Feeds

Opera updated following unexplained Outlook.com lockout

Microsoft's Gmail-alike opened for browser's fans

Boost IT visibility and business value

Update Opera Software is working on a fix to ensure Microsoft’s Hotmail successor Outlook.com works in its browser.

Opera has pumped out Update 12.01 to make Outlook.com work with its browser but warned fans might continue to encounter problems with attachments. It has also patched a critical vulnerability in desktop versions of its browser software in the update.

The browser company said here: “There may still be some issues with attachments for the time being, but we are working on getting that taken care of as soon as possible too.”

The idea of Outlook.com is you can open Word, Excel, and PowerPoint attachments in a browser window through the hosted version of Office, Office Web Apps.

You can get Opera’s fix here.

Microsoft launched Outlook.com on Tuesday and immediately Opera users found themselves unable to use the service.

Opera user S.Harder Tweeted on Tuesday: “A good start for #outlook.com? can't even open the first welcome mail in #opera. boo!" Roy Triesscheijn added: “I love the look of #outlook.com and the hype. Very rare for a MS product. But Opera + http://Outlook.com is broken #sad.”

Microsoft was unable to explain why Outlook.com was broken in Opera and all it could offer was a corporate apology. A spokesperson told The Reg: “We have nothing to share at this time regarding Outlook.com on the Opera Browser. I apologize for any inconvenience this may cause."

Outlook.com features a revamped UI owing more than a passing nod to the Windows Phone and Windows 8 Metro look, integration with social networks, and integration with the Office Web Apps.

Microsoft claimed more than one million people had signed up to Outlook.com in just six hours. Bona fide numbers are questionable, though, because Microsoft has been lax in holding back certain account names leaving the way open for people to rush in and claim classics such as steveballmer@outlook.com, no-reply@outlook.com and post.master@outlook.com.

Opera has also patched a critical vulnerability in desktop versions of its browser software, fixing a memory corruption bug involving the handling of certain URL constructs that might easily lead to malware injection on unpatched machines.

Opera 12.01 addresses two important vulnerabilities that open the door to cross-site scripting (XSS) attacks because of problems in handling certain DOM elements and HTML characters. The cross-platform update also tackles a high-severity bug involving file downloads.

Windows, Mac OS X, Linux, FreeBSD and Solaris users of Opera are all encouraged to patch their systems. The update also includes some performance and stability improvements and tweaks, as explained in the release notes for Windows and Mac versions of Opera 12.01.

Mobile versions of Opera's browser software are apparently not affected by any of the bugs. ®

Boost IT visibility and business value

More from The Register

next story
HIDDEN packet sniffer spy tech in MILLIONS of iPhones, iPads – expert
Don't panic though – Apple's backdoor is not wide open to all, guru tells us
NO MORE ALL CAPS and other pleasures of Visual Studio 14
Unpicking a packed preview that breaks down ASP.NET
Captain Kirk sets phaser to SLAUGHTER after trying new Facebook app
William Shatner less-than-impressed by Zuck's celebrity-only app
Mozilla fixes CRITICAL security holes in Firefox, urges v31 upgrade
Misc memory hazards 'could be exploited' - and guess what, one's a Javascript vuln
Apple fanbois SCREAM as update BRICKS their Macbook Airs
Ragegasm spills over as firmware upgrade kills machines
Cheer up, Nokia fans. It can start making mobes again in 18 months
The real winner of the Nokia sale is *drumroll* ... Nokia
EU dons gloves, pokes Google's deals with Android mobe makers
El Reg cops a squint at investigatory letters
Chrome browser has been DRAINING PC batteries for YEARS
Google is only now fixing ancient, energy-sapping bug
prev story

Whitepapers

Top three mobile application threats
Prevent sensitive data leakage over insecure channels or stolen mobile devices.
Implementing global e-invoicing with guaranteed legal certainty
Explaining the role local tax compliance plays in successful supply chain management and e-business and how leading global brands are addressing this.
Top 8 considerations to enable and simplify mobility
In this whitepaper learn how to successfully add mobile capabilities simply and cost effectively.
Application security programs and practises
Follow a few strategies and your organization can gain the full benefits of open source and the cloud without compromising the security of your applications.
The Essential Guide to IT Transformation
ServiceNow discusses three IT transformations that can help CIO's automate IT services to transform IT and the enterprise.