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I changed the way of blogging, developing, designing and assisting my customers. Re-designed the site and started using the latest Windows Live Writer & Windows 10!! Additionally added Microsoft Translator gadget available @ top of page, so that you can change the page in your preferred language!!
If you’re an Exchange MAPI developer/ISV/Vendor who relies on Exchange MAPI/CDO then this blog post is for you. Do you know Exchange MAPI/CDO library is discontinued from Exchange 2016? Please refer @ “What is discontinued at Exchange Server 2016” which talks about the same (refer snapshot as well) and provides recommendation moving forward as well…
In addition, you can refer Dave’s blog post on this as well. Hope this helps.
In my earlier blog post I mentioned about lot of new features that I liked including Groups in Outlook 2016 and a new mobile app called Outlook Groups which you can download. With the new Outlook Groups mobile app for Windows Phone, iOS and Android, you can now engage with your group on your phone while on the go—continue conversations, view files, @mention colleagues and even discover other relevant groups etc. Below is the sample snapshot how it will looks like. These new capabilities offer a better way to get work done with others and offer a number of benefits compared to traditional distribution lists. In Outlook 2016, creating a group is easy and new colleagues can also join existing groups and quickly get up to speed. Each member of a group can participate in conversations, schedule meetings, share files and notes and even initiate a Skype for Business voice and video call for urgent real-time decisions. You can have a look at the below video:
FAQ: Learn more about Outlook 2016 and its new Groups features here. Download/try, make use of the Groups!!
On Tuesday(today), Microsoft Corp. began the worldwide release of Office 2016. The apps are the latest addition to Office 365, Microsoft’s cloud-based subscription service that helps people do their best work, together. Office 2016 delivers new versions of the Office desktop apps for Windows, including Word, PowerPoint, Excel, Outlook, OneNote, Project, Visio and Access. By subscribing to Office 365, you can get always-up-to-date, fully installed apps for use across their devices, combined with a continually evolving set of consumer and commercial services, such as OneDrive online storage, Skype for Business, Delve, Yammer and enterprise-grade security features.
I love the real-time co-authoring, Office 365 Groups, redesigned Outlook 2016, Office 365 Planner, Tell Me, Smart Lookup, DLP, EDP are few of the important new features/improvements that I want to mention – you can get more detailed info @ https://blogs.office.com/2015/09/22/thenewoffice/
For more info you can refer the following:
Hope this helps.
In Office Developer tools for Visual Studio (Office Web apps, VSTO, COM add-ins) it will be further differentiated as the following:
In this video you can watch the end-to-end tour of richest Outlook capabilities to date. Ben Walters joins Jeremy Chapman for a preview of the new Outlook mail and calendar experiences across the Windows desktop, Windows 10, iOS and Android. Enjoy!!
Have a look at the article by Julia White, General Manager of Office 365 Technical Product team…. https://blogs.office.com/2015/09/10/admins-get-ready-for-office-2016-rollout-begins-september-22/. This article contains the “Improvements to the Office Update Model”, “More IT capabilities in Office”, “New events, tools, and resources for Admins”. In addition, don’t forget to register for “Microsoft Cloud Road show” @ https://www.microsoftcloudroadshow.com/cities#register.
Need help? The Office 365 Community is also a great place to go if you have questions about Office 2016; the experts from Microsoft, our MVPs, and the broader community are all there to help. Hope this helps.
Recently I used this wonderful, powerful data analysis feature in Microsoft Excel called “Microsoft Power Query” for one of my Machine Learning project. It’s easy and helped me to discover, combine and refine data. You can download and install the most recent version of Power Query for Excel, which automatically enables it.
Power Query technology is also built into the Power BI Designer, which is a stand-alone report authoring and data transformation tool for Power BI. This feature is a great “self-service” business intelligence (BI) for Excel with an intuitive and consistent experience for discovering, combining, and refining data across a wide variety of sources including relational, structured and semi-structured, OData, Web, Hadoop, Azure Marketplace, and more.
