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  • Blog Post: Migrated custom C++/CDOSYS app throws compiler errors

    Recently I was working with one of the developer who earlier designed an CDOSYS based mail component in his C++ application built using earlier Visual Studio (2005) version . After migration to VS 2008 environment, they noticed compile errors with the same code/no changes made. When I debugged further...
  • Blog Post: Exchange Developer: Exchange Web Services - Best Practices (Part 1)

    Mid April, the Windows Server and Exchange Interoperability teams hosted an Open Specifications Plugfest event . The event was held in Redmond on the Microsoft campus for protocol developers implementing Exchange and Windows open specifications. I am planning to add couple of sessions related to Exchange...
  • Blog Post: Outlook 2010 Developer Series: Developing a Real Outlook Social Connector Provider

    The Outlook Social Connector is a set of new features to help keep track of your friends and colleagues while enabling you to grow your professional network. The Outlook Social Connector is available now as part of the Microsoft Office 2010. The Outlook Social Connector (OSC) brings social views of your...
  • Blog Post: Migration: Exchange Public folders and its future

    Public Folders are used in earlier versions of Microsoft Exchange Server to store free/busy data and files. From Microsoft Exchange Server 2007, free/busy data is no longer stored in public folders. It’s recommend that you do not store files in public folders in Exchange 2007. Instead, consider...
  • Blog Post: GoingNative 2012: Wonderful sessions on C++11

    Are you a C++ developer? Then, its for you. Recently I was watching Channel9, “GoingNative 2012” - wonderful sessions on C++. Please find the related links for your reference: Bjarne Stroustrup : C++11 Style Hans Boehm : Threads and Shared Variables in C++11 Stephan T. Lavavej: STL11 – Magic &&...
  • Blog Post: Outlook 2010: Migrating CDO based application to Outlook Object Model(OOM) library

    Recently one of my developer customer migrated from Outlook 2003 to 2010. He tried running the custom application (uses CDO & Outlook 2003) in Outlook 2010. It throws the error “ActiveX component can’t create object”.  Using the following test sample, I can reproduce the exact issue at my end...
  • Blog Post: What you mean by Recommended vs. Supported vs. Deprecated vs. Deemphasized?

    When we talk to customers they want to know what is the difference between Recommended, Supported, Deprecated and deemphasized means. This is already well explained in Patrick’s what unsupported mean article. In simple terms, “Recommended vs. Supported” means, Supported usually means well tested Support...
  • Blog Post: Download : Windows Phone Developer Tools RTW

    The Windows Phone team released the final bits for Windows Phone 7 - Developer Tools released to web (RTW). The tooling is free and will integrate with Visual Studio 2010 and Expression Blend 4 if you have them installed as well. This is the same powerful ...read more
  • Blog Post: Download : Windows Phone Developer Tools Beta 1.0

    The same powerful and easy to use Visual Studio integrated developer environment (IDE) handles design and testing of Windows Phone 7 phone applications. You can download it from http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/en/details.aspx?FamilyID=c8496c2a-54d9 ...read more
  • Blog Post: Developer Hub : Windows Phone 7 Jump Start training

    With continuation to my previous blog post (Windows Phone 7 Design and Development), i am adding couple of sessions, and a link to their course material .  Windows Phone 7 Jump Start (Session 1 of 12): Introduction A quick tour of Windows Phone 7 ...read more
  • Blog Post: Developer Hub: Getting started with Windows Phone 7 design and development :)

    Being a WP7 developer, i am here to share the following few of the useful design and development tools, sites, videos, tutorials, labs, training kit, Microsoft forums and a lot to start. There are tons of information available in MSDN, TechNet, Channel9 ...read more
  • Blog Post: Developer Webcasts: Mastering programmer series using Microsoft Office Project Server

    Hello Office developers, Please find the series of MSDN Webcast targeted for developers/software application programmers who use Microsoft Office Project Server programming. You can find the variety of programming options starting from its Architecture, Interface programming, Interface Web services,...
  • Blog Post: Download : Windows Phone Developer tools CTP

    With respect to my earlier blog post regarding Windows Mobile 6.5 developer tool kit , now you can download the “ Windows Phone Developer tools CTP ”. The same powerful and easy to use Visual Studio integrated developer environment (IDE) handles from ...read more
  • Blog Post: KIN : Microsoft Unveils next generation social Windows Phone

    I want to share information regarding KIN , a new next generation Social Windows Phone released by Microsoft Corp. on April 12 2009 (click here to watch “ Microsoft unveils Kin ” – Silverlight Presentation).   It’s designed specifically for people ...read more
  • Blog Post: Developer : Does Exchange Client Extension (ECE) deprecation matters me?

