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Hosted email provider?

My email is hosted on Outlook.com, using their recently discontinued live.domains.com service. It's fine, but I'm concerned that eventually, MS will stop supporting existing accounts using the service. What's a good hosted IMAP email service that's reliable, supports domains and aliases, and is relatively simple to configure? [more inside]
posted by lbotkins on Jul 29, 2014 - 15 answers

Who's turning my Outlook events into meetings?

I work at a company that uses Outlook and Exchange. I link my iPhone as well as my iMac at home. Everything was working great until lately. I've noticed that many of my events have been somehow converted into meetings. I'm suspecting my recent upgrade to Mavericks to be the culprit here. This brings to mind two important questions. [more inside]
posted by tommasz on Jul 24, 2014 - 0 answers

Of course, all of my emails are highly important

Is it possible to set an importance flag on my email using the standard Android mail app? [more inside]
posted by Chrysostom on Jul 23, 2014 - 9 answers

E-mail Meeting Scheduling (Outlook?) messages have the wrong time

I use Hotmail. A business partner sends me a meeting scheduling message, I'm not sure what they are whether it's an Outlook thing, but they have the time and date of the meeting, along with "Accept", "Decline" check boxes. The trouble is the time's wrong. [more inside]
posted by storybored on Jul 22, 2014 - 2 answers

Migrating to Office 365 using Outlook?

I'm considering moving our small business to Office 365 Small Business Premium primarily because its email and sharing capabilities kick ass. Our current email provider runs Exchange (we mostly use Outlook Web App). Is using Outlook the easiest way to migrate email and contacts to Office 365 SBP? [more inside]
posted by Foci for Analysis on Jul 15, 2014 - 6 answers

Make outlook.com addressbook accessible to another outlook.com account?

I have set up an outlook.com account to use as a centralized addressbook, accessible by my other email accounts, devices, partner's devices etc. However I can't make it available to my partner's outlook.com account. [more inside]
posted by Kiwi on Jul 7, 2014 - 2 answers

I need a system for managing a shared email inbox.

Please give me your shared email box efficiency tips! [more inside]
posted by triggerfinger on Jun 18, 2014 - 5 answers

Article finder edition

Help me find a blog/article on using Outlook as the email organization/productivity system! My google searches are failing. [more inside]
posted by theobserver on Jun 10, 2014 - 3 answers

How can I sync Mac Outlook 2011 on two computers?

I set up my work Outlook for Mac 2011 Exchange account on my work computer today and now the identical set-up on my home computer is no longer working. Help! [more inside]
posted by hapax_legomenon on Jun 2, 2014 - 2 answers

Need help defeating wire fraud.

My company and industry is under widespread and sophisticated B2B wire fraud attack. Help me locate the vector or mechanism, please. [more inside]
posted by Hosiery Exegesis Association on Mar 30, 2014 - 15 answers

How big of a security risk is Office 2003 for my limited personal usage?

I am still using Office 2003 for personal use. It meets my limited needs perfectly well, and I want to avoid learning curves and costs associated with alternatives if at all possible. I understand that Microsoft will no longer be issuing security patches for it soon, so there are potential risks in continuing to use it, but how serious are those risks given my actual pattern of use? And can they be easily mitigated by avoiding various features or behavior? [more inside]
posted by philipy on Mar 21, 2014 - 8 answers

Getting my work and personal schedules in sync, with technology.

How can I better organize my schedule through better use of my work and personal calendars across platforms? My primary calendar at work is through Outlook/Exchange, but for personal correspondence I use gmail/google calendar, mostly accessed through my iphone or a browser on my mac. Right now I am just inviting Work Email Address Me and Personal Email Address Me to events (like meeting invitees) but perhaps there is a better way. Suggestions of articles/resources to help me figure this out also welcome! [more inside]
posted by NikitaNikita on Mar 3, 2014 - 4 answers

How to stop iMail messages from being marked 'read' after using Outlook?

I use iMail at work and set up to use that email on Outlook at home. I have preview off at both locations. When I use Outlook, it causes all of the messages that I had marked as "unread" as "read" when I get back to work (even if I didn't even look at it). Strangely, Outlook shows ALL unread in outlook. Long story short, Outlook shows all "unread" (which I can deal with) but iMail then shows everything as "read" when I next open it. The problem is that I mark messages as unread when I still need to address them. When this happens, I have lose all of my outstanding items. I do not want to use flags. Is there a setting in Outlook that I need to know about?
posted by Snackpants on Feb 15, 2014 - 2 answers

Plugin for Archiving Outlook Email to Windows Explorer

Easy way to rename and move Outlook emails to Windows folders? [more inside]
posted by BeaverTerror on Feb 10, 2014 - 1 answer

Here a contact, there a different contact. Everywhere a contact contact

What is the sanest way of syncing contacts among CRM, Outlook, and LinkedIn? [more inside]
posted by TravellingCari on Feb 4, 2014 - 4 answers

Help me find a fix for this weird MS Outlook 2010 sent items issue?

