The Microsoft Messaging Exchange

Jul 31 2012   6:34PM GMT released — and it kind of freaked me out

Matt Gervais Matt Gervais Profile: Matt Gervais

This afternoon I was doing my usual daily research on the Web and Twitter when a Tweet popped up via TweetDeck:  “A new personal email service -> Say Hello to, New Modern Email from Microsoft.” Like any intrepid journalist, I clicked the link. What I saw next scared me a little bit.

After clicking the link, I was automatically logged into my 12-ish year old account (which I do still use), except it had the interface. As you can imagine, this was a bit confusing. I was not currently on my account page on another tab, nor was I logged in. Yet somehow, it sent me right to my mailbox — no username or password required.

I promptly signed out, then clicked back on the link. It brought me to this page: homepage

When I signed into, I got a very similar page (except for a fun orange color scheme). homepage

While I appreciate what Microsoft is trying to accomplish with (see improved social networking capabilities, document editing capabilities, chat and more), I found it peculiar that I was logged into my Hotmail mailbox (with interface) immediately after clicking the link.

Not just Hotmail

Further investigation shows that anyone with a Hotmail, Yahoo, Gmail, etc. email addresses can now use If you sign up for, you can set it up so that your Yahoo, Gmail, etc. messages get forwarded to

Microsoft further states that: “This will let you use both services for now, but we think that over time, most people will prefer;” an obvious power play.

On a related note, Yahoo is currently experiencing an outage.

I’ll be interested to read/hear what more people have to say about this, but right now it’s a little disconcerting.

*Update: Aug. 1 8:45 A.M. (ET) – I went to the hotmail website and signed into my account; when my inbox loaded, it was I don’t like that at all.

Until then,


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