Outlook.com is a pretty good Web mail service, but ever since it debuted earlier this year, users have been clamoring for one feature: IMAP.
That's because, unlike the POP protocol, IMAP syncs with third-party mail clients. Translation: When you access your Outlook.com inbox on, say, your desktop e-mail client, any messages you read, send, reply to, or delete get synced back to your account. It's a much more practical way to deal with e-mail.
To get things set up in Windows, you'll need to add your Outlook.com account to your preferred mail client. I'… Read more
Microsoft's strategy around its MSN.com portal is continuing along a long and winding path.
This week, Microsoft cut some unspecified number of its MSN.com freelancers and contractors. The cuts reportedly are not affecting full-time MSN.com employees -- the number of which is expected to grow -- according to a statement Microsoft provided to The Seattle Times. The cuts are seemingly a result of budget-tightening, post-reorg.
(Microsoft isn't commenting on the MSN.com job cuts beyond what company representatives told The Seattle Times, a spokesperson said.)
The cuts follow a recent Business Insider story that claimed … Read more
Microsoft finally added IMAP support to its free Web e-mail service, Outlook.com. Using IMAP is preferable to POP, because it offers a way to keep your e-mail synchronized when using third-party clients.
You can use Outlook.com with Apple's Mail app on OS X, but its new account wizard is preconfigured to use POP whenever you enter "outlook.com" as your e-mail address. Here's how to set up Mail to use IMAP for Outlook.com instead of POP, so you can take advantage of the new IMAP support.
Step 1: If you're using two-step … Read more
Congrats to Adam G. of New York, N.Y., for winning last week's giveaway -- an Amzer Shatterproof Screen Protector, plus a $50 Amzer gift card. This week, we've got a big prize. Fifty inches big.
Online retailer TigerDirect.com is giving away a 50-inch 4K (2160p) HDTV from Chinese OEM Seiki.
The biggest thing to note about the Seiki SE50UY04 is probably its retail price of $1,500, which breaks new low-pricing ground for a TV with 4K/Ultra High Definition resolution (then again, you don't need to worry about cost, as you're getting it for the very low price of free). … Read more
Microsoft has just added one of the most, if not the most, requested features to Outlook.com: IMAP support.
Microsoft officials used an Ask Me Anything (AMA) session on Reddit to announce the IMAP -- and OAuth -- additions to Outlook.com.
In a post to the Outlook blog on Thursday, Microsoft execs provided more as to why they added IMAP alongside Microsoft's own Exchange ActiveSync (EAS) protocol support. For those devices that still haven't (and may never) support EAS, there's now IMAP.
From that post:Outlook.com already supports the industry's best email connectivity with … Read more
Microsoft is now the papa of a domain name dubbed xbone.com.
A search of the Whois database confirms the company as the domain's administrator to firm up control of names associated with the Xbox One.
Microsoft had already secured the domain names XboxOne.com and XboxOne.net following a reported complaint with the National Arbitration Forum over domain squatters. The folks in Redmond may have had to fork over a healthy amount of cash to win custody from xbone.com's previous owner, speculates blog site Fusible.
For now xbone.com simply defaults to a Bing search on … Read more
eBay has snapped up Seattle-based Decide.com, a research service aimed at helping consumers decide when to by products by trying to predict whether prices will go up or down.
The acquisition will allow eBay to tap Decide software developers and data scientists to build a better pricing tools for sellers on eBay. Decide's services, Web site, and mobile apps will be shut down by September 30, according to a note posted by CEO Mike Fridgen on Friday:Over the past year, we began experimenting with eBay and discovered an exciting opportunity to apply our team's strength in … Read more
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Shocking news from MIT, where students made a device that will shock them when they've spent too much time on Facebook. In other Facebook news, Giphy is making GIFs a thing on the social-networking site, a la MySpace 1996. Video earrings turn you into a walking television, and Haptix turns any flat surface into a 3D multitouch surface. Ah, the possibilities. … Read more
Salesforce.com didn't have a problem surpassing analyst expectations with its second-quarter earnings report, published after the bell on Thursday.
The CRM giant reported a net income of $76.6 million, or 12 cents per share (statement). Non-GAAP earnings were nine cents per share on a revenue of $957 million, up 31 percent year-over-year.
Wall Street was expecting Salesforce to report second-quarter earnings of seven cents a share on revenue of $939.2 million.