Friday, April 20, 2018

Exchange Online


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!

by Brett

I discovered this feature while looking for a way to have Office 365 send a text message instead of an email alert.  Very easy to setup and not a feature you hear much about, but very useful when you want to be alerted about an event that needs your immediate attention. 

by Brett

Free BES!

Microsoft made asurprise announcement that Blackberry users who now pay $10 a month for Blackberry Enterprise Services with BPOS, will get improved services for Free with BPOS and Office 365. It appears that RIM will now host the services instead of Microsoft. This is big relief for Microsoft I'm sure as they have been hosting BES for a while and it's got to be the odd bird out having BES servers in the Microsoft farm. So a big win for users all around! For more details see


by Brett

jon orton article

Jon Orton makes this statement in an interview on  Jon is one of the key individuals responsible for Exchange Online. When you see him associated with an interview or webcast, you are getting close to the source. He’s also responsible for the Exchange Online Service descriptions for both BPOS and Office365.

In this excellent interview, Jon discusses Exchange Online, the Office 365 beta, rich coexistence, and offers the opinion that cloud services does not threaten the jobs of IT Pros.

Exchange 2010 Architecture: Microsoft's Jon Orton Talks About Exchange Online

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