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I typically stop at a local coffee shop to get some caffeine and use their wi-fi network to check email and surf the web. I am gathering this is not unlike most people out there in the business world. I tend to visit places that offer wi-fi because of their ease of use. But the other day I saw some thing that upset me. The story I am about to tell is not anything new, but rather just an eye opener for me. As I was standing in line for coffee I noticed a fellow wi-fi user in the corner and happened ...
Well, sort of :) Tonight we've officially launched the Enterprise editions of Windows Desktop Search and the MSN Search Toolbar. Unlike the current consumer release, there are 2 seperate installs (one for WDS, one for MSN Toolbar). Unfortunately, the consumer version won't be updated right away. But we're working hard to deliver a new version for consumers that will upgrade the current “MSN Search Toolbar with WDS” package. That way everyone can enjoy the latest and greatest we have to ...
I was looking for a news reader that integrates with Outlook but I'm a cheap b* and didn't want to buy one. In fact, I started writing one myself just for the experience and because I really wanted one. I was searching for something related to this effort one evening and found Attensa. At first I didn't install it because I was pretty committed to writing mine. Well, we all know how work picks up and lower priority items are pushed off. My custom news reader was one of those items. If you use Outlook ...
When making decisions on what SCL levels to set in the Intelligent Message Filter (IMF) configuration, it’s useful to see what SCL is stamped on particular mail. The following is an Outlook configuration file provided by Paul Bowden that will allow you to configure Outlook to expose the SCL property. Copy the SCL.CFG text and save it as SCL.CFG (in the same location as the .ICO files, usually program files\...\office 11\forms\language ID), then follow the instructions below to install it. SCL.CFG: ...
In the next steps we’ll try to visualize the Sender-ID MAPI property (0x40790003) in our Outlook 2003 client. Copy the below text into a new text file as SenderID.CFG (in the same location as the .ICO files, usually Program Files\Microsoft Office\Office11\forms\language ID). ;**********The CFG file********** [Description] MessageClass=IPM.Note.SenderID CLSID={00020D0C-0000-0000-C... DisplayName=SenderID Extension Form Category=Standard Subcategory=Form Comment=This forms allows ...
There seems to be a few dollars out there that Microsoft sees flowing into other peoples pockets, and well, that has to stop. By that I mean Microsoft hosted solution providers. In an attempt to cut out the middle man, Microsoft will soon host SharePoint, Exchange, CRM and ERP apps for you. They will still allow hosting, so you have options for now. I currently use a hosting provider for our home e-mail on Exchange 2003. Mostly so I can get all the cool features on our SmartPhone and PocketPC phone ...
You can find this post, and more, on my new blog here. Last night, Dan and I went to the geek dinner Dave Winer hosted for Robert Scoble. While I've been to many parties and dinners full of geeks, this was my first "geek dinner." There was an interesting mix of people: entrepreneurs from Web 2.0 startups, various software developers, many bloggers, and other assorted geeks. The highlight of the evening for me was the discussion that started just before the restaurant closed. We adjourned to the parking ...
Service Pack 2 for Exchange Server 2003 has been released and can be downloaded from here. Basically this service pack is a big deal as it will provide mobile devices easy access to Exchange Server for e-mail messages, schedules, contact information, and tasks lists. Also with Microsoft Outlook Mobile Access, virtually any mobile device or phone equipped with a Web or Wireless Application Protocol (WAP) browser can retrieve Exchange Server information. More information can be found here. So what’s ...
The Microsoft Office Outlook 2003 Calendar Views Add-in makes it easy for you to view your Outlook Calendar appointments through a filter that is based on Outlook labels and categories. For example, you can create a view that shows you only the appointments on your calendar that are labeled Must Attend, or are categorized as Important. You add filters by using the Calendar Views toolbar, which opens in your Outlook Calendar after you install the add-in. Tips for using this add-in are available within ...
There are few points that my “dream work environment” have got to met. First and most important is fast to access and make changes. For example, currently I am using SharePoint server where I log my work events and update tasks progress. Actually I rarely do this because www interface to SP is slow and not very user friendly. For example updating progress for tasks requires me to change text file in changelog.txt style. I would also like my environment to easily integrate with Outlook ...
