Monday, February 27, 2017
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by Brett

I Didn't Know You Could Do That!

Topic: Send an IM to your cell phone from Outlook/Office 365

Aren't there just some messages that you want to know about instantly? The interview is coming through? The phone call from the clinic? The mortgage your applied for? There are lots of time sensitive emails that hit the inbox, but instead of checking your email every 5 seconds, you can have an IM sent to your phone when the message arrives.

This is a very cool, easy to implement feature that you don't hear much about. The trick is, you have to do it from Outlook online and not via the Outlook client, where the features isn't available.

Just login to Outlook online and click the COG (settings) in the upper right of the screen. Then click Mail under Your app settings all the way  to the lower right of the screen. This brings up a  LOT of features you can customize on the left hand menu. Click Inbox and sweep rules.

Now click on the + sign to create a new rule. Enter the criteria for matching the message and under Do All of the Following select Forward, Redirect or Send, and select Send a text message to... Enter the phone number and that's it! Fun stuff!

Brett Hill

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