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August 19, 2013 at 12:32 PM

Skype for now available

A screenshot of Skype in (Photo from Microsoft) Skype is now available for users in six countries including the U.S., Canada and the U.K. The service, a preview of which has been available since spring, is also now available in Germany, Brazil and France. Microsoft says it’s working to get Skype to other…


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August 14, 2013 at 10:57 AM

Service outages hit, SkyDrive

Service outages have hit and SkyDrive, with some people unable to access their emails, get address book change notifications or access their files on SkyDrive. The company, on its service status page, said it’s working on those problems and will have updates later today. A statement from Microsoft said the outage are affecting “a small…


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July 16, 2013 at 2:55 PM

Microsoft calls on U.S. president, attorney general to let company divulge info on national security requests

Brad Smith, Microsoft's general counsel (Photo from Microsoft)

Brad Smith, Microsoft’s general counsel (Photo from Microsoft)

Microsoft joined other tech companies in calling on the U.S. government to let the company reveal more information about it handles national security requests for customer information.

In a letter today, Microsoft General Counsel Brad Smith asked U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder or President Obama to get personally involved, saying “the Constitution itself is suffering.”

Smith detailed requests Microsoft had made to be allowed to divulge more information — requests that were either denied or is still being considered weeks after the request was made.”This opposition and these delays are serving poorly the public, the Government itself, and most importantly, the Constitutional principles that we all put first and foremost,” Smith said in the letter.


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May 14, 2013 at 7:31 AM

Microsoft rolling out Google chat capability to

Microsoft is rolling out the ability for users to chat with friends on Gmail directly in the inbox, or via the user’s Microsoft account calendar, contact list and “We heard that some of you who switched over from Gmail still want to chat with friends” who are using Gmail, Douglas Pearce, group program…


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May 2, 2013 at 12:57 PM at 400 million active users after completing migration of Hotmail users, which launched in preview last July, is now up to 400 million active users, the company said Monday. That figure includes the hundreds of millions of Hotmail users that Microsoft has been migrating over to That migration is now complete, Microsoft said. is meant to be the replacement for Hotmail as Microsoft’s free, Web-based…


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April 17, 2013 at 1:09 PM

Microsoft adds optional two-step verification to Microsoft accounts

Microsoft confirmed today — as has been rumored — that it is adding two-factor authentication to Microsoft accounts. That means that when you sign in with your username and password to Microsoft services such as and SkyDrive, you will soon have the option of adding another step to verify that it’s indeed you signing…


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March 14, 2013 at 1:24 PM

Data center temperature spike caused Outlook and Hotmail outage, Microsoft says

Microsoft said a temperature spike in one of its data centers was the cause of  an outage earlier this week that affected some people’s ability to access, and SkyDrive. The outage, which ran from mid-day Tuesday until early Wednesday, occurred after Microsoft started one of its regular firmware updates, wrote Arthur de Haan, a…


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February 19, 2013 at 6:00 AM

Microsoft formally launches with multi-million-dollar ad campaign

[This story is running in the print edition of The Seattle Times Feb. 19, 2013.] Here’s what an inbox from looks like. (Photo from Microsoft) For, the time has come to end previews and take the stage for real. Microsoft debuted its free, Web-based email service to the public in preview form last July. Since…


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