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  • Blog Post: Configuring Multiple OWA/ECP Virtual Directories on the Exchange 2013 Client Access Server Role

    We have previously published guidance for setting up multiple OWA and ECP virtual directories for Exchange Server 2007 and 2010, and now it is the turn of Exchange Server 2013. The eagle eyed amongst you may spot some copy and paste from previous blogs on the subject, and well frankly, you’d be correct...
  • Blog Post: OWA Forms Based Auth Logoff Changes in Exchange 2013 Cumulative Update 9 – And Good News for TMG Customers

    Update - 2/9/15 : Since publishing this blog we made a decision to push one aspect of this change to CU9 to allow some partners a little more time to adapt to this new behavior. The new signout.aspx code is still shipping in CU8, but we are not changing to the new logoff behavior, that is sending the...
  • Blog Post: Client Connectivity in an Exchange 2013 Coexistence Environment

    This article is part 3 in a series that discusses namespace planning , load balancing principles , client connectivity, and certificate planning. Over the last several months, we have routinely fielded questions on how various clients connect to the infrastructure once Exchange 2013 is deployed. Our...
  • Blog Post: Common mailbox / folder sharing scenarios Guided Walkthroughs now available

    Exchange and Outlook have, for years, been great collaboration platforms, where our customers could share information easily with others. One of the things that came to light when a lot of our customers adopted Office 365 , is that many often have trouble matching their business needs to actual features...
  • Blog Post: XBOX OWA theme is back!

    A while ago we had a post on XBOX OWA theme. Eileen Brown posted a 8 minute blogcast on how to customize OWA themes and - the theme files are officially available for download now . Read the rest here ! Enjoy! - Nino Bilic
  • Blog Post: The New OWA Rocks Tablets and Phones!

    Last week, we shared information about The New Exchange . Today we’re delighted to share some of the exciting new developments in Outlook Web App (OWA). The primary purpose of OWA is to give Exchange users access to their mailboxes from anywhere through the same Outlook UI and functionality...
  • Blog Post: What does Exchange 2007 Availability Service do?

    The Exchange Server 2007 Availability service improves free/busy data access for information workers by providing secure, consistent, and up-to-date free/busy data to clients that are using Availability Web Service (like Microsoft Office Outlook 2007 or Exchange 2007 Outlook Web Access). Outlook 2007...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Outlook Web Access 2007 - new features in Beta 1

    Hi. I'm DJ Schwend, a product designer working on the OWA team here in Exchange. I've put together this overview of the best new features in our Beta 1 release. We've made huge strides to improve the online experience and our goal is to keep being the best web mail client in the world. The user interface...
  • Blog Post: Tips on Remote File Access in Exchange 2007

    EDIT 10/14/2009: Made a few readability improvements as well as added a section based on feedback . Traditionally, in order to access an internal share or site link posted within an email, one had to be connected to the company network. In addition, access to internal files was not available directly...
  • Blog Post: Overview of Exchange 2007 Outlook Web Access WebReady Document Viewing

    One of the biggest feature requests we had in Exchange 2003 OWA was a way to let users view attachments without having to save them to disk or open them in a locally-installed application. In Exchange 2007 OWA, we are introducing WebReady Document Viewing, which lets users do just that. WebReady Document...
  • Blog Post: Legacy client and Out of Office (OOF) interoperability

    Update / clarification 6/6/2008: The original information in this blog post was meant to let you know about some "gotchas" when you are using pre-Outlook 2007 clients with the new Exchange 2007 feature. However, after Exchange 2007 shipped we learned of one scenario where you can run into problems (duplicate...
  • Blog Post: Exchange 2003 OWA XBOX theme, anyone?

    Lee Derbyshire wrote an article over at msexchange.org - on how to create your custom Exchange 2003 OWA themes . To make this more fun, we made the files needed for XBOX-inspired OWA theme available here . A little preview of this eye-candy: Happy XOWAing! - Nino Bilic
  • Blog Post: On Digital Photos, Overseas Travel, and Outlook Web Access

    1 Background A few weeks ago, I returned from a two week bicycling adventure through the fjords of Norway. Accompanying me on this trip was an old racing buddy and friend from grade school as well as a bit of his extended family. Each of us was armed with a digital camera. In those...
  • Blog Post: Does OWA have pop-up ads?

