to be simple, once users have downloaded Emoze to their mobile, they will get mobile access to Windows Live Hotmail, other...

  • Nokia offers new mail and messaging features
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    Nokia offers new mail and messaging features

    By 2 December 2008

    As part of its Nokia World announcements, Nokia has announced the launch of Nokia Messaging, which will give consumers access to email and IM accounts from Yahoo Mail and Yahoo Messenger, Windows Live Hotmail, Gmail, Google Talk, and AOL Mail as well...

  • Sony Ericsson launches new Xperia panels
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    Sony Ericsson launches new Xperia panels

    By 26 November 2008

    Sony Ericsson has launched two new "panels" for the Xperia X1, teaming up with Facebook and Microsoft Windows Live. The new Facebook application built for Sony Ericsson uses the panel-based interface of the Xperia X1 to deliver an "intuitive" version...

  • Microsoft Windows Live updated
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    Microsoft Windows Live updated

    By 13 November 2008

    Microsoft has realised that it is unable to take on the combined force of social networking sites like Twitter and Facebook and instead decided to become an aggregator of content with its latest update to its Windows Live service. "It's about keeping...

  • BlackBerrys to get push Hotmail and MSN Messenger
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    BlackBerrys to get push Hotmail and MSN Messenger

    By 12 May 2008

    Microsoft and RIM have announced an agreement to provide Microsoft Windows Live services on BlackBerry smartphones. This will mean "easy" mobile access to Windows Live Messenger and an enhanced level of integration between Windows Live Hotmail and the...

  • Microsoft confirms Hotmail black out
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    Microsoft confirms Hotmail black out

    By 27 February 2008

    Did you have problems logging into your Hotmail account on Tuesday? Well, you weren't the only one. Microsoft has confirmed that undisclosed technical issues prevented people from accessing Hotmail for large parts of yesterday. "We are aware that some...

  • Microsoft launches Windows Live Hotmail
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    Microsoft launches Windows Live Hotmail

    By 8 May 2007

    Today sees the global launch of Windows Live Hotmail, the successor to MSN Hotmail which boasts massive improvements to the once-pioneering webmail service that has suffered in recent years with competitors such as Yahoo and Google offering a better service....