October 2011 - Posts

How to Access Office 365 Technical Blog

Office 365 technical blog section consists of a wide range of information provided by Office 365 engineering team. It’s a interesting place where we can get a lot of information relating to Office 365 which is the latest and greatest cloud service!

Who can Access it then??

Only the members registered to the Office 365 Community can access the Technical Blog section.

How to Access the Blog section??

If you are the registered members then Sign in with your Microsoft Online Services ID at this link https://login.microsoftonline.com

The Sign in Page looks like this: Here enter your service id and your password.

sign in

After successful sign in you will be taken to the the Home Page of Office 365. Now at the Right Corner of Your Home Page you can see the Link Check out our blog under Community section which looks like this.


Now after clicking the link Check out our blog you have to create your account and join the community which looks like this.


Now Click on Join Now so that you will be taken to the main Office 365 Technical Blog Page which is the ocean of Blogs from Office 365 engineering team blog which looks like this.


Now in this section you can access a lot of technical blogs and can post in the forums, blogs and wikis.


Moreover you can access Other Blogs too!

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Microsoft Online Services Team Blog

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Posted: 10-03-2011 7:18 AM by Deepak Bhattarai with no comments

Encrypt USB Flash Drives with BitLocker To Go in Windows 7

Microsoft has extended Bitlocker functionality in Windows 7. BitLocker To Go extends BitLocker data protection to USB storage devices, enabling them to be restricted with a passphrase.

In addition to having control over passphrase length and complexity, IT administrators can set a policy that requires users to apply BitLocker protection to removable drives before being able to write to them. BitLocker To Go also allows users to more securely share data with users who have not yet deployed Windows 7.

To get started, first plugin your USB flash drive. Next, right click on the USB drive icon in the Computer folder and select Turn on Bitlocker.

Select how you want to protect it. Set a password or passphrase or use a smart card.


Click Next and backup your recovery key to a safe place. Now click Start Encrypting.


The USB flash drive will now be protected.

When you use it on another computer, you will have to give the password first.

View the Windows 7 BitLocker and BitLocker to Go Walkthrough at Microsoft.

Posted: 10-02-2011 5:44 PM by Deepak Bhattarai with no comments

The Timeline of the Blog

The concepts of Personal journals and professional logs were rooted in ancient times which are two types of precursors to the modern blog. Here the Timeline of the blog shows the development of the blog as we know it today, including the process of online interactivity, beginning with the lunch of the internet.


1967: The Internet is invented. Most people don't begin to take notice until 25 years later.julius caesar


Julius Caesar's Gallic War writings were a precursor to the modern military blog.

1979: The birth of USENET, a decentralized system of discussion boards, forming the basis of some of the Internet's oldest online communities.


Tim Berners-Lee, developer of the World Wide Web and the first Web site, which included a "What's New" page.

1983: Brian Redman creates mod.ber, a USENET discussion through which he and his friends post summaries of interesting things they find online and offline.

1984: The creation of Listserv, the first e-mail discussion group software.

1986: The launch of Cleveland Freenet, one of the first "community networks" through which residents could post community updates and discuss local issues.

1989: Tim Berners-Lee, a researcher at the CERN particle physics laboratory in Switzerland, proposes the development of the World Wide Web as a way to share information with colleagues.

1992: Tim Berners-Lee launches the first Web site. Among his publishing innovations that year is the "What's New" page informing readers about new information related to the Web site.

1994: Claudio Pinhanez of MIT publishes his "Open Diary," a Web page documenting goings-on in his life. At the same time, online diarist Justin Hall would gain notoriety for creating a "personal homepage" on the Web covering his day-to-day activities in very revealing — and occasionally embarrassing — detail.

1994: Brian Lucas launches travel-library.com, a collection of online travel journals submitted by the public to the rec.travel USENET group.

1995: Vermeer Technologies releases FrontPage, one of the first Web publishing tools, allowing people without coding skills to publish Web sites.

1996: Thousands of people use the Internet to collect photographs of people whose lives were affected by the Internet as part of a project known as 24 Hours in Cyberspace, an early experiment in collaborative photo blogging.

December 1997: Jorn Barger starts a daily log of interesting Web links published in reverse chronological order, calling it Robot Wisdom WebLog. The term "Weblog" is soon generalized by other online publishers to include any page with frequent short posts in reverse chronological order.

1998: Open Diary becomes one of the first online tools to assist users in the publishing of online journals. It would later be followed by other journaling tools, including LiveJournal (1999), DiaryLand (1999), Pitas (1999), Blogger (1999), Xanga (2000), Movable Type (2001) and Wordpress (2003).

Spring 1999: Online journal author Peter Merholz takes Jorn Barger's word "weblog" and splits it into the phrase "We blog." Blog soon becomes shorthand for weblog.

1999: The development of RSS, or Really Simple Syndication. RSS makes it easier for people to subscribe to blog posts, as well as distribute them to other sites across the Internet, using tools such as the early news aggregator, Dave Winer's Radio UserLand.

2001: Big-name bloggers begin to emerge, including Andrew Sullivan and Glenn Reynolds, aka Instapundit.