From TheServerSide.NET: Microsoft has released Service Pack 2 for Microsoft Office 2003. This service pack contains significant security enhancements, in addition to stability and performance improvements. Also included is support SQL Server 2005 in InfoPath and SharePoint 2003. Some of the features included are: Improved Security – SP2 includes an enhancement to Outlook to help prevent “Phishing.” Outlook has also improved the handling of “Junk” email. Junk messages ...
Hmmm...Tris, or Arieanna...or someone smarter than me over at Qumana wants to know who the Qumana bloggers are out there. Surprisingly enough, I am not. Why? This is a .Text blog and it doesn’t work well with .Text. It can’t retrieve the Categories. I suspect this is more a shortcoming of .Text than it is with Qumana, but for now I use BlogJet. I’m planning on moving to a new bloghost in the near future (I’ve already registered at 3 or 4 of them, as a matter of fact), as no ...
Office 2003 Service Pack 2 was released on Monday. The update, along with additional information, can be found here. Another feature to note is that when used in conjunction with the latest Outlook Junk Mail Filter update and new anti-phishing feature is turned on by default. Here is the text from the website: Microsoft Office Outlook® 2003 Phishing Protection and Junk E-mail FilterSP2 contains a new Phishing Protection feature to be used with the Outlook Junk Email Filter. Phishing is the luring ...
Tris Hussey (I checked this time, and it IS Tris) has some thoughts about RSS Readers. I agree with her that we need a new metaphor, and that none of the current approaches is really the “best”. However, for me, at the moment, it’s NewsGator, as I’ve mentioned before. If I can’t read your blog in Outlook, I’m not going to read it. There are other options than NewsGator for this now, although I don’t remember specifics. Outlook for Office 12 will have this ...
My.Blogs is a collection of sample code that will show you how you can easily provide programmatic access to weblogs in the applications you build. Full source code is provided along with Windows Forms, ASP.NET 2.0, and a Visual Studio 2005 Tools for Office Outlook Add-In. The My.Blogs sample is great from a couple of points of view. First, it provides a great example of how you can extend My to provide a very clean and intuitive way of accessing common functionality throughout your code. Second, ...
Book: Pro-Service Oriented Smart Clients with .Net 2.0 Author: Sayed Y. Hashimi and Scott J. Steffan Publisher: APress Hardcover: 308 Pages 1) An Introduction to Smart Clients – Chapter 1 I wanted to first start with Microsoft’s definition of Smart Client. “Easily deployed and managed client application that provides an adaptive, responsive and rich interactive experience by leveraging local resources and intelligently connecting to distributive data sources”. And here is ...
I have been using the Newsgator Outlook Edition for the past year and was pretty happy with it, but I just realized that it has been discarding posts somewhat arbitrarily. For example, I had subscribed to the PDC Bloggers feed and hadn't gotten a new post since the Wednesday of the conference. With all of the feeds I was reading, I didn't even notice. Several other feeds have been behaving the same way. Newsgator online was working fine, though. Definitely not the feeds, just the reader. A trip to ...
My RSS Feeder.NET is now scoring between top 15th to 19th in Source Forge's most Active project. I feel proud that it's the only .NET application that has scored this high. Thanks to all of its users.http://rssfeederdotne... case you don't know about it, RSS Feeder is a RSS Feed aggregator & Blog Tool. You can use to blog to variety of blog engines including WordPress, B2Evolution, .Text, Community Server etc. I am blogging to this blog using my baby!You can be fully MS Outlook dependent ...

On Day One, Jim Allchin mentioned something rather significant that I haven’t seen anyone else comment on.  He mentioned that Hotmail will be getting yet another facelift, and that it will look much more like Outlook Web Access.  If you’ve used the latest version of OWA and used Hotmail, you know that this is a very good thing.  This can’t come too soon.  Hotmail users that have never seen OWA, prepare to be wowed.