Recipients in my Outlook “sent items” folder, despite having the exact same email address, can have any one of 4 forms of displayed email address, which makes sorting by sender and date a real pain, as Outlook sees each recipient as entirely distinct / separate, despite them actually having the exact same address. See inside for example of what i mean... [more inside]
posted by kev23f on Dec 17, 2013 - 6 answers

Outlook -- removing or hiding text when displaying emails

We have been required to attach a lengthy signature to all of our outgoing emails signatures must be attached to replies as well. This is very frustrating when trying to read through an email thread because there is a 18 line signature block in between the content of each email. Assume I can't modify the email signature policy is there any type of scripting available in Outlook that would allow me to search for a string in an email I am viewing and hide it? I could do something like this with Grease Monkey in web outlook but I prefer to use the desktop client.
posted by jmsta on Nov 13, 2013 - 1 answer

Getting IMAP on Outlook.com to Work

I expected that when Outlook.com (not the MS Office app) went to IMAP that I could delete an email while viewing on my smartphone and it would be gone when I looked at my account on my computer. But it's not working that way at all. I wrote to Microsoft but, ha ha, never heard back. I searched online but didn't find out anything that answered my question. So I'm coming to all of you. If it helps I have an iPhone and use Macs for my computers.
posted by Taken Outtacontext on Nov 4, 2013 - 14 answers

iOS syncing issues via Outlook/iCloud. Can it be done?

I have an iphone and an ipad which I use daily. Due to work policies, my data is setup via Outlook (not Exchange) and synced via iTunes to both devices. I use iCloud to maintain mirrored info for websites, pictures, etc but NOT contacts. I'm getting tired of having to plug both devices in to sync them to the same data. Is there anyway to use iTunes to sync to my phone and then use iCloud to maintain data integrity across to the ipad? Or will this end up giving me duplicates in my Outlook contacts?
posted by damiano99 on Nov 3, 2013 - 1 answer

Sync Outlook with iPhone/Gmail/iCloud. Difficulty level: IT-Managed PC.

I want to do something that seems like it should be straightforward. My company uses awful, awful, awful iOS email/calendar/contacts software called "Good For Enterprise." It syncs with Outlook over-the-air and displays the synced info in a separate (terrible) app. There is no syncing with native email/calendar apps in iOS. How can I get my Windows 7 Outlook calendar onto my iPhone? [more inside]
posted by RobotNinja on Oct 2, 2013 - 2 answers

Google apps email sharing between coworkers. Difficulty Level: MSOutlook

Like most impossible things, it seems like it should be simple. Basically trying to figure out a way to do project management via email with Outlook which is syncing from Google apps via MAPI / Google Apps Sync. I get an email, I put it into a folder, which then gives my colleague access to read and respond to that email in the same folder, and vice versa. Can it be done? All the juicy details inside. [more inside]
posted by sxtrumpeto on Oct 2, 2013 - 1 answer

Probem synching Outlook, Gmail, Windows 8

Probem synching Outlook, Gmail, Windows 8 hey all, I'm having trouble synching Gmail with Outlook 2007 on Windows 8. It may be because Windows 8 has a mini Outlook app that syncs with Gmail already. I have connected the Gmail account with Outlook, and it is sending and receiving, but strangely about 50% of the messages that go to Gmail online don't go to Outlook, so I'm at only a 50% sync rate. This is quite strange - does anyone know how this may be?
posted by earthwalker7 on Sep 23, 2013 - 1 answer

Help Me Change My Outlook on Outlook

If my work email inbox changes, even slightly, my anger meter goes immediately to 10, and I spend entirely too much time being grumpy and fussing about it. How can I reframe these annoyances as opportunities for zen and personal growth, instead of a blood rage that leads to ultimately futile quests to have everything exactly the way I want it? [more inside]
posted by redsparkler on Sep 18, 2013 - 13 answers

