Tag: Mail

Handwritten Email using Outlook

Handwritten Emails and Drawings using Outlook

In the latest Office Insider Fast build for Outlook (1907 Build 11727.20034), you now get the feature to create drawings or handwritten emails in Outlook using your finger or pen. This is great if you want to give your email a more personal touch or quickly create a drawing to explain something quickly. It works with touch, Pens (like the Surface Pen) or even with a mouse or trackpad.

The Outlook team mentions a couple of scenarios for this:

  • Insert a drawing canvas and start inking in an Outlook Email.
  • Insert a picture and ink directly on it with a stylus or Surface Pen
  • Play tic-tac-toe with a colleague and ink continuously on the same drawing canvas by replying back and forth.
  • Save your ink in drafts and reopen them to continue working.
  • Copy and paste ink and drawing canvases from other apps.
  • Use multiple drawing canvases in one email and draw in all of them.

Release notes

If you are running the Office Insider Fast builds on your machine, you can find the notes in “What’s New”.

Office Insider Release Notes Drawing in Outlook

How to enable drawing and handwritten emails in Outlook

If you want to use drawing in Outlook, the Draw tab is enabled by default on touch-enabled devices like the Microsoft Surface Pro. If you are not on a touch-enabled device, you can go to Customize Ribbon and select the Draw tab, to use a mouse or trackpad.

I hope this gives you a quick look at Ink in Outlook and how you can create handwritten emails and drawings within an email.  If you have questions, feel free to leave a comment.

encrypted messages in Outlook.com

Encrypt Mails in Outlook.com (or Hotmail)

This is pretty cool! If you are an Office 365 Home or Office 365 Personal subscriber, Outlook.com (formerly known as hotmail.com or live.com) now includes encryption features that let you share your confidential and personal information while ensuring that your email message stays encrypted and doesn’t leave Office 365. This is useful when you don’t trust the recipient’s email provider to be secure.

So what does encrypt mean:

As an Outlook.com user with either an Office 365 Home or Office 365 Personal subscription, you’ll see the following:

  • Encrypt: Your message stays encrypted and doesn’t leave Office 365. Recipients with Outlook.com and Office 365 accounts can download attachments without encryption from Outlook.com, the Outlook mobile app, or the Mail app in Windows 10. If you’re using a different email client or other email accounts, you can use a temporary passcode to download the attachments from the Office 365 Message Encryption portal.
  • Encrypt and Prevent Forwarding: Your message stays encrypted within Office 365 and can’t be copied or forwarded. Microsoft Office attachments such as Word, Excel or PowerPoint files remain encrypted even after they’re downloaded. Other attachments, such as PDF files or image files can be downloaded without encryption.

If you want to know more about Encryption of Outlook.com E-Mails, check out the this support Page: Learn about encrypted messages in Outlook.com

Veeam Backup for Microsoft Office 365

Veeam Backup for Microsoft Office 365

Some weeks ago Veeam announced Veeam Backup for Microsoft Office 365 and now you can finally download the Beta of it. To be honest with you the installation is brutally boring and simple, so I will only show you how you quickly can create a new backup job.

First create a new job

Veeam Backup for Microsoft Office 365 New Backup Job

Select a which mailboxes you want to backup

Veeam Backup for Microsoft Office 365 New Backup Job Select Mailboxes

configure schedule and retention and you are ready to go

Veeam Backup for Microsoft Office 365 New Backup Job Schedule

And guest what, with the Veeam Explorer for Microsoft Exchange, you can also restore mails from your Office 365 mailboxes.

Veeam Explorer for Microsoft Exchange

Check out the Veeam Backup for Microsoft Office 365 here.

Advanced Send Mail Itnetx Cireson

itnetx Cireson Advanced Send Mail for Service Manager 2012 and 2012 R2

Today itnetx and Cireson, the creator of many, many great System Center extensions released a new Management Pack for System Center Service Manager called “Advanced Send Mail for Service Manager 2012 and 2012 R2” for free. Advanced Send Mail allows you to directly send mails from the Service Manager Console. For example this can be used get more information from the users or forward a mail to a third person. Every mail gets logged in the Action Log of the incidents so you can also see what’s going on and no data and information gets lost. And there are a lot more things you should know about the itnetx Cireson Advanced Send Mail app:

It is very simple to deploy and configure. It does not require any XML editing.
Analysts can attach files to the outbound email.
The analyst can choose a notification template, see the content of the message body based on the template and change the text before sending the email.
The analyst can optionally add the message body to the action log of the incident automatically.
The analyst can add additional recipients to the To or CC before sending the email.
The admin can configure an SMTP server to use to send the email.
The admin can filter the list of available notification templates based on a naming convention.


