News BCM update for Outlook 2010 and Outlook 2013

An updated version of Business Contact Manager (BCM) has been made available which introduces compatibility with Outlook 2013. This updated version also works with Outlook 2010.

Two updates have been released. One is a full installation of BCM in combination with Outlook 2010 or Outlook 2013 for when you are upgrading from BCM 2007 or do not have BCM installed at all. The other is a smaller update which is required when you already have BCM 2010 installed and wan to continue to use it with Outlook 2013. It also contains several fixes and improvements when using BCM with Outlook 2010 so updating is still recommended.

Download: Compatibility update for Business Contact Manager 2010 (update only)
Download: Business Contact Manager for Microsoft Outlook 2013 and Outlook 2010 (full)
Download: Business Contact Manager for Outlook 2013 Database Tool

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

Downloads Business Contact Manager Database Tool

The Business Contact Manager Database Tool allows you to install the Business Contact Manager database on a remote server to create, share and administer databases for use with Business Contact Manager.

When installed on your local machine, it allows you to create, backup, restore and share BCM databases without needing to start Outlook.

Download: Business Contact Manager for Outlook 2007 Database Tool
Download: Business Contact Manager for Outlook 2010 Database Tool
Download: Business Contact Manager for Outlook 2013 Database Tool

Downloads Business Contact Manager for Outlook 2010 and Outlook 2013

Business Contact Manager (BCM) is a free Customer Relationship Management (CRM) tool for Outlook targeted at small business owners.

Business Contact Manager for Outlook helps you organize your business records, manage sales and marketing activities, create reports and charts, and gives you fresh insights into your business.

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

Don’t be thrown off by the title of the download page at Microsoft. The installation file applies to both Outlook 2010 and Outlook 2013 and doesn’t require you to already have a BCM 2007 database to upgrade from.

After the installation completes, you can either start with a new BCM database or restore an existing database from any version of BCM.

BCM for 32-bit and 64-bit versions of Outlook

Upon downloading, you’ll get a choice between 2 files:

  • BCM2010-BCMSetup-x86-en-US.exe
    Pick this one when you are using a 32-bit version of Outlook.
  • BCM2010-BCMSetup-x64-en-US.exe
    Pick this one when you are using a 64-bit version of Outlook.

Unless you specifically chose to install the 64-bit version of Outlook, it is more likely you are using the 32-bit version, even when you are using a 64-bit version of Windows.

To verify your bitness level of Outlook use:

  • Outlook 2010
    File-> Help-> section on the right: About Microsoft Outlook
  • Outlook 2013
    File-> Office Account-> About Outlook-> first line at the top of the About dialog.

Quick Tips Quick Tips for week 3

This week, the following Quick Tips were posted at HowTo-Outlook’s Q&A blog;

Suggested Contacts folder missing or doesn’t save new addresses in Outlook 2013
Send meeting details in emails rather than as an invite or ics-attachment

Quick Tip Highlights;
Restoring mails to the web mail server
Show unread item count of collapsed folders
Gmail accounts and disproportionally large pst-files

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