Microsoft SPAM Unsubscribe Requires MS Passport

So I keep getting emails from Microsoft and today I decided to unsubscribe. When I click the unsubscribe link, I am directed to a Microsoft Passport sign in page. I then surfed around the site and came across this page: http://www.microsoft.com/info/unsubscribe.mspx Which in any of the three options, requires me to sign into my Microsoft Passport. Unfortunately, the email they are sending spam to is a Google Email address, and when I enter my Google Email address in the forgot passport password page, it tells me that my Passport account does not exist. I’m not about to create a MS passport account simply to unsubscribe to their annoying mailing list. Is this Microsoft’s legitimate way of verifying email addresses, something spammers do to confirm that the destination is a live recipient? Crafty Microsoft, nice work.

This is just another sign how Microsoft is out of touch with what is happening on the web. Their horrible web browser and piss poor podcasting support in their operating system is an obvious sign of this but the little details such as this one just put into perspective that Microsoft will not be leading anything in the web technology sector anytime soon. My prediction, Microsoft will need to spin off or shut down some of their piss poor divisions so they can focus on being an Operating System company.

Oh and let me unusbscribe from your horrible news letter without having a passport!

3 thoughts on “Microsoft SPAM Unsubscribe Requires MS Passport”

  1. They are not alone in the unsubscription madness.
    I found that in some cases it’s just easier to create an auto-delete filter for certain emails than to try and get unsubscribed.

    Some unsubscribe pages simply crash with a 500 server error when you enter you data. Nice.

    But MS is loosing the web indeed. Whatever new service they come up with, it’s too late and too little, and hardwiring it into Windows isn’t working anymore either.

  2. Yes, their email is especially annoying to unsubscribe from (and possibly against the anti-spam policies of most places since it requires you to register a profile).

    However, there is a hidden unsubscribe page that is supposed to work and requires nothing more then your email address and a confirmation link that gets sent to your email.

    http://www.microsoft.com/unsubscribe/

    I stumbled across that at the top of the Google search results for “microsoft unsubscribe”.

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