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  • Blog Post: Additional Shutdown Changes for Outlook 2010 Beta

    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 changes to the way Outlook works across...
  • Blog Post: Application Shutdown Changes in Outlook 2007 Service Pack 2 Beta

    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 clients of the Outlook server to control the lifecycle...
  • Blog Post: Use the Right Events for the Right Cases

    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 isn’t using the best event for the scenario...
  • Blog Post: Why are you still using ECEs?

    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 chime in and let him know why.
  • 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: Why does my Outlook event seem to stop working

    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 places a button on the menu bar and shows a message...
  • 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: 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: Third Party Add-ins and Outlook 2007

    While we spend a great deal of time and effort to ensure that the Outlook platform is 100% backwards compatible with previous versions of Outlook, occasionally add-ins do something unexpected, or use the platform in an unexpected or undocumented way. These add-ins can misbehave and cause problems when...
  • 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: Outlook Shutdown and COM Add-ins

    Depending on how familiar you are with Outlook development, you may have seen previous versions of Outlook occasionally had a problem shutting down. Often there could be a catch-22 situation, where the add-in was waiting to hear from Outlook that it should clean up its references, and Outlook was waiting...
  • Blog Post: Using VSTO v3 CTP with Outlook 2007

    If you are excited about managed add-in development and Outlook 2007, you've no doubt heard about the CTP release for VSTO v3 (VSTO is Visual Studio Tools for Office). This release enables developers to start working with managed code add-ins using the VSTO environment and targeting Outlook 2007. ...
  • Blog Post: Outlook form regions

    Outlook 2007 includes a new way of customizing the Outlook user interface for data in Outlook. If you have used previous versions of Outlook and had a need to customize our forms, you know that in the past custom forms in Outlook were a bit of a challenge. If you were interested in working with any...
  • Blog Post: New code samples available for download

    If you’re an Outlook developer who has been excited to hear about all of the cool new work done for Outlook 12 but didn’t know where to begin, I now have an answer for you. We’ve finally (sorry for the delay) posted 3 sample add-ins to BetaPlace. These add-ins will help you learn by example how to use...
  • Blog Post: Instant Search and Your Inner Developer

    One of the great new features in Outlook 12, as anyone who has used it can vouch, is Instant Search. Michael’s blog has a lot more details about the UI exposure of this feature and the inner workings behind it, so if you aren’t familiar with the feature, check here first . Done? OK, on to programmability...
  • Blog Post: What’s new in Outlook ‘12’ Extensibility

    Phew... things have been amazingly busy since I posted about PDC last month. We've been pushing to get the new extensibility improvements ready for Beta 1 which is getting very close now. I've been rather quiet, but I promise it was for a very good reason. Last month at PDC05 we revealed the first...
  • Blog Post: Almost forgot about the hands on labs

    In my last post I pointed out all the great sessions Outlook developers should be checking out while at the PDC next week, but I forgot about the hands on labs! For the Outlook developer there are at least two interesting labs, the 'Outlook 12' lab and a VSTO lab which will cover some aspects of Outlook...
  • Blog Post: PDC05 & Outlook

    Are you attending PDC 05 next week? I sure hope you are because it’s going to be an awesome event. For Outlook developers on Thursday, we’ll be introducing publicly for the first time all of the new improvements we’ve made in the Outlook object model and extensibility platform during a presentation by...
  • Blog Post: Easier Managed Outlook Add-ins with VSTO 2005

    This morning at TechEd Microsoft announced Visual Studio Tools for Office 2005 would support creating managed add-ins for Microsoft Outlook. Srinath Vasireddy has more details and links to the download and preliminary documentation over on his blog. This is a great announcement for Outlook because...
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