 

 

The new UI for Office 12 is very cool. I have maintained for years that most people haven’t needed any of the new features of Office since Office 97. The one exception to that has been Outlook, however quite a few people don’t even use that as they use something integrated with their browser or some type of webmail (Hotmail, Yahoo, GMail, etc.). Finally, Microsoft has given us a reason to upgrade. Office 12 looks like a suite that people can actually be more productive with at doing the ...
A number of things were talked about; The new Expression suite, particularly 'Acrylic'. I know a graphic artist who wants to have look. Personnally the Windows Work Flow (WWF mmm) and Office 12 were the main points of interest. They could both be very useful. The workflow diagrams reminded me of the BizTalk ones. Things to note; (mostly from yesterday) when you print a web page, you can get it to print correctly on 1 page; RSS support within Outlook (what took them so long :) One of things I'm going ...
After Bill Gates spoke, Jim Allchin came out and gave a presentation geared at developers with the promise of showing lots of code (which was done by Don Box and company). Here are some of the highlights from Jim's presentation: First Jim showed everyone an IBM computer from the Microsoft museum with Windows 1.03 loaded. He then showed us the OS booting up and then pulled up the game of Reversi. Funny, I remember all those screens he showed ... I must be getting old. The point of showing that is ...
I have run into a isssue with “somtimes“ when you create a MS Ofice transform file for custom Office intallations, they dont work. I have many times setup Citrix and Terminal servers to have the Outlook profile be created automatically when the user logs in. It works great. No extra helpdesk requests. And if you are using published applications and no desktop via Citrix it is priceless. The issue I have is when it is just won't work or stops working. This has happened on upgrades, new ...
I found this little Gem on Jason’s Blog last night. If you are at all concerned about how to ensure some degree of Security on mobile devices within your organisation you should really review this – sorry, late me restate that – you must review this, it’s essential reading. Although the headline is for CESG, Jason quickly points out that:“CESG is the Information Assurance (IA) arm of GCHQ and are the UK Government’s National Technical Authority for Information ...
Over the past few months or so, I've been more and more impressed by Newsgator. Yeah, the software is great, but that’s not why I've been impressed. Although, I do have to say that FeedDemon is a very good aggregator. There's some things missing, but I almost made the switch from Newsgator Outlook Edition to FeedDemon. Outlook freezing up doesn’t really bother me, but FeedDemon doesn't have that issue, and syncs very quickly. I may still switch - we'll see.Anyway, that's not the main thing that's ...
Es geschehen noch Zeichen und Wunder, Microsoft hat heute die Beta 1 des aus Windows Vista verschwundenen WinFS released. Alle MSDN-Kunden bzw. PDC-Teilnehmern steht die Beta zum Download zur Verfügung. Was kommt nun mit? Natürlich WinFS als System selbst inklusiven einer Shell-NameSpace-Extension und eine Win32 Integration. Damit ist ein WinFS-Storage kompatibel zur Win32-File-IO-Api. Die .NET-Api für WinFs inklusive Dokumentation Einige Tools, die aber als unsupported gelten Hier ...
First off, let me say that I am very impressed with the work the WinFS team has done and that they've already won a great deal of respect from me. That said, I'm not 100% sure I see the need for their product. This opinion is certainly not set in stone, but from what I've seen and what I understand so far... I'm not sold. Why is that? Well maybe it's because I watch videos like this one and I think... why is that different from what we already do? You can tell that these guys are super fired up about ...
I just installed Microsoft's SyncToy. Wow, what a great start. I can't wait to see features being added. Here are ideas I would like to see: An Addins/plugin architecture (so that we can build our own addons). An automatic update (scheduler style). Or real time (FileSystemWatcher) The ability to sync between to sites that are not connected ! For example, synchronize 2 Gig of files between home and work via a single (or more) USB sticks of various capacity. Even if takes 5 days to complete, once completed, ...
My Personal Productivity System – How it Works I've had a few people ask me questions about how I use all the tools I do in a systematic way. I may sometimes be seen as using too many tools and plugins. One of the initial criticisms I've heard from people is that it takes too long to use all the tools. I disagree. At first, it does take awhile to learn to use a new tool. It also sometimes takes awhile to learn which tool to use for what, since many tools overlap in functionality is seemingly ...
