Tony Redmond's Exchange Unwashed Blog

Mar 16, 2015
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Microsoft releases Delve after six months incubation in Office 365 First Release program

I am so happy to see that Microsoft made a big thing about Office Delve at their Convergence event in Atlanta today. The only thing is that this news has been coming for a very long time....More
Mar 12, 2015
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Why PSTs should never show their faces on a file share 5

I don’t mind it being known that I hate PSTs. Not because I buy into the “everything must be in the Store” line, even though this is an excellent approach to take for any company seeking to implement compliance standards within the organization. My opposition is more fundamental and is all to do with the many technical problems exhibited by PSTs....More
Mar 10, 2015
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Stopping reply-all responses to messages is harder than you might think

Sixteen years after Outlook first appeared to make the “Reply All” the biggest trap that users can fall into in terms of sharing email with people whom they didn’t intend, Microsoft Research produced an Outlook add-in called “NoReplyAll” to bar recipients from using the reply, forward, or reply all options for messages they receive. The add-in has been around for a while and the latest version is 3.14 dated 2 August 2013....More
Mar 5, 2015
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Clutter evolves to become more useful - but still only for Office 365

Over the past few months I have valued the impact that Exchange Online's Clutter feature made on my Inbox. Lots of annoying communications from various companies containing offers that I couldn’t really be bothered with snuck past spam folders only to run smack into Clutter. The upshot was that several thousand messages never made it to my Inbox and remain unread and unwanted in my Clutter folder....More
Mar 3, 2015
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Do Exchange Online backups make sense?

Microsoft is well-known for using native data protection (aka "no backups") for Office 365. Exchange mailbox data is protected by using four database copies spread across two datacenters and the full array of features like Single Item Recovery, single page patching, and automatic reseed is used to ensure that mailboxes stay online all the time....More
Feb 26, 2015
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Why PowerShell is often not the best tool for reporting Exchange data 1

After I discussed the topic of reporting Office 365 in January, some folks contacted me to ask whether it was really necessary to go to the bother and expense of buying an additional software package to generate reports about Office 365 data....More
Feb 24, 2015
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How Office 365 Groups could be so much better - and probably will be in the future

When I recently discussed the confusion that I see how Office 365 Groups (or “modern groups”) and Yammer appear to serve much the same purpose (albeit in different ways) might be taken as overly critical of Yammer....More
Feb 19, 2015
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Compliance and hybrid problems loom as Microsoft plans to keep every deleted item in Exchange Online

The Office 365 Roadmap item telling us that Microsoft is "Removing the Deleted Items Retention Period" might cause some brows to furrow, especially when you read the description:...More
Feb 18, 2015
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First update for Outlook apps improves security but lots remains to be done

Microsoft announced the first update to the Outlook for iOS and Android apps on February 17 since the launch of the rebranded software acquired from Acompli last month....More
Feb 17, 2015
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Delve ups and downs illustrate complexity of Office 365 engineering

As some of you might know, I quite like Office Delve, the Office 365 feature introduced in September 2014 for English-speaking countries, even if Microsoft created some confusion when they updated Delve with “Boards” (or tagging to use another term) in January. Don’t get me wrong – being able to tag documents unearthed by Delve with project names and other useful terms is a very useful facility....More
Feb 12, 2015
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What Microsoft needs to do to upgrade the Outlook apps

The recent discussions provoked by Microsoft’s decision to release a rebranded version of the Acompli client acquired in late 2014 as the Outlook for iOS and Outlook for Android apps were interesting in many ways. I’m sure that Javier Soltero and his ex-Acompi colleagues received a taste of what it means to be responsible for a Microsoft client that serves such a large installed base of enterprise customers....More
Feb 10, 2015
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Delve exposes Exchange email attachments but some fine-tuning is needed

Some time ago I posted a note wondering when Delve would start to notice that an awful lot of very interesting information is stored in Exchange mailboxes. People use email to circulate all sorts of ideas and the content held in message bodies and attachments seemed like an excellent source of information for Delve to mine, especially since the same search technology is shared across Exchange and SharePoint....More
Feb 5, 2015
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80 million Exchange Online users as Office 365 progress continues 4

Microsoft’s latest results (for the second quarter of their FY15 year, released on January 26) contained the interesting news that “Commercial cloud revenue grew 114% driven by Office 365, Azure and Dynamic CRM Online, and is now on an annualized revenue run rate of $5.5 billion.“...More
Feb 3, 2015
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Shock! Outlook 2010 users on Windows XP experience problems with Exchange 2013 CU7 4

It might have escaped your attention that Windows XP came to the end of the support runway in April 2014, a fact that certainly appears to be the case for the folks who have reported issues running Outlook 2010 on Windows XP against Exchange 2013 CU7 servers....More
Feb 2, 2015
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Worried about security and privacy in Outlook for iOS and Android? Here's your chance to debate the issues

Last Friday I posted an article outlining the reasons why I thought some of the concerns expressed about some security and functionality weaknesses in the rebranded Outlook for iOS and Android apps (late Acompli) were an overreaction. Cue a heap of tweets and other feedback directed my way, some of which questioned whether I was serious. Well, I was. I still think that some of the opinions posted on the Internet are way over the top....More
Jan 30, 2015
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Do the ex-Acompli now Outlook clients really compromise security or is everyone overreacting? 12

I fear that some of the noble denizens of the Internet quite lost the run of themselves following Microsoft’s January 29 announcement that their Acompli acquisition had received the full benefit of a corporate rebranding and had emerged to be available as Outlook for iOS and Outlook for Android (limited to some phones and tablets)....More
Jan 29, 2015
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The underappreciated Exchange Replay Lag Manager

Much like the members of the People’s Front of Judea struggled to find good with the Romans in Monty Python’s “Life of Brian”, those running on-premises Exchange servers often wonder whether Microsoft’s whole-hearted embracement of the cloud has benefited them. But it has, even if the rapid appearance of new features inside Office 365 sometimes makes the on-premises crowd think they are the forgotten few....More
Jan 27, 2015
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What wasn't revealed in the next chapter of Office on Windows

Microsoft certainly did an impressive job of describing their plans for Windows 10 on January 21 and then followed up on January 22 with details of what’s going to happen with Office 2016 in a post titled “The next chapter of Office on Windows”. Cue a feeding frenzy of news reports, most of which did nothing more than faithfully replicate the words of Julia White....More
Jan 22, 2015
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Compliance iceberg awaits Facebook @Work

The news that Facebook is trialling a work-oriented implementation of their eponymous social network might seem like bad news for Microsoft, who paid a lot of money in 2012 to acquire Yammer and has been busy since to integrate Yammer into its Office framework....More
Jan 20, 2015
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Reporting Office 365

Microsoft has never equipped on-premises Exchange with good reporting facilities and administrators have had to create their own reports using whatever facilities were available to them or turn to third-party software products such as the long-lived Promodag reports....More
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Tony Redmond is a senior contributing editor for Windows IT Pro and the author of Microsoft Exchange Server 2010 Inside Out (Microsoft Press) and Microsoft Exchange Server 2013 Inside Out: Mailbox...
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