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As a web marketing firm, my company manages to generate quite a bit of e-mail for our clients (all opt-in, of course), and one of the ways that we do that is by templating out the entire HTML e-mail into a user control. The nice advantage to this is, of course, that we're able to pull in whatever kind of data we need and basically treat the e-mail like a page. Our production team can generate some really great artwork and layout, and up until this point it's worked great. They've been doing extensive ...
After about a year of waiting I finally got my invite to Windows Live Mail. (Okay, so I didn't really care that much.) What I got is some awful hybrid between Hotmail and Yahoo Mail. Nothing revolutionary here. Just a forced update to the ever aging Hotmail. Granted I didn't spend much time with it, so if you think you can change my mind, please do so. Unfortunately, this is also the same interface you get with Office Live. Consider using a hosted Microsoft Exchange server. Prices start around $7 ...
The computer world lost a huge figure in the history of programming languages today. John Backus, the primary developer responsible for Fortran, died at his home in Oregon today. He was 82. The cause of death is believed to be old age. Fortran is regarded as the first widely used programming language, and helped open the door to modern computing. Released in 1957, Fortran was considered to be turning point in computer software, much like the microprocessor was in hardware. After Fortran, Mr. Backus ...
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Typing mailto: in the search box in the Vista start menu will open a new mail message in Outlook. It is much faster for me to hit the Win key on my keyboard and type mailto: than it is for me to hunt through the 15 open applications, find Outlook and click "New". Plus I don't have to transition between my mouse and keyboard. It's really not a new Vista thing since you could have typed WinKey + R, then mailto: before, but it's still cool. Technorati tags: Vista, mailto: ...
Day two of the MVP summit is over. We were at the Washington State Convention & Trade Centre all day, but will be decamping to the Redmond campus tomorrow. The day started with an unscheduled bout of ‘pre-match’ chanting from the Canadian MVPs. They are an excitable crowd, and have spent much of the day ensuring that we all know which country they come from (Canada, I believe). It appears that all Canadian MVPs (with the exception, I am glad to report, of Brian Loesgen) wear identical clothing. ...
Wow! The SRL Team has released an Addin for Outlook that connects to Team Foundation Server. This is the task management tool that I have been waiting for. You can generate a work item right from Outlook. You can view queries, you can search your work items, you can even generate a work item based on content from an email. I mapped the subject to the task title and the body to the description, but you can map any field you want. Then it changes the subject line in the email to have the work item ...
The Exchange team blog posted a great article on the features available with different versions of Outlook when coupled with different versions of Exchange on the back end. One of the cool features when using Outlook and Exchange 2007 is enhanced Out of Office Assistant. You have the option to customize and turn off or on Out of Office messages for those inside your organization and those outside your organization. Very nice. You also have a number of rich text formatting options available so you ...

Yes its time once again for "Eric, why are you so sex?", the part of my blog where I ask my co-worker and Microsoft Outlook MVP Eric Legault why he's so sexy.

So Eric, why are you so sexy?

"Because I'm like a KFC/Taco Bell combo restaurant: I run for the border where its finger licking good."

Oh my...

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It's time once again for another installment of "Eric, why are you so sex?", the blog entry where I ask my co-worker and Microsoft Outlook MVP Eric Legault why he's so sexy.

So Eric, why are you so sexy?

"Cause the fingers do the walking and the rest do the talking!"

On fire!

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It's time once again for another installment of "Eric, why are you so sexy?", where I ask my co-worker and Outlook MVP Eric Legault why he's so sexy.

Eric, why are you so sexy?

Eric - "Because I know the entertainment value of 9 volt batteries and breath mints."

Rock on brother, rock on...

