Lync meetings – Show IM and Participant panes

I attend a lot of Lync meetings. The latest Office 2013 update delivered a feature for Lync 2013 client that will be useful. When you join a Lync meeting, the Lync client focuses on the content being ​shared. But like many others, I like to see who is attending the meeting and I also open up the IM pane so I can see the message list. The u…

The new Outlook contact card, explained.

Some people find the new Outlook contact card difficult to use. They prefer the full card with room to add attachments and notes. Don’t fret - you can still get to the full contact card easily. The new Outlook contact card has two main purposes: It brings together contact information from multiple sources It gives quick acces…

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…

Why does iOS 7 look like a cartoon?

I had to reply. Jeri Ryan reflects on the "improvements" in the iOS 7 interface. @JeriLRyan Don't expect to see any significant change till IOS 9. You are currently 7 of 9 :) — Darrell Webster (@DarrellCWebster) September 20, 2013 [caption id="attachment_209" align="alignnone" width="300"] Image - "Apple's WWDC 2013: What's up", CNET, http:/…

New Bing logo similar to Office logo

The Bing search engine has a new logo. It looks like the Microsoft Office 2013 logo with its top removed and the right side collapsed onto the left, forming a 'b'.     Unbox Your Search from Bing on Vimeo. What does this mean? Tighter Office integration with Bing? The Office logo is arguably more recognizable than Bing. A similar log…

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…