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News OutlookTempCleaner 1.2

OutlookTempCleaner 1.2 has just been released. The main new addition is that it now also supports Outlook 2013, including the Office 365 editions of Office 2013.

OutlookTempCleaner is a free support tool which gives you easy access to the Temp folder that is being used when you directly open an attachment from Outlook. Under certain circumstances, this folder can become “full” and you are unable to open the attachment.

Aside from easy access to the folder, it can also report its size and gives you the opportunity to empty it. It also supports command line switches which allows you to automate maintenance of the folder via Windows’ Scheduled Tasks or logon/logoff scripts.

To everyone who has made a donation since its last release:
Thanks for your support!

Download: OutlookTempCleaner 1.2

News Outlook.com now has IMAP access support as well

It’s been a long time coming, but Outlook.com now finally has IMAP support as well.

Outlook.com was already accessible in mail clients via POP3, Exchange Active Sync (EAS), via the Outlook Hotmail Connector (Outlook 2010 and previous) and DeltaSync (Windows Live Mail).

With the inclusion of IMAP, mail sync support now also becomes available to mail clients and devices which don’t offer support for EAS, like Mac Mail, Thunderbird and Microsoft’s own Outlook 2011 for Mac.

Migrating your mail from a pst-file to an Outlook.com account in Outlook 2013 now also becomes much easier by simply connecting (temporarily) via the IMAP protocol as well.

The settings required when setting up the account are:

  • Incoming IMAP
    • Server: imap-mail.outlook.com
    • Server port: 993
    • Encryption: SSL
  • Outgoing SMTP
    • Server: smtp-mail.outlook.com
    • Server port: 587
    • Encryption:  TLS

View: Outlook Blog: Outlook.com now has IMAP

News Empty Folder Pane after applying update KB2817630

The Office 2013 Rollup Update KB2817630 is currently causing mayhem in Outlook land.

After applying it, the Folder Pane (aka Navigation Pane) shows up empty for some users. Clicking in the empty section will minimize it where you can then click on the “All Folders” button to see your folders again and also be able to reach your Calendar, Contacts, Tasks and Notes folders via the icons at the bottom (in case you have Compact Navigation enabled).

Apparently, they thought the Outlook interface still wasn’t white enough 😉

Solution

Update:
A new update has been released via Windows Update which fixes this issue without requesting and manually installing hotfixes. For more information about this update see KB2825632.

To resolve this issue, also install the August Hotfix for Outlook 2013 (KB2817503) or the other August Hotfix for Outlook 2013 (KB2817347). Installing both is also an option.

As these are both hotfixes, you won’t see them in Windows Update but need to request them via their above linked KB page. For more info about the process, also see: What are Hotfixes?

Microsoft is in the process of re-publishing the September update so that applying the Hotfixes will no longer be a requirement. Until that time, if you don’t want to or can’t install the Hotfixes, uninstalling update KB2817630 is an alternative option. As this isn’t a security update, it is safe to do so.

For more information about removing updates see Uninstalling Outlook or Office updates.

Note: The update has been pulled from Windows Update so it will not automatically try to re-install itself anymore. When the updated release becomes available again, it will also be offered via Windows Update again even when you leave it installed.

Cause and who are affected

The issue is caused by an incompatibility between a specific version difference of outlook.exe and mso.dll, usually caused by not having AND at least one of the August hotfixes AND the September update installed.

This version difference can only occur when you are using MSI based installations, which are Office 2013 Standard and Professional Plus. The Office 2013 Click-to-Run and Office 365 installations are not affected.

For more information about the issue, check out the post on the official Microsoft Office Updates blog.

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News MS13-068: Security updates for Outlook 2007/2010

A security update has been released for both Outlook 2007 and Outlook 2010 to address a vulnerability which could allow remote code execution if a user opens or previews a specially crafted email message.

An attacker who successfully exploited this vulnerability could gain the same user rights as the local user.

The security update addresses the vulnerability by correcting the way that Microsoft Outlook 2007 and Outlook 2010 parse specially crafted S/MIME email messages.

View: More details and download information for KB2825999 (Outlook 2007)
View: More details and download information for KB2794707 (Outlook 2010)
View: Microsoft Security Bulletin MS13-068 – Critical

News Junk E-mail Filter updates for September 2013

New Junk E-mail Filter definitions have been made available for Outlook 2003, Outlook 2007, Outlook 2010 and Outlook 2013.

Download: Update for Microsoft Office Outlook 2003 Junk E-mail Filter (KB2825947)
Download: Update for Microsoft Office Outlook 2007 Junk E-mail Filter (KB2825641)
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 Security Updates v2 for Exchange 2013 CU1 and CU2

News Outlook 2010 Hotfix for August 2013

Hotfix KB2817574 for Outlook 2010
This hotfix contains11 fixes for specific issues and can be applied to either Outlook 2010 with SP1 or SP2. Most notable fixes are;

  • 4 fixes regarding various issues with Online Archive and Retention Policies.
  • Duplicate attachments may show for Sent Items when you use IMAP configured with “download header only”.
  • When you start Outlook 2010 on a computer and then try to set up a new account for the first time, it takes 3-5 minutes to populate your username or email address on the home screen.

View: More details and download information for KB2817574

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

News Outlook 2013 Update for August 2013

An update has been released for Outlook 2013 and can be downloaded and installed manually, but is also being offered via Microsoft Update.

Update KB2817629 for Outlook 2013
This is a non-security update which has been released without a change log. However, it will fix the issue which got introduced in the July update where Outlook 2013 crashed when you try to select or open an encrypted message.

View: Download information for KB2817629

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 Security and Rollups Updates for Exchange 2007, Exchange 2010 and Exchange 2013

Due to the MS13-061 security bulletin, all currently supported versions of Exchange got a Security Update or a Rollup Update which also includes the security update.

Update:
Due to an issue with the installer, the original updates for Exchange 2013 were pulled but are now available again as a v2 release.

If you had already applied the original release to Exchange 2013, there are additional steps which you must take to correct the issue.

The vulnerabilities exist in the WebReady Document Viewing and Data Loss Prevention features of Microsoft Exchange Server. The vulnerabilities could allow remote code execution in the security context of the transcoding service on the Exchange server if a user previews a specially crafted file using Outlook Web App (OWA).

The Rollup Updates also includes a few additional fixes, so make sure you review their corresponding KB article too before applying them.

View: MS13-061 security bulletin
View: Exchange Team Blog Post about these updates
Download: Update Rollup 11 for Exchange Server 2007 Service Pack 3 (KB2873746)
Download: Update Rollup 7 for Exchange Server 2010 Service Pack 2 (KB2874216)
Download: Update Rollup 2 For Exchange 2010 SP3 (KB2866475)
Download: Security Update v2 For Exchange Server 2013 CU1 (KB2874216)
Download: Security Update v2 For Exchange Server 2013 CU2 (KB2874216)

News Outlook 2007 Update for August 2013

An update has been released for Outlook 2007 and can be downloaded and installed manually, but is also being offered via Microsoft Update.

Update KB2768023 for Outlook 2007
This is a non-security update which solves the following issue:

Assume that you connect to some alternative mailboxes, such as auto-mapped mailboxes, modern public folders, and archive mailboxes, on an Outlook 2007 client that is connected to a domain. In this situation, Outlook 2007 only uses the external host name.

View: Download information for KB2768023

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.