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I have recently joined Microsoft US and have moved to US. So no more travelling often between India and Redmond. I haven't yet decided if I am going to move out of GWB. I think I would continue to occasionally post to my blog. ArunBala from our team has also started blogging, other than that few of the other guys on our team who are already on the web are Rupreet, Harshit, ArunPG. I am not sure we would probably like to setup a team blog or not or whether we would be blogging about the work we do ...
A lot of times I need to be able to look at .reg, .vbs, .vb, etc - attachments that people send me via email. I don't go haphazardly running them, but I need to at least be able to save them to disk and drag them into my text editor. Here's how to make the changes in Vista to prevent Outlook 2007 from blocking these files. Note that with these changes, you still won't be able to just double-click on the attachment and run it (this is good), you'll have to save it to disk first. Make sure you really ...
There are 14 core tracks and 2 virtual tracks at Tech·Ed this year, which will cover more than 1,000 sessions. In case you're wondering, a virtual track is a collection of sessions or labs that share a common theme but span several tracks. The Session Scheduler launches in April and we will get our first real look at the actual sessions available in each track. Until then, we have to be content to speculate. Looking at the technical tracks page, it became clear to me that there is a lot of information ...
Hopefully everyone that lives in the United States (or deals with United States based companies) has heard that the U.S. Congress has changed the dates for Daylight Saving Time (DST) starting this year. The changes are the result of the Energy Policy Act of 2005 and modifies the Uniform Time Act of 1966 by changing the start and end dates of daylight saving time. These changes mean that any electronic devices that were pre-programmed for adjusting to daylight saving time will be obsolete and incorrect. ...
Well, I just thought of continuing my earlier post to share my day to day experiences of using Vista so that it benefits everyone and more so, the folks who keep questioning - "Why Windows Vista". One of the key features that I could see is the "Search" that comes as an integrated component with Windows Vista. The ability to search for keywords, phrases from "Start" Icon brings productivity and ease of access to information to the greatest possible levels. With Windows Vista, you dont need to install ...
Biztalk is a fantastic piece of software but many I.T. professionals haven't had an opportunity to see it and understand what it can do. Our next session at NxtGenUG is going to one of our best yet as it will be topical with a nugget by Tim Leung about Microsoft latest operating system, Vista, and the main presentation will be Ben Goeltz, 'The Business of Biztalk' which went down extremely well at the Birmingham chapter in November. I can also report that we are now completely and utter SWWWWAAAGGGEDDDD ...
Dear Southern Ohio Exchange Users Group - I am pleased to announce that Microsoft MVP and all around Exchange good-guy Paul Robichaux will be speaking at the February 1st meeting in Mason, Ohio at 6:30pm (Max Technical Training Center). Paul will be addressing Unified Messaging in Exchange 2007. Paul has been actively working with Exchange and a leader in the community for as long as I can remember. Paul is a partner with 3Sharp, author of truckload of books and magazine articles (Windows IT Pro ...
*Moved to: Outlook 2007 users angry? Well maybe not users.I am a little confused by all the hullabaloo over the Outlook email changes Mary Jo Foley recently blogged in her article Outlook 2007 users angry over Office 2007 HTML-e-mail changes about some of the changes. I think that this change is a good thing. It moves away from emails being HTML and more towards them as documents. This is the way that most users use email, as documents and it would be much better to have email files as Open XML, ...
One of the cool features in Outlook 2007 with Exchange 2007 is the ability to specify the expiry date for sending automated responses (Out of Office). All of us who use Outlook have definitely benefited the "Out of Office" Assistant which sends an automated response to the sender for once (and different options) with a customized message stating your absence and the ability to provide your emergency contact details, alternative contact person etc., With Outlook 2007 and Exchange 2007 you can specify ...
