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  • Blog Post: Common Properties on Outlook Controls

    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, etc. You might be thinking we missed some obvious...
  • Blog Post: Mysterious Errors When Using Form Regions from Managed Code Add-ins

    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 Controls collection of the UserForm object in the...
  • Blog Post: Updated Samples for Outlook 2007 Developers

    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 would work using either technology. These samples...
  • Blog Post: VSTO 2005 SE & Outlook Form Regions

    I just noticed that TQ posted a sample VSTO 2005 SE add-in for Outlook 2007 that implements form region handling. I know a number of developers in the Outlook community have been looking for a good sample on how to build a VSTO add-in that uses form regions since simply implementing FormRegionStartup...
  • Blog Post: Converting Bitmaps to IPictureDisp

    If you're writing your Form Region solution in managed code, and you decide to provide the manifest information as a resource in the add-in, you'll need to return all of your icons for the form region in a format Outlook knows how to parse. Unfortunately, Outlook doesn't handle the managed code types...
  • Blog Post: Post B2TR Changes for Form Regions

    Shortly after we released Outlook 2007 beta 2 technical refresh to the world, we took a change on the Outlook platform to enable a new method of retrieving manifest and icon information for Outlook form regions. The reason for this change was partially due to customer feedback we received during the...
  • Blog Post: Blog Q&A

    A while back while I was taking about forms, I got a number of questions from readers out there in web land who wanted to know more detailed answers to some questions. I haven't been ignoring you, I promise, but we've been super busy getting Office 2007 beta 2 technical refresh ready for public consumption...
  • Blog Post: More on Custom Forms...

    Adam asked some great questions on my last post about custom forms and Outlook, and I thought I'd provide direct answers for these questions in another post for everyone to benefit from. I encourage anyone who is interested in the platform to post comments or shoot me an e-mail using the email link....
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