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…

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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.