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NewsGator has released a new version of their product that allows you to read RSS from within Outlook. Called NewsGator InBox, Nick made an announcement in his blog. I am curious to see how this product fares and evolves now that Outlook 2007 will natively support RSS feeds. Given that so far the implementation has been pretty bare bones, I have a feeling there will still be plenty of room for products like this. It is interesting to see that these types of services and applications live for a short ...
I love the built-in RSS features of Outlook 12. However, the specifics seem a little blurry. Perhaps I am not looking in the right place. Perhaps it is just a technical beta! I can import an OPML file; but beyond that I don't see much or any customization. How often feeds are checked, how many to keep, etc. Hopefully more features, customization, etc. will be added as we move through the beta process. I would like to see: The ability to control some things globally via a RSS tab in TOOLS > OPTIONS ...
I'm just venting on this one. Someone at work sent a message to everyone in Exchange. Then some other bozo hit reply to all with the message “Please remove me from this list.” This is where the parade of stupidity really begins. Dozens of people started replying to all with the same message before someone finally sent an e-mail telling everyone to stop replying to all. But I guess some people felt left out so the parade continues. I put a rule in Outlook to block the responses, who knows ...
I took the plunge after reading a couple of reviews of the November CTP and all I can say is wow! I am running a Toshiba M200 with the February CTP build of Vista (5308) and the “tablet” experience is phenomenal. I haven't had to load a single driver! Well, I did have to load the beta nVidia driver for my GeForce go 5200 to get the Aero Glass. Otherwise, everything is working “out of the box.” Now, I should disclaimer that – there are a few Toshiba-specific gadgets that ...
Now playing: Fall Out Boy - Sugar, We're Goin Down I have run in to problems with the Offline Address Book an amazing number of times; and more often than not, on brand-new Exchange 2003 installs. Some of the common fixes, like rebuilding the OAB or deleting it and creating a new one, don't often work. The Outlook 2003 client is stuck with the infamous 0x8004010F error. After reading this article at msexchange.org I downloaded the mentioned OABInteg utility and had my problem fixed in about 5 minutes. ...
Following are very good free RSS Reading tools I found. I was using RSSPopper that is not free, it adds on top of your outlook toolbar. RSSReaderhttp://www.rssread... GreatNewshttp://www.curiost... ...
Having recently lost 10Gb worth of non-backed up photos, (yes I am utterly stupid) I've been giving some serious thought to backup strategies. It's made real easy by the fact I have a second low spec PC in a cupboard which I use as a file server and file sharing client (all legal of course). I've always wondered why seemingly routine tasks such as backup is not catered for in the OS. Sometimes, Windows XP seems to bear little relation to what today's users want to do. I'll save my rant about organising ...

Mendocino : SAP and Microsoft team up for joint software offering that brings together SAP's business applications and Microsoft's Office desktop productivity applications.

Elixir : CRM features for Outlook 12

Maestro: Server-based business-performance-management scorecard application

 

 

If you’re still looking for an RSS Reader for Outlook, this looks like a pretty good one.  $20/yr is pretty steep, though, compared to some of the competitors.

How will any of these guys compete when Outlook 2007 comes out with RSS built-in?

