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[News] [Rival] Meltdown for Microsoft's Mail Service?

  • Subject: [News] [Rival] Meltdown for Microsoft's Mail Service?
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Fri, 30 Nov 2007 08:56:50 +0000
  • Newsgroups: comp.os.linux.advocacy
  • Organization: Netscape / schestowitz.com
  • User-agent: KNode/0.10.4
Microsoft having problems with Hotmail server?

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| Forums are alight with posters who report that they haven't been able to 
| receive messages sent through Hotmail since November 26. Some have also 
| expressed annoyance that they can't reach Microsoft directly to report the 
| problem.   



If Intent Can Be Proven, Microsoft Could Face Millions Of Mail Fraud Charges

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| The final results bore out the "conventional wisdom." If emails were donuts,
| Hotmail would be HomerSimpsonMail. I don't need to reiterate the figures,
| there they are in blue and red. But for a Hotmail account to destroy up to
| 81% of all emails with attachments prior to their delivery to a "generic" ISP
| email account is nothing short of absurd, as these Hotmail accounts were not
| the free variety, but the fully paid ones. Compare those figures to the ones
| where the generic ISP email accounts exchanged emails with attachments and
| you will clearly see the difference. The worst performance was in making 2%
| Vanish.


Botnet army' behind tenfold rise in 'attachment' spam 

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| "No one but the spam group knows how many PCs they can control with this 
| spambot, it is assumed to be a high five figure number. If each of the PCs is 
| instructed to send 200-300 spam messages containing a PDF attachment the 
| spammers can send hundreds or millions of spam messages in a day - equivalent 
| to 25 percent of all spam sent on a given day."    


Hotmail engine overhaul

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| The redesign effort, even its more ambitious aspects, is not
| a total wash, however.
| [...]
| With Hotmail, Microsoft was at the end of its development rope.
| Every new feature basically had to be "hacked" into the code.


It’s ME vs. MICROSOFT - Who Will Win ?

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| Now, the only problem with #1 is that IT DOES NOT WORK. When Microsoft 
| blackholes your email, or bounces it with “550 Your e-mail was rejected for 
| policy reasons on this gateway.“, no amount of client whitelisting is going 
| to help (I tried it). This leaves me with option #2 - well I say “F-You 
| Microsoft, I’m not paying for YOUR STUPID MISTAKES!”    


A Hybrid Approach to E-Mail: The Best of Both Worlds

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| Given corporations' existing investments and their potential need to
| support additional Microsoft Exchange-compatible applications in the
| future, this hybrid open/proprietary approach will only work if it
| allows users to drop in an e-mail server without making changes to
| desktops or infrastructure.
| [...]
| A better approach employs a product that is compatible at the
| network-protocol level with the existing infrastructure. Outlook
| on the desktop will "think" it is talking to Exchange when it is
| really talking to the new Linux e-mail server, and end users do
| not know they are on a different server. IT professionals get a
| Linux e-mail server with higher performance, that uses lower-cost
| storage, and that works with existing datacenter applications such
| as Active Directory.


Hotmail's antispam measures snuff out legit emails, too

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| Hotmail users and email server admins, beware: you may be unknowingly
| caught in the crossfire of Microsoft's war on spam. Unintended
| casualties include legitimate emails from domains with
| well-established reputations, which are systematically blocked
| with absolutely no notice and little recourse.


Hotmail still riddled with spam

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| Microsoft has admitted that up to 98 per cent of messages sent to
|                                   ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
| Hotmail addresses are spam. 
| ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
| [...]
| The findings will disappoint Microsoft chairman Bill Gates, who
| predicted at the 2004 Davos World Economic Forum that spam would
| be "eliminated" within two years. 


Vista: What To Do When You Cannot Delete a Message in Windows Mail

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| A number of users are experiencing problems with Windows Mail and
| deleting messages from the Inbox and Outbox. The message will first
| become unviewable in the reading pane and will then generate an
| error when you try to delete it.


Microsoft looking into Hotmail, Messenger problems

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| Microsoft engineers were looking into problems with Windows Live
| Hotmail and Live Messenger on Thursday after users reported
| problems getting onto the services.


Microsoft shipped OneCare unfinished?

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| Since shipping in May, OneCare has failed industry tests and exposed
| users to attack because of a security flaw in the antivirus engine.
| The application also incorrectly flagged Gmail as a virus and in some
| cases quarantined or even deleted complete in-boxes when a single
| e-mail was laden with a virus. 


Microsoft is the world's biggest cause of zombie remailers

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| In China, it would take about one and one-half years wages (for the
| average Chinese) to buy a legitimate copy of Windows Vista. If you
| could find it here.
| Microsoft is the biggest cause of zombie remailers in the world,
| because they make noises, but do not do anything to address the
| real digital inequities in the world. 


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