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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.

News Exchange 2013 Security Update for June 2015

A security update has been released for Exchange 2013 to solve 3 vulnerabilities. The exploitation risk for all vulnerabilities have been categorized as “Less Likely” but Exchange administrators are advised to update at the earliest possible convenience anyway. A restart is not required.

The most severe vulnerability requires the user to click on a link to a specially crafted website and could result in which elevation of privilege.

View: Microsoft Security Bulletin MS15-064 – Important
View: Download information for KB3062157 (MS15-064)

News Junk E-mail Filter updates for June 2015

New Junk E-mail Filter definitions have been made available for all supported Outlook versions. Outlook 2003 no longer gets any Junk E-mail Filter updates as it is out of support.

Download: Update for Microsoft Office Outlook 2007 Junk Email Filter (KB3054891)
Download: Update for Microsoft Office Outlook 2010 Junk Email Filter (KB3054883)
Download: Update for Microsoft Office Outlook 2013 Junk Email Filter (KB3054786)

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: 15.0.4719.1002.

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News Facebook Connector no longer working

Facebook buttonYou might have already noticed that Outlook is no longer being updated with information and pictures from Facebook. In addition, you’ll see an “Invalid user name or password” notice in the People Pane and Social Network Accounts dialog. This is because Facebook has discontinued support for the so-called Graph API that is responsible for synching Facebook content with other applications.

In other words, this doesn’t only affect the Outlook Social Connector but also many other Facebook Apps or Facebook features that are integrated in other applications.

For instance, Facebook Calendar and Contacts sync with Outlook.com and the People hub on both Windows and Windows Phone no longer works and will no longer provide Facebook updates from your contacts either. For an overview of the affected Microsoft products see: Facebook Connect is no longer available.

It might currently still work for you but it will stop functioning eventually when Facebook completes the rollout of the change.

Social Connector lost its usefulness?

Now that it has lost support for both major social networks (LinkedIn and Facebook), the Social Connector (People Pane) in Outlook is therefor of little use to most.

The recent emails feature is still useful for some and for organizations that are actively using the user profiles in SharePoint the connector could prove valuable as well. The Social Connector Provider from Viadeo and Xing still work as well.

When you rather see a few more lines of your email than a mostly empty pane, you can disable the People Pane via: View-> People Pane-> Off

No Alternatives

Now that Outlook.com is moving to Office 365, we might see Outlook integration return via an Office Web Add-in just like LinkedIn, but it is more likely that Facebook rather see you use their app instead. So far, no alternatives have been announced by Facebook.

News Outlook.com is moving to Office 365 Exchange Online

Outlook.com buttonEven though Outlook.com started to look more like Outlook Web App (OWA) from Exchange, which you might recognize from work or university, it was still being hosted on a completely different mail server infrastructure. That is about to change!

Update!
A lot has changed since this has been first announced. For the latest information and step-by-step instructions to reconfigure your Outlook.com or Hotmail account in Outlook see the guide; Outlook.com migration changes; What do I need to know and do?

The Outlook.com team has announced a whole lot of new features that are coming to Outlook.com soon. Some of them are; Clutter, Search Suggestions and Refiners, New Themes, Link preview, Inline images, Pop-out read and compose, Pins and Flags, and Add-ins.

The careful observer might have noticed that these are actually all already existing features of Exchange Online which is part of Office 365 for Business. Indeed; Outlook.com will become a free (but ad driven) Exchange mailbox!

This is great news as you can then actually configure your Outlook.com account as an Exchange mailbox instead of needing the Outlook Hotmail Connector or using the Exchange ActiveSync (EAS) protocol in Outlook.

This is going to solve a whole lot of issues and limitations but there are some things to be aware of too…

Continue reading: Outlook.com is moving to Office 365 Exchange Online

News Outlook 2013 Updates for May 2015

A Rollup Update and an update for the Social Connector and Facebook Provider have been released for Outlook 2013, containing a total of 19 documented improvements and fixes.


