Microsoft Outlook 2016 has a new feature which the company highlighted when it first appeared, which is that it sends attachments as links by default, if they are stored in network-accessible locations. The idea is to prevent proliferation of different versions if several respondents make changes and email them back. It also means that everyone
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Microsoft would like us to think of Office 365, its hosted email and collaboration service, as “cloud”. And it is in many ways; you can even get all your email and Onedrive-stored documents direct from a web browser.
The truth though is that Microsoft has been careful not to disrupt its desktop Office software too
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If you set up a PC to connect to Office 365, you may encounter a problem where instead of connecting, Outlook repeatedly prompts for a password – even when you have entered all the details correctly.
I hit this issue when configuring Outlook 2010 on a new PC. It was not easy to find the
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Microsoft’s price plans for additional cloud storage are odd:
Hmm, £1.60 per month for 1TB or £3.99 for 200GB. Difficult decision? Especially as OneDrive for Business appears to be a superset of OneDrive:
It is not that simple of course (and see below for how you can get 1TB OneDrive for less). The
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New Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella has announced Office for iPad at an event in San Francisco. Office General Manager Julie White gave a demo of Word, Excel and Powerpoint on Apple’s tablet.
White made a point of the fidelity of Office documents in Microsoft’s app, as opposed to third party viewers.
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Microsoft has announced new features in Windows Azure, its cloud platform, described by VP Scott Guthrie on his blog.
Aside: I agree with this comment to his post:
Thank you Scott for update. I wish dozens of MS folks and MS representatives would have a clue about Azure roadmap to help businesses plan their release
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Last week I reviewed a Google Chromebook. Next, I assisted a small business move from Office 365 to Office 365 – yes, Microsoft’s software as a service (SaaS) offering is divided into plans, such that if you want to move from certain plans to certain other plans you have to start again with a new
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Microsoft’s Office 365, which provides hosted Exchange, SharePoint and other services, comes in a variety of flavours, some of which include a license to run desktop Office. In some cases it is even possible to mix and match plans. For example, you can have some of your users on Enterprise 1 (E1) (no desktop Office)
…continue reading Notes from the field: manually migrating between Office 365 plans
Microsoft is notorious for asking users to log in multiple times, even when you check “Keep me signed in”.
Now we have the opposite problem. Here I am in Office 365, logged in as the admin user:
I need a break and want to stay secure, so I drop-down the menu top right and
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I helped a contact set up Office 365 and encountered a curious problem.
He is a financial adviser and as part of his workflow, he uses tasks with a due date set far into the future. For example, “Call this client in two years time”.
He has an Office 365 E3 plan, which gives him
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