Help my brain not turn into mush at work

I get a little bored at work, and like to read sites and articles dealing with maps, current events, GIS, science, natural resources, women in tech, cultural/material history, and archaeology. But, I don't want to look like I'm not doing work. Solution, email! What are the best digest or listservs I can subscribe to? [more inside]
posted by shinyshiny on Sep 16, 2013 - 6 answers

Layers of Outlook calendars

Trying to find an Outlook solution that will permit users to only have to update one calendar and then to have various audiences in the office see only the entries relevant to that audience. [more inside]
posted by lassie on Sep 5, 2013 - 1 answer

I need a single Outlook E-mail inbox, Easy

I own my own business. After a screen crack on a lap top, I bought a new laptop. I also bought Office 2013, with Outlook. How can I get a single inbox? It wants to set up multiple inboxes and I do not want to have to check different inboxes. I had a single inbox on my Outlook 2010. Every link I see on Google has ridiculous levels of power user requirements that I have neither the time nor the ability to do. Can anyone help? Running Windows 8 on an HP Pavilion.
posted by Ironmouth on Aug 23, 2013 - 3 answers

Help make Outlook 2013 less terrible

I spend huge amounts of my work time in Outlook 2013. Please give me some suggestions to make it better. I am not even that picky about what "better" means, but anything that makes the calendering less painful to use (I would give at least one tooth for the ability to easily create appointments based on the text of an email, like the iPhone does), or gives me control over the interface would meet this criteria. Xobni did some of this back in the day, but most of its features are now out-of-date.
posted by blahblahblah on Jul 29, 2013 - 9 answers

Microsoft Outlook 2010: calendar reminders via email

Does this Visual Basic script do what it says? [more inside]
posted by paleyellowwithorange on Jun 26, 2013 - 3 answers

When people get frustrated with "human stupidity"

Dealing with an SO who thinks "people are stupid." [more inside]
posted by Cybria on Jun 26, 2013 - 52 answers

Why does The Man do things like this?!

Work email just moved/regressed/backwards-evoled from Gmail to Outlook. I feel like it's the 90's all over again. Didn't realize how much my day-to-day efficiency was based on Gmail features. Not inviting a Gmail vs. Outlook tug-o-war, just solutions for a.) possibly somehow inserting Gmail back in the loop so that I can benefit from its functionality while keeping my employer happy by "using" Outlook (slim chance, I realize) or, b.) been-there-done-that-and-here's how-I-survived ideas.
posted by TigerMoth on Jun 18, 2013 - 15 answers

Use Exchange. Not too much. Mostly unobtrusively.

I, sadly, have to keep an eye on an Exchange e-mail account. There is no IMAP. Is there a small Mac app that will live in the menu bar and notify me of new e-mail that actually works? Bonus if I can quickly reply to the e-mail when it appears. [more inside]
posted by michaelh on May 23, 2013 - 4 answers

Did you read that email? Oh wait, I don't actually need to know.

Help me get read receipts to go to Deleted Items in Outlook 2007. Read receipts received internally get trashed automatically but external ones do not. [more inside]
posted by Sock Ray Blue on May 16, 2013 - 7 answers

Outlook and VBA

How to make Outlook automatically change the "From:" field when replying to certain emails? [more inside]
posted by Steely-eyed Missile Man on May 13, 2013 - 5 answers

Getting multiple Outlook task and contacts folders on Blackberry

I use Outlook pretty heavily at home - not for email, but for everything else (calendar, tasks, contacts lists). This includes keeping various tasks folders (e.g. To Do This Week, To Do Soon, Errands, Music to Download) and a few contacts folders (e.g. Personal, Business, Online Accounts (where I keep my login info and other details for my many online accounts)). I decided to go with a Blackberry for my first smart phone because it sounded like it would be the one that would most smoothly mesh with the Outlook info on my PC so that I could have my calendar/task/contact info in both places at all times. I was prepared to do daily (or more) syncs between my PC and phone to make this happen. Per the question title, I got a Blackberry Curve. Alas, it turns out that I was sorely mistaken. The Curve (and who knows how many other versions of BB before and since) allows only one folder each for tasks and for contacts on the device. I'm an individual user (not a corporate user) and don't use (or want to use) Exchange Server - although I don't think that would help this particular problem anyway. So is there anything I can do to get my Curve to handle anything more than one folder for tasks and contacts? [more inside]
posted by Mechitar on May 9, 2013 - 1 answer

Help me better utilize Office for work email, scheduling, etc

I have MS Office Pro Plus 2010 at work, and I haven't used Office before. After using Gmail exclusively for a number of years, and never any scheduling tools beyond what came on my Droid from Verizon, I'm looking for ways to better utilize the email, organizational and time management options I have. I recently learned about flags and conversation view from a co-worker, but I feel like there are more features I should be using. [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief on Apr 1, 2013 - 4 answers