If you are a Project Manager, or have in any way been involved in a project which require you to use Project 2003, there is probably a time when you wish for some way to export your Project tasks out into Outlook 2003. There is an easy way to import Outlook task into Project 2003, but not the other way round. It seem more natural and obvious to have tasks defined and sorted out in Project 2003 first, and have them exported into Outlook for your action. The simpliest way around this problem is to ...
This information is an extract from Patrick Schmid's blog found at : http://pschmid.net/blog/200... How to Install Office 2007 RTM Remove all Office 2007 Beta applications. Install the Office 2007 RTM build Install Windows Desktop Search 3 RTM (Outlook & OneNote will prompt you to download and install it when you open them for the first time) Install the PDF & XPS, PDF or XPS add-in for Office 2007. Fix the Building Blocks issue as shown below (this is a must for everyone who had any ...
I installed Office 2007 on my laptop. This was for me an upgrade from Office 2003 and the upgrade went beautifully. It launches by asking you for the Office key right at the beginning and you can copy and paste the entire key in at once as it is a single textbox (which is a nice feature). You can also provide the key later and just install Office directly without this key. From there, you are provided two buttons - Upgrade and Custom. For kicks, I pressed the Custom tab to see what it was installing ...
Not too long ago there was only one blogging tool that I felt great about – BlogJet. I used it for a long time and was very happy. There wasn’t anything I was especially displeased with. Then some more blogging tools made their way on to my radar. From Microsoft. Generally, I will give any product from Microsoft a shot. I use a Microsoft OS. I am a (largely) Microsoft-centric systems engineer and technical manager. The first was during the beta testing of the Microsoft Office System 2007. My favorite ...
I think that this is a good step forward for some business client. We[IT Pros] all know that any machine needs to be clean swiped before we give it to the end-user in a business. But we can see a start for some lightly technical customers now have a choice. And choices and options are nice. If they were free would be even nicer. Here is what I currently saw as options for a DELL Latitude D820 that I was configuring. Oh and the prices just keep getting better. Advanced Configurations Quickly configure ...
Yes the last post was my 100th post. Nitin, a dear friend of mine who also is a blogger (got introduced by Tejas) did ask me some time ago why I stopped blogging. No reasons there of everything should be considered an excuse if I had to state any :(. So my resolution after posting the 100th post to my blog is to keep blogging at a decent frequency and I shall genuinely undertake this exercise . Next what am I doing these days? Well... For starters I am in Seattle and contracting at Microsoft. I am ...
Scrybe has potential. It is a personal web based organizer that has "human nature" built in. It looks like it was designed by somebody that has no idea how to write software or what a database looks like. Which can be a good thing as far as user experience goes. I tried Google's calendar for a while, but Outlook was still better because I can associate contacts with events, and sync everything automatically with my PPC-6700. If Scrybe can add those things, I might switch. Technorati tags: Scrybe ...
One of my biggest demons is losing time to activities that are not one of my main priorities. I also have the problem of trying to remember all of the items that are assigned to me. Now what was I working on? Oh yes, a blog post. :) Lately I am trying to use Outlook tasks to manage my time and priorities, at least at work. I believe that it was Scott Hanselman that talked about Tiddly Wiki and the Getting Things Done version. Personally I have not been able to get it to work. I got frustrated and ...
Exchange Server 2007: A Quick Hands-on Overview in an Online Virtual Lab Express

