Enable Site Mailbox in SharePoint Online

One of the feature that will entice organization who have chose to use Office 365 to support their intranet usage is Site Mailbox for Team.

Read the official note from Microsoft on the description of Site Mailbox – here. So I am going to walk through how I enable “Site Mailbox” on my Office 365 account.

  • As a Site Collection Administrator, go to “Site Settings” as shown.


  • Under [Site Actions], select [Manage site features]


  • Find the feature [Site Mailbox] and click “Activate” to activate the feature for usage.


  • Notice that the highlighted portion will appear at the Team Site left navigation area. Click on the “Mailbox” and activate the “Site Mailbox”.


  • This message is soothing, at least to my eyes…


  • Site Mailbox created successfully! Hurray!


  • Usually, I don’t really follow the 30 minutes as shown but still it is shown as “up to”. However, I waited for around 15 minutes and I hit into the “Site Mailbox” again then I am hit with the configuration. Notice that the mailbox name is shown in the URL address – SMO-TeamSite@miltongoh.com” >> According to Microsoft site, it will create a mailbox according to the Site Collection name.


  • Once I hit “Submit Query”, another nice friendly message.


  • Tada! Site Mailbox created!


  • Trying to do a test from my main mailbox (milton@miltongoh.com), I can search for the mailbox as shown.


  • A more detail of the “Site Mailbox”


  • You can now send email from the “Site Mailbox” as long as you have the “Contributor” access rights. Accessing the “Site Mailbox” will then open a new tab which is the Outlook Web App (OWA).



Advantage of using Site Mailbox

A very concrete life example of using Site Mailbox is that within a Operation Team that provide Support Services to internal users or external clients can use Site Mailbox as a centralize mailbox within SharePoint so that all the information is being shared across team members.

In the traditional way of using Microsoft Exchange Shared Mailbox, that would require each and every user to add that mailbox into their Microsoft Outlook as one of the Shared Mailbox that somehow tie to the main account (this could be the primary mailbox).

So in order to secure all the information within the organization, the organization can now just issue “Site Mailbox” to the Support staffs so that they can use it for the day-to-day operation usage.

Want to know more?

Read the following articles:

Overview: Use a site mailbox to collaborate with your team

Use a site mailbox to coordinate team email

Milton Goh

Enable Site Mailbox in SharePoint Online

[Book Review] Hyper-V Replica Essentials

Couple of months ago, Packt Publishing emailed me after reading introduction of myself through this blog for the purpose of being one of the Technical Reviewer for the above mentioned book.

I couldn’t help but to accept the offer immediately because of the following reasons,-

  1. I want the best out of the book since Sharing is Caring; no harm wanting the best out of the food so that readers get the best out of it. This is a win-win situation for all parties.
  2. It enable me to test my skills that I have learnt earlier on and sometimes it kept me wanting to re-learn some stuffs so that I am sure the content provided to the readers are accurate.
  3. It’s awesome to part of a great team!

Here’s the preview of the physical book that I received this morning:


Support this awesome release here,-



[Book Review] Hyper-V Replica Essentials

The “Ergonomics” Mouse by Microsoft

Days ago, I went to the local IT mall to do my usual routine window-shopping but with the intention of getting a new pack of printer cartridge! So while strolling, I chance upon this Microsoft Mouse that caught my attention!

Sculpt Ergonomics Mouse

Why the word “Ergonomics” caught my eye? It’s because I work in the IT field and I am bounded to my computer at least 8-10 hours a day which means that I used the mouse very often! Other than spending hours in office, I also accompanied my computer and lab server at home so it make sense that I have the usual pain at the usual spots such as the wrist or lower back.

So recently, what sparks me was to spend a little more on technology that helps to keep my body in shape, or rather healthy. Trying to tackle the wrist-pain first, I grab this little mouse (in actual fact, it is pretty huge compared to the Sculpt Touch Mouse that I already own and using) and took it home for a little experiment.

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I could say that the packaging for this mouse is really done up well! It gives people a very classy feel such as unveiling a little gem out of the usual wooden box. (Just that this is not made of wood and definitely it is a gem in it!)

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The usual wording that probably not many people would bother reading (at least for me). I am a very graphical person, I depends on the graphics such as the “Receiver” as shown. That would easily tell me, this mouse doesn’t have Bluetooth included therefore the usual Receiver need to be used and therefore one USB port will be used up.

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Tadah! That’s the little (huge) gem! One thing that caught me is that I couldn’t find the “Receiver” initially! I went searching through the box until…

I finally open up the bottom casing as shown below.

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After using it for a couple of days, here is my take.

Comfort (The whole “holding” and using process) – 9.0 – Because it is really huge. My palm comfortably sits onto the mouse.

Look (The ecstatic, looks and feel) – 9.0 – Because it gives me a very style feeling! The curve of the mouse makes it a very sleek look.

Innovation – 9.5 – I really like the way the receiver is being kept and secured!

There is only one thing that I hate about, it is the size of the receiver! Take a look below.

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Compare the one from Logitech which is on the left and the Microsoft one on the right… Open-mouthed smile


The “Ergonomics” Mouse by Microsoft