Since Mickey Gousset raised a good point in his comment on my previous TFS post, I've been looking into this further. I was going to post my findings from the current licensing white paper, but Chris Menegay basically said what I was thinking. “Anyone editing data will require a CAL“ What exactly does that mean? I hope they add clarification for (and exclude) API usage. At TechEd '05 they showed a demo of Team System's collaboration capabilities. In it, they talked about how easy it would ...
Now this was posted at MSMobiles a few days ago... but interestingly enough all the links are now broken with the exception of the Accessories page makes you wonder when it might actually be released? UK division of HP makes the HP iPAQ hw6915 / hw6910February 12, 2006 [Pocket PC phone]No more digging deep in the website of HP is needed - now it is enough to go to HP UK website, click on professional handhelds and the HP iPAQ hw6915 / hw6910 are presented officially. Also the probable reasons of ...
mail2web.com is releasing mail2web LIVE, a free email and messaging service based on Microsoft Exchange 2003. This new service will provide users a personal email account on mail2web.com, accessible through a web-based interface developed by Microsoft on the world-leading Outlook 2003 email client. mail2web LIVE is available in 26 languages. mail2web.com Offers Free Microsoft Exchange Email Service ...
I came across this blog from the Razor at the Sydney Morning Herald in Sydney, and thought it was fairly apt? Now that we have MS on the cusp of being able to provide an enterprise Mobile push email solution it seems like they are very much in the driving seat? I have always been hearing numbers bandied about regarding Exchange and Notes being almost 50 - 50 with somthing like 120 Million or so users each? At the end of the day I personally feel that Outlook as a Client is very intuative as well ...
Over the past week I taught two .NET classes in hurricane-struck Baton Rouge, Louisiana. I flew into New Orleans, arriving Saturday night. Instead of hitting the hotel I drove directly to the French Quarter to see what was still standing after the storm. On the way it was interesting to see an occasional boat resting on the roadside. Upon arriving in the historic downtown to my delight all of my favorite places looked fairly intact. Even in the surrounding areas the classic century-old wooden houses ...
In my job I created workflow engine and many workflows based on it. I will not show you the engine I developed but I'd like to start set of articles on Windows Workflow Foundation - MS workflow engine. It's still in its beta version but it looks extremely interesting to me and I believe it should be point of main interest to many developers. Let's start from real-live requirements that we will try to target in WWF: Create an Outlook task, passing some parameters to it (e.g. task subject). Wait for ...
There's an excellent whitepaper released by Microsoft on the practice of running with LUA in Windows XP. I try to be as security conscientious as I can, and I started running as 'user' for my day to day tasks after a New England Code Camp with Robert Hurlbut. It makes a lot of sense on so many different levels. For those not familiar with LUA, I *strongly* suggest you give the article a read. The basic gist of LUA is to use an account with the least privileges as possible for your day to day computing. ...
New just been posted in MSmobiles about an open source Project called Funambol Now MSmobiles has always been keen to be setting the record straight with regard to MS's claims about the Push email (MSFP, AKU2, etc.) just being around the corner, pointing out about the onging court action by Visto, so it will be interesting to see what sort of reply Jason has regarding this and when we might actually start to see some releases by the Carriers? What is quite exciting is that although this is listed ...
RSS (Really Simple Syndication) is a format for syndicating (organizing) news and the content of news-like sites, including major news sites, news-oriented community sites.RSS-aware programs called news aggregators are popular in the weblogging community (blogs). Many weblogs make content available in RSS. A news aggregator can help you keep up with all your favorite weblogs by checking their RSS feeds and displaying new items from each of them.references:http://www.... ...
Note: This is a multipart post; you may want to check the other (first) part. The next session was “Building Distributed Apps: Use-Cases, Options, Techniques, and other Architectural Concerns” by “Clemens F. Vasters”, a community program manager in the Windows Communication Foundation (WCF). I knew that great Patrick had as ASP.NET 2.0 session at the same time, and have guessed that it must have been great one, but I thought I seen many sessions and even videos on MSDN TV, ...
The St. Louis event on February 2, 2006 was ably presented by Jacob Cynamon. Session 1: Building Mobile Applications with Visual Studio 2005 The video that was shown to start off this session was a waste of time - A Benetton ad group of hipper-than-thou soul-patches zipping around a conference room on Segways, allegedly whipping together a mobile app in three days, while communicating with their customer as she purposefully strode around town ignoring incoming traffic while clicking on her smart ...
It's been over a week since my last post on Composite UI App Block, but don't start thinking I have given up on it already. I still want to finish the PetShop sample and at the same time to cover all important parts of CAB on this blog. Last time I have covered some basics on using Commands and UI Elements and demonstrated how I implemented commands in my sample application. But as I said before, out of the box CAB only has UIElementAdapters for ToolStrips and MenuStrips. Just to get started I put ...

I really hope Outlook 12 has a nice RSS/NNTP integration story.  I use Omea Reader right now because it has provided the smoothest integration between RSS and NNTP.  I find myself in Outlook Express from time to time for NNTP though because OE is quite responsive.  Omea does a good job, it's just a bit sluggish at times.  What would be better is to see JetBrains develop an Outlook add-in (hint, hint Omea development team!).

