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  • Blog Post: You can now use Outlook.com to import and manage your Yahoo Mail

    Starting Wednesday, Outlook.com customers can import and manage their email from Yahoo Mail, the Office Blogs reports. To help you, the import wizard in Outlook.com will take you through the steps to import and manage your Yahoo Mail, Gmail or other IMAP-enabled email providers. You can keep your...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Exchange Conference March 31-April 2 will cover Office Graph, Office 365, encryption and more

    The Microsoft Exchange Conference will be held March 31-April 2 in Austin, Texas and will delve into email-related aspects of news announced recently about Office Graph and the social workplace, writes Jeff Teper on the Office Blogs. There will also be dozens of sessions for customers using Office...
  • Blog Post: Skype on Outlook.com now available worldwide

    Worldwide availability of Skype for Outlook.com was announced Tuesday. Now you can easily connect with your Skype friends right from your Outlook.com inbox, going from chat or email to a video call with just one click. Last year, a preview version of Skype for Outlook.com was released in some markets...
  • Blog Post: At anniversary, Outlook.com delivers a thank you video to its customers

    One year ago, Outlook.com rolled out worldwide. To mark this anniversary, the Outlook.com team put together a video to thank its customers and share improvements they’ve made after the feedback received over the past year. If you’d like to express your own appreciation of your online email...
  • Blog Post: Clean out your inbox even faster with Outlook.com’s improved Sweep and Search features

    The average Outlook.com customer gets more than 10,000 personal emails a year – and 80 percent of them are, well, let’s just say, less than urgent. We’re talking newsletters, sales offers and updates. In the coming weeks, Outlook.com is rolling out improvements to existing features...
  • Blog Post: 7 ways tech can help you ring in the New Year

    New Year’s Eve celebrations and traditions are as plentiful as there are cultures. But a few things always ring true around the globe – celebrating with family and friends, reveling in music and feasting on special food and drinks. Just as technology has made just about every other aspect...
  • Blog Post: How to set up your Windows 8.1 device after Santa gives it to you

    Once you’ve taken the wrapping paper off your new Windows 8.1 device, be it a tablet or PC, there are just a few steps to follow when you sign in for the very first time using a Microsoft account. That account is the “key that unlocks your whole world of apps and services,” writes...
  • Blog Post: You can now chat with your Google contacts from your Outlook.com inbox

    Outlook.com users can now chat with Google contacts right from their Outlook.com inbox, Douglas Pearce reports in a post on the Outlook Blog today. Google chat integration will roll out to more than 400 million Outlook.com users worldwide over the next few days. “We believe people choose...
  • Blog Post: Type less, talk more with Skype for Outlook.com

    Last night, Microsoft began rolling out a preview version of Skype for Outlook.com , bringing audio and video calling powered by Skype to every Outlook.com inbox. The rollout begins in the United Kingdom and will expand to the United States and Germany in coming weeks. Not familiar with Outlook.com...
  • Blog Post: A toolkit to make everyday tasks easier for journalists, bloggers and anyone who publishes online

    Whether you’re a daily news reporter working on deadline, a local blogger out in the field or a freelance copywriter working from home, there are apps that can help you do your work faster and better. Back in the day, when I was a print journalist in Baltimore and in Seattle, I took notes using...
  • Blog Post: Now you can switch from Gmail to Outlook.com in a matter of minutes

    If you’ve been thinking about moving your Gmail to Outlook.com, it’s easier than ever to do so, with a new feature that was announced Wednesday. The feature will be rolled out to everyone in the coming weeks, so if you don’t have access to it yet, check back soon, reports Naoto Sunagawa...
  • Blog Post: Outlook.com updates its Android app with features you asked for

    On Thursday, the Outlook.com team delivered a significant update to its Android app, which you can download now . The team has been gathering feedback from customers and made several changes you asked for. In fact the update includes over 150 improvements, including server-side search (so you can...
  • Blog Post: Tips to shop smarter this holiday season

    The following post is from Ryan Gavin, General Manager, Search & Content Business Group, Microsoft. It’s beginning to look a lot like…. shopping! Online shopping to be specific. According to the National Retail Federation , more than half of us holiday shoppers (51.5 percent to...
  • Blog Post: Outlook.com with Skype offers a delicious pairing

    For a lot of people today, email is a constant companion. First thing in the morning or late at night, in the office, at the library or on the beach, email keeps us connected to friends, family and contacts. But sometimes, you just want to talk face to face. Now, users of Outlook.com can do that too...
  • Blog Post: Google assumes you know they’re reading your personal emails

    Most people I know consider their personal email accounts to be something read by their eyes only, their inbox an extension of the mail they’d receive at home, which they’d never expect anyone else to open. But as the Scroogled blog cites from Google's official response to a class-action...
  • Blog Post: IMAP for Outlook.com is here

    On Thursday, we announced the immediate availability of IMAP for Outlook.com. IMAP, or Internet Message Access Protocol, is an older email protocol that is widely supported on feature phones and other email clients such as those on a Mac. “In addition to offering more complete device connectivity...
  • Blog Post: Tools to help you with interviews, writing and editing

    Whether you’re a daily news reporter working on deadline, a local blogger out in the field or a freelance copywriter working from home, there are apps that can help you do your work faster and better. Back in the day, when I was a print journalist in Baltimore and in Seattle, I took notes using...
  • Blog Post: Tune into Dec. 10 webinar for the best Office tips and tricks of 2013

    Want to know how to use keyboard shortcuts in Outlook.com? Or how to use Excel surveys in the cloud? Or how to use version history in Office Web Apps? You can get the answers to these and other best Office tips and tricks of 2013 by tuning into Tuesday’s “Office 15-Minute Webinar.”...
  • Blog Post: New versaTiles ad format comes to Outlook.com

    Consumers were quick to embrace Outlook.com when it officially launched in February, and now the world’s fastest-growing email service is giving advertisers a smart new way to connect with them. VersaTiles , a new ad format for Outlook.com, places a strip of tiles on the right side of your inbox...
  • Blog Post: Better email for you and Batman: New features for Outlook.com

    Say you’re Bruce Wayne, and you want to send an email as Batman. Obviously you have to conceal your identity. Bruce has always been able to send and receive emails from his separate, secret accounts with Outlook.com. In the past, though, Commissioner Gordon et al would see the email as being...