Check out the Cireson homepage for more information or get the Advanced Send Mail directly from the itnetx homepage.



Windows Live error 8600108 when syncing Windows Live with Windows Phone

Yesterday morning I realized I did not get any mails over night so something must be wrong with the sync of my Windows Live/Hotmail account. After checking my Windows Live account under settings –> Email+accounts I could see the message “account is not up-to-date”. By tapping on the Windows Live account I got the following error message.

Windows Live Error 8600108

[code]Windows Live error

Not updated
We’re having a problem synchronizing with m.hotmail.com
Last tried [xx] seconds ago
Error code: 8600108[/code]

After searching the web for some time I found the solution, the problem only appeared when I was syncing E-Mail. After unchecking the E-Mail check box the sync worked fine, except the mail sync of course. Now after it seems that this had to be a problem with a email. I deleted the latest messages on live.com and check the checkbox for E-Mail in my Windows Live account on my phone again the sync worked fine again.

From support.microsoft.com:

This error can indicate a back-end mail server issue, which may be caused when Windows Live tries to sync an email with a large or problematic Word document such as an attachment. There could also be a temporary service outage.

More Information: Here


SCVMM Snapshot Reminder with Powershell


I have created a small Powershell Script which will you remind of existing VM Snapshots. You can use this and create a scheduled task for example each morning and it will send you an email with all existing VM snapshots or checkpoints. The Script uses the Powershell Commands of System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2008 R2 but should also work with System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2012.

# Check for Virtual Machine Manager Snapin
$PSSnapin = Get-PSSnapin | Where-Object { $_.Name -eq "Microsoft.SystemCenter.VirtualMachineManager" }
if($PSSnapin -eq $null)
	Add-PSSnapin Microsoft.SystemCenter.VirtualMachineManager
# Connect to SCVMM Server
Get-VMMServer localhost
# Get Snapshots
$snapshots = Get-VMCheckpoint
# Check for existing Snapshots
if ($snapshots.count -gt 0){
	# Create the List of Snapshots
	$info = $snapshots | Format-Table VM, AddedTime, Name -auto | Out-String 
	# Mail Configuration
	# ==================
 	# Configuration
	$emailFrom = "[email protected]"
 	$emailTo = "[email protected]"
 	$emailSubject = "VM Snapshot Reminder"
 	$emailMessage = "You have still some snapshots: `n `n" + $info + "`n Greetings your SCVMM Server"
 	$smtpServer = "mail.server.com"
 	$smtpUserName = "username" # This could be also in e-mail address format
 	$smtpPassword = "password"
	$smtpDomain = ""
	# SMTP Object
	$smtp = New-Object System.Net.Mail.SmtpClient($smtpServer)
	$mailCredentials = New-Object System.Net.NetworkCredential  
 	$mailCredentials.Domain = $smtpDomain
 	$mailCredentials.UserName = $smtpUserName
 	$mailCredentials.Password = $smtpPassword
 	$smtp.Credentials = $mailCredentials  
 	# Send E-Mail
 	$smtp.Send($emailFrom, $emailTo, $emailSubject, $emailMessage)

Send E-Mail from Powershell

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This is a small script which you can use to send E-Mail from Windows Powershell. This script has an hardcoded password variable because this solution is mostly used for automation. But you could also use the get-credentials command to get the credentials from a user.

# Configuration
$emailFrom = "[email protected]"
$emailTo = "[email protected]"
$emailSubject = "my subject"
$emailMessage = "my message"
$smtpServer = "mail.server.com"
$smtpUserName = "username" # This could be also in e-mail address format
$smtpPassword = "password"
$smtpDomain = ""
# SMTP Object
$smtp = New-Object System.Net.Mail.SmtpClient($smtpServer)
$mailCredentials = New-Object System.Net.NetworkCredential
$mailCredentials.Domain = $smtpDomain
$mailCredentials.UserName = $smtpUserName
$mailCredentials.Password = $smtpPassword
$smtp.Credentials = $mailCredentials
# Send E-Mail
$smtp.Send($emailFrom, $emailTo, $emailSubject, $emailMessage)


Thanks to Jeffery Hicks for correcting me, since Powershell v2 there is a much easier way to send a Mail with the Send-MailMessage cmdlet. http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkID=135256