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Microsoft deletes archived Hotmail messages without warning

Some Hotmail users are upset following Microsoft’s decision to delete all email in the Sent Mail folder of free accounts that’s more than 30 days old, c|net reports. Characterizing the move as an attempt to lure users to its paid services, c|net notes that “most Hotmail accounts do not automatically save messages to the Sent file, meaning any e-mail that’s in there was flagged by the person as an important message worth keeping.” Microsoft defended its decision, which was made without notifying members in advance, as a move to help users manage their email. “The company figured ‘if it’s 30 days or older, it’s probably safe to go ahead and delete that.'”

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