Andrew Troelsen wrote a great article on creating an Outlook add-in using C#.  Having had to struggle to create my first C# Outlook add-in, I realized how difficult it was to create and that there was little information on MSDN.  You should definitely check it out, the article includes a  Console version of Pine, “OPine”. 

Not only that, it also includes an Outlook COM add-in written in C#. The add-in displays rollup statistics that shows you how many emails you've sent and received over a day and month. It's a great way to track how far behind you are... 

In my (non-existant) free time I want to add some more statistics to the COM add-in:

  • Sent/Received Ratio
  • Avg Time to Respond to an email message
  • Avg amount of scheduled and non-scheduled time in your calendar (ex: 3 hours of non-scheduled time/day)
  • Hook it up to an XML Web service so that you can record your “busy” score 

If you have other good ideas for C# articles that you can't find good information on, let me know.

PS: Thanks to Dan Crevier and Omar Shahine for reviewing the content.