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  • Blog Post: Texting a Non-Mobile Number

    Commenter Jakub Anderwald notes how hard it is to send a text message to a home or work phone. I totally agree. These days many people have more than one mobile number and yet we only have space for one mobile number on our phone. As a result people have to store alternate mobile numbers as “work” or...
  • Blog Post: Quick Note: Email Server Search

    The other day I was on the way to a potluck with some new friends and I was running late (somehow I always underestimate how long cooking really takes). On my way over I remembered that the location had changed earlier that week and I didn’t actually know where I was going. Checking my email I found...
  • Blog Post: Patch Tuesday: WM 6.1 SMTP fix released!

    12/1/2008 Update: We've narrowed the patch incompatibility to a certificate mismatch. This means that while the patch is functionally sound, the device won't allow the code contained in the patch to run. We'll be working with the device manufacturer to get a version of the patch that will work for...
  • Blog Post: Warning: the following contains explicit SSL

    (or, Messaging: Port Probing Demystified) The "Require SSL" checkbox in the account configuration wizard for POP3/IMAP accounts is an often misunderstood feature.  It's somewhat ironic, then, that the intent of the checkbox is actually to simplify account configuration. Compare the following...
  • Blog Post: Windows Mobile 6 is here...!!!

    Drool... After sooo many months of development, it's finally here. Public! We can write about it. We can show it off. Yes!!!!! Over the next few days developers, testers and program managers in the Outlook Mobile team will write about features they worked on here. But lets do some high-level overview...
  • Blog Post: QnA: Can I sync with multiple Exchange Accounts?

    Question: Hi there. I am trying to find out if I can configure profiles for outlook mobile to use different exchange servers just like you can on desktop outlook. Is this possible and how would this impact on direct push and syncing. I want to use work and personal exchange accounts on the same device...
  • Blog Post: QnA: How many accounts can I have?

    Question: I'm using an Imate Jasjar device bearing outlook mobile,, and my question is very simple: I find that it is not possible to me to create more than 5 email accounts in this device. Is there a limitation for account-creation, or am I doing something wrong? Answer: Due...
  • Blog Post: QnA: Dude, what's wrong with IMAP???

    Since a vast majority of questions we get are IMAP related, let me just come out and say it. We have an issue with IMAP :( Basically we do not fully support IMAP namespaces. According to Wes Salmon, our awesome SDET in Messaging, some servers use delimiters that we do not recognize, but would if we...
  • Blog Post: QnA: Selecting an account from outlook mobile to send with

    Question: I'm fairly new to the outlook mobile scene, and I have a question about an outlook feature and its equivalent in outlook mobile (smartphone - Treo 700w). I have two POP3 email accounts listed in my outlook to send/receive with. I do this so I can sync it to my phone and get both personal...
  • Blog Post: QnA: Can I sort e-mails in the sent-items folder by recipient?

    Question : I want to know if i can sort the sent items folder by "Sent to" instead of "Sent By" which is obviously myself.. I find it strange that this is not a sort option. Answer (by Liang Chen, one of our Messaging Dev Leads): No you can't. With its current design the email list view is optimized...
  • Blog Post: Best devices for Messaging

    So I got asked about my favorite device for Messaging. It's a tough one, really. I've used (and enjoyed) HTC "Wizard" series of devices a lot (Qteck 9100, T-Mobile MDA3, XDA2S etc.). For Smartphones I also really liked using HTC "Tornado" devices (Qtek 8310, 8300 etc. - I can use T9 while driving without...
  • Blog Post: Scheduled syncing issues with multiple accounts

    This afternoon I picked up my Treo 700 and realized that my Outlook e-mail account did not sync for two days. Two days!!! Turned out that the Hotmail account was the main account in Messaging . Reminded me of an old bug. Messaging can only start sync in the main account. So if you would like an account...
  • Blog Post: Setting up an IMAP account

    Why do we make it so hard to set IMAP / POP accounts????? Here's how you do it :- PocketPC Launch Messaging (Start -> Messaging) Menu -> Tools -> New Accounts Enter your email address (eg. user@microsoft.com ) Tap Next You can tap Next again to skip auto-config Enter...
  • Blog Post: Where are my sent items?

    By default the Messaging application does not sync the sent items folder. Therefore, you may notice that your sent items folder is empty. Here is how you "fix" it :- Pocket PC :- Menu -> Tools -> Manage Folders Select "Sent Items" Press OK Sync Smartphone :- Menu ->...
  • Blog Post: Scrolling to the top hack...

    It is a pain to scroll to the top in Messaging (both in Read Note and the list view). Here is a work-around that works :- In List view :- Hit the right key to switch accounts Hit the left key to go back. You're on top! In the read form :- Hit back (in Smartphone) or the OK button...
  • Blog Post: The infamous Messaging Reply-All bug.

    Argh, do you wonder why replying-all to a message adds you to the recipient list? It's annoying. The problem is that Messaging does not know who you are. Here is the work-around :- Go to Start -> Programs Launch Active Sync Go to Menu->Options (This menu item will be disabled...
  • Blog Post: Add date / time in Messaging List view (in Smartphone)

    You might not even realize how amazingly helpful date / time is in List view. Turn it on and see. List View > Menu-Options > Display first item in the CPL.
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