Well I got my “Would you like to renew your subscription?” call from MSN Direct for my SPOT watch. I had to say no thank you since I couldn't get my SUNNTO N3 to charge at all to wear the thing. They told me they were having a special promotion where I could get a free Fossil watch if I rejoined for $39.95 a year ($59.95 if you want Outlook and IMs). Ummm, lets see, a free $140+ dollar watch for free and cheap service to have weather, sports, movies, appointments, and messages all on ...
Via Ed Bott, Dwight Silverman wants to know what's on your start menu.No, not what programs you have installed. He wants to know what your top 6 programs are that you use - you know, in Windows XP, the left side of the start menu, where it has an MRU program list.I'm game. Here's my two lists. The first one is on my base machine - where I don't do any development. Here's my list:1. Excel - This is unfair. I recently had a small project working on an excel sheet. No need for a dedicated VPC just to ...
I was getting p*ssed with the bugs (i.e. its intermittent crashes etc.) in the current beta version of Sauce Reader (i.e. v.2.0.1) so I thought I might as well check if there had been an update on the site. What surprised me was the greeting message on their site. "Synop has closed for business. We're very proud of all we've accomplished both internally and by working closely with our customers and users. We appreciate all your interest and support. The Sauce Reader product and source code are for ...
So I finally managed to get Vista Beta1 installed not with out some hassle but if I had read the release notes (who does that) I would have found the answer. Basically the installer which is based on Windows PE not the old text mode cannot create a the partition that is required to install on. I used an XP install to create it then installed over the top but the release notes give a procedure using "diskpart". So once I had managed to install it and it booted, it was quite noticeable that the marketing ...
I was checking on the latest news regarding the C500 handset and Windows Mobile 5 at http://msmobiles.com and also came across another interesting site for similar news at http://www.coolsmartphone.com So first of all - start that download ;-)) Try this for the new 4.2.1.1 ROM Upgrade with Media Player 10 and Compatibility with THB car kit (whatever that means??), I'm always ready to be a guinea pig - but not tonight, I'll give this a bash tomorrow.http://www2.orange... ...
Microsoft released a tool for customizing Outlook Web Access. Besides adjusting the theme, you can also adjust blocked file types ,smime settings and lots more.. 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 ...
I'm not too embarrassed to say that I was one of the original purchasers of the original Handspring Visor Deluxe back in 1998 (or was it 1999?) who shelled out nearly $300 for a PDA that looked like it had escaped from a roll of Life Savers. Plus, I had plunked-down nearly another $100 for accessories! I don't know which of the first 50,000 or so people I was, but I do know that I was a part of the first wave of purchasers who overwhelmed Handspring's servers. Instead of being one of the first people ...
Microsoft Previews Next Release of Customer Relationship Management Solution at Worldwide Partner Conference Microsoft CRM 3.0 to provide a complete CRM suite with the familiar look and feel of Microsoft Office and Microsoft Outlook. AMSTERDAM, Netherlands, and MINNEAPOLIS — July 5, 2005 — Microsoft Corp. today announced that it will preview the upcoming release of its customer relationship management solution, Microsoft® CRM 3.0, in timing with the Microsoft Tech•Ed 2005 Europe ...
So I haven't been able to use NewsGator all day long. As soon as I found out that I could upgrade from 2.0 to 2.5, I started the upgrade. Well let me tell you what, that was a horrible idea. I couldn't upgrade because I was behind a proxy. If you want to upgrade, do not do it behind a proxy. For some reason it doesn't work. My guess is the code used to get feeds via a proxy is not the same code used in the upgrade wizard. As soon as I got home and tried to complete the upgrade it worked great. I ...
I had the unfortunate opportunity yesterday to come in to work only to find that all of our Public Folders had been deleted from the our Exchange 5.5 site. It seems the administrator from another site had finished migrating from Exchange 5.5 to Exchange 2003. He decided he didn't want “everyone else’s” Public Folders showing up in his tree, and since he couldn't see the content of the folders, figured they were local copies only. Delete. Whoops. This had happened once before, when ...
