New beta for the MS Outlook to Live/Hotmail connection

With Microsoft Office Outlook Connector, you can use Microsoft Office Outlook 2003 or Microsoft Office Outlook 2007 to access and manage your Microsoft Windows Live Hotmail or Microsoft Office Live Mail accounts, including e-mail messages, contacts and calendars for free!
Outlook Connector enables you to use your Live Hotmail accounts within Outlook:

  • Read and send your Office Live Mail/Windows Live Hotmail e-mail messages.
  • Manage your contacts in Windows Live Hotmail.
  • Use advanced options for blocking junk e-mail messages.
  • Manage multiple e-mail accounts in one place.
  • Manage, and synchronize multiple calendars, including shared calendars to Windows Live Calendar from Outlook.

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?familyid=9a2279b1-df0a-46e1-aa93-7d4870871ecf&displaylang=en&tm

Update: All Level 5 Guides Open for "Limited Event" – Wednesday August 13, 2008

Sent From: Brian S. Tucker
Subject: All Level 5 Guides Open for "Limited Event" – Wednesday August 13, 2008
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After speaking to the other Level 5 Guide owners, they have all agreed to open their guides during the times I specified in my post yesterday. Our "Open House" day is to let you experience some of the content that we have available. I don't know of any other site that charges any fee and opens the doors to all the videos for even 5 minutes. I encourage as many people as possible to join our Open House and experience a portion of each of the guides. Search out the videos you are interested in now so you know which ones to focus on during the hours the Level 5 section will be open to all registered users. If you are not a registered user, please register clicking on this link to join. Please use your real email address as we sometimes send out important messages related to the site.

You will have the ability to view as many of the 82 Level 5 videos as you can during the Open House. Below are the following topics that you can choose from:

System Center Configuration Manager

System Center Operations Manager (MVP)

Windows Server 2008

WSUS 3.0 SP1

SQL 2008 (MVP)

Word 2007 – Office Professional 2007

Note: We are always looking to hire independent contractors to make Level 5 videos! If you have a specialty we have not covered, please email me and we can discuss the requirements. By default, each guide owner gets 50% of each subscription…..

We are also pleased to announce that we have achieved another Microsoft Partner competency today for Security Solutions! We are moving at the speed of light and making our mark! Join the ride with us…..if only for a day on August 13th, 2008.

Its *NOT* better to shut down Windows before shutting down Outlook!

I wrote this little blog piece recently, based on a recommendation on a MSDN blog.  Here’s the original link…

http://blogs.msdn.com/deva/archive/2008/06/04/outlook-performance-outlook-data-file-pst-or-ost-file-issues.aspx

and, the original quote:

If you see this issue frequently, and you have to exit Outlook shortly before you shut down your computer, it may be better to shut down Windows while Outlook is still running. Also it's recommended that you do this instead of exiting Outlook and then shutting down Windows shortly after that.

Well, I’ve tested this little *ahem* nugget, and it doesn’t work for me.  I’ve also (since the post) heard from others who have heard this stated by Microsoft before, who have also tried it.  It didn’t work for them, either.  In fact, this little “nugget-of-a-tip” may cause your Outlook PST and OST to corrupt quicker and more often.  So, it’s a nugget of something, possibly, just not a nugget of a tip.  <==Think about that phrase.  You’ll get the meaning eventually.

Also, a commenter to my original post said this:

“I have to disagree with this one.  I heard this with 2003 and with 2007. We tried with 2007 and it created more corruptions than solutions with our users.  We retracted this statement from our users a little while ago.”

Let’s see if we can get the original poster to add a disclaimer to that post, or at least explain it a little more.  A nice “do not try this at home” would be great.

Its better to shut down Windows with Outlook still open, than to…

Interesting comment from the Le Café Central de DeVa blog.

…it may be better to shut down Windows while Outlook is still running. Also it's recommended that you do this instead of exiting Outlook and then shutting down Windows shortly after that.

This is something I never would’ve imagined on trying, but I will try it from here on out and let you know how it goes.  Anything is better than a corrupted Outlook data file.

Read the rest of the article:

http://blogs.msdn.com/deva/archive/2008/06/04/outlook-performance-outlook-data-file-pst-or-ost-file-issues.aspx