News Outlook 2010 Hotfix for April 2013

Hotfix KB2791026 for Outlook 2010
This hotfix contains the following 2 fixes;

  • After you create a new folder in the Inbox in Outlook 2010, the new folder is not selected.
  • When you run the “Publish to GAL” function in Outlook 2010 and then send an encrypted message, recipients cannot open the encrypted message.

View: More details and download information for KB2791026

Obtaining the hotfixes
These are a Hotfixes and not a regular update. You can request them via their KB article page.

News Outlook 2013 Update for April 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 KB2738013 for Outlook 2013
This is a non-security update which solves 3 issues all related to Outlook.com accounts.

  • The content of Outlook items may not be displayed correctly when composing them with anything other than UTF-8 encoding. This update also requires update KB2768007 for Word 2013 to be installed.
  • Mail items may appear as duplicates in Outlook. Deleting the duplicate in Outlook will however also delete the original on Outlook.com.
  • Email messages that contain non-ASCII characters are not displayed correctly.

View: Download information for KB2738013
View: Download information for KB2768007

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 Junk E-mail Filter updates for April 2013

New Junk E-mail Filter definitions have been made available for Outlook 2003, Outlook 2007 and Outlook 2010. It looks like Outlook 2013 is skipping this month.

Download: Update for Microsoft Office Outlook 2003 Junk E-mail Filter (KB2810049)
Download: Update for Microsoft Office Outlook 2007 Junk E-mail Filter (KB2768021)
Download: Update for Microsoft Office Outlook 2010 Junk Email Filter (KB982726)

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 New modern look for the Outlook.com Calendar

Today, the Outlook.com Team started to roll-out the new “modern calendar experience” for Outlook.com. By the end of the week, all Outlook.com accounts should have been migrated over to this new design.

The new design fits right in with the new look of the already redesigned Mail section of Outlook.com (previously known as Hotmail), People (Contacts) and SkyDrive.

View: Calendar – Outlook.com
View: Blog post Outlook.com Team about the modern calendar experience

News Exchange 2013 CU1

Cumulative Update 1 for Exchange 2013 is now available for direct download.

This is the long-awaited update which brings co-existence support with Exchange 2007 (SP3 RU10) and Exchange 2010 (SP3).

CU1 also adds the following new features and improvements to Exchange 2013

  • Address Book Policies
  • Groups can once again manage groups
  • Public Folder Favorites Access through Outlook Web App
  • Exchange Admin Center Enhancements
  • High Availability and Monitoring Enhancements

If you are monitoring your Exchange environment via SCOM, don’t get too excited yet; the release of the Exchange 2013 management packs for SCOM 2007 R2 and SCOM 2012 are still awaiting RTM status and will be released at a later date.

Download: Cumulative update 1 for Exchange Server 2013
View: Release Notes for Exchange 2013 CU1 (might not be live yet in your region)
View: Exchange Blog post about Exchange 2013 CU1

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!

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News Poll: Which Office 2013 theme do you like best?

Now that Outlook 2013 has been out for a while, it’s time find out which of the included themes you like the best.

Which Office 2013 theme do you like best?

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In case you haven’t discovered the themes yet, or if you want to take out some of the brightness of Outlook 2013 in another way, see the guide: Making the Outlook 2013 interface less white and bright