Over the weekend, thousands of Hotmail users found their inboxes wiped clean, with some accounts containing a decade worth of saved e-mails – a lesson in the downside of computing in the cloud.
Microsoft has resolved an issue that affected over 17,000 Hotmail users. It happened around new year eve. Windows Live Hotmail users began reporting that their inboxes and storage folders were curiously empty of e-mail – with some accounts containing a decade of stored messages. Some users reported receiving a solitary “Welcome to Hotmail” message from Microsoft. It was like as if one has created a new account.
It was a thing to be sorted as soon as possible as everyone was seeking answers as to why years’ worth of e-mail had suddenly vanished. Microsoft acknowledged that 17,355 Hotmail accounts had been affected.
Microsoft claims that Hotmail has over 360 million users, making it the world’s most popular e-mail service. Facing growing competition from Google’s Gmail, Microsoft relaunched Hotmail during the summer of 2010, giving the free e-mail service a redesigned look as well as new features that included better integration with photos and video attachments.