Weekly IT Newsletter – February 16-20, 2015

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Microsoft releases Lync Server 2013 February 2015 cumulative update (5.0.8308.871)




Weekly IT Newsletter – February 9-13, 2015

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Microsoft releases February update for Lync 2013 (KB2920744)


Issues Resolved:

Known Issues:

After you install this update, you may experience the issues that are described in the following Microsoft Knowledge Base articles:

Weekly IT Newsletter – February 2-6, 2015

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Weekly IT Newsletter – January 26-30, 2015

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Weekly IT Newsletter – January 19-23, 2015

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Microsoft releases January build (9926) of Windows 10 to the Windows Insider Program



What’s New:

Known Issues:

Here is a list of a few issues with Build 9926. As with the last builds, we may release updates to fix some of the most prevalent issues and others may be fixed in subsequent builds.

  • After installing this build, you may see a boot selection menu each time you reboot your PC. This is because a bug where a second boot option is persisted to uninstall the Windows 10 Technical Preview and roll back to the previous OS installed. When you get to this screen, if you do nothing it will automatically boot to the Windows 10 Technical Preview within 30 seconds by default or you can choose it on your own. Don’t worry, this behavior is only temporary.
  • Xbox Live enabled games that require sign-in will not launch correctly. If you see the below dialog box the game requires Xbox Live sign-in. A fix for this will be distributed via WU shortly after the release of Build 9926.
  • Battery icon shows on lock screen of PCs without batteries.
  • Tiles on the Start menu show truncated app names (such as the Windows Feedback app).
  • Remote Desktop has some painting issues that result in tiled pixelation.
  • Connected Standby enabled devices like Surface Pro 3 may experience shorter than expected battery life.
  • In Cortana, reminders can’t be edited and more complex reminders might not get created. The first reminder you create in Cortana in this build might not pop up, but subsequent ones will. Completed reminders also don’t move to the History page in Cortana’s Notebook.
  • The Music app will disappear if minimized within 16 seconds of launch. Just leave it in the foreground for 20 seconds or so and it should work just fine.
  • Occasionally, the Start Menu is improperly registered and will fail to launch.

Microsoft announced that Video calling between Skype and Lync is temporarily disabled until January 26th, 2015


Video calling between Skype and Lync is temporarily disabled

In December 2014, we announced the initial availability of video calling between Skype and Lync in a blog post

On the Office Blogs website. In the weeks that followed that initial availability, we discovered several issues in the Skype consumer client versions that were enabled for video calling with Lync. These include at least one issue that could cause the Skype client to crash. Based on the severity of the issues, we disabled video calling for most Skype consumer users while we work on fixing the underlying issues.
Specifically, we’re advising the following:

  • As of January 20, 2015, video calling between Skype and Lync is disabled for most versions of the Skype consumer client. This is because of issues that were discovered that could cause the Skype Windows desktop client to crash in some cases.
  • We’re actively working on an updated Skype Windows desktop client, and we expect to release this on the Skype download page in the coming weeks.
  • We will provide an updated message in the admin center when the work on this new client is completed.
  • After we release a new Skype Windows desktop client, it takes several weeks until most of the end-users have upgraded and are enabled. During this interim period, Lync customers who want to test the new client’s capabilities can instruct participants to manually download the new client from the Skype download page.


  • Q1: When and how will we re-enable video calling between Skype and Lync?
    A1: We expect to re-enable this functionality no later than the week of January 26, 2015, when we release a new Skype Windows desktop client.
  • Q2: Regarding Q1, video calling with Lync will be re-enabled by using a new Skype Windows desktop client. How can I check whether I have the correct client?
    A2: We will re-enable video calling with Lync or Skype Windows desktop client versions 7.1.xx.xxx and later versions. You can check the Skype version number by following the instructions at What version of Skype am I using on my computer?

Microsoft releases January 2015 Update of “Outlook for Mac for Office 365”



Microsoft has released the latest update to Outlook for Mac for Office 365.

This update provides new functionality and various improvements and fixes for Outlook for Mac for Office 365.

This release is available to eligible Office 365 subscribers only.

This update provides the following improvements:

  • Repeated password prompts are no longer displayed for Office 365 Exchange Online accounts. 
  • When you import Rich Text Format (RTF) messages in PST files, the message body is imported correctly.
  • Lightweight Directory Access Protocol (LDAP) accounts are imported when you import Outlook 2011 data.
  • Custom attribution format is displayed in local time instead of in Coordinated Universal Time (UTC).
  • Improved ability to retry Offline Address Book download when errors are encountered.
  • When you cancel a search, the search is canceled completely.
  • Shared folders that are opened by using the Other User’s Folder option are opened correctly.
  • Top crashes throughout the product are fixed.


  • You must be running OS X Mavericks 10.9.3 or a later version.

How to obtain the update:

Weekly IT Newsletter – January 12-16, 2015

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Weekly IT Newsletter – January 5-9, 2015

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Weekly IT Newsletter – December 29-January 2nd, 2015

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