Microsoft is sending out email notices to subscribers about changes ahead for Microsoft Online Services, the service providing hosted Exchange mailboxes for many of my clients. Let me give you some background to understand those notices.
Later this year Microsoft Online Services (aka “Business Productivity Online Suite”) will get a new name, Microsoft Office 365. Expect a huge promotional push. Microsoft is trying to stay ahead of Google in the emerging market for hosted business services and will use Office 365 to demonstrate that it is still nimble enough to be a step ahead of the competitors.
From Microsoft’s perspective, the big money is in midsize and large companies and government agencies, so the new services will have a lot to offer to companies that have an in-house IT staff. […] continued
These are the rules for being safe using a Windows computer in 2011. Memorize them, tape them to your refrigerator, pass them on to your friends!
Install updates from Microsoft promptly. Look in the lower right corner for the gold shield (WinXP) or update icon (Win7/Vista).
Install updates to Acrobat, Adobe Reader, Flash, Java, and Quicktime promptly. Each will alert you from the lower right corner.
Install antivirus software and keep it up to date.
Know the name of your antivirus software. […] continued
Some background, then some specific instructions about how to deal with the password for Microsoft Online Services. Sections below:
Microsoft is devoting its considerable resources to dominating the world of hosted services, starting with hosted Exchange email. Microsoft Online Services delivers reliable hosted Outlook mailboxes to small and medium businesses worldwide, with a major expansion due this summer under the new name Office 365. […] continued
I’m going to show you an app for Android phones and tablets that is not for everybody – but a few of you will like it quite a lot, and it might give the rest of you something to think about.
EXCHANGE It’s increasingly common for small business employees to have an Exchange mailbox, either hosted online by Microsoft Online Services or running at the business on Small Business Server. This tip doesn’t apply if you have a Gmail account or a POP3 account from your ISP.
ANDROID Most people get Android smartphones in Sonoma County, since Verizon’s coverage is better than AT&T or Sprint up here. […] continued
I have a long article for you about an exciting new platform for small businesses scheduled for release in six months. Take your time and read this over the holiday weekend, but don’t get lazy and decide you can skip this one – there will be a test when class meets again. Happy Thanksgiving!
Small Business Server 2011 Essentials will be marketed as a “first server” for small businesses with fewer than 25 users. […] continued
Let’s see if we can keep the big picture in mind while we look at the specific features of Microsoft’s servers for small businesses, starting with Small Business Server 2011 Standard, scheduled to be released in December as the replacement for Small Business Server 2003 and 2008.
At first glance, the various products for small businesses look quite different from each other. It’s worth noting that all these products start from the same rock-solid code base. Microsoft’s operating systems have more in common than you think. […] continued
One of the most powerful tools you can add to Outlook is a search folder that allows you to search through all of your messages with a single click. I wrote about Michael Linenberger’s suggestion to create an All Mail Search Folder a few months ago. If you haven’t set it up yet, try it now! If you have the search folder set up, it may need to be updated if you rearranged your mail folders as I suggested last week.
The idea is to create a Search Folder that displays all your mail, from all folders and all dates, in one folder, sorted by date. […] continued
Previously: Understanding Outlook Slowdowns
If you were following along, you know that Outlook mailboxes run by Exchange Server can slow down if there are too many items in “core folders” – Inbox, Sent Items, Deleted Items, Contacts, and Calendar.
Separately, Outlook performance will suffer if the overall size of the mailbox grows above certain limits.
We’ll address those here, but it’s worth noting that these are certainly not the only reasons that Outlook might stutter or slow down. There are any number of other things that might interfere: slow network connections, overloaded Exchange Servers, misbehaving third-party Outlook plug-ins, famine, pestilence, phases of the moon – all things considered it’s amazing that Outlook works at all. […] continued
These are important guidelines for Outlook users with mailboxes run by Exchange Server. I will be discussing this with my clients that have busy mailboxes!
Outlook has five folders that are considered “core folders” or “critical path folders.” You will experience poor performance if there are too many items in those core folders. Outlook will slow down and you will start to see these messages:
If your mailbox is run by Exchange Server 2007, it is important that the number of items in the core folders be kept below these thresholds:
If your mailbox is run by Exchange Server 2003, you will start to see poor performance if there are more than 3,500-5,000 items in any of the core folders. […] continued
The good news is that Microsoft has released Windows Live Essentials 2011, an updated collection of free programs that are well designed and useful additions to Vista and Windows 7.
The bad news is that you almost certainly don’t want all of them, and Microsoft has released them in a way that makes it more likely that you’ll install them all by accident, with some side effects that you won’t like.
The programs included in Windows Live Essentials 2011 have been shifting for the last couple of years – programs have been added and dropped, features have appeared and disappeared, and names have changed around endlessly. […] continued