News Exchange 2013 CU9

Cumulative Update 9 for Exchange 2013 is now available for direct download.

This Cumulative Update contains 23 new fixes and all previously released fixes and security updates for Exchange 2013.

The main focus of this release is on the following scenarios and issues:

Important!
When installing Exchange 2013 CU9, make sure you also explicitly execute:
setup.exe /PrepareAD /IAcceptExchangeServerLicenseTerms
This command is being skipped since CU9 doesn’t contain any schema changes when compared to CU7 and CU8. However, CU9 does include RBAC changes which are otherwise not applied and the aforementioned improvements in KB3050877 will not work.

Download: Cumulative Update 9 for Exchange Server 2013 (KB3049849)
Download: Exchange Server 2013 CU9 UM Language Packs
View: Description of Cumulative Update 9 for Exchange Server 2013
View: Blog post of the Exchange Team about CU 9 for Exchange Server 2013

News Exchange 2010 SP3 Rollup 10

Update Rollup 10 for Exchange 2010 Service Pack 3 is now available for direct download.

This Rollup Update contains 7 new fixes, and all previously released fixes and security updates for Exchange 2010 SP3.

Notable fixes are:

  • KB3069055 Various DAG maintenance scripts do not work in an Exchange Server 2010 environment
  • KB3054644 “The item no longer exists” error when you access an archive mailbox in Outlook Web App in Exchange Server 2010
  • KB3057422 “MapiExceptionNoAccess: Unable to query table rows” error and some mailboxes cannot be moved after you install Exchange Server 2010 SP3 RU 8 v. 2

This is the last scheduled Update Rollup for Exchange 2010 as mainstream support for Exchange 2010 has ended. This means that it will basically only get security and DST updates until mainstream support ends as well.

View: Description of Update Rollup 10 for Exchange Server 2010 Service Pack 3
Download: Update Rollup 10 for Exchange 2010 SP3 (KB3049853)

News Outlook 2013 Updates for June 2015

A Rollup Update and an update for the Social Connector and Facebook Provider have been released for Outlook 2013, containing a total of 21 documented improvements and fixes.


Update KB3054855 for Outlook 2013
This is a non-security update which contains 20 improvements and fixes.

Most notable new changes and fixes are:

  • Adds administrative support to prevent Outlook 2013 from booting into safe mode. (This can be controlled via the Registry.)
  • When you connect to a mailbox by using the Microsoft Exchange ActiveSync (EAS) protocol in Outlook 2013, duplicate email items are created. When you are effected by this issue, you can now have Outlook reconcile your mailbox via a Registry setting. (This will create a performance overhead so only use when affected.)
  • When you set an appointment or meeting as the Working Elsewhere status for an Exchange ActiveSync (EAS) account in Outlook 2013, the appointment or meeting cannot be synchronized in Outlook Web App.
  • 4 fixes for when you are connecting to an Exchange server via the MAPI over HTTP protocol.

View: Download information for KB3054855


Update KB3054854 for Outlook 2013 Social Connector
This non-security updates prevents the Social Connector from loading incompatible providers like LinkedIn. The recently discontinued Facebook Provider does still load.

View: Download information for KB3054854


Note: These updates are also offered via Microsoft Update or already installed automatically for you when Microsoft Update is configured to also update other Microsoft applications.
Office 365 subscribers can install these updates manually via the Update Now button or wait for the automatic update. These updates are included in version: 15.0.4727.1002.

News Outlook 2010 Updates for June 2015

A Rollup Update and an update for the Social Connector and Facebook Provider have been released for Outlook 2010, containing a total of 16 documented improvements and fixes.


Update KB3054881 for Outlook 2010
This is a non-security update which contains 15 improvements and fixes.

Most notable new changes and fixes are:

  • You cannot open some iCal events that are created by an Apple device (for example, iPhone) in Outlook 2010 even if they are supported in Outlook 2010.
  • When you have many email messages opened in Outlook 2010, Outlook 2010 crashes randomly.
  • 5 fixes for when you are connecting to an Exchange server via the MAPI over HTTP protocol.