In 2001, Andrew Sullivan was one of the first big-name bloggers to emerge.

2002: Bloggers focus their attention on comments made by Sen. Trent Lott (R-MS) at a birthday party for Sen. Strom Thurmond (R-SC) that appear to endorse segregation. After intense coverage in the blogosphere, the story spreads throughout the media, forcing Lott to resign his leadership position in the Senate.

2002: The launch of Technorati, one of the first blog search engines, making it possible for people to track blog conversations on a continuous basis.

2003: The creation of Audioblogger, which allowed users to record a voicemail over their phone and have it posted on their blog.

2003: Iranian Vice President Mohammad Ali Abtahi launches his own blog, well before many U.S. politicians catch on to the idea.

2003: Public radio host Christopher Lydon publishes mp3 audio files on a Web site, using an RSS feed developed by Dave Winer so people could subscribe to them.

2004: Ben Hammersley, in an article for the UK Guardian newspaper, describes the technique used by Lydon, Winer and others as "podcasting."

2004: Videographer Steve Garfield launches his video blog and declares 2004 "The Year of the Video Blog," more than a year before the birth of YouTube.

February 2004: The launch of Flickr, a photo-sharing community that helps popularize photo blogging.


The Flickr photo-sharing community, launched in 2004, helps popularize photo blogging.

2004: Bloggers play a major role in covering the presidential campaign and promoting presidential candidates, particularly Democratic candidate Howard Dean. A number of them are credentialed to participate in the Democratic National Convention in Boston. Dan Rather resigns following pressure from conservative bloggers who documented inconsistencies in a CBS story about President George W. Bush's military service record.


Credentialed bloggers work at the 2004 Democratic National Convention in Boston.

2005: Rebecca MacKinnon and Ethan Zuckerman of Harvard's Berkman Center launch Global Voices, an international network of bloggers aggregating local and regional news stories around the world that aren't being covered by mainstream media.

March 2005: Garrett M. Graff becomes the first blogger to receive credentials for the daily White House briefing.

2006: The launch of Twitter, one of the first "micro-blogging" communities that allows user to publish and receive short posts via the Web, text messaging and instant messaging.



2006: Research report from the Pew Internet and American Life Project estimates that 12 million U.S. adults publish their own blogs.

2007: Technorati reports it is tracking more than 112 million blogs worldwide.

Posted: 10-02-2011 4:19 PM by Deepak Bhattarai with no comments

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Instant Messaging with Lync 2010

Microsoft Lync 2010 is an application you install on your desktop to communicate with others via instant messaging (chat), audio calls, and video calls.

Download and run Lync 2010
  1. In the header, click Home.

  2. On the Home page, under the heading Lync, click Install Lync 2010.

  3. Follow the installation instructions.

  4. After the installation has finished, you can run Lync 2010 from theStart menu.

For more information on using Microsoft Lync Online, see the support page.

Send an instant message
  1. Start Lync 2010.

  2. In the white box at the top of the Lync 2010 window, type the name of someone in your contacts or the email address of a colleague.

  3. The name or email address appears directly under the white box.

    Office 365 Lync IM Window

  4. Right-click the name or email address.

    A shortcut menu appears listing all the available commands.

  5. Click Send an Instant Message.

Posted: 10-01-2011 10:21 PM by Deepak Bhattarai with no comments

Set Up Exchange ActiveSync E-Mail on Windows Phone

You can set up e-mail on a Windows Phone mobile phone. If you have a different phone, see Mobile Phone Features.

How do I set up Exchange ActiveSync on Windows Phone?
  1. If this is the first e-mail account you've set up on the phone, tap the E-mail tile on the phone's home screen and skip to step 4. If this is not the first e-mail account you've set up on the phone, swipe left from the home screen.
  2. Tap Settings and then tap E-mail and Accounts.
  3. Tap Add an Account and select Outlook.
  4. Enter your e-mail address and password and tap Sign In. Windows Phone will try to configure your e-mail account automatically. If configuration completes successfully, skip to step 7.
  5. If your e-mail account can't be configured automatically, tap Advanced Setup. You'll need to enter the following information:
    1. E-mail address This is your full e-mail access, for example tony@contoso.com.
    2. Password This is the password for your e-mail account.
    3. User name This is your full e-mail address, for example tony@contoso.com.
    4. Domain This is the part of your e-mail address after the @ sign, for example contoso.com.
    5. Server For instructions for finding your server name, see the Finding the Server Name section below.
    6. Select the Server requires encrypted (SSL) connection box.
  6. Tap Sign In.
  7. Press OK when Exchange ActiveSync asks you if you want to enforce policies on your phone. Policies let you set a password on your mobile phone and use a remote device wipe to clear all data from your mobile phone in case the phone is lost or stolen.
Finding the Server Name

To determine your server name, use the following steps:

  1. Sign in to your account using Outlook Web App.
  2. After you sign in, click Options > See All Options > Account > My Account > Settings for POP, IMAP, and SMTP access.
  3. Find the server name listed under External setting or Internal setting. If your server name is in the format podxxxxx.outlook.com, then your Exchange ActiveSync server name is m.outlook.com. If your server name includes your organization’s name, for example, pop.contoso.com, then your server name is the same as your Outlook Web App server name, without the /owa. For example, if the address you use to access Outlook Web App is https://mail.contoso.com/owa, your Exchange ActiveSync server name is mail.contoso.com.