Thunderbird and Outlook Contact Sync

How can I sync my work Outlook contacts to Thunderbird? [more inside]
posted by chirico on Mar 22, 2013 - 3 answers

Calendar Editing and Syncing Between Two Mac Users

I'd like to sync a shared event/appointment calendar with a work colleague, which we both can edit (not just view) on our iMac computers, preferably without having to go to an external website to make edits, or paying for an outside service. Details within. [more inside]
posted by zarq on Mar 14, 2013 - 12 answers

Backing up my old emails

At work I'm using a Macbook Pro with OS X 10.7.4, running Outlook 2011. Today, I have to ship off this computer to get an upgrade and security update, and they will be wiping out the contents of the hard drive. They've left us very minimal instructions to back up any files we need. For me, the absolute most important thing is having access to all of my old emails and their attachments. So, QUESTION: how do I backup all of my emails in Outlook so that I'll be able to access them on my newly-wiped computer? Where are email files stored on my computer? How can I back up the attachments on the old emails? How do I avert total disaster?
posted by naju on Feb 22, 2013 - 11 answers

How do I set up a randomly reoccurring event in my calendar?

I would like to set up a randomly reoccurring weekly event in my calendar -- either Outlook or Google -- such that it repeats every work week (M-F) between the hours of 9-5, but randomly. In other words, I want it to be at 1 pm on Monday one week, then 10 am on Friday of the following week, etc. Is there a quick and easy way to do this or must I set up a reoccurring event and then go through each week moving the appointment to what feels like a random time?
posted by lord_wolf on Jan 28, 2013 - 6 answers

Why is PHOTO B showing up instead of PHOTO A?

How/why is my Facebook profile pic turning up on emails I send from my Gmail account to Hotmail/Outlook? [more inside]
posted by crossoverman on Dec 7, 2012 - 12 answers

For the Love of Mac!

Mac Filter: I recently switched from a PC to a Mac at work and am having my first experience with Outlook 2011. So far, it has not been a good one, and now I'm totally stumped. Contact Group and Meeting Request question inside. [more inside]
posted by couchtater on Dec 3, 2012 - 8 answers

Hack myz laptopz.

Can my employer tell whether I've logged into their outlook email site from a laptop or a desktop? [more inside]
posted by mockpuppet on Dec 3, 2012 - 16 answers

Outlook Personal Folders Issue

Outlook 2007: Made a mistake; can I fix it? [more inside]
posted by maxwelton on Nov 21, 2012 - 7 answers

stupid outlook!

!#*! Outlook! Trying to move over 100000 emails from a local machine to a new machine.... problems inside. [more inside]
posted by handbanana on Nov 21, 2012 - 5 answers

Please help me get my data back!

Have you successfully retrieved your contact data from an older CRM? [more inside]
posted by ichbinsocki on Oct 16, 2012 - 1 answer

Any way to combat spam in Outlook Web App?

How can a regular low-privilege user of Outlook Web App stop the incoming flood of spam? [more inside]
posted by gakiko on Oct 12, 2012 - 5 answers

Microsoft Outlook's default search functionality sucks.

Please share your recommendations for the best Outlook e-mail/desktop indexer search tools out there. [more inside]
posted by longdaysjourney on Oct 11, 2012 - 8 answers

Outlook Search from Anywhere?

How do I set up searchable outlook archive that I can access from anywhere? [more inside]
posted by jtajta on Oct 10, 2012 - 6 answers

I love Outlook Rules!

I have a shared folder with one of my bosses where he dumps emails for me to file. I would like to create a rule in Outlook to alert me when something has been placed in this folder. Help? Can you set rules for shared folders? I have Outlook 2007
posted by Danithegirl on Oct 5, 2012 - 5 answers

Syncing calendars - .ics conversion or another way?

How do I convert ics files? Since my work computer was upgraded to Office 2010 64-bit, I've been unable to sync my Outlook schedule with my Samsung phone (which uses Samsung New PC Studio). It will still sync with my Google calendar though. Both Outlook and Google only seem to export .ics files. NPS seems to import .nsf, .dif, .mdb and .vcs. I found a free .ics to .vcs converter online but it seems to convert a single appointment from what I've verified is a complete export of my calendar. How can I convert the files or otherwise get the phone calendar synced?
posted by monkey closet on Sep 20, 2012 - 3 answers

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