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  • Blog Post: How to Build an Outlook Social Connector Provider

    Last fall, the Outlook documentation team approached me about using an Outlook Social Connector provider I built for an internal social network we have here at Microsoft (called OfficeTalk) as an example for a Visual How-To series on MSDN. It took a few months to get it all done, but you can check out...
  • Blog Post: Office 2010 PIAs Are Now Available

    The Office 2010 PIAs are finally available for download: http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/en/details.aspx?FamilyID=938fe8ad-583b-4bd7-a345-23250dc15855
  • Blog Post: Moving your apps to Office 2010

    The Office team put out some Channel9 videos and some tools to help you get your add-ins and applications onto the Office 2010 platform. http://channel9.msdn.com/learn/courses/Office2010/AppCompatUnit/
  • Blog Post: Rude Operator

    If you are automating Outlook in a standalone application or other app outside of Outlook and have trouble on some machines with your CreateObject call succeeding when Outlook is not already running, this article may be for you. Have you ever called someone only to be put on hold as soon as they answer...
  • Blog Post: Introducing The Outlook Social Connector Provider Proxy Library

    You may have heard of OfficeTalk . You may have heard of the Outlook Social Connector . As it turns out, my team is responsible for supporting developers building Outlook Social Connector (OSC) providers for their social networks. As a means of learning about how the technology works in preparing myself...
  • Blog Post: Fixing the Charset on MIME Messages When Using ADODB.Stream.ReadText

    We had an issue recently where the customer had written an application to process MIME messages that had body parts encoded with the koi8-r charset …or at least that’s what it said: ------_=_NextPart_001_01C9F067.D9742103 Content-Type: text/plain; charset="koi8-r" Content-Transfer-Encoding...
  • Blog Post: Parsing ServerVersion: When an Int Is Really 5 Ints

    I recently had a case where a customer was asking how to figure out the mailbox version of a given user using Exchange Web Services (EWS). We noticed there is a node returned in the AutoDiscover response message called ServerVersion, but this value seems pretty opaque. Here’s a snippet from the AutoDiscover...
  • Blog Post: Line Breaks in Managed Web Service Proxy Classes

    Matt , Rick , and I were working on an issue recently where when an application using EWS would set a contact’s Street address to a value containing a carriage return and line feed, like this: physicalAddress.Street = "1234 56 Ave NE\r\nc/oPatrick Creehan" ; the address card control...
  • Blog Post: Misha Shneerson : COM Interop: Handling events has side effects

    Misha, a Senior Dev on the VSTO team just posted this blog describing why handling events in managed code can be problematic. This is not news to our team, but he provides a good explanation of why it’s problematic. Misha Shneerson : COM Interop: Handling events has side effects If any of what he says...
  • Blog Post: Why Pickups are the Best. More Robust, More Reliable, etc.

    We get calls about this all the time. You have a CDOSYS application that…what? No, I’m not talking about automobiles, why did you…oh, the title. Well, it’s true. Read on. The Dreaded Transport Error The problem we see more than any other is when a customer is trying to send a lot of e-mail using...
  • Blog Post: Form Region Leak in Visual Studio Tools for Office 2008 (v3) Template

    I had a case on this a few months ago, but thought more folks might run into this as they start moving to form regions. By default, if you use the VSTO template for creating a form region in Outlook, the item is leaked. This can show up in a number of different symptoms, but the one we saw was that when...
  • Blog Post: STSSync for the Masses: Toub's Revenge

    Many of you have been using the Custom Calendar Provider samples created by Stephen Toub and I: Stephen Toub - Custom Calendar Providers for Outlook 2003 Custom Calendar Providers for Outlook 2007 The development team has finally documented pretty much everything you need to know in order to build your...
  • Blog Post: Outlook Crashes When Using Outlook Object Model in Multiple Threads

    One of the major requirements most developers are up against these days is ensuring their code runs as fast as possible. No one likes to wait for an application to run, they want seamless, invisible, instant speed. Multithreading is becoming more popular now that many desktops and certainly most servers...
  • Blog Post: Stehle's finally doing his OOM series

    I've been encouraging him to blog his "Matt Stehle's Tenents of OOM Programming" for a while now, and he's finally begun with a series on some common pitfalls we see with developers using OOM in .NET. This first article is concerned with a common reason we see for events to stop firing in your VSTO add...
  • Blog Post: HOWTO: Get Email Messages from Exchange to SharePoint

    Many people ask about how to do this, so I thought I'd write up a sample. This sample basically searches the inbox of a user and then does an HTTP GET against the DAV:href to get the EML file and then does an HTTP PUT to upload it to a SharePoint document library. using System; using System.Web; using...
  • Blog Post: Custom Calendar Providers for Outlook 2007

    So if you were using Stephen Toub's Custom Calendar Provider sample for Outlook 2003, and you are testing out the awesome new Outlook 2007 features, you may have noticed that the code sample he provided doesn't work any more. Stephen is planning to update the article for 2007 eventually, but until then...
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