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    I'm back

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    After a four year break, I'm back in the developer space. However, instead of Outlook I've moved to the OneDrive team. Over time I'll be blogging about developing using Live Connect, Live SDK, and the various other OneDrive APIs available. Look for more...
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    Office 2010 Released to Manufacturing!

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    On Friday we signed off on all of the Office 2010 products, including Outlook 2010 and have released them to manufacturing! A journey we started 3.5 years ago is complete! Outlook 2010 is the best version of Outlook ever, including a number of great new...
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    Outlook Social Connector and Developers

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    Hopefully you caught the news yesterday at PDC09 that Microsoft Office 2010 beta is now available for download! One of the cool new features added in the beta for Outlook 2010 is the Outlook Social Connector , which connects social network data into Outlook...
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    Additional Shutdown Changes for Outlook 2010 Beta

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    As part of Outlook 2010 and Outlook 2007 SP2, the Outlook team has taken a new and harder stance on performance. We strived to make these versions of Outlook the fastest, most performant versions released. To accomplish this, we’ve been making some significant...
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    Application Shutdown Changes in Outlook 2007 Service Pack 2 Beta

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    As part of the performance improvements we’ve made for Outlook 2007 SP2 beta, we’ve changed the way Outlook manages the lifecycle of the application. In the past, Outlook followed the best practices for Component Object Model (COM) servers and allowed...
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    Use the Right Events for the Right Cases

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    One of the problems I often hear about from Outlook developers is that the sequencing of a particular event isn’t ideal for what they are trying to do. While sometimes this can be a hole in the Outlook platform, more often than not it’s because the developer...
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    Using WPF in Outlook Folder Home Pages

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    One common question developers have asked is how they can extend the view area of Outlook to display additional information related to the contents of a folder.  Our solution to this problem is to use a Folder Home Page along with the Outlook View...
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    Command Line Parameter Changes in Outlook

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    As part of SP3 for Outlook 2003 (and included in SP1 for Outlook 2007) we’ve made a change to the way command line parameters are parsed to ensure Outlook is always doing the right thing.  As part of this change, a less common way of attaching...
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    Why are you still using ECEs?

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    Stephen Griffin is asking this question over on his blog . If you're using Exchange Client Extensions and haven't been able to port your solution over to an add-in (for a reason other than budget concerns or legacy support), now would be a good time to...
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    Common Properties on Outlook Controls

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    If you’ve started to take advantage of the new Outlook controls on form regions in Outlook 2007, you may have noticed something strange. None of the controls have common properties you would expect all controls to have: Visible, Width, Height, Top, Left...
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    Microsoft Office System Developer Conference 2008

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    I just noticed that the official site for the 2008 Microsoft Office System Developer Conference has gone live. For the first time this year, the conference is open to the public, so any and all Office System developers can attend. The conference will...
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    Outlook 2007 GDI Leak Hotfix

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    If you are running Office Outlook 2007 and Windows Vista together, you might be running into the Windows GDI limit and experiencing issues with Outlook. After your Windows Vista-based computer has been running for an extended period of time, with Office...
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    Outlook 2007 PIA Documentation Online

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    Are you a managed add-in developer for Outlook 2007, who's been wondering where the documentation on the Outlook 2007 PIA might be? Well look no further, because the Outlook 2007 Primary Interop Assembly Reference is now avaialble on MSDN. No longer will...
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    Why does my Outlook event seem to stop working

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    Wes has a good post over on his blog explaining another common problem that a lot of Outlook solution developers run into: Imagine we have some code in an Outlook addin that looks similar to code below. Does anyone see anything wrong with it? It simply...
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    Mysterious Errors When Using Form Regions from Managed Code Add-ins

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    I've been noticing some feedback lately where a number of developers were having problems working with the controls on their form region. Usually, these problems manifested as Outlook's object model returning null values back when trying to access the...
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    New Outlook Team Blog

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    We've just rolled out the new Outlook team blog , which is the "one-stop-shop for tips, tricks, and rants directly from the Outlook product team." Don't worry though, my blog won't be going away. I'll continue to blog about Outlook programmability, custom...
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    Outlook 2007 Performance Update

    If you've been watching other blogs, or the recently published KB articles, you probably have seen this already, but I thought I'd point it out for the rest of you. Last week we released an update for Outlook that fixes some issues that we were not able...
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    Outlook and Internet mail support

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    OK, so this might be a bit off-topic from my regular blog posts, but since I am working on the Internet mail experience for the next release of Outlook, I wanted to hear from some of you about your experiences using our Internet mail account types (POP...
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    PDF Preview Handler for Outlook/Vista

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    If you're running Windows Vista, or Outlook 2007 on either Vista or Windows XP, you're probably wondering just how long you have to wait until you can use the preview capabilities of your new operation system or Outlook client to view PDF documents. While...
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    Programming Applications for Microsoft Office Outlook 2007

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    Randy Byrne and I have just received our first copies of our book, Programming Applications for Microsoft Office Outlook 2007 . This means that it should be showing up in your local book retailer or super-mega-online-bookstore very soon (like over on...
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    Updated Samples for Outlook 2007 Developers

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    Last week we uploaded revised versions of our sample code for Outlook 2007 add-ins. The biggest change to these samples is that they are now provided as both a shared add-in project and VSTO 2005 SE project, so that you can see how add-in development...
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    Outlook 2007 with Business Contact Manager

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    I missed noticing that the BCM team has created a new blog, but it's never too late to rectify a missing link. In this case I'm only a few weeks behind. The team behind Business Contact Manager, a very useful feature of Outlook provided in some versions...
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    How to access Outlook contacts from a web application

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    Wes Haggard, one of the Outlook developers, has a good blog post over on his blog about how to properly access Outlook PIM data in a server style application . Since the Outlook OM isn't supported in this configuration, Wes outlines how to use WebDAV...
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    Updated Outlook Gadgets Now Available

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    For those of you who were excited about the Outlook 2007 gadgets for the Windows Vista sidebar, but had some issues with the first version posted, I have some good news. We've just released version 1.0.121 on the Windows Live Gallery. The updated build...
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    Update on the Outlook Gadgets

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    Well, after two days out in the wild, some reports are coming in of problems with the gadgets. We've isolated these problems down to two known issues: The gadgets don't appear to do anything on computers with a UI language other than English The appointments...
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