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Today I have mostly been fighting with Microsoft Office Outlook 2007 and our Office 365 setup, as we are still in the early stages of deployment we have not yet implemented our ADFS servers. Which means we have are experiencing some pretty frustrating issues with Office and authentication.

One machine in particular decided to really test my patience and blankly refused to authenticate, presenting the user with a constant reoccurrence of the “Welcome back to Outlook.Office365″ login box.

As it happened the machine had seemed to avoid the installation of several service packs, including Office 2007 Service Pack 3, and also what turned out to be some pretty important KB hot fixes. Leaving me scratching my head for what seemed like a lifetime… That was until today! When I finally managed to find the relevant KB hot fixes and install them manually..

OFFICE VERSIONNOTES
Latest version of OfficeSystem requirements for Office 2013 and Office 365 ProPlus
Office 2010 with Service Pack 1Automatic updates:

  • Customers who sign up for Office 365 after February 27, 2013, must apply all automatic updates that were released before December 2012.
  • Customers who signed up for Office 365 before February 27, 2013, must complete the following:
    • By July 1, 2013, apply KB2553248.
    • By April 8, 2014, apply all automatic updates for Office 2010 that were released prior to December 2012.
Office 2007 with Service Pack 3Automatic updates:

  • Customers who sign up for Office 365 after February 27, 2013, must apply all automatic updates that were released before December 2012.
  • Customers who signed up for Office 365 before February 27, 2013, must complete the following:
    • By October 1, 2013, apply KB2596598.
    • By April 8, 2014, apply all automatic updates for Office 2010 that were released before December 2012.
Office 2003 only through POP and IMAPFor more information, see Office 365 will now support POP and IMAP connections to Outlook 2003.
Office for Mac 2011 with Service Pack 3Mac OS X 10.6 or later is required.
Office 2008 for Mac 12.2.9Support ends April 9, 2013.

The journey to 365 has been a long and winding one… This particular highlights the importance of ensuring all machines connecting to 365 are bang up to date with Windows and Office updates and service packs… Lesson learnt.



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The massively popular cloud based storage service have yet again come good, and are offering a massive 50% off their subscriptions for a limited time!

All you have to do to bag yourself this discount is follow this link and sign up to one of there subscription plans!

Whats more, you even get the 30 days completely free!

Hurry – offer expires December 31st, 2012
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As more and more applications move to the cloud, and we become less reliant on locally installed apps, I’ve been trying to find an online editor to fulfil my photo editing requirements. Tonight I had a need for a small change to an image for my site, and rather than download and install a clunky app I decided to hit Google.. This is when I stumbled across Pixlr.com, Pixlr is a suite of 3 separate editing suites.

The first, dubbed the ‘Advanced’ editor, called Pixlr Editor which offers most if not all tools needed for most photo editing projects. The layout is much similar to other photo editors on the market. The difference being of course, is that it is 100% web browser-based, meaning no hefty downloads and no apps to install..

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The ‘Advanced’ editor sports a feature packed toolbox, with all the tools you need to perform most image editing tasks.. From the touch up tool, to the blur tool and the image stamp and sharpen tool, really does put it in the same ring as local apps such as GIMP

If you don’t need all the powerful features from the advanced editor, Pixlr also offer an ‘Efficient‘ image editor. An although it’s got less tools in its toolbox, it’s by no way limited in its ability to do just what you want. The ‘efficient’ editor makes it as simple as clicking your mouse button or track pad to apply some pretty professional looking photo effects, or borders etc.

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Then for the more simple image editing projects, Pixlr offer a ‘Playful‘, which makes it dead simple to add some pretty cool effects to your images. With a similar designlayout to iPhoto on the iPhone or iPad the toolbox takes the pain out of spicing up your images a little.

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What’s more… Not only is Pixlr available in a web browser near you it also has a feature packed iOS and Android client, available for download in the respective app stores..

So what are you waiting for?? Dump your local photo editing clients and switch to the cloud!



Google have today released some pretty exciting news news the mobile Google drive app now allows on device/in app editing of your google documents! As far as I know it’s the first in the field of mobile online storage apps to offer such a service.

As you can see from the video below, they have pretty much got it nailed..

There’s only downside to the recent news… As of yet, the app does not support in app editing of Google Spreadsheets. However, I feel confident in saying it won’t be far behind todays release. Once it finally arrives, I will seriously have to reconsider my current alliance to Dropbox and SugarSync.

You can download Google Drive for iOS from the App Store now for free.




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The kind folk over at SurgarSync have recently come up with a cunning plan to make you ‘cloud’ storage users very happy people! They are offering a massive 50% off the subscription plans, however this offer is only available until Feb 29th 2012. The chart to the right is the current pricing structure before the discount. So for the 30GB storage plan, you’d only be paying $24.99! What’s more, if you take out a subscription plan, and then change your mind, as long as you cancel within the first 30 days you won’t be charged. That’s right.. Not one penny!

SurgarSync is rapidly becoming top of the game in cloud based storage.. If you’d like to see how SugarSync measures up against is competition check out this chart

If you have not yet had the pleasure of checking out the SurgarSync client I strongly recommend you do. I personally prefer it to the DropBox client.

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