California resident David Peck was unfortunate enough to have his email address turn up in a Google search for 'Gmail' on Friday – at exactly the same time as millions of people were experiencing issues with Google's Web-based services.
Microsoft lost millions of Hotmail users to Gmail in the years following its 2004 launch, but now it wants them back. The company is rolling out a new tool that simplifies the process of switching from Gmail to its post-Hotmail Outlook.com service.
In a drive to improve security by getting users to operate with just one account, Microsoft has decided to kill off its Hotmail/Outlook.com 'linked accounts' feature which enables users to easily jump between their Web-based email accounts.
Microsoft's Hotmail email service is no more (well, kind of; it's complicated) after sixteen years, with the company reporting that all of the former Hotmail accounts have been successfully upgraded to Outlook in just six weeks.
A major service disruption affecting a number of Microsoft's web-based offerings which started Tuesday night ET is continuing to cause problems. Hotmail and Outlook users have been having trouble accessing their emails, while an issue SkyDrive has reportedly…
Microsoft has announced that its Hotmail replacement, Outlook.com, has now left preview mode and is open to all. The computer giant is evidently serious about spreading the word, promising a "large-scale marketing effort around the world."
Skype has updated its desktop app to 6.0 to enable Facebook and Microsoft account logins, Live messaging, and merged contact lists. Mac users out there will also rejoice at the announcement of a Retina Display-ready Skype client.