Subscribe to online calendars and access them in Outlook for Mac

Online calendars are a popular way to share schedules with many people across different platforms and applications. However, Outlook for Mac doesn’t support directly subscribing to online calendars because it doesn’t support iCalendar, the protocol needed for subscribing to these calendars.

Exchange and Office 365 do support calendar subscriptions to some online services using a webcal:// URI (similar to http://or ftp://) to access online iCalendar files. And they can act as a proxy to connect . . .

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Microsoft revamps features for Outlook for Mac 15

Outlook 15

Microsoft released Outlook for Mac 15, departing from its history of bundling the application with its Office for Mac suite. Also new was that the release was targeted exclusively at Office 365 customers and not made available as a standalone product. It required activation via online subscription and offered no method for entering a serial number for perpetual use of the product.

The application was referenced in Office Blogs simply as “Outlook for Mac”. It . . .

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Microsoft treats Outlook users: Outlook for Mac available to Office 365 customers

Microsoft is treating Outlook users to a new version. If you are an Office365 subscriber you can update today.

New Outlook for Mac available to Office 365 customers

The article also goes on to explain that a public beta for the next version of Office for Mac in the first half of 2015. Final release of the next version will be in the second half of the year.

If you aren’t a subscriber to . . .

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Microsoft releases Office for Mac 2011 14.4.5 Update

Microsoft has released the Microsoft Office for Mac 2011 14.4.4 Update. (113.6 MB) Installation requires first installing the cumulative 14.1.0 (SP1) update if running an earlier version of Office for Mac 2011. According to the new update’s description it addresses a security issue and fixes for Outlook, one of which is specific to Apple’s new OS X 10.10 (Yosemite) release.

Although Office for Mac’s code was updated to address a critical . . .

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Solution posted for Exchange repeatedly losing connection to server

Emily D posted the following solution on Microsoft Answers today for Exchange repeatedly losing connecton to server. Visit this link to join in the discussion.

http://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/mac/forum/macoffice2011-macoutlook/outlook-for-mac-2011-repeatedly-loses-connection/7d3ed7bf-9fed-48e4-b16d-44ac3309ef72?page=5

We disabled EWS Digest Authentication in our Exchange server over the weekend. So far, Outlook 2011 on a MacBook Air, and MacBook Pro has stayed connected to Exchange without a disconnect or prompt for password. If the lid of the laptop is closed and then reopened, Outlook 2011 reconnects . . .

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Responses needed: Outlook for Mac Exchange Setup Script Survey

Mac Admins, if you’re currently using any version of my Outlook for Mac Exchange Setup Script, I need your responses. The script I’m referencing is available at these two locations:

Version 4.0.1 – http://www.officeformachelp.com/outlook/exchange/setup-script/ Version 4.5.2 – https://github.com/talkingmoose/Outlook-Exchange-Setup

Some planned changes in Outlook for Mac will break the automatic setup portion of the script and I will not be able to create a workaround for it. If you rely on this feature of the script, . . .

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The case of the fractured firewall: Outlook for Mac causes DoS attacks

Preface: A big thank you to Patrick Fergus for his efforts and this article! He worked diligently with Microsoft support for several months to troubleshoot an issue that was effectively causing an internal Denial of Service (DoS) attack against his company’s firewall. The culprit? Outlook for Mac. And while working with Patrick, Microsoft discovered a second major issue with excessive open files caused by the licensing system in Office for Mac. His work contributed to . . .

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Reveal a sender’s email address in Outlook for Mac

When I receive a message from someone I know I sometimes refer to the email address to determine if the person is sending from a business, personal or other type of account. This helps me understand how to phrase my response or even to determine if the message is really from the person instead of a spammer.

Before the Microsoft Office for Mac 2011 Service Pack 2 (14.2.0) update, displaying the email address was easy. . . .

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Avoid strange characters when sending mail through Exchange or Office 365

From the Outlook for Mac forum on Microsoft Answers:

From a little time, I have this problem. Some messages are with strange characters. Here an example, but sometimes a messages contains a lot of characters like that. The word is HCI and then there is a S with an accent !!!

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Control sending read receipts in Outlook for Mac 14.3.9

Microsoft quietly added the ability for Outlook for Mac users to control whether they send read receipts in its recent 14.3.9 update. However, this new feature is not a full implementation of the read receipts standard described in RFC 2298 and later documents.

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