Friday afternoon we started conference about a puzzling summary from Microsoft that warned Windows Live Mail users their systems wouldn’t work “in a few weeks.” They were exhorted to download and implement a patch — there’s a couple to KB 3093594 — or ascent to Windows 10 and use a new Universal Mail app (which is roughly zodiacally panned).
The sign-up summary looks accurately like malware. The patch crashes many systems in many opposite ways, with a Calendar app holding sold credit. It’s a mess, and we should equivocate it.
Here’s a message, presumably from Microsoft, that people started receiving Friday:
Important information about your email service
In a few weeks, we will be origination some changes to a email services that competence impact your @outlook.com, @hotmail, @live, or @msn email account. Those changes will forestall your email from being delivered to a Windows Live Mail 2012 focus we use.
In sequence to continue regulating Windows Live Mail 2012 to send and accept email for your account, we need to implement a latest refurbish published here.
If we use Windows Live Mail 2012 on Windows 8, Windows 8.1 or Windows 10, we advise that we switch to a built in Mail app in Windows to stay connected and get a latest underline updates on Windows 8, Windows 8.1, and Windows 10.
Windows Live Essentials 2009 and 2011 are not upheld anymore, and we will need to refurbish to Windows 8/8.1 or Windows 10 and use a Mail app, or use www.outlook.com. To learn some-more about a Mail app, greatfully click here.
We also advise all Windows Live Mail users on Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows 8.1 to ascent to Windows 10 and use a built in Mail focus to stay connected and get a latest underline updates.
We advise saving this email so we can impute to it later.
Thanks for your bargain and continued use.
The Outlook team
Although it looks like a phishing message, a summary is, in fact, from Microsoft. For years, those of us who support Windows business have admonished people to never click a couple in an email summary that says it will implement a Windows update. “Microsoft would never send we an email with a couple to a patch,” a observant went — until Friday anyway. Now, we theory a ubiquitous recommendation is “If it looks like a mail came from Microsoft, sure, implement whatever they say.”
I consternation how prolonged it’ll take until we see copycat messages, apparently from Microsoft, indicating to websites that demeanour accurately like Microsoft’s download site, portion adult malware. The Microsoftie who came adult with this harebrained proceed should be flogged.
There’s another sleight of palm involved. (Or, golly, was it merely an oversight?) Many people review this word “If we use Windows Live Mail 2012 on Windows 8, Windows 8.1 or Windows 10, we advise that we switch to a built in Mail app in Windows” as saying, “If we use WLM on Win 8, 8.1, or 10, we need to implement this patch.” In fact, that isn’t what Microsoft’s summary says. If you’re now regulating Windows Live Mail on Windows 10 and we implement this patch, Live Mail stops working. Boom! No warning during a installation. It’s good-bye WLM. You can usually get it behind by uninstalling a updated chronicle and re-installing a aged version.
If we review a summary a small bit closer — or check out a dark System Requirements on a download site — you’ll see that Microsoft privately says a patch is for Win 7, 8, and 8.1 only. Does a installer check to make certain you’re regulating one of a compulsory versions of Windows? No. Of march not.
MessengerGeek Jonathan Kay has a minute outline of what’s function on his blog:
Although not strictly mentioned in a message, Windows Live Mail 2012 uses a DeltaSync custom to send and accept email for Outlook.com/Hotmail accounts, so it can be insincere that they are discontinuing this protocol. Prior to DeltaSync’s creation, Outlook Express used WebDAV, that itself was tighten down in 2009.
With a patch related in a email, KB3093594, Microsoft seems to have inaugurated to continue to support Live Mail 2012 by replacing a DeltaSync custom with Exchange ActiveSync.
However… a Exchange ActiveSync support is intensely easy and fixes nothing of a existent issues with mail notifications.
There’s ongoing recommendation on a Tenforums thread about a idiosyncrasies of this patch. In particular, print jyusa recommends that we wait an hour or some-more after installing a patch before it’ll start working. “Just tighten WLM when it crashes.” Comforting thought, that.
One of many Microsoft Answer Forum threads angry about a patch includes a nugget of information from Ron Sommer, Microsoft MVP and Community Moderator. He says:
Login to your outlook.com comment regulating a browser. Does it contend Outlook.com or Outlook Mail (Preview)? KB3093594 should usually be commissioned if we have an outlook.com comment that has been upgraded to Outlook Mail (Preview).
If we have some-more than one outlook.com account, we will have to confirm if we wish a accounts that have not been upgraded to Outlook Mail (Preview) to work or do we wish a accounts that have been upgraded to work.
No Outlook Mail (Preview) accounts = do not implement KB3093594.
An comment has upgraded to Outlook Mail (Preview) = implement KB3093594.
That seems to be a best recommendation around.
For those of us who remember Windows Live Mail’s jubilant proclamation during a time Windows 7 strike a stands — it transposed a much-maligned Windows Mail in Vista — this is a contemptible state of affairs. Once touted as a ultimate giveaway email client, 7 years later, WLM’s been put out to pasture, being used as a apparatus to pull Windows 10 upgrades.