The new Outlook is not what it seems at first glance: a replacement for Microsoft Office’s Outlook – at least not yet. But what it definitely is: decidedly too curious.
Microsoft praises the new Outlook highly and wants to encourage users to switch. But be careful: If you try out the new Outlook, you risk having your IMAP and SMTP access data for mail accounts as well as all emails transferred to Microsoft servers. Microsoft explains that it is possible to switch back to the previous apps at any time – but the data is then already with the company. This allows Microsoft to read the emails.
New Outlook: Warning about data transfersWhen adding a mail account in the new Outlook that is not hosted by Microsoft but is located on company mail servers, the program displays a message. It links to a support article that simply states that non-Microsoft accounts will be synchronized with the Microsoft cloud, although Gmail, Yahoo, iCloud and IMAP accounts are currently supported. The new Outlook also does this in the versions for Android, iOS and Mac. This means that copies of “emails, calendars and contacts are synchronized between your email provider and Microsoft data centers”. This gives the company full access to all emails and can read and evaluate them. Microsoft wants to provide functions that Gmail and IMAP do not offer.
German source: Microsoft krallt sich Zugangsdaten: Achtung vor dem neuen Outlook
The new Outlook is not what it seems at first glance: a replacement for Microsoft Office's Outlook - at least not yet. But what it definitely is: decidedly
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