Is Microsoft blocking Mega email registrations from arriving at Hotmail/Outlook.com accounts? [Update]

Last week, Kim Dotcom launched his new Mega file-sharing service and claimed that the first day it brought in over one million registered users for the successor to MegaUpload. However, it's looking like people who have email accounts on Hotmail and Outlook.com are having issues registering as the emails are disappearing. 

Today, Dotcom took to Twitter to state, "Don't use hotmail to register on . They have mysteriously black holed emails from our domain. Gmail works fine."

 

We have also received a tip from Neowin reader Drossel who claims he never got his Mega confirmation email from his Outlook.com account. We have contacted Microsoft to confirm if the company is actively blocking email confirmations for Hotmail and Outlook.com addresses or if the emails are being nabbed deep in Microsoft's spam filters.

While Dotcom has yet to give any more information on the numbers of Mega user registrations since the first day of its launch, he did say in a Twitter post this morning that the service has had "tens of millions of files" uploaded to Mega's servers since it went live to the public with only "50 takedown notices received". He also claims that Mega desktop and mobile apps are in development and will be released "ASAP".

Update: Dotcom has made a new Twitter post concerning the Hotmail-Outlook.com situation:

 

Source: Kim Dotcom on Twitter

 

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benalvino said,
they should shut them down again... they are **** as usual

Who should do it? The FBI fabricating false evidences again attempting to frame them as last time they tried? I would rather see my money spent in more useful tasks.

That explains why I couldn't receive the confirmation email. I added "@mega.co.nz" to my safe sender list and received the email right away.

Anaron said,
That explains why I couldn't receive the confirmation email. I added "@mega.co.nz" to my safe sender list and received the email right away.

I just did this after trying to register a few times with my Microsoft account and I received the confirmation email instantly! Thanks for the tip. Neowin should make a post or add an update to the article to help other users.

This isn't without precedent, Microsoft did the same thing (blanket filtering) when Gmail first became available in 2004. People want to convince themselves that Microsoft have changed but recent history suggests that they haven't.

Then how come some of us (including me) NEVER had that issue with ANY Microsoft product and GMail? (In fact, Outlook has been my GMail client of choice on Windows since I've had it.) And yes - I'm part of the GMail 2004 charter group. In fact, I have specifically used GMail to test Outlook's settings auto-detection feature *because* the settings that Google requires for GMail are decidedly non-standard - and I've had no problems at all; that is why Outlook is the ONLY IMAP4 client I recommend (or will use).

It lagged going to Outlook.com, howver, it did get there. In contrast, though it was faster to my GMail account, signing up (via Chrome, oddly enough) failed (GMail account), whereas Outlook.com/IE was rock-solid (in fact, my test uploads (and downloads) were also successful (both via IE10/Windows 8) - impatience?).

Have confirmed that adding root@mega.co.nz to my safe senders list was the solution. Both my outllook.com and hotmail.com email addresses now work.

Pathetic how many idiots just go along and blame Microsoft with no verifiable proof. And even when its proven its not MS fault they keep insisting it is.

nickcruz said,
Pathetic how many idiots just go along and blame Microsoft with no verifiable proof.

If Microsoft used a proper spam filter (like Google do) then their wouldn't be an issue. Just DELETING emails THEY consider spam is the most pathetic mechanism at spam protection.

If Microsoft (wrongly) considers an email spam it should go into the users spam folder so the USER can decide whether it is spam or not.

dvb2000 said,

If Microsoft used a proper spam filter (like Google do) then their wouldn't be an issue. Just DELETING emails THEY consider spam is the most pathetic mechanism at spam protection.

If Microsoft (wrongly) considers an email spam it should go into the users spam folder so the USER can decide whether it is spam or not.

That's not even close to what's happening here.

I don't think it's MS fault here. i tried 4 emails (2 microsoft mails, 1 gmail, and even my old yahoo mail account), and not a single confirmation mail came.

link6155 said
I don't think it's MS fault here. i tried 4 emails (2 microsoft mails, 1 gmail, and even my old yahoo mail account), and not a single confirmation mail came.
That's strange. I tried my @yahoo.com address and it worked instantly.

I tried to sign up using a custom domain on Outlook and never got the email, but I got it straight away using my Gmail account.

After looking at some of the comments on this article, I can confirm that by adding the mega.co.nz domain to the safe senders list, that this lets me get the email on Outlook.

This isn't Microsofts foult, what do you think what happens when one mail address starts sending thousands of emails? The spamfilter of outlook recognise it as spam and blocks it. That's it.

What Max put and I hate to write in CAPS:

ADD @mega.co.nz TO YOUR SAFE SENDERS LIST. I RECIEVED MULTIPLE EMAILS FROM MEGA AFTER THAT.

Works perfectly

Hey, Mega doesn't know how to set up an email distribution system so let's all blame Microsoft because we know jack squat about how spam filters work and would rather believe in conspiracy theories and do whatever it takes to feel like we're cheering on this 90% cholesterol beast of an attention whore.

I don't see the point in using it. . .

Although I am only just realising the potential for SkyDrive; although I should think it'll take me a very long time to fill the space with what is effectively "archive things I will probably never need".

I also note searching "mega" on Bing yealds no results for the service.

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