Office/SharePoint – Office 15 has reached the Technical Preview step

Today, the Office Product Group has reached an important milestone in the Office 15 development (which includes Office client but also SharePoint products). The Technical Preview program (formerly called beta program) should start soon from now. To know more go to http://blogs.office.com/b/office-exec/archive/2012/01/30/quot-office-15-quot-begins-technical-preview.aspx

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Exchange – PST discovery and import tool

Microsoft has released a tool which allow PST file discovery and import onto Exchange 2010 and Exchange Online. This is tool is composed by : a central service which maintains a list of all PST file discovered a client agent deployed onto workstation a console to configure discovery and track import status Go to http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=241370 for documentation and http://www.microsoft.com/download/en/details.aspx?displaylang=en&id=28767 for download

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Office 365 – BlackBerry Business Cloud Service now available as RTW

Today, RIM has announced the availability in RTW (Released to the Web) of the BlackBerry Business Cloud Service for Office 365 after about 3 months in beta. To know more: Press release http://press.rim.com/release.jsp?id=5359 Overview http://us.blackberry.com/business/software/cloudservices/ Documentation http://docs.blackberry.com/en/admin/subcategories/?userType=2&category=BlackBerry+Business+Cloud+Services

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Exchange – Folder policy not visible/manageable in Outlook

If you apply policy on Exchange 2010 and policy are not visible neither manageable through Outlook 2010, this may be due to the Exchange cache mode. To sole the issue, just close Outlook, go to the local settings of your profile (%userprofile%\Local settings\Microsoft\Outlook) and delete the OST file (Exchange cache file) After restarting Outlook, policies will become available and manageable from Outlook. Policy not visible Policy visible

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Office 365 – Feedbacks on Office 365 certification beta

Today, I passed the 2 exams for Office 365 certification (currently in beta) Exam 70-321: Deploying Office 365 http://www.microsoft.com/learning/en/us/exam.aspx?id=70-321&locale=en-us Exam 70-323: Administering Office 365 http://www.microsoft.com/learning/en/us/exam.aspx?id=70-323&locale=en-us I would not disclose anything here about these tests but here are few things for you: Both exams are ‘Enterprise’ oriented; meaning P plan are not really covered. I think this may be a mess for small customers or partners working with SMB. Moreover, in…

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Lync – Download Lync Client Attendee

For those who are already using Lync (hosted On Premises or Online) but have host online meeting with people without the Lync client, you may notify them to download the Lync Client Attendee. This will offer them the same user experience than with the Lync client but without the need to have a Lync user account (On Premises or Online). Go to http://www.microsoft.com/download/en/details.aspx?id=15755 and enjoy

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Microsoft Products – Schedule delivery date for incoming products

As you may already know, there is a lot of incoming new product version for the next 12 to 24 months, including the waited Windows 8. Microsoft has published an initial schedule of delivery. Keep in mind this may still change will product groups are still working on many of these products. Windows 8 Anticipated release: Between Q3 2012 and early 2013 (UPDATED 1/12) Anticipated release date: Beta expected "late…

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Lync – Obtain configuration details from Lync client

The following is working for both On Premises and Online Lync deployment. From time to time, especially for troubleshooting purposes, this may be important to have access to Lync client configuration (such as Lync web application pool, internal/external URL’s…) This configuration may be difficult to have, especially with Lync Online as you don’t have access to the Lync administration console. So, like with Outlook 2007/2010 client, you can obtain some…

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InfoPath – InfoPath 2010 form is updating SharePoint data source when moving between SharePoint sites

If you already used InfoPath 2007 to create form using data source hosted on SharePoint (such as SharePoint lists or web services), you may already know that you are obliged to update manually these data sources in case of move between SharePoint sites. With InfoPath 2010, these updates are still mandatory BUT the form publication wizard detects the change and is asking to automatically update the data sources. In fact,…

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Office 365 – New features coming for Kiosk users

Since BPOS, Microsoft offered specific services for users accessing cloud services with ONLY a browser; this service is called Kiosk mode. Microsoft has announced coming new features for Kiosk users in Office 365 in March. As part of these new features, there will be: Active Sync access: meaning Kiosk users will be able to sync their Exchange Online mailbox using a smartphone with Active Sync (Windows Phone, iPhone, Android…) Mailbox…

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Office 365 – Service health status is now providing per-tenant status

Since BPOS, customers have access to a health service status portal to know more about the health of each service (Exchange, Communicator and SharePoint). With Office 365, this portal is also available. Starting today, the health service portal has been improved to provide per-tenant health information. This means the portal is now providing health details for your service instead of the global health service. To connect to the health service…

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Lync / Office 365 – Lync Web Scheduler

For those who already are using Lync On Premises, they may already know the Lync Web Scheduler. As a reminder, or to explain what is if for those who don’t know, Microsoft Lync Online Web Scheduler is a web-based meeting scheduling and management tool for users who don’t have access to Microsoft Outlook, or are on an operating system not based on Windows. With Lync Online Web Scheduler, you can…

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