    Per Randy’s blog post , Exchange Client Extension (ECEs) deprecation does (for Outlook 2010) matters the developers. For more information please refer the excerpts of the blog post: “For most Outlook users, this announcement will not concern you. However, if you are a developer that uses Exchange Client...
  • Blog Post: Update : Technologies not available with Exchange 2010 & their migration reference(s)

    Some development technologies that shipped/available in earlier versions of Exchange Server are not included in Exchange 2010. The following technologies were removed from Exchange 2007: Exchange providers for Windows Management Instrumentation (WMI) Collaboration Data Objects for Exchange Management...
  • Blog Post: Preview : Click-to-run technology

    Microsoft introduces “Click-To-Run” technology for downloading trial and purchasing. For people who want to try or buy Office 2010 on existing PCs, Microsoft is unveiling Click-to-Run, a new and enhanced download experience for consumers. Benefits : Click-to-Run makes it easier than ever for customers...
  • Blog Post: Video : What’s new in Microsoft Outlook 2010

    As part of the upcoming release of Microsoft Office 2010, see what's new in Microsoft Outlook 2010. See What's New in Microsoft Outlook 2010
  • Blog Post: My First Preview : Outlook 2010 – Calendars & Inbox

    I want to share couple of relevant information with respective Outlook 2010 CTP with respect to Calendars. Outlook has adopted the Ribbon in the Inbox and all throughout Outlook . The purpose of the Ribbon in Outlook is to help you become more efficient in getting your work done – be that processing...
  • Blog Post: DevMSG - Outlook profile customization – available options

    “We want to be able to have the users in our company log on to outlook without having to configure anything? Is there a way that I could automate a profile creation  once the user opens up Outlook?  Or is this something that will have to be done manually?  We have around a 100 users and...
  • Blog Post: Outlook Object Model : Why i can’t able to assign value for MAPIFolder.WebViewURL ?

    One of my customer had created an Outlook Add-in using VSTO & Outlook Object Model (OOM). As per the business logic, he need to implement the WebViewURL in it. The MAPIFolder.WebViewURL works fine and take’s us to set value to it most of the times, but it doesn’t function as expected in some time;...
  • Blog Post: Outlook 2007 SP2’s application shutdown changes

    I went through Ryan’s MSDN article , where we can learn how Microsoft Office Outlook 2007 Service Pack 2 has changed the way that the Outlook process shuts down. Customers developing Outlook solutions that run outside of the Outlook process should understand these changes and the impact on their solutions...
  • Blog Post: How to get Explorer & Inspector selected mail item using Outlook Object Model (OOM) & .Net?

    In this article, we are going to see how we can get Explorer & Inspector selected mail item using Outlook Object Model (OOM) & .Net and process it. '[Code Snippet : VB.Net, .Net Framework 2.0/3.5, Outlook Object Model (OOM)] ... 'Declaration part Dim ThisOutlookSession As Outlook...
  • Blog Post: Migrating CDOEXM based custom applications

    As you know Collaboration Data Objects for Exchange Management or CDOEXM is used to create applications that manage Exchange servers, databases, public folders, and user mailboxes. It provides the fundamental Component Object Model (COM) classes and interfaces that are used to manage the Exchange store...
  • Blog Post: How to configure user permissions to relay e-mail message through SMTP Service?

    You need to configure the user permissions to relay e-mail messages through the SMTP service. Do the following steps: Click Start , click Run , type inetmgr or open Internet Information Manager from Control Panel > Administrative Tools, and then click OK . Expand ComputerName , and then right...
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