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Alex Kibkalo has reached a plea deal with prosecutors.
A former Microsoft employee has been charged with passing on Microsoft trade secrets involving Windows 8.
Company says it cracked open the Hotmail account of an unnamed blogger involved in a Windows 8 espionage case in part because he was selling Windows Server activation keys.
The company's legal department determined that it had the right to go through a private e-mail account, citing a leak of proprietary Microsoft code.
Blowback in handling of corporate espionage case forces Microsoft to promise stronger policies protecting privacy of Hotmail account holders.
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