MS Exchange and non-ascii characters in email addresses

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Hi All,
I'm looking after a large number of "Contacts" objects within MS Exchange - it's how we deal with adding people from outside of our business into email distribution groups etc.
I've received a request to add an email address that contains a ó in the mailbox name (not domain name). Exchange doesn't see this as a valid email address and will not let me create the contact object.

I know non-ascii domains have been allowed for a little while and of course, with it being down to how the local mailserver deals with mailbox names, I couldn't see there being any regulatory reason this is an unaccepted email address.
Is this something I simply cannot do with Exchnage?
 
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that would be an absolute nightmare to say that email address to someone. I just think it's a design thing so your only saying letters.

Do you know how to pronounce that character because I certainly don't.
 
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that would be an absolute nightmare to say that email address to someone. I just think it's a design thing so your only saying letters.

Do you know how to pronounce that character because I certainly don't.
No - no idea. From Wikipedia:

"In Italian, ó is an optional symbol (especially used in dictionaries) sometimes used to indicate that a stressed o should be pronounced with a close sound: córso [ˈkorso], "course", as opposed to còrso [ˈkɔrso], "Corsican" (but both are commonly written with no accent marks when the context is clear)."

We wouldn't have a local mailbox with a name like this, however this particular 3rd party does.
I'll get in touch with them and see if they can create an alias for their mailbox using am o in stead of the ó. I'm not bothered how it's pronounced as such, it would be added to email distribution groups that would receive auto-generated reports, but Exchange really doesn't seem to like it one bit.
 
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Exchange really doesn't seem to like it one bit.

ofc it exchange wouldn't like it, it can't be pronounced in English so an email address would be pointless containing non aschi characters. I have never seen an email address containing anything else apart from the standard.
 
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As fas as I’m aware you can’t have special characters in e-mail addresses and most languages have alternative spellings for when specialist characters are not available so in German anything with an umlaut (ö,ü) can be written as oe or ue and the double s character ß can be written as ss.

I suspect the person the OP wants the address for is Polish, Czech or Slovakian and ó is pronounced ‘ooh’ so Kraków is theoretically pronounced Krakoov although it always sounds like Krakooff to my ears.

Anyway - just tell them then can’t have it. K**** Nie! They’ll get it if they’re from that part of the world.
 
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I'd be amazed if whoever set that address up didn't have an alias with a standard 'o' in the address, just so it can be typed. Try using that instead.
 
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