View: Download information for KB3054881


Update KB2553308 for Outlook 2010 Social Connector
This non-security updates prevents the Social Connector from loading incompatible providers like LinkedIn. The recently discontinued Facebook Provider does still load.
This update is also being offered to Outlook 2007 users since it makes use of the 2010 version of the Social Connector.

View: Download information for KB2553308


Note: This update is also offered via Microsoft Update or already installed automatically for you when Microsoft Update is configured to also update other Microsoft applications.

News Facebook Connector no longer working

Facebook buttonYou might have already noticed that Outlook is no longer being updated with information and pictures from Facebook. In addition, you’ll see an “Invalid user name or password” notice in the People Pane and Social Network Accounts dialog. This is because Facebook has discontinued support for the so-called Graph API that is responsible for synching Facebook content with other applications.

In other words, this doesn’t only affect the Outlook Social Connector but also many other Facebook Apps or Facebook features that are integrated in other applications.

For instance, Facebook Calendar and Contacts sync with Outlook.com and the People hub on both Windows and Windows Phone no longer works and will no longer provide Facebook updates from your contacts either. For an overview of the affected Microsoft products see: Facebook Connect is no longer available.

It might currently still work for you but it will stop functioning eventually when Facebook completes the rollout of the change.

Social Connector lost its usefulness?

Now that it has lost support for both major social networks (LinkedIn and Facebook), the Social Connector (People Pane) in Outlook is therefor of little use to most.

The recent emails feature is still useful for some and for organizations that are actively using the user profiles in SharePoint the connector could prove valuable as well. The Social Connector Provider from Viadeo and Xing still work as well.

When you rather see a few more lines of your email than a mostly empty pane, you can disable the People Pane via: View-> People Pane-> Off

No Alternatives

Now that Outlook.com is moving to Office 365, we might see Outlook integration return via an Office Web Add-in just like LinkedIn, but it is more likely that Facebook rather see you use their app instead. So far, no alternatives have been announced by Facebook.

News Outlook.com is moving to Office 365 Exchange Online

Outlook.com buttonEven though Outlook.com started to look more like Outlook Web App (OWA) from Exchange, which you might recognize from work or university, it was still being hosted on a completely different mail server infrastructure. That is about to change!

The Outlook.com team has announced a whole lot of new features that are coming to Outlook.com soon. Some of them are; Clutter, Search Suggestions and Refiners, New Themes, Link preview, Inline images, Pop-out read and compose, Pins and Flags, and Add-ins.

The careful observer might have noticed that these are actually all already existing features of Exchange Online which is part of Office 365 for Business. Indeed; Outlook.com will become a free (but ad driven) Exchange mailbox!

This is great news as you can then actually configure your Outlook.com account as an Exchange mailbox instead of needing the Outlook Hotmail Connector or using the Exchange ActiveSync (EAS) protocol in Outlook.

This is going to solve a whole lot of issues and limitations but there are some things to be aware of too…

Continue reading: Outlook.com is moving to Office 365 Exchange Online

HowTo Export Outlook Notes to OneNote

Notes2OneNote buttonThe Notes section of Outlook has the “deprecated” status. The envisioned replacement for this Outlook feature is OneNote.

This is a great alternative but unfortunately, there is no convenient way to get all your Outlook Notes into OneNote.

While you could print all your Outlook Notes to OneNote, they will end up as images and you’ll have to rely on OneNote’s text recognition to search through them or to convert them back to text-based notes.

This guide offers an alternative solution to quickly get all your Outlook Notes into OneNote via the me@onenote.com service. Each note will then be added as a single OneNote page with all the text fully intact.

Continue reading: Export Outlook Notes to OneNote

News Outlook can’t connect to Gmail: Password incorrect

Gmail buttonAs of July 15, 2014, you might have problems connecting to Gmail via Outlook and other mail clients such as Thunderbird and Mail apps on (older) smartphones. This is because Google turned off Basic Authentication by default for all new accounts and accounts which haven’t synced within the last 30 days and only lets you authenticate via the OAuth 2.0 standard.

As a result, you’ll get Send/Receive errors (0x800CCC0E) and could get prompted for your Gmail password again in Outlook and the login will fail even when you supply the correct password.

To solve this, you must re-enable Basic Authentication for Outlook in your Google Account Settings. This can be done via the “Allow less secure apps” page where you set it to “Enable”.

