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Breaking News: Outlook Restored After Outage

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The Outlook website is a webmail client that is provided by Microsoft to help users manage their emails and schedules. It can help by organizing the mail into various folders. It is just another service similar to Gmail and Yahoo mail. Hotmail users were recently upgraded to the Outlook website, and all their data, emails and other settings, was brought in as well. When the beta version had been first released existing hotmail users had the option of upgrading to the new interface, and then they could downgrade back if they didn’t like it.

If you use an Outlook account, you could have experienced some Outage that prevented people from receiving their email. Many users weren’t able to receive their email from Saturday on, for another 3 days. This was due to caching problem in the EAS (Exchange Active Sync), which allowed users to synchronize their company email and contacts with their smart-phone. Microsoft had restored service to the web after 2 pm PT on Wednesday, according to an update on Microsoft’s blog. This comes seven hours after Microsoft first acknowledged some users having had a problem with receiving emails.

Some users may still have problems accessing their email on mobile devices, according to a Microsoft statement. Earlier that day people had trouble accessing the files stored on Microsoft’s SkyDrive service. Even if only a small number of people seemed to be affected by the problem, millions of people could’ve been inconvenienced. Microsoft claims to have more than 400 million active users on The Outlook website.
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Microsoft transferred the users of its other Web email services including Hotmail and MSN domains to Outlook earlier this year, as part of its attempt to build a larger network than Google’s Gmail and Yahoo’s Y Mail. If you have any Microsoft problems you can contact Microsoft support for more details.

Microsoft provides great software solutions but they don’t always provide good software support along with it. Microsoft ought to provide good support along with their products to ensure that people continue using it. When people buy paid products, they expect good service along with it. It is not the same when you are using free services.

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Soldier of Fortune – Just Reviewed

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At the end of last year, things started to look up for the Dreamcast-owning shooter fanatic. We finally got Quake III Arena and a bunch of strategy shooters, as well as being promised Unreal Tournament and Half-Life in the first quarter of the New Year. While it looks like the aforementioned titles will be released in the next couple of months, news about one of the proposed shooters has all but dried up. Oh Soldier of Fortune, where art thou?

Soldier of Fortune would have represented a first on the Dreamcast. Sure, there are plenty of violent games available for our console, but the violence in Soldier of Fortune is different, because it is extremely realistic and over-the-top. Your enemies look like living, breathing humans, and the damage that occurs when you put a bullet through one of them brings that reality home. Shoot people point-blank in the head with a shotgun and their faces will dematerialize in a spray of crimson, leaving jagged stumps where their ugly mugs used to be. Use a belt-driven machine gun to saw an opponent’s leg off, and you can then choose to shoot that severed leg in half out of spite as your enemy hops around on the leg you spared. Ghoul technology made it possible for every character in Soldier of Fortune to have over 30 damage areas — each one doing a specific amount of damage to the target (unlike Quake or Unreal, in which a head shot is no more damaging than a leg shot) and causing a different reaction or death animation.

There is a story behind the game, something about an escalating environment of terrorism and crack, gun-for-hire John Mullins being the only man capable of cleaning it up. But what really makes Soldier of Fortune such a fun game — and such a worthy addition to the Dreamcast library — is the Deathmatch. Though it was never confirmed whether or not Crave would make SOF SegaNet compatible, our saliva glands were stimulated by the very thought of bringing that level of carnage to the Dreamcast.

So What Happened?
Over the past few months, we at Sega Radar have continuously attempted to mine any information we could find about SOF. Why? Because we think it’s one hell of a game, and could just be the title the Dreamcast needs to appeal to the violence-loving older market it has had some trouble capturing. Unfortunately, the information we found was vague at best. The game seems to be perpetually moving backwards and, despite our attempts, we have yet to even see a screenshot of the Dreamcast version.

We called Crave’s PR firm this morning to ask about Soldier of Fortune. They told us that the game will definitely be released this year, but were unable to give us any more details. Hopefully this story will have a happy ending, but in this weird period of the Dreamcast’s history, nothing is guaranteed.

This Just In! Seconds before press time we finally heard back from Crave’s PR firm that Soldier of Fortune will be shipping in April and that we should be seeing the first screenshots sometime next week (the ones below are from the PC version).

Akira To Be Re-Released In US

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Japanese anime fans just had a collective orgasm.

According to Variety, southern California’s Pioneer Entertainment (USA) is spending $1 million to restore the popular Japanese anime classic Akira. The company is prepping the cult favorite for a big-screen theatrical re-release this spring, which will be followed by a release of the first ever DVD version, as well as a new VHS edition, later in the 4th quarter of 2001.

There’s currently no word on the special features on the DVD, but the restoration will include a new English dub from the original Japanese script, as well as high-definition mastering and a Dolby Digital AC3 Surround Sound soundtrack.

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