News Outlook 2013 Update for December 2014

An Office update has been released which also affects Outlook 2013. This is a non-security update which contains 12 improvements and fixes.

The fixes that involve Outlook are:

  • Outlook may crash when you have an iCloud Internet Calendar added to your Outlook profile. Additionally, you may receive the following error message:
    ”Cannot start Microsoft Outlook. Cannot open the Outlook window. The set of folders cannot be opened.”
  • When you try to connect to your mailbox by using the MAPI over HTTP protocol through an authenticated proxy, you may be prompted to enter your credentials.

View: Download information for KB2920734

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: 15.0.4675.1002.

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News Outlook 2010 Update for December 2014

An Office update has been released which also affects Outlook 2010. This is a non-security update which contains 2 fixes.

  • The spell checker may skip a sentence which contains a word that is composed by more than one language script.
  • Outlook may crash when you have an iCloud Internet Calendar added to your Outlook profile. Additionally, you may receive the following error message:
    ”Cannot start Microsoft Outlook. Cannot open the Outlook window. The set of folders cannot be opened.”

View: Download information for KB2889818

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 Exchange 2013 CU7

Cumulative Update 7 for Exchange 2013 is now available for direct download.

This Rollup Update contains a security update, 32 additional fixes, updates for recent daylight saving time (DST) updates and all previously released fixes and security updates for Exchange 2013.

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

  • KB3011140 December 2014 security update for Exchange Server 2013 Service Pack 1 and Cumulative Update 6.
  • Support for Public Folder Hierarchies in Exchange Server 2013 which contain 250,000 public folders. If you are still hosting your PF database on Exchange 2010 or Exchange 2007, also read this post.
  • Improved support for OAB distribution in large Exchange Server 2013 environments.

Download: Cumulative Update 7 for Exchange Server 2013 (KB2986485)
Download: Exchange Server 2013 CU7 UM Language Packs
View: Description of Cumulative Update 7 for Exchange Server 2013
View: Blog post of the Exchange Team about CU 7 for Exchange Server 2013

News Exchange 2010 SP3 Rollup 8

Update Rollup 8 for Exchange 2010 Service Pack 3 is now available for direct download.

Update:
Because of issues with Outlook connectivity, this update is no longer available. If you have already installed it, it is recommended to uninstall it. A new version of RU8 will be made available as soon as possible. For more information, also check this Exchange Team blog post.

This Rollup Update contains a security update, 14 additional fixes, updates for recent daylight saving time (DST) updates and all previously released fixes and security updates for Exchange 2010 SP3.

Notable fixes are:

  • KB3015738 December 2014 security update for Exchange Server 2007 and Exchange Server 2010.
  • KB2995148 Changing distribution group takes a long time in an Exchange Server 2010 environment.
  • KB2987104 Email message is sent by using the “Send As” instead of “Send on Behalf” permission in Exchange Server 2010.

View: Description of Update Rollup 8 for Exchange Server 2010 Service Pack 3
Download: Update Rollup 8 For Exchange 2010 SP3 (KB2986475)

News Exchange 2007 SP3 Rollup 15

Update Rollup 15 for Exchange 2007 Service Pack 3 is now available for direct download.

This Rollup Update contains a security update, 2 additional fixes, updates for recent daylight saving time (DST) updates and all previously released fixes and security updates for Exchange 2007 SP3.

  • KB3015738 December 2014 security update for Exchange Server 2007 and Exchange Server 2010.
  • KB3004235 Exchange Server meetings in Russian time zones as well as names of time zones are incorrect after October 26, 2014.
  • KB3008308 Public folder database migration issue in a mixed Exchange Server environment.

View: Description of Update Rollup 15 for Exchange Server 2007 Service Pack 3
Download: Update Rollup 15 for Exchange Server 2007 Service Pack 3 (KB2996150)

News BCM update for November 2014

A new version of Business Contact Manager (BCM) has been released which takes care of several bugs. The most prominent bug that has been fixed has to do with form labels being incorrect for various Contact fields when the contact item is stored within BCM.

This update applies to BCM users with Outlook 2010 and Outlook 2013 (despite what the confusing title and filename may suggest).

To apply the update, you’ll need to uninstall BCM first (but leave the installation of SQL) and then install the latest version again. Detailed instructions can be found in KB3008363 (not yet live for all regions). This will not affect any of your current BCM data but it of course never hurts to have your BCM backups in order.

Download: Business Contact Manager for Microsoft Outlook 2010 and Outlook 2013

News Updated: Sorting Outgoing E-mails

You most likely sort your incoming emails into different folders by using message rules but what are you doing with your outgoing emails?

By using rules, you can also sort your outgoing emails into folder but strangely enough, this results in a copy instead of an actual move.

This guide shows you how you can configure Outlook and your rules to sort your outgoing emails without ending up with duplicates.

Continue reading: Sorting Outgoing E-mails

HowTo Rename Email Accounts and Mailbox Folders

Since the last few Outlook versions, Outlook names your email account and mailbox folder set after your email address. This results in quite large display names which aren’t always meaningful, get truncated or clutters the Outlook interface more than it should.

For instance, when you set the delivery for multiple POP3 accounts to a single pst-file, it doesn’t make sense that the pst-file in Outlook is named after the email address of only 1 account.

Another example is when you have 2 or more accounts and want a more elegant or shorter display name like “Work” and “Private” rather than the full email address.

Favorites section in Outlook with email addresses truncated.     Favorites section in Outlook with short custom names.
Unclutter some areas by renaming accounts and mailboxes.

Some display names can easily be changed but others, like for instance for Exchange and Outlook.com accounts, can be more challenging to change.

This guide instructs you how to change the display name of any Email Account type or Mailbox Folder set in Outlook.

Continue reading: Rename Email Accounts and Mailbox Folders

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

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.

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 Junk E-mail Filter updates for December 2014

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 anymore as it is out of support.

Download: Update for Microsoft Office Outlook 2007 Junk Email Filter (KB2920789)
Download: Update for Microsoft Office Outlook 2010 Junk Email Filter (KB2910899)
Download: Update for Microsoft Office Outlook 2013 Junk Email Filter (KB2910926)

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: 15.0.4675.1002.