I added two related video’s for it…
Channel 9 Video:
I heard from couple of Windows Live Writer users that they can’t install it with new Windows 10 OS. You can refer Stefan’s article on how to install Windows Live Writer on new Windows 10. You can download the latest Windows Live Writer here (part of Windows Live Essentials). Hope this helps.
Now you can download Microsoft Visual Studio 2013 Update 5. These cumulative updates to Visual Studio 2013 include a variety of bug fixes and capability improvements. For more info, refer the Visual Studio Release Notes and the Visual Studio Update KB Article.
Now you can download Microsoft Exchange Server 2016 Preview here - you can install the bits and get hands-on experience with the newest member of the Exchange family. > Initial product documentation available @ TechNet Exchange Server 2016 library > For more detailed information you can refer: http://blogs.technet.com/b/exchange/archive/2015/07/22/announcing-exchange-server-2016-preview.aspx
The Exchange Server Supportability Matrix provides a central source for Microsoft Exchange administrators to easily locate information about the level of support available for any configuration or required component for supported versions of Microsoft Exchange. You can refer the supportability matrix here – all of them documented in a single place. It talks about Release Model, supported Operating Systems (OS), supported Active Directory (AD) environments, Web Browsers supported for Outlook Web Access (OWA) for both Premium/Basic, mailbox clients (Outlook, Windows Mobile, Windows Phone, Entourage), Microsoft .NET Framework needed for each Exchange Server, Windows Management Framework/Windows PowerShell, Microsoft Management Console (MMC) and Support Lifecycle etc.. Note: It’s applicable for Microsoft Exchange Server 2007, Exchange Server 2010, Exchange Server 2013 versions.
Based on my earlier article, recently I got the below request from MAPIDevil (MAPI developer). Adding the detailed request: In general, you can do this same stuff with either MFCMAPI utility or ended up by creating customer MAPI application. For this specific scenario again I tried my hands with MrMAPI command-line utility – it’s very simple, you need to just pass on the Input “.MSG file" and Output “Output file”. Also you can store the file in .txt file as well – it will contain XML output for you.
You can check the output in the given folder and the output file as well:
Now I think MAPIDevil can make use of this; also you can also give a try using MrMAPI as well… Happy MAPI programming…!!
You can find the Exchange Online limits for a variety of service areas, including address book limits, Recipient & sender limits, mailbox storage limits, reporting, message trace limits, mailbox folder limits, retention limits and more. You can refer the detailed information @ https://technet.microsoft.com/en-in/library/exchange-online-limits.aspx. For limits that apply to EOP features in Exchange Online, you can refer Exchange Online Protection Limits.
Nick updated in a recent blog post that now we can see set of new user experiences in Office 365 on the web that provide quick access to notifications, help and what’s new feature introductions, contextual and immersive settings and the integration of Skype for Business conversations – all within the context of your work. These new features will be available across Office 365 web applications via a set of persistent icons in the top right of the navigation bar. Have a look at the related video:
Recently I was working with one of my customer, where they installed Outlook 2013 (32-bit) on Windows Server 2008 R2 (64 bit) environment. Every time when you start Outlook 2013, it runs an installation (Microsoft Office 64-bit Components 2013) – just like the below. I know it’s strange. They tried repairing/fresh install, updated latest fixes as well – still it haven’t fixed this behavior; strangely this happened only in this server. To fix the error, they tried the following: Added Windows Search Service to the File Services role on servers. Adding related thread that I found the MSDN Community is here. Happy troubleshooting!!
Earlier in my blog, i got the request from one of the MAPI developer to see is there any way we can calculate the file size, free space of any given .PST file. Also he pointed that he can access the PST file using Stephen’s MFCMAPI utility. For this activity, I used Stephen’s another tool called, “MrMAPI” a command line utility. The best part of the tool is that MrMAPI exposes MFCMAPI’s best features (which I love a lot) from the command line and its pretty easy to use. You can download it from: http://mfcmapi.codeplex.com/releases/view/127629 So I used MrMAPI and I can get the file size, free space of the given .PST file (we achieved this, even without writing a single line of code for it ).