As it turns out it's possible that the cert wasn't necessary as one of my colleagues (Thanks Alex!) pointed out "just uncheck the SSL box and it should be fine" - and lo and behold it was!! So although I've now proved it works, I'm still a bit miffed on a few accounts: Why can't it be using SSL? (I think this is related to point 2?) We still have the security team at our place insisting that OWA hides behind the FW-1, so everyone who wants/needs access to OWA needs to have an account set up on the ...
Supremes shun RIM - again The US Supreme Court has rejected Research in Motion's latest request that it weigh in on the Blackberry maker's battle with US intellectual property holding company NTP. The Court this week said it would not review the US Court of Appeals' August 2005 verdict that RIM had indeed infringed NTP's patents and which sent the case back to the District Court where RIM now faces the prospect of being told to stop offering its service to US users. More at TheRegister.co.uk So does ...
In most applications certain user interface areas are shared among various modules. Examples are all kinds of menus, tool bars, status bars, Outlook style sidebars and others. What is common for all of them is that they serve as containers for collections items (menu items, toolbar buttons, etc.) that user can activate to trigger some actions in the application. For example, the File > Open menu item normally would invoke the action of opening a file. However same action could be also accessible ...
I’ve mentioned in the past that I prefer to receive my RSS feeds in my e-mail. Many disagree with me. I’ve mentioned some tools in the past designed to pump your feeds into Outlook for you, and allegedly Outlook 12 will have the same feature. However, Squeet is not e-mail client specific. It lets you subscribe to feeds and it converts them to e-mail for you. I haven’t tried it out because I’m happy with the solution I have, but it’s still something worth a look if you’re ...
Stumbled across this today.  GoodContacts helps you manage all your important contacts by automatically updating contact information and sending update requests to your contacts.  Surprisingly works with both Outlook and Outlook Express.
Quoting from Ant Drewery: Like its predecessor Windows Mobile 2003, WM 5.0 lacks a wide selection of trusted root certificates installed by default. If you’re using a non-maintream or self-issued certificate you’ll need to do a little extra configuration to get ActiveSync working over the air. With WM 2003 there was a tool to disable certificate checking but it’s not compatible with WM 5.0. Instead follow these instructions: In Internet Explorer go to your Outlook Web Access site and ensure your ...
If you run a MSH script you probably get an error. The reason for this is that the standard execution policy for MSH is set to restricted.This is the secure by default mode from MSH. To configure MSH to run scripts you need to change a registry key.HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\ SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Msh\Micr... ExecutionPolicythe default value of this key is restricted, you need to change this to RemoteSigned MSH recognizes changes to your execution policy immediately. If you download ...
So Visual Studio is getting a "live" component. Here is my feature request: Work and don't suck. I know that's pretty vague, but I am getting tired of Microsoft dropping the ball on web apps. Live.com doesn't work, especially with Firefox. I understand it's in Beta, but Wow, have there been some bad decisions. The gadget's wrapped in IFrames looks like complete garbage in Firefox. Live Favorites is terrible. (Hello, Microsoft, social bookmarking!) And where is this long awaited new mail interface? ...
Getting the outlook synchronization to work correctly can get a bit tricky, especially if you are working with an existing CRM database upgraded from 1.2. Here are some tips to help you out: Before installing the 3.0 outlook client, uninstall the 1.2 outlook client Have all your users synch their data Via Add/Remove programs, remove the CRM client Via Add/Remove programs, remove the MSDE engine for CRM (it should be labeled “(CRM)”) Wipe away the program files directory for the 1.2 client ...
It seems recently we are getting quite a number of potentially new customers asking us to help with issues that they seem to have had some difficulty getting on top of. Generally the quickest and easiest way is just to fire up the trusty GoToAssist session and have a real "look" at what their issue is, that's when the fun starts. ;-)) But what has really prompted this blog is that when I did my first Citrix Admin course (It was on Winframe 1.6 back in 1996) it was really hammered in to us that you ...
Well I’ve been using home VOIP service for about 3 months now, and figure it’s been long enough to share an opinion on it. I signed up for AT&T Callvantage service and was a little skeptical. I’d read about AT&T and Vonage and both had mixed reviews. I still decided to take the plunge with AT&T (click title for entire article...)
Sometimes I think e-mail is a bad thing. Over the weekend, our illustrious sales department decided to send out a new campaign to get old customers back to our service. They didn't tell anyone, and rather than using the mechanisms provided by IT to them for the purpose of sending e-mail campaigns, they just opened up Outlook and started BCC'ing people. They send a 2.2 MB file to THOUSANDS of people over our poor little T-1. The mail server also isn't a super large server (the former sysadmin really ...
http://msn.pcworld.com/news... Just caught this article regarding the life span of burned CDs... frankly I'm shocked. The author then goes on to recommend magnetic tape?! My experience with magnetic tape has not been good. Using a DLT-4, probably higher quality, I still get random restore errors, one error happened in a 1GB pst file that Outlook was NOT able to recover. (This was after I, the IT guy, had mistakenly erased it when trying to move it to a newer computer.) ...
Next important part of Composite UI, if not the most significant, is the WorkItem. According to documentation it “a run-time container for components that are working together to fulfill a use case. These components may consist of SmartParts, controllers, services, UIElements, and other components.” So if we look at Outlook as example here, we have use cases like: browsing email, scheduling appointments or looking up contacts. As I understand, these would correspond to main WorkItems ...

I love the way Outlook 12 handles appointment updates. First off, you don't need to continuously accept appointment updates if you have already accepted the original request. You are only notified of the change. Included is a screen shot of a meeting change. Notice how it crosses out the old item and shows the updated time and date. Very easy to follow, very nicely done.

