[Update]: This article was first published on September 7, 2015. It was updated to reflect the current UI of the program and the latest developments in Exchange Server.
While some people think that emoji are a must in everyday email communication, others see them as unprofessional and juvenile. Consequently, some companies want to get rid of emoticons to retain a more formal style. Unfortunately, Exchange Server does not provide sufficient tools to filter out or replace unwanted strings of characters. The only way through is to use a third-party solution.
CodeTwo Exchange Rules Pro is a centrally managed tool that allows you to control email flow on on-premises Exchange. Its main service is deployed directly on the server’s communication pipeline and requires only a few touches from an administrator to be configured and start working. This feature-rich toolbox allows users to swiftly modify incoming and outgoing messages by simply setting up appropriate rules. Creating a rule to eliminate emoji from your Exchange email is a piece of cake.
Email signatures have always been there, along with problems connected with using them. Ensuring that all users have the same signature and disclaimer template requires some effort. Fortunately, Exchange 2010 enables central management of signatures and disclaimers. This option makes the task of unifying signatures much easier. However, you have to keep in mind that you cannot do everything using native tools only. Here is the list of drawbacks that Exchange 2010 centrally managed signatures have:
No WYSIWYG HTML editor. Graphic designers do not have to be skilled HTML code users. Therefore, it requires a highly skilled and versatile person to make genuine graphics and ensure that they display in a neat, appealing way. The email signature editor looks like that:
[Update]: This article was updated on May 25, 2020.
Have you ever wondered how to make your email signature more attractive? Here’s an idea – add a video! It is as easy and quick as adding a link to your social media page. It will help you boost your company’s brand identity, while simultaneously promoting the video itself. The best thing is that it can greatly increase traffic and it won’t cost you a dime! And don’t forget that you can measure how much traffic your video attracts with Google Analytics (learn how to track campaigns in email signatures).
In this article I explain how to set up a company-wide email signature using Exchange 2010 Transport Rules in 7 steps. Note that this method has its limitations, such as not displaying the signature in users’ Sent Items folders and no way to add the signature under latest messages in email chains (learn more…).