News Outlook 2013 Hotfixes for April 2014

3 Hotfixes have been released for Outlook 2013 fixing a total of 8 issues.


Hotfix KB2863897 for Outlook 2013
This hotfix contains 4 fixes for specific issues. Most notable fixes are;

  • Excel may crash when you send a workbook as an email attachment directly from Excel, save the message and then return to Excel.
  • Room finder cannot provide rooms lists, rooms, or suggested times when you are connected via RPC over HTTP and the internal EWS URL is valid but the external EWS URL is unreachable.

View: More details and download information for KB2863897


Hotfix KB2863876 for Outlook 2013
This hotfix contains 3 fixes for specific issues. The most notable fix is for getting an unknown error when trying to categorize an item in a shared Calendar folder.

View: More details and download information for KB2863876


Hotfix KB2738001 for Outlook 2013
This hotfix solves an issue where meetings and appointments are not correctly saved in a pst-file when exported from an IMAP mailbox store.

View: More details and download information for KB2738001


Obtaining the hotfixes
These are a Hotfixes and not regular updates. You can request them via their KB article page. Note that hotfixes do not apply to Office 365 installations of Office 2013 but are usually installed automatically after about a month.

News Outlook 2010 Hotfix for April 2014

This hotfix contains 6 fixes for specific issues. Most notable fixes are;

  • Fix an issue that you can view the details of the private items from a shared calendar in a specific case.
  • Folder names of an IMAP account which begin with “Inbox” in a non-English version of Outlook will be translated to a non-English language and fail to sync.
  • After you install this update, Outlook will not log the “Synchronization of some deletions failed.” sync errors in the Sync Issues Folder.

View: More details and download information for KB2878254

Obtaining the hotfixes
This is a Hotfix and not a regular update. You can request it via its KB article page.

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News Outlook 2007 Update for April 2014

An update has been released for Outlook 2007 which fixes a SharePoint synchronization issue with got introduced in the February hotfix KB2760822.

This update also contains all the 7 fixes which are mentioned in that hotfix.

View: Download information for KB2863811

This update is being offered via Microsoft Update when you have it configured to also update other Microsoft applications or has already been applied automatically for you.

News Junk E-mail Filter updates for April 2014

New Junk E-mail Filter definitions have been made available for Outlook 2010 and Outlook 2013.

This means that Outlook 2003 got its final Junk E-mail Filter update in December 2013 as it is now out of support. Outlook 2007 should receive a Junk E-mail Filter update again next month.

Download: Update for Microsoft Office Outlook 2010 Junk Email Filter (KB982726)
Download: Update for Microsoft Office Outlook 2013 Junk Email Filter (KB2760587)

If you have Microsoft Update configured to also update other Microsoft applications, then this update will also also be offered via Microsoft Update or has already been updated automatically for you.

News Outlook 2013 Update for March 2014

An update has been released for Outlook 2013 which applies to both SP1 and non-SP1 installations. It can be downloaded and installed manually, but is also being offered via Microsoft Update.

Update:
Installing this update without having Service Pack 1 installed may result in a solid blue square for the Outlook 2013 icon on the Start Screen in Windows 8. While you could uninstall the update to solve the issue, better would be to install Service Pack 1 for Office 2013.

Update KB2863911 for Outlook 2013
This is a non-security update and contains a fix for the issue where Outlook can’t connect to a mailbox on an Exchange 2013 server after it has been moved from an Exchange 2010 server and Outlook is configured with Cached Exchange Mode enabled.

View: Download information for KB2863911

If you have Microsoft Update configured to also update other Microsoft applications, then this update will also also be offered via Microsoft Update or has already been updated automatically for you.

Note: This update does not apply to Office 365 installations of Office 2013 but maintenance updates are usually installed automatically within a few days or can be installed manually via the Update Now button.

News Office 2013 Service Pack 1 released

The first Service Pack for Office 2013 has been released just a little over 1 year after its original release.

If you have installed Office 2013 via a msi-installer, then you can install it by using the standalone installer listed below or via Microsoft Update when you have it configured to also check for Office Updates.