As you know Microsoft Office Outlook Web App for Microsoft Exchange Server provides a rich Web-based environment for accessing a user's mailbox, including e-mail, calendar, contacts, and so on. Also, it provides way to customize features of Outlook Web App as well – you can customize the sign-in, sign-out pages, change the logo, font styles & colors and color of an element etc. When you apply an update rollup package, the update process updates the Outlook Web App files if that is required. Say, any customizations to the Logon.aspx file or to other Outlook Web App files are overwritten, and you must re-create the Outlook Web App customizations in Logon.aspx. As the best practice (and to avoid this scenario) I would ‘recommend’ before you apply any Exchange Server update rollup, make a backup copy of the customized Outlook Web App files; re-apply the backup files, if it’s needed. Note: - After patching, you can copy your customized files (after checking they don't cause any regressions) into the new version's folder which will also be in that OWA directory. - Keep in mind the files you modified could always be changed in a new Service Pack or Roll-up. - Don't just copy your old customized one into the new version directory and overwrite the newer file. I would recommend you to take the time to open up the new version and make sure things haven't changed, then copy/paste your changes back in.
Visual Studio Code provides developers with a new choice of developer tool that combines the simplicity and streamlined experience of a code editor with the best of what developers need for their core code-edit-debug cycle. Visual Studio Code is the first code editor, and first cross-platform development tool - supporting OSX, Linux, and Windows - in the Visual Studio family.
You can download Visual Studio Code for free from the below info: Download Code for Windows Download Code for Linux Download Code for OS X Also you can find the related Documentation is available along with FAQ’s. So it’s worth to give try Visual Code for free
Have you missed Microsoft Ignite 2015 Conference and more info about upcoming Microsoft Exchange Server 2016? No worries. As I promised you earlier to get more info about Microsoft Exchange Server 2016 I am sharing the below info. At Microsoft Ignite 2015 conference we discussed about upcoming Microsoft Exchange Server 2016 – so that you can get a first look at Exchange Server 2016, the on-premises release that we plan to ship in the second half of this year. Come learn about the innovation in Exchange Server 2016 that will help you keep up with evolving requirements for user productivity and information protection. This session will give you the starting point who want to know what’s coming from on-premises Exchange. Happy learning!!
I love this great session presented by Rob Howard; this session dives into the available scenarios when using the OneDrive for Business, Calendar, Mail, Contacts and Sites services in the Office 365 APIs. These Office 365 APIs can be called by any standalone web app or mobile device app. There are built in Visual Studio wizards, in the majority of Project Templates, to connect to them, handling all of the authentication flow and class libraries that help to call them. Understand the Azure Active Directory authentication flow. Understand scenarios available across Calendar, Mail and Contacts. Learn how to get started and work with the Calendar, Mail and Contacts. See how to implement these services in real-world scenarios in your own web apps.
In this post I am going to share my views on the E-Book which I finished reading in the recent time; it’s titled “Introducing Windows 10 for IT Professionals, Preview Edition (ISBN: 9780735696969)” authored by Ed Bott. The author is a well known award-winning technology journalist and wrote more than 25+ books earlier on Microsoft Windows and Office.
(Select the above link, download a copy of the eBook) As I updated earlier, this book is a preview, a work in progress about a work in progress, lol. But it offers a great snapshot of the Windows 10 Technical Preview as of April 2015, on the eve of the BUILD Developers’ Conference in San Francisco. By design, this preview edition provides more detailed info and good book for IT Pro's. Ed promises that he will revise and expand the content in this edition to reflect the finished product when the Windows 10 will be launched - that would be awesome for sure.