New RSS Reader for Outlook announced at Gnomedex. I'll check it out, but I love Feeddemon.
I think my favorite sessions at this year's TechEd were John R Durant's sessions on programming Office using the new Visual Studio Tools for Office. John is a very entertaining speaker and is very passionate about the VSTO tools. I loved his session on Outlook where he demonstrated creating an Outlook add-in. It's very easy to extend the functionality of outlook using these tools. I can see a lot of good uses for this. For example, a company may use email for its business, and one of its needs is ...
First of all, a big thank you is due to Tom Andries for bringing this great software tool to my attention. It appears that Tom and I share a passion for productivity and therefore the same tools for productivity. We both use GTD, Franklin Covey PlanPlus, and probably some other common tools. I’m a self-acknowledged productivity freak. It’s not a disease, rather a way to get everything you want out of life. PlanPlus provides a system for managing life by Dr. Covey’s 7 Habits of Highly ...
Well I hear the folks back at home are enjoying some real nice COLD weather. All I can say is HA HA HA, it's warm here! Maybe I can just stay for another week or so.... I'm sure it will be warm in Nevada by the middle of June... or not. I have to admit that I'm ready to go home. Home to see my wonderful family and all that snow! So the classes for the last couple of days have been really good. I went to a class on Outlook Web Access yesterday and the presentation had some really good tips on how ...
Since it was our very own Ken Spencer doing a presentation on Secure Apps, it didn't matter that it started at 0'dark thirty -- I had to be there. And I'm glad I went, even though I ended up traversing the main hall at least twice to get breakfast and get back to Ken's venue. Main hall treks are only noteworthy because the main hall is about 10 miles long. By the way, somebody warn Bill Plummer that the food was not worth the walk. Without grits how can you warm up your cold eggs? But back to Ken ...
This is my breakdown of the keynote. This is unedited and most likely filled with spelling and grammar errors. 8:52 - Finally sitting down. Received a free Windows Update Services (WUS) CD 8:55 - The half the large screens as have Windows Media Player on them with visualizations. On the other half the sponsors list keeps going by. Where is Dell as a sponsor?? Usually Dell is a huge sponsor. Dell also doesn't have booth. 8:59 - People still entering. Good music so far. 9:03 - Welcome everyone to TechEd. ...
I attended the keynote, plus three sessions today. Here's a quick summary of points I found interesting: Steve Ballmer Keynote I blogged about this already, but you can watch the webcast yourself. Live Communication Server 2005 This is basically an enterprise IM server, with ability to interoperate with other company's IM servers, and public IM (MSN, Yahoo, AIM). If you want to have IM in your company, but don't want employees using public IM (and therefore possibly sharing sensitive info on public ...
Keynote- Mr. Ballmer gets way more out of a slide than I do. Primary theme is connectivity, as it has been since Windows 95. The document handler in Longhorn looks awesome. After using a nifty search capability to reduce the number of target docs, they zoom in and all the docs began to wysiwyg render - graphics and all. As I said, awesome. To stress security, they showed us several times that a corporation can wipe a lost PDA or even set it to wipe itself after a defined number of login failures. ...

You can now create managed add-ins to outlook using Visual Studio Tools for Office 2005. This will make a lot of headaches go away...like this one. More info here.

Linked from Paul Stubbs

I've been dumping this to Outlook and my PDA all morning... too much cool stuff, not enough time... Monday, June 06 9:00 AM - 10:15 AM Opening Keynote 10:45 AM - 12:00 PM CSI241 Connected Systems Technologies and the .NET Framework: When to Use What S 220 E DAT382 Database Application Quick Start with SQL Server Express and Microsoft Visual Basic .NET 2005 S 210 E 12:15 PM - 1:15 PM GNL003 Microsoft Learning Presents: Getting Ready for Visual Studio 2005 and SQL Server 2005 N 320 D/H 1:30 PM - 2:45 ...
I bought Plan Plus for Outlook about a year ago and installed it on a new desktop with Win2k3 and Office 2k3. During the installation, I got this error message:


What else can one ask for? With an error message like that, it leaves little doubt what the outcome will be. I decided not to finish the installation. ;-)