How to set up Outlook.com IMAP in Windows

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

How to set up Mac Mail to use IMAP for Outlook.com

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

Duh: 30 percent of Americans knowingly open spam

"I know I shouldn't, but I will."

Such a thought has, over many centuries, been the precursor to explosions, amputations, marriages, and most of my previous relationships.

Thankfully, it is an impulse that seems to be shared by so many Americans that tears may shortly come to your eyes in sheer relief.

For I am in possession of research suggesting that many Americans just can't help opening spam e-mails, even though they know they're spam.

In this research, nearly one-third of respondents admitted that, at some time or other, they had opened an e-mail that … Read more

Supreme Court justices don't do e-mail (Trust issues?)

When you sit on high, sometimes it's hard to always grasp what the fuss is down below.

This is surely true if you're a Supreme Court justice. You get cases that seem to be about awfully minor details, such as whether someone called Chad in Florida should be hanged.

Then there are all these new technology cases. I mean, it's like trying to decide which robot has the better parts. Who cares? They're all robots.

It was heartening, therefore, to achieve a small glimpse into the Court's world, courtesy of the youngest justice, 53-year-old Elena … Read more

Microsoft merges Skype with Outlook in several countries

Microsoft has integrated its two biggest communications services: Skype and Outlook.

The tech giant announced Monday that Skype is now available for all Outlook customers in the U.S., U.K., Germany, France, Canada, and Brazil. What this means is that people can use the video calling and messaging service directly from their e-mail. Microsoft first announced it would begin rolling out this feature in April.

"E-mail is an important and personal tool for most people, but there are moments when you want to be able to speak live or chat face-to-face," Outlook group product manager Dawn Martynuik … Read more

Yahoo shuts down e-mail service in China

Yahoo has officially retired its e-mail service in China.

The move comes as no surprise since Yahoo announced it back in April as part of a deal with Chinese e-commerce company Alibaba. Yahoo has been transitioning more of its key services in China to Alibaba since 2005 when it bought a chunk of the Chinese e-commerce company.

Yahoo has already been advising Yahoo Mail users in China to move to Alibaba's Aliyun e-mail service. For users who take that offer, Yahoo has promised e-mail forwarding to their new accounts until December 31, 2014.

(Via Tech in Asia)

Google, Microsoft outages: Two different outlooks?

It might be something to do with a complete inability to trust my fellow human, but I don't stick to any one provider of Web services.

I use three different browsers and three different e-mail services.

I have no adoration toward any of them, but if there's one thing that's hard not to admit, it's that most of Google's tend to work a little better than anyone else's.

Which made me wonder how last week might have proved that point.

Microsoft's Outlook e-mail has sometimes -- at least for me -- been more … Read more

Google filing says Gmail users have no expectation of privacy

As if Edward Snowden hasn't done enough to highlight how vulnerable electronic communications are to surveillance, Google has made it clear that people who send or receive e-mail via Gmail should not expect their messages to remain private.

In a 39-page motion filed in June (see below) to have a class-action data-mining lawsuit dismissed, the Web giant cites Smith v. Maryland, a 1979 Supreme Court decision that upheld the collection of electronic communications without a warrant.

"Just as a sender of a letter to a business colleague cannot be surprised that the recipient's assistant opens the letter, … Read more

Review: Conduct effective Web presentations and seminars using GoToWebinar

GoToWebinar comes bundled with GoToMeeting and presents an easy solution for conducting online seminars and presentations in real time. This program is particularly suitable for large audiences as you can invite up to 1,000 attendees. Even though the free version is a full-featured 30-day trial for one organizer and 100 attendees, be aware that in order to try out this program you will need to enter credit card information up front. After the 30-day trial is over, you will be charged $99 a month for unlimited Webinars.

After the installation, you can start by creating and scheduling your first … Read more

Lavabit chief predicts 'long fight' with feds (Q&A)

Ladar Levison can't talk for legal reasons about the specifics of why he shut down Lavabit, his encrypted Web e-mail company, but he was hardly tight-lipped about the subject.

Lavabit went dark Thursday, after nearly 10 years in service. Lavabit is the Web mail service allegedly used by Edward Snowden to contact a Human Rights Watch representative in July. Snowden is the source of the recent unsettling revelations about National Security Agency surveillance activity.

Levison replaced the Lavabit login screen with a message that reads in part, "As things currently stand, I cannot share my experiences over the … Read more