Outlook Mobile Team Blog

From the team that brings you Contacts, Email, Text Messaging, Calendar, and Tasks in Windows Mobile. All postings are provided "AS IS" with no warranties, and confer no rights.

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About Outlook Mobile Team Blog

This is where you will find information on features in applications owned by the Outlook Mobile team.  We'll talk about Messaging, Contacts, Calender and Tasks.  We'll cover bug workarounds, tips and tricks, information on features and so on. 

If you have a specific question then please click the e-mail link and drop us a line.  Someone will get back to you.  Thanks...

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    Using Hotmail with Windows Mobile

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    Today we’re going to talk about using your Hotmail or Windows Live account with Outlook Mobile. What does sync’ing with Windows Live support? Email (Your choice of push email or scheduled sync) Contact sync Uploading photos to your Live...
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    QnA: Can I sync with multiple Exchange Accounts?

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    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...
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    Windows Mobile 6 is here...!!!

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    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...
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    Patch Tuesday: WM 6.1 SMTP fix released!

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    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...
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    WM6 - Messaging

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    I have a few seconds, so figured I'll show off some (not all) Messaging featuers. Some of these features require Exchange12 to work and will not work with previous versions of the Exchange Server. All of these screenshots were taken on HTC Dash running...
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    Where are my sent items?

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    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" ...
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    Using Gmail with Outlook Mobile

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    In this post I discuss some of the most common issues that arise when trying to use Gmail on your Windows Mobile phone. IMAP vs. POP There are two 'languages' (or protocols) that the phone can use to communicate with the Gmail servers.  These protocols...
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    QnA: Can I save mails on a storage card?

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    Question: I have a T-mobile SDA. There is a limitation of base memory size on the phone. I would like to move my outlook folder to default on the micro SDA card rather than on the main memory of the phone. I sync with my corporate email and I get a error...
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    Setting up an IMAP account

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    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 ...
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    Warning: the following contains explicit SSL

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    (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...
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    ActiveSync Tweaks to improve Battery Life

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    If you’re a Windows Mobile user who synchronizes with a corporate or hosted Exchange server using Activesync, you can squeeze out more battery life out of your device by tweaking a few settings.  Below I’ll describe some of the settings you can change...
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    QnA: Can I sort e-mails in the sent-items folder by recipient?

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    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...
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    QnA: Dude, what's wrong with IMAP???

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    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...
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    QnA: Can I configure a default root folder for my IMAP account?

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    Question: I have recently moved to the windows mobile platform and am having trouble with Outlook and IMAP. Is there any way for me to configure the root folder fore IMAP in the settings? My IMAP folders are under ~/mail/ of my account and Outlook Mobile...
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    How to Access the Company Directory

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    Did you know that you can search your company directory on your phone?  All you need is a Windows Mobile phone and an Exchange account. How do I get to the company directory? Open Contacts -> Menu -> Company Directory What can I do in the Company...
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    QnA: How come some Outlook fields are not sync-ed to device?

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    Question: Why does pocket outlook not contain all the phone number fields that outlook has? Specifically the "Other" and "Other fax" fields are missing in a pocket outlook contact. This means that the phone numbers for many of my contacts (over 200) do...
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    The infamous Messaging Reply-All bug.

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    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...
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    Windows Mobile Professional: Smartdial

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    Here's another new thing in WM6 that I am particularly fond of - smart dial for WM Professional (Pocket PC). Sure, this is old hat to WM Standard (Smartphone) users, but I like the touch experience and am thrilled to have access to this feature now on...
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    Call History Per Contact

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    In WM6 we did a bit of work to make it easier to track your call history with a particular person. So, in addition to being able to see your entire call history you can now get individual call history from your contact card. This is a feature I'm particularly...
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    Dash...

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    Check out this baby! The new Smartphone from T-Mobile :- It's a wide-screen Smartphone with a Qwerty keyboard that's been getting really good reviews. Check out this at brighthand: http://www.brighthand.com/default.asp?newsID=12467 . Sadly...
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    Some cool devices for the Holidays...

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    First, please accept my apologies for being away for so long. I took some vacation (okay, a lot of vacation days) and training. Rest of the time was spent frantically catching up. I'll be taking nearly all December off, so happy holidays. I figured...
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    QnA: Selecting an account from outlook mobile to send with

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    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...
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    QnA: "Move"ing messages across accounts

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    Question: Hi Guys: I'm using an Exchange account for my primary email but store items on an entirely different IMAP account [an 11G PST would be no good :) ] Desktop-wise I've got these two accounts set up and can easily move emails back...
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    Smartdial: Combining Calls and Contacts

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    In a recent post I talked about the introduction of Smartdial to WM Professional and described a bit of what it does. In a nutshell, it provides you with a filterable list of calls and contacts. But I thought I should say a little bit more about...
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    WM 6.0 is on wikipedia + some new Messaging friendly devices...

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    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Windows_Mobile . I've always been a huge fan of Wikipedia. But really got me excited is the new Moto Q q9 . It looks awesome! Check out the QWERTY keyboard. I've been going around without my laptop for a while. I think...
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