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News Exchange 2016 Preview is now available

If you are an Exchange administrator or otherwise interested in Exchange, you can now get your hands dirty with the Exchange 2016 Preview.

Exchange 2016 will bring various features that are already available in Office 365 for Business to your on-premises environment and its final release will be later this year. Some primary changes are;

  • Simplified architecture; The Client Access and Mailbox server roles have been combined.
  • Improved reliability; Failovers are 33% faster than exchange 2013.
  • Outlook Web App (OWA) has been renamed once again; It is now called: Outlook on the web. It will get lots of new features like; Sweep, Pin, Inline Reply, Propose new meeting time, better formatting controls, ability to paste inline images, emojis, attachment improvements and more…
  • Improved add-in model which works both in Outlook on the web and Outlook on your desktop.
  • Faster and more intuitive search with search suggestion support.

Download: Microsoft Exchange Server 2016 – Preview
View: Exchange Team Blog; Announcing Exchange Server 2016 Preview!
View: Exchange Server 2016 documentation on TechNet

News Send App: Email based text messaging

Microsoft has released Send; An app which uses email for text messaging.

There are quite a few text messaging or IM apps available but none of them integrate with Outlook as tightly as Send. As Send uses email as the transfer method, all the IM messages that you send and receive will also be available in Outlook and you can use your existing Address Book to send message to people.

In essence, Send is a lightweight email app with an interface that is optimized for quickly sending those short back-and-forth messages.

Currently, Send is only available for iPhone in the US and Canada and you need to have an Office 365 for Business or University email account. An app for Windows Phone and Adroid is coming “soon” and the app will become more broadly available in the coming months (Read; To Outlook.com users once they have been migrated to Exchange Online).

View: Introducing Send—designed for in-and-out email
Download: Send, a Microsoft Garage project for iPhone

News Outlook 2013 Update for July 2015

A Rollup Update has been released for Outlook 2013. This is a non-security update which contains 13 documented improvements and fixes.

Most notable new changes and fixes are:

  • You cannot delete an iCalendar (.ics) or a vCalendar (.vcs) calendar for an Exchange ActiveSync (EAS/Outlook.com) profile in Outlook 2013.
  • Adds handling for an empty message object during synchronization so that it will no longer result in a crash. This issue was observed during some shutdown scenarios.
  • When you reply, reply all, or forward an email message in Outlook 2013, the email header only displays the display names of the recipients, and does not display their email addresses.

View: Download information for KB3054940

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: 15.0.4737.1003.

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News Outlook 2010 Update for July 2015

A Rollup Update has been released for Outlook 2010. This is a non-security update which contains 4 documented improvements and fixes.

Most notable new changes and fixes are:

  • When you run a quick step to apply a retention policy that has been deleted to an item in Outlook 2010, the retention policy is still applied to the item even though it has been deleted.
  • Object model for conversation objects does not work in online mode in Outlook 2010.

View: Download information for KB3054976

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 Junk E-mail Filter updates for July 2015

New Junk E-mail Filter definitions have been made available for Outlook 2007 and Outlook 2013. Outlook 2010 didn’t get a Junk E-mail Filter update this month.

Download: Update for Microsoft Office Outlook 2007 Junk Email Filter (KB3054986)
Download: Update for Microsoft Office Outlook 2013 Junk Email Filter (KB3054944)

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: 15.0.4737.1003.

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 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 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.