Texting a Non-Mobile Number

Commenter Jakub Anderwald notes how hard it is to send a text message to a home or work phone.  I totally agree.  These days many people have more than one mobile number and yet we only have space for one mobile number on our phone.  As a result people have to store alternate mobile numbers…

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Quick Note: Email Server Search

The other day I was on the way to a potluck with some new friends and I was running late (somehow I always underestimate how long cooking really takes).  On my way over I remembered that the location had changed earlier that week and I didn’t actually know where I was going.  Checking my email…

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Patch Tuesday: WM 6.1 SMTP fix released!

12/1/2008 Update: We’ve narrowed the patch incompatibility to a certificate mismatch.  This means that while the patch is functionally sound, the device won’t allow the code contained in the patch to run.  We’ll be working with the device manufacturer to get a version of the patch that will work for you.   If you’re successfully…


Warning: the following contains explicit SSL

(or, Messaging: Port Probing Demystified) The "Require SSL" checkbox in the account configuration wizard for POP3/IMAP accounts is an often misunderstood feature.  It’s somewhat ironic, then, that the intent of the checkbox is actually to simplify account configuration. Compare the following two screenshots taken from WM6 Standard and Mozilla Thunderbird. Notice how much more complexity…

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Windows Mobile 6 is here…!!!

Drool… After sooo many months of development, it’s finally here.  Public! We can write about it.  We can show it off.  Yes!!!!! Over the next few days developers, testers and program managers in the Outlook Mobile team will write about features they worked on here.  But lets do some high-level overview here. So what’s so cool about…

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QnA: Can I sync with multiple Exchange Accounts?

Question: Hi there. I am trying to find out if I can configure profiles for outlook mobile to use different exchange servers just like you can on desktop outlook. Is this possible and how would this impact on direct push and syncing. I want to use work and personal exchange accounts on the same device….

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QnA: How many accounts can I have?

Question: I’m using an Imate Jasjar device bearing outlook mobile,, and my question is very simple:   I find that it is not possible to me to create more than 5 email accounts in this device.   Is there a limitation for account-creation, or am I doing something wrong?   Answer: Due to some database…

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QnA: Dude, what’s wrong with IMAP???

Since a vast majority of questions we get are IMAP related, let me just come out and say it.  We have an issue with IMAP 🙁 Basically we do not fully support IMAP namespaces.  According to Wes Salmon, our awesome SDET in Messaging, some servers use delimiters that we do not recognize, but would if…

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QnA: Selecting an account from outlook mobile to send with

Question: I’m fairly new to the outlook mobile scene, and I have a question about an outlook feature and its equivalent in outlook mobile (smartphone – Treo 700w). I have two POP3 email accounts listed in my outlook to send/receive with.  I do this so I can sync it to my phone and get both personal…

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QnA: Can I sort e-mails in the sent-items folder by recipient?

Question: I want to know if i can sort the sent items folder by “Sent to” instead of “Sent By” which is obviously myself.. I find it strange that this is not a sort option. Answer (by Liang Chen, one of our Messaging Dev Leads): No you can’t. With its current design the email list…

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