HP offer Cobweb shaped Cloud

HP, in partnership with Cobweb, is to offer Microsoft based SaaS solutions (Exchange, SharePoint & CRM) through the HP reseller channel to take advantage of the growing interest in cloud computing.

Read more about it on the HP web site.

What does this mean?

If you are a HP reseller, you can sell a private label SaaS solution based on monthly subscriptions without the need for up front capital expenditure.

As customer of a HP reseller, you get a guaranteed service level and low predictable monthly costs that scale as you do. Again, with no up front capital expenditure.

Who are Cobweb?

Cobweb is Europe's leading supplier of hosted Exchange mailboxes and have been offering the service since the Exchange 2000 days.

I’ve worked at Cobweb for 6 years and know first hand that a correctly designed SaaS solutions really do work (we have 99.5% mailbox up time guaranteed, we actually hit above 99.9% in 2007 and 2008).


Update Rollup 8 for Exchange Server 2007 Service Pack 1

Microsoft have released Update Rollup 8 for Exchange Server 2007 SP1 to the Download Centre. Get more information here, http://support.microsoft.com/kb/968012.

The MSExchangeTeam.com have pointed out the following highlights:

  • KB 969690 - We have fixed the bug introduced in Update Rollup 7 which caused the sender of the Delivery Status Notification (DSN) to be unresolved.
  • Disable kernel mode authentication in Windows Server 2008 for CAS servers - As documented here, it was required to manually take the additional step to configure the CAS servers running Windows Server 2008 to disable kernel mode authentication. Starting this rollup, the installer will configure this for you.
  • X-Header promotion to named properties- Change to the way X-headers are promoted to named properties. More on this in Jason Nelson's blog post Named Properties, X-Headers, and You.
  • KB 961606 - We have fixed a bug where Outlook Web Access (OWA) users may find that the font size of plain text messages is extremely small on third-party Web browsers.
  • Get the download here, http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=e1f5c8b2-c4f2-4eba-849b-e464d4f2869c&displaylang=en


    Mobile Twitter – Twikini out now

    I’m hooked on Windows Mobile and Twitter, the mobile browser interface wasn’t working well for me so I started looking at the mobile apps available. The best app for me has been Twikini. It’s clean, simple and best of all it makes a bird tweet noise when new updates are received.

    Try it free, http://www.trinketsoftware.com/Twikini.

    It integrates with Twitpic and services like TinyURL. You can add location information using GPS, or by entering a place name. I added my location to tweets the other week and so far I haven’t noticed any new stalkers.

    I’m undecided whether to use “Tweet song info” about songs playing in Windows Media, it could generate a lot of updates and be a bit embarrassing when I’m listening Kylie.

    If you update multiple Twitter accounts there is a “Switch account” option, which is proving pretty handy especially if you have personal and company accounts to update.


    Try it for free from http://www.trinketsoftware.com/Twikini and follow me from your Windows Mobile.


    Exchange 2007 + OCS 2007 R2 Proof of concept

    If you want to evaluate the features of Exchange 2007 and OCS 2007 R2, but do not want to install and configure it then try this.

    Exchange Server 2007 Proof of Concept (POC) in a Box.

    You get 4 pre-configured VM’s that you can run on Hyper-V. Enjoy


    Office 2010 Technical Preview

    The Microsoft Office 2010 Technical Preview kicked of earlier this month allowing you to apply to be selected for testing out the pre-release versions of Word 2010, Excel 2010, Outlook 2010, PowerPoint 2010, OneNote 2010, Access 2010, InfoPath 2010 and Publisher 2010.

    I got to use use Microsoft Office 2010 for a week in February, I’m sure a lot will change by RTM so I won’t comment, apart from on first impressions it looks great.

    For a look at it screen shots check out this Neowin.net post or for an even closer look The team blog for Microsoft Excel and Excel Services (look in the comments section).

    You can apply here, Microsoft Office 2010 Technical.


    Exchange Server 2010 June TechNet Webcasts

    If you have downloaded the Exchange Server 2010 Beta or think you might deploy after RTM you can get a head start with the June  2009 webcast series.

    Highlights for me will be Federation in Exchange 2010, Archiving and Retention and High Availability.

    TechNet Webcast- Exchange 2010 High Availability (Level 300)

    TechNet Webcast- Exchange 2010 Information Protection and Control (Level 300)

    TechNet Webcast- Exchange 2010 Information Protection and Control (Level 300)

    TechNet Webcast- Exchange 2010 Overview (Level 200)

    TechNet Webcast- Exchange 2010 Archiving and Retention (Level 300)

    TechNet Webcast- Exchange 2010 Architecture (Level 300)

    TechNet Webcast- Exchange 2010 Voice Mail enabled by Unified Messaging (Level 300)

    TechNet Webcast- Federation in Exchange 2010 (Level 300)

    TechNet Webcast- Exchange 2010 Management Tools (Level 300)

    TechNet Webcast- Exchange 2010 Outlook Web Access (Level 200)

    TechNet Webcast- Exchange 2010 Transition and Deployment (Level 300)

    Full listing are at, http://tinyurl.com/pa239n.


    ActiveSync (beta) for Andriod HTC Magic

    If you have bought a HTC Magic or HTC Dream you can get a free beta ActiveSync client from http://www.dataviz.com/products/roadsync/android/.

    You get Push email with HTML formatting, calendarand contact synchronisation including caller photo ID integration.

    For the security conscious a remote wipe can be initiated from Exchange Server should the device go missing. The beta ends on 30 May 2009