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Microsoft Adopts SSL for Outlook to Hotmail Communications

Microsoft Corp. has updated its Outlook email service by upgrading its security feature that enables Outlook users send and receive emails through Hotmail.

According to tech website Computer World (opens in new tab), Redmond, Washington-based software maker on Thursday upgraded SSL security for its email service and rest of the Windows Live Services over standard HTTPs.

"Using a connection with HTTPS helps you be even more confident that your account is safer from hijackers, and that your private information remains private. HTTPS is a standard for sensitive Internet content, and you’ll find it commonly used by banks," the Outlook team at Microsoft announced in the official blog (opens in new tab).

There are number of issues that have been fixed with this update which include encryption of all communications between the Windows Live email, calendar and contacts services. Microsoft has also worked upon several issues related with reliability and stability of the service.

The update has made available an option which enables users to download Windows Live Mail for Windows Vista and Windows 7 as it earlier came along with its operating systems.

The new Outlook Hotmail connector is available for download in versions 32 bit and 64 bit, for 2003, 2007 and 2010 versions of the service on Windows. However, it is not available for Outlook 2011.

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