Not long ago I came across some cool demos showing new features in Windows Forms 2.0. Some of these show how to emulate look and feel of some well know applications (like MS Outlook, Money, Quicken, File Explorer or MSN Messenger). In particular I found there an interesting example of customizing the DataGridView control to implement multi-view schedule component emulating the Outlook Calendar. This sample supports rendering calendar events in day, week and month view. I think it would be quite interesting ...
OK, somewhat off topic I must admit - however those of us involved in IT Strategy and Design always need to keep an eye on what drives the business - so it is only prudent that we do keep something of an eye out as to what is happening in the Global Economy as well as your Local Economy. Now I don't mean to be scaring anyone or being overly alarmist, but at the moment I feel the Economy here in the UK is doing quite OK, especially in Stocks and Shares - it's their turn on the Cycle - but still reasonable ...
The scenario goes something like this: One day while using your XP system suddenly every time you start typing Outlook opens! Every few keystrokes it opens and gains focus, again and again. “What in the world is going on here,” you think. “Perhaps a virus!” So you fight with the errant machine and eventually start a virus scan, coming up with nothing unusual. Checking for spyware or other malicious programs also comes up empty. But the obvious and annoying problem persists. ...
As mentioned earlier in this blog, I am building a rss program together with http://datafreakz.blogspot.com Right now we have about 100000 feeds from this feeds I had before the weekend about 5000 that failed. Now most of these feeds were valid rss although my google sidebar doesn't parse a lot of them either. Then I've noticed that lots of people never took the time to read the specifications and dump whatever they like in an rss feed.Furthermore there are a lot of people including w3c and ms that ...
Now that Visual Studio 2005 has been released for a month, more books are starting to hit the shelves, training classes are popping up, and a lot of articles are (still) being written. Below is a roadmap I have laid out to bring experienced Visual Basic .NET programmers up to date. Visual Basic 6er's will probably be okay too. Video Tutorials There are two video series available for free from the MSDN site. One covers Visual Basic and Windows Forms, the other ASP.NET. These are very basic and will ...
Download this wonderful tool here. The Outlook Web Access (OWA) administration tool provides web-based UI for all administrator tunable OWA settings. It provides a list of all servers in the domain and allows administration of OWA settings on all Front-end and Back-end servers. The tool ensures that settings are correctly written to the server’s registry and provides inline documentation for all configurable features ...
The continuation of my day at Windows XP training has been delayed a few days while I battled a "home made" dose of food poisoning. The details are quite gruesome, so I won't post them here. Suffice it to say that I have been weak, without energy, (more than usual ;-) for the past few days. But I'm good to go now. The bulk of the day of XP training was spent covering several modules in a Microsoft Official Course book, #2261B, Supporting Users Running the Microsoft Windows XP Operating System. The ...
JetBrains has done it again! Being an avid user of Resharper, I was immediately interested when Brian told me about Omea Reader. Omea has a Free Version and a Pro version that costs $49. I am not sure what the pro version has that the free version does not, because the free version seems to have everything. It is very reminiscent of Outlook 2003. It allows you to search all your RSS feeds as well as navigate and search your web browser favorites. It also supports news feeds and contacts. Check it ...
I just installed O12 and well I'm hooked, literally I love the sucker this is going to be a real cool Office. The new ribbon takes some getting used to but once you get over that it Rocks! Outlook 12 has a new To-Do Bar that is really really really cool and should have been in the 2003 version but hey can't get everything or else there is no need for a new version. I you have a chance to try it out you should. B1 is a bit sluggish but it quite stable. There are a few issues with some 3rd party office ...
There is a new version of RssBandit, and it has one feature that I have been wanting for a longtime, i.e. to be able to mark an item as read from newpaper view. I did a minor change to the default outlook 2003 xslt to render the ‘mark item as read’ and ‘flag item’ to item footer, because if there is long post, and once you reach the end of it, you just dont want to scroll all the way up again to mark it as read. Here is what it looks like, and you can get it from here. I would ...
As a follow up to my original post of watching some kid at a coffee shop sniff the wireless network for passwords, I am doing a series of posts on wi-fi security.. In this post I will show wi-fi users how easy it is to gather information from other computers and users by just sniffing the network. I first must explain what “sniffing the network” means. In the simplest form it is just listening and capturing the information that is sent across the network this information is in network ...
ActiveSync 4.1 is the latest sync software release for Windows Mobile 5.0 devices. New features include: New partnership wizard makes syncing easier Faster transfer of data files including media Ability to sync photos assigned to contacts from Outlook on the desktop Microsoft ActiveSync provides a great synchronization experience with Windows-based PCs and Microsoft Outlook right out of the box. ActiveSync acts as the gateway between your Windows-based PC and Windows Mobile-based device, enabling ...
What's the real truth of virtualization? Its the fact that we're all tired of our PC's failing on us. Blue screens, viruses, patches, Internet Explorer BHO conflicts, everything. Its a systemic problem introduced by our friends at Microsoft. I specifically blame the registry. Why? Well considering that I was playing with Windows 95 the day of the launch, and the registry became corrupted kinda spoiled my grandeur. They made the registry a central repository for lots of meta data. Except it was prone ...