Catching up with Office 365

Microsoft Office 365 have been helping businesses catch up with new technologies. Businesses can upgrade without the large hardware and licensing investment. They receive frequent improvements to their core communication and sharing services without having to install updates on servers or without engaging an IT Pro to do it for them. Recently, …

Create and publish training videos with SharePoint and Lync 2013

[caption id="attachment_1813" align="alignright" width="300"] Video recordings help colleagues "learn the ropes". It just got easier to create this content and publish it[/caption] Many of us have attended Lync Online meetings or watched webinars recorded by Lync. But have you used it to create and publish training, induction or demo videos? (R…

Install Office 2013 using a network share and Click-to-Run

This post is re-blogged from a post I contributed to smartstuff.co.nz in April 2013. Office 2013 now uses Click-to-Run's streaming technology to download and install. Office can be installed directly from the internet by logging into your Office 365 account and running the installation from the Downloads section. But there are other method…

Send email from more than one email address

"How do I add another email address for a user so they can send email from it?" This question is asked a lot in the forums at community.office365.com. The scenario: A person has a primary email address, darrell@webster.net.nz. But they also fill a role that requires them to answer queries being sent to info@webster.net.nz. When they answer a …

Click to Run Office 2013 not affected by Folder Pane Update

An Office 2013 update released in September 2013 Public updates made Outlook's folder pane disappear. Microsoft were quick to recognize the issue and removed the update from distribution. The Office Updates team posted an explanation and steps to fix the problem if you had already downloaded the update. Why was Office 2013 Click to Run (via Off…

Change your Shared Mailbox limit from 5 to 10GB

Alan Byrne over at Cogmotive reminds us that while Microsoft have raised the Shared Mailbox limit from 5 to 10GB, many have not reconfigured the limit in Exchange Online. Early instructions guided us to create a Shared Mailbox with PowerShell and manually set a limit of 5GB. If your organization wants to benefit from the increase to the 10GB lim…

Receiving updates for Office 2013 via Office 365

I have Office 2013 installed on my laptop, using the Click-to-Run installation method.  This means I downloaded Office 2013 directly from my Office 365 portal. Installing updates for Office 2013 is simple.  But it isn't as seamless as you'd expect  The applications I was running at the time needed to close.  I expected that the update ‘…

Accessing the Exchange Control Panel in Office 365 Small Business

The Office 365 admin console for Small Business is simplified to help the not-so-technical, perform common tasks. In simplifying admin for the Small Business, the full control panel for Exchange Online and Lync Online is hidden. I've seen a number of posts at community.office365.com where Small Business subscribers ask "How do I manage my spam sett…

Exchange Online increases to 50GB standard mailboxes

Have Microsoft purchased a hard drive factory recently? First SkyDrive Pro increases base storage to 25GB. Now Exchange Online mailboxes will have 50GB base storage. What a week! Plans that make use of Exchange Online Plan 1 use in-place archiving. This means the archive uses the base storage size of the mailbox. With the increase to 50GB, there…

SkyDrive Pro Standalone for Mac, Please?

Mac Office 365 users have been requesting a SkyDrive Pro syncing client, to improve the Office for Mac and SharePoint Online experience. While Microsoft is on a roll with listening-and-doing, will this be addressed? Is there something for Mac in the pipeline? [UPDATE 4-Sept] Mark Kashsman, Senior Product Manager for the SharePoint team at Micros…