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Custom outlook filters


11 September 2015, by

Outlook is both a blessing and a curse. A recent post by the BBC suggests that receiving too many emails can damage one’s productivity. The extremist response here would be to ban internal e-mails, but realistically that’s probably not a very achievable solution. So is there anything you can do to help you wade through the information that’s being piped into your inbox? We think so, and the answer is outlook filters. (more…)

Softwire MD Zoe Cunningham hosting the Microsoft Office 365 Launch today


30 January 2013, by

Microsoft Office 365Today our MD Zoe Cunningham is out and about on the Office 365 bus to launch the latest version of Microsoft Office (Office 365)! Tune in to www.catchthe365.com to catch her or follow on Twitter at #catchthe365.

Sharing a name with a previous cloud based offering, Office 365 contains many of these cloud features – for example the default save location is your online Sky Drive. Other new features include:  new visualisations and layout, new graphical options in Word and online picture support.

The UK launch looks to be pretty spectacular. Microsoft have hired a double decker bus, and enlisted live bands, magicians, street performers and bloggers to create a full day event. They are focussing on people who use Office in a home, rather than work, environment, with guests from the worlds of food, cooking, sport and parenting.

Star guests include Tess Daly, Will Greenwood and online celebrities including “mummy bloggers” Sally Whittle and Bridget MacPherson.

The 365 Bus

TypeScript


23 November 2012, by

Microsoft recently launched a new language called TypeScript, which is both a superset of, and compiles down to, JavaScript. The idea is to extend JavaScript to have EMCAScript 6 features, which are quite neat.

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Debugging Third-Party Applications – Part 3


7 February 2012, by

previous article in series

This is the last in a short series of posts about a problem I had with Microsoft Exchange’s Outlook Web Access (OWA): reading the Old New Thing blog through OWA suddenly stopped working with error:

This link has been disabled for your security.

In the second part I tracked down the .NET code that was rejecting the blog article URL as unsafe and I guessed that the problem was the URL was relative not absolute – and so looked to OWA like an attempt to reference one of its own resources, potentially maliciously, and not a real link to a page on the internet.

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Debugging Third-Party Applications – Part 2


19 January 2012, by

previous article in series

This is a short series of posts about a problem I had with Microsoft Exchange’s Outlook Web Access (OWA): reading the Old New Thing blog through OWA suddenly stopped working with this error:

This link has been disabled for your security

In the first part I tracked down this error message to a static page UrlBlockedError.aspx in the OWA files on the Exchange server.

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Debugging Third-Party Applications – Part 1


12 January 2012, by

This is a short series of posts as a worked-example of how to debug into someone else’s code. It covers a problem I ran into with Microsoft Exchange’s Outlook Web Access (OWA), which Microsoft has since fixed, but the advice is intended to apply to many other situations.

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