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Hi! You’ve found the new home of the Microsoft Office Outlook Team Blog, your one-stop-shop for tips, tricks, and rants directly from the Outlook product team here at Microsoft.
You may have seen some of our team members’ individual blogs out on the web, covering specific areas such as time management, search, and our extensibility platform.
Now that we’re working on our next release we’ve decided to create a team blog where we can talk about a wider range of topics. We look forward to having folks from all across the team posting about the tons of different features and functionality in Outlook.
We want to make it easier for everyone to find information, directly from the source, about the way Outlook works and how to get the most out of our product. We’ll be talking about what we’re working on, how we decide what to do next, and cool things you can do with the product.
For now, we’ll be communicating mostly about the current release, Outlook 2007. When the time is right, we’ll begin to transition to discussing details of the next release of Office and Outlook so you can learn more about what will be coming in the future.
We’ll all do our best to make sure this blog is a useful resource for the Outlook community and that our posts are topical and enjoyable. If you have a particular topic you want to know more about, or feedback on how we’re doing, use the EMAIL link at the top of the page to send us feedback. If you want to comment about a particular post, use the comment feature directly on that post.
We’re all looking forward to helping you learn more about Outlook and enabling you to use our favorite product more productively.
Thanks and happy reading!
Hi: My company will be migrating from Groupwise to Exchange 2007 early next year. Our curretn Office version is 2002 and I am trying to convince the business that at the very least we should ensure that all of the clients are using Outlook 2003. Does anyone know of documented differences between the Outlook 2007, Outlook 2003 and Outlook XP when connecting to Exchange 2007. Thanks
One thing that Notes has always had but has never been avaialble in Outlook is the ability to prompt for where to file an outgoing email message or NOT file it. In outlook you have to go into Options every time you want to change whether it should be filed, or what folder you want it in. So the Sent Mail becomes a HUGE folder with mail relating to many different folders in it.
You might try using rules to automatically file your sent mail. While not a perfect solution, it might help. Thanks for the suggestion. -Melissa
Nice to join in this blog. I need ur help in doing a task in Outlook... I need to have a command button inside the Outlook editor, whose click event in macro is coded. So tat when i send mail to some one, then will click the button and the corresponding macro code should get executed. Let me know how to add a button in the outlook editor... Awaiting for ur replies... Thanks Anbu
I am looking for a way in Outlook 2003/2007 to automatically delete items in the Junk Email folder. We have a SPAM filter at a server that automatically places items into the Junk Folder that we suspect as SPAM mail. Some people would like to review for legitimate emails and others want to automatically delete anything placed in this folder without reviewing. Is there a way to automatically empty this folder as items arrive?
Hi Scott, Unfortunately there is no way to automatically delete items in the Junk Email folder on delivery. You can, however, use AutoArchive and put individual settings on the folder to empty it once a day, a week, etc. Hope that helps. Thanks! -michael affronti
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I sadly purchased Office 2007 Student Edition without noticing that it was missing the important feature of Outlook! Is there any way to simply get Outlook for this suite as an add-on?
Paul: I'm sorry that you noticed that student edition no longer includes Office Outlook only after you made your purchase. You might want to check and see if the place where you purchased it can exchange it for a version of Office that includes Outlook. Alternatively, you can purchase a standalone copy of Outlook through http://shop.microsoft.com or your favorite software vendor. --Ryan
Unfortunately I bought it at Best Buy which like most companies, will not take back or even exchange software, since they assume that the person has copied the software. However I say that you should get off of business if you're going to operate on the assumption that all of your customers are evil and out to get you! I will have to get the full Outlook I suppose. Let this be a warning to check exactly what is included in the software on the box before hurrying to the checkout!
I must rant about Outlook 2007. I have attempted to export my calendar and contacts. When I export the contacts to a CSV file the calendar events are saved, but abbreviated...only the Categories, Priority, Private, Sensitivey are saved. When I save the incoming or sent email to a CSV file the record headers are saved, without the body of the text. Saving Notes saves only the title, color, priority, and sensitivity. I have removed and reinstalled Outlook twice and run the repair process twice with the same results. I even found a Microsoft employee, showed him the steps I have taken, and he had the same results on my machine. After talking to his MS Buds, he said to reinstall. :-(
Bellsouth (now AT&T)prevents outgoing mail from being sent if not connected to a Bellsouth/AT&T network. The argument being that spammers can generate email through Outlook when not on a monitored network; so they have designed the interface to disallow outgoing mail. To ease their concern (other ISPs as well?) could there be a challenge for the user to enter a pin or some other data when emailing multiple recipients?
How do you configure Outlook MSP to not display the welcome message requiring a response about online updates when Outlook starts the first time?
Glad I found this blog. Why are categories not transferred to a PDA for notes in O2007? Major disappointment for me.
Hello, I am looking for an answer to a question I received working on the help desk and can't seem to find it easily. In Outlook 2007, If a client's mailbox is full, what happens to incoming new mail? I know the client will receive an e-mail that the mailbox is full, but do the incoming messages stay on the server and are they automatically delivered when the client cleans up their inbox? Do the messages stay for a certain amount of time (i.e. 30 days) or do they stay indefinitely until the client takes action? Thanks for any help anyone can give!
I just switched from XP Home to XP Pro and experienced numerous problems. It seemed like everything was okay, but now my Outlook 2003 doesn't synch with my internet provider (cox). When I try to receive my emails on Outlook, it kind of bogs down. The error comment says that the connection to the server was interupted. It appears that I can send emails but can't receive them.