This book starts with an overview of the operating system, laying out the many changes to the user experience, and diving deep into deployment and management tools where it’s necessary. Also i can see that it's not a in-depth guide or detailed book. But it will help you to understand how and when, to incorporate Windows 10 into your enterprise, based on your own organizational requirements. That's the cool stuff with this book. If you're an IT Pro, then you will find tips and tricks about the new user experience than your users want but more about management, deployment, and security in this book. I love the following info which is discussed in detail:
- Introduction about Windows 10 - Installing and deploying Windows 10 - Security - Deploying and managing Windows Store apps - Web browsing and Web apps - Windows 10 Networking - Virtualization and remote access - Backup and recovery options in Windows 10 - Windows 10 on Phones and small tablets So I would recommend this book; as it's good for any IT Pro who wish to learn more about Windows 10 and it provides more detailed info, technical know-how, tips/tricks, insights. You can download a copy of the book in PDF format with Mobu and ePub formats as well. Happy learning
The Microsoft Office Configuration Analyzer Tool (OffCAT) 2.0 provides a quick and easy way to analyze Microsoft Office programs for known configurations that cause problems. Now with latest OffCAT 2.0, it provides a detailed report of your installed Office programs. This report includes many parameters about your Office program configuration and highlights known problems found when OffCAT scans your computer. For any problems that are listed in the report, you are provided with a link to a public-facing article (usually a Microsoft Knowledge Base article) on the issue so you can read about possible fixes for the problem. If you are a Help Desk professional, you can also save the report to file so that the results can be viewed in the Office Configuration Analyzer Tool on another client where the tool is installed. The Office Configuration Analyzer Tool also includes a command-line version that can be used to collect an OffCAT scan without user intervention.
By downloading OffCAT.msi for OffCAT 2.0, you are hereby consenting to the installation of this program to analyze select Microsoft Office programs on your computer. You can download it from http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=36852 Install it at the machine which you want to troubleshoot:
Are you planning an upgrade to Microsoft Exchange Server 2013, or do you want to know more about what it would involve? Would you like help preparing for Exam 70-341 or Exam 70-342? Take this fast-paced, demo-rich Jump Start course, and learn about planning, deploying, and managing Microsoft Exchange Server 2013 Exchange on-premises.
You’ll find out how to manage the messaging infrastructure and provide high availability and security through demos geared to your business needs. This Jump Start is appropriate for anyone upgrading from earlier versions of Exchange, and gives as well as IT Pros who have prior networking experience the Microsoft Exchange training they need. You can visit Microsoft Virtual Academy’s Core Solutions of Exchange Server 2013 Jump Start.
This Jump Start is appropriate for anyone upgrading from earlier versions of Exchange as well as IT Pros new to Exchange but with prior networking experience. If you are pursuing the MCSE: Messaging certification, it will help you prepare for Exam 70-341.
Full course outline:
So, make use of it
Have a look at the First look blog about the upcoming Exchange Server 2016 published at Exchange team blog - it talks about Microsoft Exchange Server 2016 & Ignite conference… Interestingly it also points that you’ll be able to watch recordings of all sessions—including the Meet Exchange Server 2016 overview and all the Exchange sessions—on the Web within 48 hours after they happen.
Recently I got requests from the developer community regarding my earlier article – so I take this opportunity to point how you can explore more about Microsoft Exchange Server Protocols. As you know through the Open Specifications program, Microsoft is helping developers open new opportunities by making technical documents related to interoperability for certain popular Microsoft products available to view and download from MSDN at no charge. Although the technical documents are freely available, many of them include patented inventions. Some of these patents are available at no charge under the Open Specifications Promise or the Microsoft Community Promise. The remaining patents are available through various licensing programs. For more information, please visit the Open Specifications Dev Center website.
Exchange Server Protocols Overview Document: It provides information about the protocols and other technologies that are included in the Exchange Server Protocols documentation set and the relationships among those technologies.
Exchange Server Protocols Technical Documents: It provides detailed technical specifications for Microsoft proprietary protocols (including extensions to industry-standard or other published protocols) and other technologies that are used by Exchange Server to communicate with other Microsoft products.
If you got any questions on these documents then please reach out to the related MSDN Forums: http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=330023. Also you can have a look at the blogs authored by the engineers who support Open Specification documents.