Outlook 2007 & Office 365 Dont Play Nice Together – Anonymous Authentication & Password Problems

Problem: Outlook 2007 doesn’t play nice with Office 365 Out-of-the-Box
Courtesy of Microsoft
Courtesy of Microsoft

When you combine Office 2007 & Office 365 you may experience a password dilemma that can drive a tech to a tipping point where no matter how well you configure either automatically or manually the password does not take on the Outlook 2007 client software. Here is how to fix this and how I discovered some great posts on the Internet on it as well. One of the points of this post is that when looking for a resolution I must have found at least a dozen different ways to fix this problem but only one worked, so in order to save you some time here is the way I did it and hopefully it will save you some time.

Background: Office 2007 … its still around?

Yes, Office 2007 is still a product I find many small law firms and companies use due to the simplicity and cost savings so you may find it as well still prevalent even in these days of online everything (SAAS). Along with that Office 365 paves the way and makes having an exchange server a true reality for many small law firms and businesses without the need for all the infrastructure and exchange admin support. I highly recommend Office 365 and Exchange Online as it is a real cost saver for those small firms.

Lets Do It: Making Office 2007 & Office 365 Play Nice

Now Office 365 has many plans for businesses and personal plans but the starter plan only offers online software and no licenses to the new desktop software. So if a client chooses this option using the existing Office software they have on hand is what makes sense.

keep-it-simple-meme1So the simple breakdown is this:

  1. Install Office 2007*
  2. Install Office 2007 SP3
  3. Install KB2768023

 

That’s it, I try to keep it KISS. Now of course you should install all the Microsoft updates recommended for the computer and applications initially but I wanted to know the minimal steps to get it working right away. *Now a note about Office 2007 and this issue. I tested this on many flavors of Office 2007 including Basic, Pro & Enterprise. Same issue occurred in conjunction with Office 365 and the stand-alone Exchange Online package. Along with that I found the solution after trying multiple times on a virtual machine with multiple methods discovered online which were all great solutions offered but time is critical & you want a good 1-2 punch to knock out that problem right away.

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Now the reason this KB2768023 is necessary is due to the fact that without it you will never get the infamous “Anonymous Authentication” option that is required for Outlook to talk to Office 365. And you will wonder, hmm where the heck is that option at?

 

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Now, we are good to go.

Mark Arambula

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Getting Creative Installing InCompatible Apps like Best Fiends on Android RCA Pro 10 Tablet

RCA Pro 10
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Walmart Store
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The RCA Pro 10 was a bargain from Walmart on Black Friday. I just love deals and this was a steal as it even came with a keyboard. I know many others that have bought it and said the same but I found it behaves in an odd way with certain apps. Once in a while a nice break in the work life is great to relieve stress with a game or two or three! But hey lets keep it contained. We all have our favorite games on our tablets and phones.

One game that could not be installed very easily on my tablet was “Best Fiends”. The Google Play store kept saying “Device is not compatible” when I tried to install via there website.

Best-fiends
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Then I tried on my device and it appeared to install but was just stuck’, well in technical terms it was downloading but did not appear to have all the files in order and the apk file was not working. It just said “Downloading” and I left it for at least 15 minutes, and this was the 3rd attempt after a full factory reset 2x.

Now the RCA Pro 10 has Android version 4.1 on it or higher so that was compatible based on the manufacturer. I thought maybe it was the graphics chip in it. So I tested it on another device with Android 4.1, a phone. It work right away.

OK so then I did some research and found an article that was very detailed and had a very funny title, “An Angry German Reviews the RCA Pro 10 Series Android Tablet“. Basically the phone appears to be a version 1 of the OpenGL ES. Based on further research it appeared that the games required at least a OpenGL ES of version 2. This information was found at Captain Droid‘s website with a search of the game under Technical Characteristics.

Funny photo of Samuel L. Jackson in Pulp Fiction
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I could of performed a diagnostic and ran an OpenGL ES app on the tablet or rooted it but I didnt want to go that route. Especially since I was tired of troubleshooting and wanted to find a workaround for at least now so I could play. So then I found another article that stated that a few people tried installing games and they had trouble as well at Zynga Player Forums, . One person tried the Amazon App store and it worked.
So I went off to Amazon. I downloaded the Best Fiends app via thier Amazon app store and it worked, but of course with one kink. It downloaded, popped up with the ‘do you want to open and play now’ prompt, and a rotating circle came up and sat there for at least 15 minutes. I figured that should of completed by now. The tablet froze though so I restarted it, went into the settings and apps, it showed it was running, i stopped it manually, then backed out launched the app and it played just fine.ft8bp61txidjda67qqv6

Now we are “Good to Go”.

Author: Mark Arambula
Date:     09/28/15

 

 

Additional Note: Now as a security conscious tech person I knew going in that using the Amazon Underground app would open the device up to unnecessary privacy issues, such as access to address book and sms messages, so I have it setup on a extra tablet with no sensitive personal information on it, a secondary restricted account with minimal information on it, no contacts, sms, or other info synced. Just a plain old fun device for games so if it crashes I’ll just re-format it again.

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