WashPost: NSA is Collecting Your Friends Lists

According to the Washington Post‘s latest documents provided by ex-contractor Edward Snowden, the National Security Agency routinely “harvests” the contact lists from email accounts, social media accounts, and instant messengers, some of which belong to American citizens. This is the…

Apparently Microsoft Recycles Email Addresses Too

Yahoo has been making headlines in recent weeks thanks to an account recycling program it implemented recently, and the apparent security issues that have come along with it. It turns out that Microsoft has pretty much been doing the same…

Hotmail Officially Dead, Rolled Into Outlook

In the late 90s, Hotmail was the most popular online email service available. Though Yahoo email and Gmail later arrived to give the service significant competition, Hotmail remained widely used for over 16 years. Now, Hotmail has become another relic…

Hotmail Replaced With Outlook.com: Smart Brand Decision?

Earlier this week, Microsoft launched Outlook.com to all users. This is a webmail offering that launched in in preview last year, but now all Hotmail users are being transitioned to the new experience. We took a closer look at the…

Gmail Is Now Bigger Than Hotmail

Google said in June that it had 425 million unique users a month (an increase of 75 million from the number the company reported in January). Google has reportedly claimed the top webmail spot based on its own internal numbers,…

Yahoo Password Breach Is Worse Than Originally Thought

We brought you news this morning that Yahoo Voices was hacked and over 450,000 usernames and passwords were leaked onto the Internet. The initial report stated that most of passwords came from Yahoo or Gmail email addresses. After analyzing the…

Microsoft Kills Windows Live Branding

With Windows 8 just around the corner, Microsoft is re-thinking where its cloud services will fit into the mix. As a result, Microsoft has decided to kill the “live” branding it places around those services. In its place will be…

Yahoo! Updates Mail for Android

Yahoo! has just updated their Yahoo! Mail for Android App, offering multiple new ways to customize notifications, amongst other modifications. Users can now option notifications with sound, vibrate or silent, and can add a status bar. Also what’s new is…

Hotmail’s Spam Protection Amongst Best in Business

According to this Gadgetwise column in the New York Times, Microsoft’s Hotmail offers the best spam protection in the business. SITI, or spam in the inbox, rates have been reduced to record lows, with the advancement of Hotmail’s Smartscreen technology.…

Hotmail Gets Deal Ads Instead Of Old School Display Ads

The deals services of today are essentially glorified email marketing. Groupon gets credit for turning the concept in to a huge mainstream trend, and deals are certainly accessible in other ways, but all in all, it’s still email marketing. As…

Gmail Stages “Email Intervention” To Save People From Outdated Email

Google has just launched a campaign to attract more users to its already popular Gmail service. It asks current Gmail users to “save their friends from outdated email” by helping them jump on board the Gmail train. The way to…

Hotmail Introduces “Instant Email”

You don’t much hear about Hotmail, or, well, email as a whole much anymore — unless, of course, there’s some kind of virus running rampant. That being said, even news on that particular front is pretty quiet. The fact is,…

Report Looks at Just How Important Email is To Google, Microsoft and Yahoo

Pingdom has put together an interesting report looking at just how important webmail is for the three companies that dominate it – Google, Microsoft, and Yahoo. Citing data from Alexa, the firm finds that Gmail makes up 23% of the…

Microsoft Adds “Active View” Support for LinkedIn, Netflix, Posterous, LivingSocial

Microsoft announced added support for its “Active View” functionality in Hotmail, for LinkedIn, Netflix, Posterous, and LivingSocial. In a nutshell, this means you can now interact with each of these services as if you were on their respective sites, without…

Microsoft Office Web Apps for Hotmail Available Everywhere

Microsoft announced that its Office Web Apps for Windows Live SkyDrive and Hotmail are now available n 18 new countries in Central and South America, including Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras,…

Facebook Chat In Hotmail Goes Live Worldwide

Five months ago, Microsoft announced that Hotmail users in Brazil, France, Germany, Russia, the U.K., and the U.S. could begin to chat with their Facebook friends while checking their email.  Now the integration of Hotmail and Facebook Chat is complete in every place where Facebook is available.

We’ll admit: this may not sound like a big deal insofar as it’s pretty simple to toggle between a Hotmail tab and a Facebook tab.  But the development at least goes to show that relations between Microsoft and Facebook are as good as ever.

Hotmail Gets Email Aliases

Microsoft has launched a new feature for Hotmail, providing Hotmail users with aliases so they don’t have to give their primary email address to every site that asks for one, and still don’t have to go create a whole new account. 

Communication Breakdown: When Email Goes Down

At the end of December, some Hotmail users experienced problems with their email – it was gone. Messages and folders went completely missing from their accounts. Luckily, for those users, the emails came back. 

Microsoft says it recovered 100% of email and folders for the accounts affected. Unfortunately, for those who didn’t sign into their accounts between the time of the incident and the time the account was restored, any messages sent to their accounts during that time would have bounced. 

Microsoft Makes Email Content Dynamic With Active Views in Hotmail

Microsoft has some interesting news out for Hotmail users. The company has partnered with some other companies to bring a new kind of email to the inbox – one that is as up to date as possible, and lets users interact with sites from within the email itself.

Hotmail Gets a New Round of Feature Upgrades

Microsoft announced that it is rolling out some new features to Hotmail. These include: the ability to track packages referenced in your email from Hotmail itself, chat with Facebook friends, sharing photos more easily with expanded coverage and new features, viewing more videos from inside Hotmail, and organizing and finding important email with subfolders.