When you are using Office 2013 as part of an Office 365 subscription, then the update will be installed automatically after a few days, or you can force the update detection by temporarily disabling Automatic Updates in the File-> Office Account section and then directly enabling it again.

For instructions about how to create an installation DVD containing Office 2013 with Service Pack 1 slipstreamed into it see: Slipstream Office 2013 setup with SP1

View: Description of Microsoft Office 2013 Service Pack 1 (SP1)

Download: Service Pack 1 for Microsoft Office 2013 (KB2817430) 32-Bit Edition
Download: Service Pack 1 for Microsoft Office 2013 (KB2817430) 64-Bit Edition
Download: Microsoft Office Language Interface Pack 2013 Service Pack 1 (32- and 64-bit)
Download: Microsoft Office 2013 Service Pack 1 Changes (Excel sheet)
Download: Microsoft Service Pack Uninstall Tool for Microsoft Office 2013 (coming soon)
Download: Office 2013 Policy Templates (SP1 release)
View: All other available Office 2013 SP1 packages for Desktop products
View: All other available Office 2013 SP1 packages for Server products

Other Programs Slipstream Office 2013 setup with SP1

When you slipstream Service Pack 1 with your Office 2013 installation media, Office 2013 will be directly installed at Service Pack 1 level, saving you the trouble of applying it afterwards. All you need is Office 2013 Service Pack 1 and the installation file or DVD of Office 2013.

Optionally, you can also modify the installation to already accept the EULA, fill out your Product Key and customize some additional settings.

Continue reading: Slipstream Office 2013 setup with SP1

HowTo Adding header text or a top-banner to all outgoing mail

Aside from having a default signature, when creating a new message or reply/forward, some people (usually in marketing) also prefer to have a banner or special header text at the top of the message.

While this seems like an easy request, implementing it in such a way that it is added automatically is actually quite challenging and has its limitations in Outlook usability.

This guide provides several approaches how to solve this issue with the available Outlook features but also includes a VBA macro solution to fully automate adding the banner to your outgoing emails in a non-intrusive way.

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HowTo Outlook Anywhere: Fast vs. Slow network connection over HTTP or TCP/IP

Outlook Anywhere allows you to connect to Exchange even from outside of the corporate network via so-called “Microsoft Exchange Proxy Settings”.

Here you’ll find two options regarding fast and slow networks namely:

  • On fast networks, connect using HTTP first, then connect using TCP/IP
  • On slow networks, connect using HTTP first, then connect using TCP/IP

On occasion, questions are being raised about what exactly is considered slow or fast and whether or not this threshold can be configured.

While the direct answer is “yes, it can be configured”, the reality is that it might not actually really matter anyway for most configurations. Let’s take a closer look why that is.

Continue reading: Outlook Anywhere: Fast vs. Slow network connection over HTTP or TCP/IP

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!

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HowTo Upgrading to Outlook 2013

Outlook 2013 iconPlanning to upgrade to Outlook 2013? This guide contains a lot of preparation and other information to get yourself ready before you double click on that setup.exe file.

Aside from the preparation steps, this guide informs you about what to expect when you start Outlook 2013 for the first time after you upgraded and how to troubleshoot several issues you may encounter during or after the installation.

Furthermore, for those of you who need some transition time, you’ll find a Ribbon-Customization-file in this guide to make the Outlook interface look similar to the one found in Outlook 2007.

Continue reading: Upgrading to Outlook 2013

HowTo Live Tiles for Outlook on Windows 8

Windows app: Mail, Calendar, People, and MessagingOne thing in Windows 8 which is impossible to overlook is the new Start Screen and its support for displaying real-time application information on its “Live Tiles”. For instance, it could show your upcoming appointments on the Start Screen or Lock Screen.

Sadly, these “Live Tiles” only work for the new Modern Apps and not for the classic Desktop applications. Since Outlook is a classic Desktop application, it doesn’t offer support for these Live Tiles either. This even applies to Outlook 2013.

However, with a small workaround, you can still display live Mail, Calendar and Contact/People data on the Windows 8 Start Screen and Lock Screen while using Outlook as the source.

Continue reading: Live Tiles for Outlook on Windows 8

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.

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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