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Apparently, Microsoft Outlook stores and analyzes emails

Apparently, Microsoft Outlook stores and analyzes emails
Onur Demirkol

Onur Demirkol

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According to the latest news, some of the big websites have found a possible flaw in the new Outlook app.

Microsoft has recently unveiled its revamped Outlook on Windows PCs, ushering in a new era for email and calendar management. The updated version not only bids farewell to the aging Windows Mail and classic Outlook but also boasts a sleek design and enhanced cloud integrations. It’s a fusion of convenience and aesthetics, promising users a seamless experience by consolidating email and calendar functionalities within a single application. However, beneath the glossy surface lies a shadow of privacy concerns, bringing us to question the extent of Microsoft’s data collection practices according to two reliable sources.

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Outlook under fire

Heise.de highlights a significant privacy red flag – when configuring the new Outlook with accounts not hosted by Microsoft, such as Gmail, Yahoo, iCloud, or IMAP accounts, the app synchronizes data between the user’s email provider and Microsoft’s data center. This synchronization raises concerns about user data privacy, as it allows Microsoft to read and analyze emails. While Microsoft states that this is to offer enhanced functionalities not provided by other email services, it prompts questions about user expectations and the extent to which Microsoft should have access to personal communication. XDA Developers later published the news, and the folks over there have also reproduced it.

According to these two sources, the integration becomes particularly pertinent when setting up the new Outlook with external accounts like Gmail or Yahoo. The process involves the synchronization of data between the user’s email provider and Microsoft’s data center. While Microsoft asserts that this facilitates the provision of advanced functionalities, it simultaneously introduces a significant privacy dimension. The ability of Microsoft to read and analyze user emails, albeit purportedly for service enhancement, underscores the necessity for a meticulous examination of the implications on user privacy.

Outlook recently announced new themes for Macs

Microsoft’s roadmap showcases an exciting advancement for Outlook on Mac. Soon, users will gain access to a feature that has been gracing Windows Outlook with its presence. Dubbed feature ID 189805, this functionality enables users to set pictures as themes in their Outlook for Mac application. It’s a simple yet stylish feature that adds a personal touch to the user experience.

Onur Demirkol

Onur Demirkol

Onur is a Turkish content writer who has been in the field since 2018 with a background in gaming, esports, and technology. Journalism and Creative Writing are two of his motivations in his work life, combined with technology and gaming, his lifelong passions. Studying abroad gave him a different perspective on life; now, he uses his experiences to influence and inform as many as possible.

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