Outlook 2013 Slow Autodiscover with Office 365

Mark Berry November 17, 2015

I’m using Outlook 2013 to connect to my Office 356 account. DNS is set up correctly, with autodiscover.mydomain.com pointing to autodiscover.outlook.com. I recently had to re-create my account and it took 20+ minutes to find the Office 365 server.


Office 365 SMTP Relay: What KB2600912 Doesn’t Tell You

Mark Berry June 13, 2013

Yesterday I was trying to set up Office 365 to relay email messages from Line-of-Business applications. I was following the smart-host method described in Microsoft KB2600912:  How to set up an SMTP relay in Office 365. However that article was missing some key pieces of information.


Office 365 Lync vs. Live Messenger for Small Business

Mark Berry January 19, 2012

I’ve used Windows Messenger for years to exchange instant messages with clients, friends, and family. The current iteration of Microsoft’s free IM client, Live Messenger, has been commercialized (displays ads) and doesn’t “feel” very business-like. Since Lync is included with Office 365, I decided to give that a try.



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