Friday, 3 August 2007

Outlook SMS - Redmond gets SMS with the Outlook Mobile Service

The Development team put up a beta version of a web service to support the new Outlook Mobile Service that ships in Outlook 2007.

After all the faff of setting up Outlook plug-ins and downloading software, etc this seemes like a great way of SMS enabling Outlook. It's fully integrated and just requires an Internet connection to operate.

If you want to try our service, you create a new email account of type 'Outlook Mobile Service' and set the Web Service Address to:

The username is in the standard Esendex structure for email integration:

<Esendex Account Referrence>\<Esendex Username> 
eg: EX0123456\

I found a full restart of Outlook (by logging off and on to my Windows account) was required to get the service properly configured. But after that, it worked a treat.

Currently this service is Outbound only. Replies will still come back into you Inbox with email forwarding but Outlook won't recognise them as SMS messages until we make some changes to our Email forwarding logic. Due for release at the end of August.

Keen to get feedback on this so please contact or leave comments here with any thoughts, experiences, suggestions.

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