27 september 2004, 10:40
Veel mensen onder ons zullen wel weten dat het tot nu toe mogelijk was om via Outlook of Outlook Express je Hotmail te lezen, ipv altijd te moeten inloggen op de hotmail pagina.
Ikzelf heb hier altijd enorm veel gebruik van gemaakt.
Helaas word deze functionaliteit zeer binnenkort beeindigd, volgens Microsoft om Spammers tegen te gaan.
Dus, mocht het binnenkort niet meer werken, dan weet je vast wat er aan de hand is.
Citing concerns about spammers abusing the service, Microsoft on Monday will announce that it is dropping a feature from its Hotmail service that currently allows non-paying customers to access their email from Outlook and Outlook Express. The feature is based on a technology called WebDAV (Distributed Authoring and Versioning), an extension to the HTPP protocol on which the Web is based.
"Since we implemented Human Interactive Proof (HIP) to ensure that only humans and not automated systems were opening Hotmail accounts, spammers have found other ways to go after the system," Brooke Richardson, the lead product manager for MSN told me in a pre-briefing Friday. "Recently, there's been an increase in exploits of the WebDAV protocol, which is used to enable people to access Hotmail from Outlook and Outlook Express. We've offered for free for some time, though it's typically a feature that other email providers charge for. But because of the rise in abuse of this protocol, we're making a change to WebDAV to curb abuse. Over the next few months, we're transitioning WebDAV to be available only to customers of our subscription services, such as Hotmail Extra Storage and MSN Premium. We expect this change will help us to more effectively stop spam emanating from Hotmail."
Richardson said that only a very small percentage of free Hotmail account holders even use the WebDAV feature currently. "5 to 10 percent of people have it set up," she told me, "but most don't use it. And among that group, most activated it once, and then never used it again. 95 percent of our users do not use the feature." Richardson was also careful to note that this change doesn't mean that Microsoft is walking away from its non-paying users. "We continue to invest heavily in Hotmail," she said. "We've recently instituted anti-virus scanning and cleaning, and brought back the [free] MSN Calendar. And we're actively moving free customers to new the storage allotments we announced earlier this summer." Richardson said that all free Hotmail accounts should be upgraded by the end of this year. Paying customers, like those who opted for Hotmail Extra storage, have already been upgraded, she said.
Free Hotmail users who have already enabled Outlook or Outlook Express access to Hotmail won't be shut off immediately. Instead, Microsoft will phase them out over several months, and give them plenty of warning that the change is coming. "Free Hotmail customers who want to use WebDAV have two choices," Richardson said. "They can opt for Hotmail Plus, our [version] that offers 2 GB of storage space and 20 MB attachments, for just $19.95 a year. Or they can subscribe to MSN Premium." WebDAV will continue to be enabled for customers of both products, she said.
For more information about Hotmail Plus, please visit the MSN Web site. Likewise, for more information about MSN Premium, please visit the MSN Web site.
31 december 2005, 16:03
Ik gebruik sinds enige tijd Freepops.
Te downloaden vanaf http://www.freepops.org/
Had eerst 1 account maar nu ook even getest voor meerdere accounts en het werkt allemaal.
Denk wel port no voor inkomende mail te wijzigen naar 2000.