News Exchange 2010 Service Pack 3 is now available

The eagerly awaited Service Pack 3 for Exchange 2010 is now available.

Its main new feature is of course support for coexistence with Exchange 2013 so an upgrade scenario is now finally supported. Well… almost, as you need to wait for Cumulative Update 1 (CU1) for Exchange 2013 which is due this quarter as well.

Once that is available, you are free to keep versions mixed as well in case you only want to add or replace Exchange servers when needed. You can now also install Exchange 2010 on Windows Server 2012

A cool new end-user feature is control over in which folder “Sent As” and “On Behalf Of” messages should be stored; the mailbox owner or the mail sender. You can control this via OWA. PowerShell support for this was already added to Exchange 2010 SP2 RU4.

View: What’s New in Exchange 2010 SP3
View: Description of Exchange Server 2010 SP3 (KB2808208)
Download: Microsoft Exchange Server 2010 Service Pack 3 (SP3)

News Outlook 2010 Update for February 2013

A Rollup Update has been released for Outlook 2010 and can be downloaded and installed manually, but is also being offered via Microsoft Update.

Update KB2597090 for Outlook 2010
This is a non-security update and has been described as “contains the latest stability and performance improvements”.

This rollup update contains the fixes which were released in hotfix KB2553391 of December 2012. It also contains a new fix which wasn’t included in the hotfix:

  • Outlook 2010 freezes when you try to download an offline address book (OAB) that is outside a firewall.

View: Download information for KB2597090

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 2007 Update for February 2013

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

Update KB2596802 for Outlook 2007
This is a non-security update and has been described as “contains the latest stability and performance improvements”.

This rollup update contains the fixes which were released in hotfix KB2596845 of December 2012. It also contains a new fix which wasn’t included in the hotfix:

  • Outlook 2007 freezes when you try to download an offline address book (OAB) that is outside a firewall.

View: Download information for KB2596802

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.

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News Exchange 2010 SP2 Rollup 6

Update Rollup 6 for Exchange 2010 Service Pack 2 is now available for direct download. As it also contains a security update, it’s directly being offered via Microsoft Update as well.

In addition to the security update, this update also includes 31 additional fixes. Most notable are: 

  • KB2783771 Mailbox on a mobile device is not updated when EAS is configured in an Exchange Server 2010 environment.
  • KB2783782 Error message when you use Scanpst.exe on a .pst file in an Exchange Server 2010 environment.
  • KB2810616 Email message delivery is delayed on a Blackberry mobile device after you install Update Rollup 4 for Exchange Server 2010 SP2.

View: Microsoft Security Bulletin MS13-012
View: Description of Update Rollup 6 for Exchange Server 2010 Service Pack 2
Download: Update Rollup 6 for Exchange Server 2010 Service Pack 2 (KB2746164)

News Exchange 2007 SP3 Rollup 10

Update Rollup 10 for Exchange 2007 Service Pack 3 is now available for direct download. As it also contains a security update, it’s directly being offered via Microsoft Update as well.

In addition, this Rollup also introduces coexistence with Exchange 2013 so you can upgrade directly and skip Exchange 2010. That is “almost directly”, as you need to wait for Cumulative Update 1 (CU1) for Exchange 2013 which is due this quarter as well.

In addition to the above updates, this update also includes the following:

  • KB2783779 A hidden user is still displayed in the Organization information of Address Book in OWA in an Exchange Server 2007 environment.
  • This update also includes new daylight saving time (DST) updates.

View: Microsoft Security Bulletin MS13-012
View: Description of Update Rollup 10 for Exchange Server 2007 Service Pack 3
Download: Update Rollup 10 for Exchange Server 2007 Service Pack 3 (KB2788321)

News Junk E-mail Filter updates for February 2013

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

Download: Update for Microsoft Office Outlook 2003 Junk E-mail Filter (KB2767887)
Download: Update for Microsoft Office Outlook 2007 Junk E-mail Filter (KB2767848)
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 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