What else do I need to know?

If your e-mail account is the type that requires registration, you must register it the first time you sign in to Outlook Web App. Connecting to your e-mail account through a mobile device will fail if you haven't registered your account through Outlook Web App. After you sign in to your account, sign out. Then try to connect using your mobile phone. For more information about how to sign in to your account using Outlook Web App, see How to Sign In to Your E-Mail Using a Web Browser. If you have trouble signing in, see FAQs: Sign-in and Password Issues or contact the person who manages your e-mail account.

Posted: 10-01-2011 10:12 PM by Deepak Bhattarai with no comments

Configuring Outlook Desktop App for Office 365 email Account

You can read email in either the Outlook desktop app or in Outlook Web App. You can switch seamlessly between the desktop app and the web app. For example, some people use the desktop app at work and the web app at home and on the road.

If you downloaded and installed Microsoft Office 2010, start Microsoft Outlook 2010 to access your Office 365 email account. Outlook will walk you through the initial steps needed to configure your settings.

If you have a previous version of Office Outlook 2007 or Outlook 2010 already installed on your computer and you want to access your Office 365 email account, you must first create a new profile to access your Office 365 email account. A profile consists of accounts, data files, and settings that specify where your email messages are saved.

Create a Profile for office 365:

    1. If Outlook is running, exit Outlook.

    2. Click the Windows Start menu and then click Control Panel.start

    3. In the Control Panel Search box, search for Mail.

    4. In the Control Panel, click Mail.mail

    5. In the Mail Setup dialog box, click Show Profiles.

    6. Click Add to create a new profile.profile

    7. Type a name for the profile, and then click OK. Any Profile Name e.g.: Deepakprofile name

    8. In the Add New Email Account dialog box, type your Office 365 email address.email

    9. Click Next, and then follow the remaining steps in the wizard.

    10. When you return to the Mail dialog box, you see your new profile listed.

    11. Click Prompt for a profile to be used and then click OK.done

Going forward, each time you open Outlook, you will be prompted to choose a profile. To switch between profiles, exit Outlook and restart it.


Now click OK and you are ready to access your Office 356 email Account.

Posted: 10-01-2011 10:08 PM by Deepak Bhattarai with no comments

In WLW write a post today and publish tomorrow

WLW refers to Windows Live Writer. Windows Live Writer developed by Microsoft, is a desktop blog-publishing application that is part of the Windows Live range of products. It features WYSIWYG authoring, photo-publishing and map-publishing functionality.


To write a post today and publish it tomorrow you have to click in the upper right corner of the Windows Live Writer on “Set post date”.

post date

After clicking in the “Set post date” you will see the calendar where you can edit or set your preferred date and also you can switch between the months and years.

  calender   month   year

After setting the preferred date it then shows you the date and time you selected. If you want to change only the time, click on the time and change it.


Click now on „publish“ in the upper left corner, your blog post will be online by the time you set.


Posted: 10-01-2011 8:49 PM by Deepak Bhattarai with no comments

Animated Windows Live Writer icon for RocketDock


RocketDock is an application launcher developed by PolyVector and Skunkie of Punk Labs, working with artist Zachary Denton, for Windows that provides a dock similar to that of the Mac OS X Aqua GUI. It is freely available under a Creative Commons license and is distributed by Punk Labs (previously called Punk Software).

RocketDock is able to show live updates of minimized windows as in Mac OS X, and in Windows Vista and Windows 7 it can show live thumbnail updates on the taskbar.

You can download RocketDock from this link. Click here…

After the download of the installation file of RocketDock install the software. It shows the following interface after running RocketDock.

rocketdock desktop

animate windows live writer icon…

To insert and animate window live writer follow the instruction below:

  1. Download the zip file which is the add-on for WLW animate. Click Download File!
  2. Put folder "Animated Shortcut" at:
    C: \ Program Files \ RocketDock \ Docklets

  3. then copy and paste the folder "Animated Icon" at:
    C: \ Program Files \ RocketDock \ Icons

  4. copy and paste "An animated icon" icon to the folder "Animated Icon"

  5. right click the dock and add Animated Shortcut

  6. right click the new empty space on the dock / configure shortcut

  7. set the image (navigate to "The name of the icon" in the Animated Icon folder)

  8. set the path

  9. set the title

  10. set the time to 100-150 [ms] (How you like)

For Vista/Win 7:

It is better if you put your RocketDock not in Program Files (C:\Program Files\RocketDock)but rather direct in C:\ (C:\RocketDock) because if you have it in the Program file after a new start you must configure your dock-lets new direct in C:\ you haven't got this problem!
There are the animated dock-lets are steady...

After completing all the above procedure your Live Writer looks like this…


Its really amazing to see the animated Live Writer and its easy to lunch too….

Posted: 10-01-2011 8:04 PM by Deepak Bhattarai with no comments