WEBMAIL ADVANCES

Many of us cannot imagine life without Outlook. In addition to e-mail, it handles our calendar and address book and to-do list; it fills our handheld devices and addresses envelopes in Word. But it typically lives on a single computer and is not readily accessible anywhere else.

Small Business Server users have it easy: they can use Outlook Web Access, a reasonably good imitation of their Outlook folders presented in Internet Explorer; and Outlook can be set up on a notebook or home computer with a live connection over the Internet to Small Business Server at the office, allowing Outlook to be used from anywhere. […] continued

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PRINTING OUTLOOK MESSAGE HEADERS

Two clients reported problems printing e-mail messages from Outlook 2003 – the message headers weren’t printing, the part that shows Date:, To:, From: and Subject. In each case, it was erratic – some messages would print correctly, others would be missing the header info.

Apparently there’s a bug in the way Outlook 2003 interacts with Internet Explorer 7 – something to do with the IE7 feature that shrinks pages so they print properly. […] continued

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PROBLEMS WITH 1AND1

Yet another tale of woe.

1and1.com is one of the largest web hosting companies in the world. They established themselves in Europe before making a big splashy entrance in the US a couple of years ago, with huge advertising sections on thick glossy paper in dozens of magazines. They offer rock bottom prices, a wide range of services, and well-designed online control panels. […] continued

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E-MAIL RETENTION AND THE NEW FEDERAL RULES

Changes in the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure have imposed new requirements for retention and production of electronic records in federal court litigation, especially e-mail. Here’s my notes when the changes first came to my attention.

A quick reading of some of the articles about the new FRCP revisions gives the impression that businesses should drastically change their practices to ensure long-term retention of e-mail and backup tapes, but that’s not quite correct. […] continued

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EARTHLINK & MISSING E-MAIL

Remember Earthlink? It’s still in business but not particularly relevant. (Companies providing dialup access became an anachronism when the telcos and cable companies shut them out of broadband access. Earthlink all but disappeared, and AOL is following it down the same path – AOL is just taking longer to go away.) […] continued

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SPAM IS BACK

You’ve probably noticed it, and here’s a New York Times article to confirm it: after a respite for a year or two, the volume of spam has risen sharply in the last few months; worldwide spam volumes have doubled since last year and it currently accounts for more than 9 out of every 10 e-mail messages delivered worldwide. […] continued

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DISPOSABLE E-MAIL ADDRESSES

Some web sites require an e-mail address and send a confirming e-mail message to activate an account. The “confirmation” might be an excuse to get an e-mail address that can become a spam target.

Ten Minute Mail sets up a temporary e-mail address that expires after ten minutes – just long enough to get the validation message. […] continued

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WINDOWS MOBILE TAKING OVER HANDHELD MARKET

This article highlights a startling statistic – sales of Windows Mobile-equipped handheld devices grew by 90% last year. Not that long ago, the Palm-based Treo 650 was the only reasonable phone/PDA device, but all of a sudden there’s more than 100 Windows Mobile phones shipping. (The Motorola Q is very cool looking – check it out!) […] continued

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WEB MAIL GROWS UP

Microsoft and Yahoo have both begun testing overhauls of their web mail clients. Here’s an article about the new look for HotMail, scheduled for rollout next year.

The new Hotmail closely resembles Outlook 2003, and supports drag-and-drop, right-clicking, selection of multiple items, and full-featured contacts and calendar folders.

More of you are demanding 24×7 access to your Outlook folders. […] continued

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SENDING LARGE E-MAIL ATTACHMENTS

E-mail was not designed to exchange large files. Many people attempt to send big files by e-mail – 10 or 20 or 30Mb of photos or PDFs or the like – and feel disappointed when the recipient never gets the message. Or perhaps you’ve been on the receiving end and had your mail delivery disrupted by a large attachment that pushes you over your storage limits or causes your mail program to time out. […] continued

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OUTLOOK SPAM FILTER UPDATE

If you’re using Outlook 2003, Microsoft released updated junk mail definitions a couple of days ago. Visit Microsoft Office Update to install the update. (If you haven’t gone to Office Update for a while, you should also install service packs or anything else it offers, but keep in mind that you will probably be asked for the installation CD if you have any programs installed from Office XP or Office 2000. […] continued

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SPAM SPAM SPAM SPAM

It’s not your imagination – the volume of spam is constantly rising and the spammers continue to find new ways to get through the filters. Here’s an article that lays out the figures – almost half of all corporate e-mail is spam and the percentage is higher for non-corporate e-mail users. […] continued

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OUTLOOK 2003 RULES AND JUNK MAIL

When Outlook 2003 was first released, some people had to turn off the rules sorting their incoming mail into different folders. The problem was that the rules processed messages ahead of the junk e-mail filter; anything sorted by a rule into a different folder was never checked to see if it was spam. […] continued

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SPAM CONFUSES ME

Outlook 2003 does a remarkable job of filtering spam. (Make sure you get the latest updates from Office Update.)

It’s no surprise that the spammers are trying to get messages through the antispam filters with new techniques to conceal the true nature of their messages. Lately it’s been a flood of pharmaceutical products with odd spellings and spaces and punctuation marks, typically with unrelated words on the bottom to make the message appear meaningful to an automated filter. […] continued

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NO END TO BATTLE AGAINST SPAM

E-mail security firm MessageLabs reported this week that spam accounted for 76% of all e-mail traffic worldwide recently, and the level is rising. Filters are struggling to keep up. One knowledgeable columnist installed a server-based filter but discovered that its effectiveness seemed to drop after a few months. You may have had the same thing happen if you’ve tried a spam filtering program. […] continued

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