Clutter Folder

I enabled the Clutter function in Outlook and OWA about a month ago. It uses artificial intelligence to puts mass emails and emails that you don’t usually open into a new Outlook email folder called Clutter. It works well. It’s been better than most Junk mail filters at deciding what to remove from my Inbox. I had thought, “I do want all my mass emails that I receive” and I still do, but having them in a different folder works.

The best part is, it puts everything which I wouldn’t want to be notified of in my Clutter folder. So, now I can set my phone to chime when personal emails come in, because my Inbox now only registers a new email when I get a personal email (since the mass emails now go into the Clutter folder).  I have an Inbox, a Clutter folder, and a Junk folder to check, but that’s working out better than having just an Inbox and Junk.

Started Testing Office 365, Small Business Server….

I admit it; I’m a Microsoft Office Live Small Business fan. It’s like a Version 1 or V1.5 product, BPOS is like Version 2, and Office 365 is like V3. People often say that you should expect Microsoft to have a product down by V3. Office 365 has similar functionality to Office Live Small Business in the Office 365 Small Business edition but with a different interface. Yes, Office Live Small Business has SharePoint Online and Exchange Online functionality – even if no one used it. Continue reading “Started Testing Office 365, Small Business Server….”

Small Biz MS Exchange Options

I had a company on MS Office Live Small Business. We set their email, contacts, and calendaring system up a few years ago on a hosted MS Exchange Server through It worked great. When MS came out with what they call Hotmail Exchange ActiveSync late last year, partially to save some money, we moved them to that system with similar capability. Because MS Office Live Small Business is built on Hotmail, you can run Hotmail Exchange ActiveSync into MS Outlook. You set it up though the Hotmail Outlook Connector. Hotmail Exchange ActiveSync lacks task syncing but otherwise works great.

When MS Office 365 comes out later this year, all MS Office Live Small Business users will be moved to that system. It’ll cost a bit more but include a lot more functionality. We’ll look at changing this company to over to Office 365 hosted Exchange Server at that point.

Office 365, Intune, and Dynamics CRM Online

Free software isn’t always cheaper in the end.  I’m dealing with a horrible cluster of open source software on one project; we barely get anything done with all the time we spend trying to figure how the software works. My recent web projects have been in Drupal, WordPress, Joomla, and with Microsoft tools. I’ve even been playing with Tumblr and Squarespace. But (and this is hard to admit) Microsoft’s new “cloud offerings” have me going to trainings and up nights studying. Continue reading “Office 365, Intune, and Dynamics CRM Online”