KC Lemson

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  • Blog Post: Executives & the community...

    I recently received an email letting me know that Eric Rudder made some suggestions to the folks who own the community websites at Microsoft about how the most important parts of the pages should be more visible at the top of the page. In Exchange's community web page , the most important parts are...
  • Blog Post: Meet the Exchange MVPs

    We recently added a new page to the Exchange community website, that has pictures and bios of our MVPs: http://www.microsoft.com/exchange/community/mvp/default.mspx Several of the Exchange MVPs also run Exchange blogs, see the details on the above page or click on the links to the right. - KC...
  • Blog Post: Set up a meeting with other attendees or Microsoft employees at Tech-Ed!

    I'm “speaking“[1] at Tech-Ed, and while completing my registration today, I also signed up for Rio , which is a system that Tech-Ed attendees can use to find and set up meetings with people with similar interests or expertise in a certain area. After registering, you are given the option...
  • Blog Post: Blogging warm fuzzies

    I just noticed in my referrer logs that someone got to this blog from this URL: http://www.google.com/search?q= macro+to+create+a+task+from+an+email &hl=en&lr=&ie=utf-8&oe=utf-8&start=10&sa=n Which of course links to my post that is exactly that - a macro to create a task from...
  • Blog Post: I am now a TypePad evangelist

    Executive Summary: I highly recommend TypePad for anyone willing to pay a few bucks for a third party to host a blog for them. A great combination of features and usability. I have got to hand it to the folks at SixApart, they have done a great job, TypePad is a great piece of software that just makes...
  • Blog Post: Customer feedback

    A month ago, we took advantage of a deal at Bon Macy's and opened up a credit card to get 10% off of a large purchase (a mattress). A couple of weeks later, we purchased some sheets and pillows using that credit card. I promise, this has something to do with Exchange. Bear with me. Tonight, I received...
  • Blog Post: More RSS feeds off of microsoft.com

    Scoble points at Jeremy asking why there are no RSS feeds for chats on our web sites. I asked the Exchange web team about this late last year, and was told that they definitely have their eyes on such capabilities, but that some back-end infrastructure changes needed to happen first before features like...
  • Blog Post: The MSDN product feedback center - What about Exchange?

    Many others have blogged about it . One of the comments in Scoble's entry asked if other products like Windows & IE would be using it. I can't speak for those products, but I can tell you that in the job I just left a couple of weeks ago as the Exchange communities program manager, one of my goals...
  • Blog Post: Silence equals adoration?

    Evan blogged today asking for feedback on the posts about systems management that have gone up on EHLO recently. Anecdotally, it looks like the "# of comments per post" has gone down over time on EHLO and we're trying to figure out if this is a leading indicator of a problem we should be worried about...
  • Blog Post: RSS feeds on the Exchange community page

    As I promised before ... it's now live. A ton of kudos for the mscom team for listening to community feedback and implementing these great features. RSS Feed that points at the root of all the blogs registered for Exchange [i.e. a notification of newly registered Exchange bloggers] RSS feed for...
  • Blog Post: Rain-->Pour

    OK I realize how much it sucks to average one post a month for six months and then do several in one day, but I've got a bunch of things on my mind today and I wanted to blog them. Shoot me. I'm going to start writing a column for TechNet Magazine .[1] The first month I'm also going to partner with...
  • Blog Post: Have you customized your Global Address List templates? The Outlook team wants to know.

    The Outlook team is investigating making some improvements to this scenario, and they would like to see real-world examples from any customer who has customized the templates. If you are willing, please send us the file as per the instructions below. Note: This file does not contain any personal data...
  • Blog Post: The directory of IT bloggers has been started...

    So it took me a while , but thanks to the wiki on Channel9 and Scoble's mention of blog directories , there is now a place for IT bloggers to list themselves . I added the ones in the comments of my previous post to start it off. I sorted alphabetically to be fair. But the list is already getting...
  • Blog Post: I'll have a side helping of shared source with my long-standing feature request

    I'm very excited to announce that today we have done two things I've been wanting to do for a long time: #1: With Exchange 2000 SP3 and the latest post-SP3 hotfix rollup (as well as with Exchange 2003 SP1) and a custom tool that one of the Exchange developers put together, it is possible to have...
  • Blog Post: Exchange geeks, check this out...

    http://blogs.msdn.com/exchange/archive/2004/02/24/79387.aspx Let us know what you think, either in the comments on this entry or the above one. :-)
  • Blog Post: Crawling with parasites

    Like most bloggers, I glance through my referrers from time to time. I just noticed that a recent post of mine is linked from a topic on flexwiki about formatting for flexwiki , and I thought to myself, gee golly that's nice. Fortunately I was brought back to earth a moment later after seeing http:/...
  • Blog Post: New graphic for Exchange geek t-shirts is up...

    http://www.cafepress.com/ehlo The coworker who came up with the logo idea bought one of the “MAPI makes me HAPI“ t-shirts and wore it to an internal meeting today with the store team, and he told me about another coworker's reaction: “He told me that it's the stupidest shirt he's...
  • Blog Post: I got more links than [picasso got paint|scoble]

    I had a lot of random things floating around on my mind this week, so I decided to consolidate them into a single post, a la Kent Tegels' digital doggie bags . I threw myself on the sword and excluded it from the main feed too. ;-) #1: Amazon glitch exposes anonymous reviewers; authors plug own works...
  • Blog Post: A few days away from RSS feeds on microsoft.com/exchange/community

    I'm so psyched. I just saw a build on the internal staging server of our community page , where it was displaying bits and pieces of Exchange blogs from the community (not just Microsoft). I'm told that they're troubleshooting some issues with getting it to expose RSS feeds for subscription as well....
  • Blog Post: Yes, Virginia, Microsoft is paying attention to blogging.

    The link to the TechEd registration on the right of this blog used to link directly to the registration site, but I just changed it to point at http://go.microsoft.com/?LinkID=404299 . The TechEd folks want to track the clickthrough rate via that link, so they can determine if there is enough traffic...
  • Blog Post: Those microsoft bloggers talk about the future too much!

    I'm so tired of hearing that "microsoft bloggers talk about the future too much." There's a whole bunch of people blogging about current technologies right now - so let's stop disrespecting them by pretending that they are a meaningless minority, and instead figure out ways to promote them. Obviously...
  • Blog Post: Ideas for new Outlook macros?

    An email with a coworker who was recently acquired and is getting accustomed to Outlook after years with PINE reminded me that it's been a while since I wrote any Outlook macros. Plus, I just need an excuse to write some code, I haven't written any in several months and that part of my brain is congealing...
  • Blog Post: Surprise your users with an April Fool's Day OWA 2003 theme

    Customizing OWA themes is quite simple to do. Here's an example of a theme I just put together, I call it "MOOWA": The fun part about this theme isn't so much the graphics as the sounds: included are a "mooooooooo" for the new mail sound as well as a cowbell[1] for the reminder sound. For more...
  • Blog Post: Communities @ Microsoft

    Aaron Overton, the Windows Server community guy, has a blog . I particularly liked his analogy of the state of microsoft communities compared to linux communities - we have a ways to go. I think that Microsoft-related communities will always be different and approach things in different...
  • Blog Post: A free CHM compiler

    I was pointed at this by the MSHelp MVP Lead, it's a sweet little freeware app, works great. Within about 90 seconds of starting it, I had compiled my first CHM: http://www.vizacc.com/ And they also have a blog , pretty nifty.