• Sep 15, 2015

    Office 2016 - great for Office 365 but not so good for on-premises customers 1

    Microsoft will formally release the new Office 2016 suite of desktop applications on September 22. It is natural to ask whether any compelling reason exists to upgrade when a new release of Office appears. After using beta versions of Office 2016 in production for the last four months, my view is that the new software is solid. I certainly haven’t had problems with Word, Excel, PowerPoint, or Outlook....More
  • Mar 19, 2015

    The various flavors of Outlook

    Much excitement was generated on March 16 when Microsoft announced the general availability of a preview version of Outlook 2016 (desktop) along with a rake of other Office 2016 announcements. The new version of Outlook won't be formally released until much later this year, probably in conjunction with the release of Exchange 2016,  Among the improvements included in Outlook 2016 as mentioned in the announcement were:...More
  • Mar 12, 2015

    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

    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
  • Jan 27, 2015

    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
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