Why Message Hygiene is a Hygiene Factor

I was interviewed recently by an IT Industry Analyst who wanted to know how our new Exchange Hosted Services work. While preparing for the interview I realised how important it has become to protect yourself and others from email spam, viruses, phishing attacks and other internet-borne nasties. And the penny really dropped when talking about ‘message hygiene’…

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Put yourself on the map (part 2)

Here’s an even better way to create a custom map. With Windows Live Local you can quickly build a collection of pushpins (locations on the map) to share with your friends. Simply sign in to the Windows Live Local site, add your pushpins then click the share button. If you have an MSN Spaces blog…


Create your own map page on MSN

Click this link to see exactly where I work: Useful Technology Blog Map. You can create a custom webpage like this too just by searching for your address on MSN maps then editing the URL to include the text you’d like to appear over the map. That’s a cool trick when sending out party invitations….


Remember to contact a contact

Here’s another great use for follow-up flags in Outlook: If you need to remember to get in touch with a contact (maybe to find out if that cheque is still in the post!) you can set a follow-up flag to appear at a designated time. To do this just right click on a contact in…


Are your reminders not firing?

If your Outlook reminder service stops working, it may have become corrupted. There’s a simple fix for this problem. Close Outlook then restart it by clicking Start > Run then type outlook.exe /cleanreminders in the Run box. This should fix any reminder corruption and ensure that future reminders fire when they should.


Add a custom message flag to email

You may know that you can add a flag to your outgoing email messages by clicking the Message Flag icon on the toolbar. Doing this will add a small flag that the recipient can see when they read the email and can also fire a reminder at a nominated time. But don’t be restricted just…


Microsoft World Cup Scoreboard

You may recall my blog posting showing how to add the Football (aka Soccer) World Cup fixtures to your Outlook calendar. Now there’s a handy Microsoft Soccer (aka Football) Scoreboard available for download from http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=df6a6e6e-21af-4786-ad1d-a38e8bfda82f&displaylang=en. This handy application can help you stay up to date with latest scores and news from the World Cup. TIP:…


MORE SHOCK! Windows Local Live Add-In for Microsoft Outlook (Beta)

This is cooler than a penguin’s backside. The new (take a deep breath) “Windows Local Live Add-In for Microsoft Outlook (Beta)” integrates Windows Live Local mapping right into your favourite productivity tool, Outlook 2003. This spectacularly longwindedly named tool gives you an extra ‘Location’ tab in each calendar appointment that contains dynamic mapping information and directions….


SHOCK! Windows Live Local comes to the UK

Disproving once and for all that my colleagues in Redmond don’t realise there’s life beyond the shores of North America, Windows Live Local is now available for the UK! And Canada (although I think this is still quite close to the US of A). I know, it’s a shock, but it looks like Microsoft is…

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Preventing Outlook Custom Forms

Following yesterday’s post about the power of custom forms for end-users I thought I should also point out a tip for administrators who may wish to prevent custom form creation within their organisation. To do this, go to the registry key: HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Office\11.0\Outlook and create a new DWORD value named NoOutlookFormsDesigner with a value of 1. Health Warning: Incorrectly…