Outlook

Outlook and Office 365

The recent release of Microsoft Office 365 is a great opportunity for small and medium businesses to get the power of Microsoft Outlook and Microsoft Exchange Server together, for a lower cost than ever. If you’ve been using a POP3 or IMAP email account from your Internet service provider (ISP) or an email hosting service here are some reasons to try Microsoft Exchange Online with Office 365. The Microsoft Office…

Outlook

New Outlook Hotmail Connector released

We’ve got good news for those of you who read your Windows Live Hotmail accounts in Outlook. We have released an update to the Microsoft Outlook Hotmail Connector. This update brings a number of fixes and is required to continue using Hotmail accounts in Outlook. The version number for the updated Hotmail Connector is 14.0.5139.5001. To determine which version is installed on your computer, see the end of this article.…

PowerPoint

Create a table with nifty rounded corners (video)

This is the fifth in a series of quick video tips for business managers using PowerPoint by guest blogger Bruce Gabrielle, author of Speaking PowerPoint. Tables with rounded corners are friendlier, more contemporary, more web 2.0. But you can’t create them automatically. Here’s how you can achieve this effect using a handful of workarounds that include shapes, gradient colors, and background fills. — Bruce Gabrielle

PowerPoint

Wrap text around pictures and shapes in PowerPoint? Avoid it!

We see a lot of questions about how to wrap text around a picture or a shape in PowerPoint. And it isn’t easy (though we do have articles for PowerPoint 2010 and PowerPoint 2007 that discuss admittedly complicated workarounds to achieve the wrapping effect). Since it’s hard and awkward to do, we see more comments from people who are unhappy about it than from people who say they find it…

PowerPoint

Fabulous free templates await: The PPT165 project is complete

Happy to announce that all 165 templates created by PowerPoint MVP Julie Terberg are now available as free downloads at Office.com. You can use these templates as-is, or unlock your inner designer (reproduction steps appear in each template’s Notes pane in PowerPoint). This is a sequel of sorts; we created PPT157 on the first set of Terberg’s templates and, well, you don’t mess with success. See more about the project including…

Outlook

Issues with the recent update for Outlook 2007

On Tuesday, December 14, we released an update (KB2412171) for Microsoft Outlook 2007. We have discovered several issues with the update and want to inform you about problems you might encounter and what corrective steps we recommend. As of December 16, this Outlook 2007 update has been removed from Microsoft Update. This Outlook 2007 update was distributed via Microsoft Update. Many of you receive updates automatically and if you installed…

PowerPoint

A good old-fashioned workaround: Using portrait and landscape orientation in the same presentation

We listen to what you have to say, so we know that many of you want to use both portrait (shown here as image 1) and landscape slide orientation (image 2) in the same presentation. It makes sense, and presentations with both orientations look great. And while we don’t like to deliver news that you might not want to hear, a single PowerPoint presentation can’t contain both. It has to be…

Outlook

Free online video training courses for Outlook 2010!

Have you visited Office.com recently? Microsoft offers free online video training courses that increase your Outlook 2010 productivity. Whether you’re new to Outlook, recently upgraded from Outlook 2003, or an experienced user that likes to organize your Inbox with the new Conversations view, there is something for you. Go here to check them out. We’re also happy to introduce three new courses: · Use e-mail signatures in Outlook 2010 ·…

Outlook

Use the Outlook Social Connector with Facebook, LinkedIn, MySpace and Windows Live!

  Outlook is the premier communications tool to stay connected with colleagues, friends, and family. Your email messages, even from multiple accounts, are in one place. Connections and communication also happen on websites such as Facebook, LinkedIn, MySpace and Windows Live. Through these sites, you find new contacts and reconnect with old ones. You can share who you are, what you think, what you are doing, and what you like…

Outlook

My Favorite Feature: Quick Steps

Editors’ Note: The following is a guest post by Microsoft Outlook MVP Diane Poremsky as part of the MVP Award Program Blog‘s series “10 Days for Office 2010″. One of my favorite timesaving features in Outlook 2010 is Quick Steps. You can use Quick Steps to perform tasks you need to do frequently that involve multiple steps, such as filing messages in specific folders or flagging messages for follow up…