In this 30-minute Virtual Lab Express, you will familiarize yourself with the Exchange Management Console and Microsoft Office Outlook Web Access, and work with compliance and records management rules.

Windows Live Mail Beta is the next version of Hotmail and one of the services provided by Windows Live. What is great is that, you dont need to get a new account or get an invite from others. All you have to do is continue your existing Hotmail Account. And that is all !!! I am pretty sure many of you would have already seen this but its for the benefit of those who havent accessed their Hotmail account for long time and for new users who would like to experience the Windows Live Mail Beta. The UI ...
I took a spin through the TechNet Virtual labs for Exchange 2007 and I was very impressed! The experience was smooth and very well organized. I even learned a few interesting things. When running through the installation for a new server, one of the steps is to query you for the versions of Outlook you will be running in your environment. All Outlook 2007 or a mix of previous versions of Outlook? I wondered why you are prompted for this information. I had an inkling as Exchange 2003 is able to restrict ...
Microsoft released a very interesting tool that makes it possible to report junk mail (SPAM) to Microsoft and partners for analysis. It works on Windows XP and Windows Vista and Outlook 2003 and Outlook 2007 are both supported. At the moment I use SpamX, SpamCop and the reporting tool built-in the TrendMicro PC-Cilin Internet Security Suite but I was looking for a easy-to-use reporting tool for Windows Vista and Outlook 2007 so I am very pleased with this release! Download it here: http://www.microsoft.com/do... ...
This hasn't seen a lot of circulation (ok, I didn't pay much attention to it) and I was just bitten by it so I wanted to capture the links I found. The symptom is that using Exchange and Outlook Web Access from Vista (beta 2+) will not allow you to compose a new mail message. The DHTML ActiveX control for rich text editing doesn't get downloaded or instantiated. This was warned about here back in June by B. Ashok on the IE blog. In there he also states "In the near future, we will also killbit the ...
I've previously blogged about inclue!, Attensa, Blogbot, and NewsGator. I've just stumbled upon two others, intraVnews ($), and RSS Popper (Free). Rss Popper even works with Outlook Express. intraVnews looks pretty powerful, and even supports posting to your blog from Outlook. RSS Popper seems somewhat basic (but really, how much flexibility do you need?) Anyway, worth a look. So far, I still prefer NewsGator, even over the built-in reader in Outlook 2007 (which still seems a little quirky). Eventually, ...
For details and directions visit www.tspug.com!October 13 Schedule: 6:00-6:30 Sign-in, Eat, Meet 'n' Greet 6:30-6:45 Questions and Answers: An open discussion among members. Bring your questions! 6:45-8:20 How Office Clients interact with the Microsoft Office System Servers. Presenter: Savash Alic, Microsoft Consulting How Office Clients interact with the Microsoft Office System Servers We talk so much about the great and cool capabilities of MOSS that sometimes we miss the great integration out ...
I'm listening to Somewhere Out There by Our Lady Peace from the album Gravity I have really started to take advantage of the unread mail view\filter available in Outlook 2007 (and Outlook 2003) to get a better handle on mail coming in. This view will show all of my mail and RSS items that have the unread flag turned on. At first it took some getting used to as some of the RSS feeds that come with Outlook 2007 by default have a lot of postings (MSNBC News for example) as well as all of the MOM alert ...
AJAXThough it’s simply a combination of relatively mature technologies, AJAX, or Asynchronous JavaScript and XML, is emerging as a popular industry solution that allows developers to combine existing web technologies to create highly interactive and responsive web interfaces. AJAX as a technology has been around for quite some time, it is the name that is new. Microsoft’s Outlook Web Access is a good example of the technology in use, before it had a name. The name AJAX was coined by Adaptive ...
I've had to move my Outlook to my TabletPC Convertable Gateway m285 running Vista Ultimate RC1 and Office 2007 B2TR. I hooked up my WM5 - nada - just a file and music Sync dialog. <read below on the hack> Once I got the Sync working - ooooo pretty and functional brand new Windows Mobile Device Center How to: Looked around, took me like 15mins to find a solution to sync my WM5 to Outlook2007: Use RegEdit to add a key called “WHOS” to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE/Software... Connect ...
On recommendation from Jeff, I'm trying out NewsGator. After 12 hours of use, this is what I think: Love the mobile app. The interface is pretty and smart. It marks my items read on the server side, so I don't read posts twice. It also allows me to "clip" a feed, so that I can look at it later from the computer. The app is a bit buggy though and often just exits. The NewsGator Online is ok. Nothing special except that I can see how many people subscribe to a particular feed. It's a little slow, but ...