Another way to go would be to enable “2-Step Verification”. In that case, you can create a special “App Password” which you’ll then use within Outlook to logon to Gmail rather than with your regular password. This is the more secure approach and highly recommended. For step-by-step instructions to set this up see: Outlook and 2-Step Verification for Gmail accounts.

Native support for OAuth 2.0 in Outlook (2007, 2010 and 2013) is being worked on and hopefully released soon in an upcoming update (I’ll update the this post with the links to the updates once they become available).

View: New Security Measures Will Affect Older (non-OAuth 2.0) Applications
View: Google Account Security Settings – Allow less secure apps

HowTo Making the Outlook 2013 interface less white and bright

There is no point denying it; Outlook 2013 is white, VERY white and for some, this can lead to problems.

Even though white is the base color for all Office 2013 applications, interestingly enough, most complaints are targeted towards Outlook. This could be because the other applications are more like sheets of paper and white feels more natural then. In Outlook, there is a whole lot more interface as well where too little contrast can be more confusing.

I’m no expert in that field though, but luckily Outlook is more my playing field. Let’s look at the options available to make Outlook 2013 less white and bright or otherwise give it a more “classic” look!

Continue reading: Making the Outlook 2013 interface less white and bright

FAQ Windows 8, Windows 8.1 and Outlook

Windows 8 logoThinking about upgrading your computer to Windows 8 or Windows 8.1 or are you using Outlook on a Windows 8 computer already? The process is quite streamlined and trouble free for most configurations, especially when upgrading from Windows 7, but there are still a couple of attention points before you start.

This guide contains not only upgrade preparation and troubleshooting steps but also various tips about the changes that you could encounter involving Outlook after upgrading to Windows 8.

Continue reading: Windows 8, Windows 8.1 and Outlook

FAQ 36 Short questions and tips for Outlook 2013

Outlook 2013 iconThis guide discusses the main changes and new features of Outlook 2013 and provides several tips on how to work with or around them.

If you want to give Office 2013 a try yourself, you can sign up for a free 1 month trial for Office 365 Home Premium or a 60 day trial of Microsoft Office Professional Plus 2013.

While both suites give you a different set of options and applications, the version of Outlook 2013 included in either suite is exactly the same.

Continue reading: 36 Short questions and tips for Outlook 2013

News Exchange 2007 SP3 Rollup 17

Update Rollup 17 for Exchange 2007 Service Pack 3 is now available for direct download.

This Rollup Update fixes an issue that was introduced in Exchange 2007 SP3 Rollup 15;

  • KB3057222: “InvaIidOperationException” error when you open digitally signed or NDR messages in FIPS-enabled Exchange Server 2007

It also contains all previously released fixes and security updates for Exchange 2007 SP3.

View: Description of Update Rollup 17 for Exchange Server 2007 Service Pack 3
Download: Update Rollup 16 for Exchange Server 2007 Service Pack 3 (KB3056710)

News Exchange 2013 Security Update for June 2015

A security update has been released for Exchange 2013 to solve 3 vulnerabilities. The exploitation risk for all vulnerabilities have been categorized as “Less Likely” but Exchange administrators are advised to update at the earliest possible convenience anyway. A restart is not required.

The most severe vulnerability requires the user to click on a link to a specially crafted website and could result in which elevation of privilege.

View: Microsoft Security Bulletin MS15-064 – Important
View: Download information for KB3062157 (MS15-064)

News Junk E-mail Filter updates for June 2015

New Junk E-mail Filter definitions have been made available for all supported Outlook versions. Outlook 2003 no longer gets any Junk E-mail Filter updates as it is out of support.

Download: Update for Microsoft Office Outlook 2007 Junk Email Filter (KB3054891)
Download: Update for Microsoft Office Outlook 2010 Junk Email Filter (KB3054883)
Download: Update for Microsoft Office Outlook 2013 Junk Email Filter (KB3054786)

Note: This update is also offered via Microsoft Update or already installed automatically for you when Microsoft Update is configured to also update other Microsoft applications.
Office 365 subscribers can install this update manually via the Update Now button or wait for the automatic update. This update is included in version: 15.0.4719.1002.