Update KB3039799 for Outlook 2013
This is a non-security update which contains 18 improvements and fixes. Some changes also require update KB3039700 for Office 2013 to be installed.

Most notable new changes and fixes are:

  • Adds the Store button to the Home tab ribbon in Outlook 2013 (when supported and enabled via the Registry).
  • When you perform a tag action (such as marking an item as read or unread) for an item in search results in a shared mailbox in Outlook 2013, the item disappears.
  • You cannot open a shared mailbox in a profile in Outlook 2013. This issue occurs after you migrate the profile from Exchange Server 2010 to Exchange Server 2013 that has the MAPI over HTTP transport protocol enabled.

View: Download information for KB3039799
View: Download information for KB3039700


Update KB3039711 and KB3054782 for Outlook 2013 Social Connector
These 2 non-security updates improves the Facebook Provider compatibility with the Outlook Social Connector (People Pane) and Outlook 2010.

View: Download information for KB3039711 (Social Connector)
View: Download information for KB3054782 (Facebook Provider)


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: 15.0.4719.1002.

News Outlook 2010 Update for May 2015

A Rollup Update has been released for Outlook 2010. This is a non-security update which contains 3 improvements and fixes.

  • When you respond to a meeting request by using the Edit Response Before Sending option, the font is set to the system font unexpectedly.
  • If you use Outlook Security Group Policy to configure a VSTO add-in as trusted, it does not prevent security prompts when the add-in accesses the object model.
  • The last changed date of an Rights Management Services (RMS)-protected Office  document is displayed incorrectly in the preview pane.

View: Download information for KB3015585

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 May 2015

New Junk E-mail Filter definitions have been made available for all supported Outlook versions. Outlook 2003 no longer gets any Junk E-mail Filter updates as it is out of support.

Download: Update for Microsoft Office Outlook 2007 Junk Email Filter (KB2986252)
Download: Update for Microsoft Office Outlook 2010 Junk Email Filter (KB3015642)
Download: Update for Microsoft Office Outlook 2013 Junk Email Filter (KB2986209)

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: 15.0.4719.1002.

News Outlook 2013 Updates for April 2015

A Rollup Update and an update for the Social Connector and Facebook Provider have been released for Outlook 2013, containing a total of 13 documented improvements and fixes.


Update KB2965270 for Outlook 2013
This is a non-security update which contains 13 improvements and fixes.

Most notable new changes and fixes are:

  • Improves of translations of Skype for Business, the POP/IMAP account setup wizard and various error messages.
  • When you search some items in Outlook 2013, the performance responses slowly.
  • Public folders, online archived mailboxes, or shared mailboxes may disappear from the folder list in Outlook 2013.
  • Fixes an issue for EAS accounts in which email messages that are moved, deleted, or flagged as junk are duplicated.

View: Download information for KB2965270


Update KB2965257 and KB2825678 for Outlook 2013 Social Connector
These 2 non-security updates contain undocumented changes to the Outlook Social Connector (People Pane) and Facebook Provider.

View: Download information for KB2965257 (Social Connector)
View: Download information for KB2825678 (Facebook Provider)


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: 15.0.4711.1002.

News Outlook 2010 Update for April 2015

A Rollup Update has been released for Outlook 2010. This is a non-security update which contains 5 improvements and fixes.

Most notable new changes and fixes are:

  • When an application other than Outlook loads MAPI, the application may crash. This issue occurs if the mailbox connection uses the MAPI over HTTP transport protocol.
  • Public folders, online archived mailboxes, or shared mailboxes may disappear from the folder list in Outlook 2010.
  • When you search an item in a shared online contacts folder in Outlook 2010, you receive the following error message:
    ”The attempted operation failed. An object could not be found.”

View: Download information for KB2965295

Update: Outlook 2010 could crash after installing the latest round of updates. This is actually caused by update KB2825678 for Outlook 2013 which could get installed when you also have Office 2013 applications installed. For more information see: Outlook 2010 crashes if the update from KB 2825678 is installed.

Update 2: This issue has been fixed in the May update of the Facebook Provider KB3054782.

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.