    Several times I've received mail from OWA users kindly notifying us of pop-up ads associated with OWA. I know this is rational on their part - they start up OWA and suddenly there's pop-up ads for various companies selling unmentionables. Well, folks, I can assure you, there is no secret account in the...
  • Blog Post: Recent change of Internet Explorer 6 behavior in handling ActiveX controls and its effects on OWA

    Summary A cumulative security update has been recently released for Internet Explorer 6 for Microsoft Windows XP Service Pack 2 and Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Service Pack 1. This update changes the way in which Internet Explorer handles some Web pages that use ActiveX controls and Java applets. As...
  • Blog Post: Transitioning Client Access to Exchange Server 2010

    NOTE: This article has been updated to correct the MSAS URLs mentioned in this article. By now most of you have heard about the release of Exchange 2010. Those of you that are upgrading from Exchange 2003, Exchange 2007 or a mixture of the two, are probably curious about the client access upgrade...
  • Blog Post: I've read your mind - and you're looking for information on ESP.

    I don't post blogs very often - I tend not to have much to say that isn't random and am rather focused on the product, work in general, or trying to battle traffic to get home. But a comment in this recent blog post was mentioned to me. To help you stress and size your deployments with The Exchange...
  • Blog Post: Top 11 Hidden Features in Outlook Web Access for Exchange 2003

    Over the years that OWA has been developed we’ve kept our focus on improving user productivity through supporting many of the timesaving features present in Outlook and other Windows applications. Unfortunately many users don’t realize that these features are available in OWA since features like hot...
  • Blog Post: Customizing attachment settings for Exchange 2007 WebReady document viewing

    In this blog post, which is a continuation of previous post on the subject of WebReady document viewing , I'll go over how to customize the settings for attachments when using Exchange Server 2007 Outlook Web Access. OWA 2007 allows you to specify which file and MIME types to allow, block, and force...
  • Blog Post: Understanding the difference between explicit logon and accessing another users calendar using Web Parts in Exchange 2007

    EDIT 4/2/2010: correction around permissions required . Introduction One of the most common questions we hear is, "How do I open another user's Calendar in Exchange 2007?" One of the most common misconceptions around this functionality is the level of permissions that are required. This Tech Tip...
  • Blog Post: Is ARIA ready to make Web 2.0 accessible? The OWA team says "YES!"

    Recently, customers who use Outlook Web App (OWA) have been raising the topic of web app accessibility as a top priority. One reason for all the buzz about web application accessibility is due to a standard produced by the W3C called ARIA ( Accessible Rich Internet Applications ). While the standard...
  • Blog Post: Exchange 2003 OWA and URL redirection

    Someone recently asked why OWA rewrites external links in messages to go through redir.asp. For example, if you receive an HTML message with an embedded link to http://www.microsoft.com , OWA will actually rewrite the link to point to http://exchangeserver/exchweb/bin/redir.asp?URL=http://www.microsoft...
  • Blog Post: Overview of Exchange Server 2007 CAS Proxying and Redirection

    In a Microsoft Exchange Server 2007 organization, a computer that is running Exchange 2007 that has the Client Access Server role installed can act as a proxy for other Client Access Servers within the organization. This is useful when multiple Client Access Servers (CAS) are present in different Active...
  • Blog Post: New OWA themes for Exchange Server 2007 SP1

    As I mentioned a couple months ago on my blog , we have been working on two new OWA themes. With the release of Exchange 2007 SP1 Beta 2 , we're ready to say what they are: Xbox and Zune! Here's a preview: Enjoy! - KC Lemson
  • Blog Post: The free/busy data story

    Exchange Free Busy (FB) data itself is not simple or easy to read. This will describe what the data looks like in the Exchange store, how it’s calculated and processed through the Outlook client. FB describes when a user is busy over a range of time, it doesn’t describe each appointment...