WMDC (Windows Mobile Device Centre), is the new software in Vista that replaces ActiveSync and you cannot even install ActiveSync on Vista.If you installed Vista RC1 and plugged in your Windows Mobile Phone (either Pocket PC or Smart Phone) and expected Outlook to start syncing you would be in for a rude shock. All Vista does is open the device in Explorer so you can browse it and get to explore files - but nothing to sync up. This is because the WMDC bits are not publicly released yet but are being ...
…How To… I came across a problem recently where when moving mailboxes from one server to another. I got into a situation where I needed to import a few mailboxes from Outlook 2003 back to Outlook 2000. Here is the simple way I acheived this. Read the rest of this entry » ...
The Visual Studio 2005 Tools for Office Second Edition Beta (called VSTO 2005 SE Beta for short of course--I mean what else would you call it?) is now available. This lets you build applications for Microsoft Office 2007. VSTO 2005 SE Beta includes the following functionality: Managed code application-level add-ins for some of the most popular Office applications: Outlook, Excel, Word, PowerPoint, InfoPath and Visio. Programming model and runtime support for key Office 2007 features including the ...
I have had trouble in the past when installing the Exchange System Manager (ESM) on my laptop so I can modify email information about a user in Active Directory Users and Computers (ADUC). I get conflicts with Outlook (some shared or overwritten DLLs I imagine) or in the case of Outlook 2007 Beta 2, outright consistent crashes. I found this article by Jim McBee on how to copy just the needed DLLs from an Exchange server to the workstation in question. The page isn't available on his site for some ...
I was very excited to see the beta release of Visual Studio 2005 Tools for the 2007 Microsoft Office System Beta (a.k.a. Visual Studio 2005 Tools for Office Second Edition Beta, or VSTO 2005 SE Beta for short), a fully-supported, free add-on to Visual Studio 2005 that empowers developers with the ability to build applications targeting the 2007 Office system. The VSTO 2005 SE Beta includes the following functionality: · Application-level add-in support for the most popular Microsoft Office 2003 ...
GeoRSS is an extension of RSS that allows for geographic information to be associated with a blog post, an event, a gps location, a photograph or any other information where geographic information would help better describe the item. Several websites are recognizing the value of GeoRSS and are adding these extensions to their feeds. Most recently, Wordpress is using GeoRSS to add maps to their posts. One of the things that Jeff and I talked about on our roadtrip is adding GeoRSS tags to ESS. ESS, ...
A little while ago, I read this post by Jeff Atwood on the subject. His conclusion is no, you don't. However, the results I did find are so poor that I wonder if any quad CPU system is good for much more than bragging rights. Of the desktop apps, only three truly benefit from a quad CPU configuration: 3D Studio Max, POV-Ray, and Cinebench 2003. Notice a pattern? Rendering and encoding tend to parallelize well. Unless you're often running a specific application that is optimized for multithreading, ...
Since the technical refresh to Beta 2 was released thousands have downloaded the new bits. I was a bit disappointed that the link the beta team posted brought me to the public site where Microsoft tried to charge me $4.50 to download the updates. I am also disappointed that the people who have been beta testing this for over a year and a half don't get some advanced lead on downloading the updates, but rather have to wait in quite the crowded queue with the general public. Thanks for the appreciation ...
I went through this big list of vendors providing Outlook style navigation bars. Out of the list, 3 stand out in terms of quality of their products. Telerik's r.a.d. panel DevExpress's ASPxNavigation and ComponentArt's NavBar My ultimate goal was to use the control in a webpart, hence I was using the control entirely through code (no utilization of a designer/SmartPart capabilities) Out of the 3 above, the telerik product is just exceptional in terms of ease of programability. Its a very good product, ...
Today finished my first day after the reorganization shuffle last night at work. We lost two people, one developer and one manager and two other managers (including myself) were moved around and are no longer managers. All of the political reasons and posturing aside, it has made me realize one thing: I don't have the right outlook to be a manager here. To me, a development manager is the first and last line of defense and sanity for his development team. It is his job to shield the development team ...
Recently, Pageflakes released their new RSS Reader. It provides all the features of a good desktop RSS reader and with AJAX, it gives you the smoothness of regular desktop reader. The good thing of a web application is that you don't have to install it in your PC and you can use it from anywhere. The reader has two view modes: Outlook View & Newspaper View. In both view mode, you can resize the panes just like any desktop application. You can also use hotkeys for navigation. At the bottom, there ...