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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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    Outlook Gadgets Now Available

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    I’m happy to announce that tonight the first two official Office gadgets went live on gallery.microsoft.com ! If you’re running Windows Vista and Outlook 2007 then I encourage you to go out and download the gadgets and get the experience of the Outlook...
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    VSTO 2005 SE & Outlook Form Regions

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    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...
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    Converting Bitmaps to IPictureDisp

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    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...
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    Post B2TR Changes for Form Regions

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    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...
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    Beta 2 Technical Refresh

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    I'm always late on posting these announcements, but as of Sept 9, the B2TR release of Office 2007 is available on the MS download site. B2TR is available only as a patch to Office 2007 beta 2, so if you already have that installed don't start uninstalling...
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    Third Party Add-ins and Outlook 2007

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    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....
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    Blog Q&A

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    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...
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    Nearly a Month

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    It's been nearly a month since my previous post about the shutdown fixes for Outlook 2007, and I should appologies for not having anything useful to add to the blog today. However, I've been busy working on content for a new book on Outlook programmability...
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    Outlook Shutdown and COM Add-ins

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    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...
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    Updated Developer Help

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    Are you developing a solution using Outlook 2007 beta 2, but frustrated by the lack of available documentation in the developers reference? I've got a deal for you then. We've recently posted updated developer content for the beta 2 release , with a bunch...
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    New articles and more

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    If you've been watching the Outlook developer portal recently, as of last Friday you noticed some new technical articles went live. My first MSDN article, " Code Security Changes in Outlook 2007 " went live. This document discusses some of the changes...
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    What’s New for Developers

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    Randy’s article, “ What’s New for Developers in Microsoft Office Outlook 2007 ” was just published over on MSDN. The article includes our first downloadable sample code for beta 2, which includes the “what’s new” add-in, a collection of sample code snippets...
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    Office 2007 Beta 2

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    So I’m a little late to the party here, but as you may have noticed a few weeks ago Office Beta 2 was released. The bits are available for download or on CD by registering on the Office 2007 Preview website . I would strongly encourage all the ISVs and...
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    Outlook on MSDN TV

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    A couple of weeks ago Randy and I were filmed discussing what’s new in the Outlook object model and extensibility for MSDN TV. Aside from a high level introduction to new features in Outlook 2007, we also drill down into our demo applications and show...
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    Outlook & MIX06

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    If you didn't get a chance to see it live, the MIX06 sessions are all available online now. Christin Boyd presented an excellent demo to an EBay add-in built on top of Outlook using form regions. The add-in provides a pretty rich Outlook integration that...
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    More on Custom Forms...

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    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...
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    Using VSTO v3 CTP with Outlook 2007

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    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...
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    Outlook form regions

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    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...
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    New code samples available for download

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    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...
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    Instant Search and Your Inner Developer

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    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...
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    New Outlook 12 Blogs

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    I’m working on a future post about using DASL syntax language in Outlook and what’s new in this area for Outlook 12. Hopefully I can get enough time to actually get that posted this week. However, in the mean time, be sure to check out...
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    What’s new in Outlook ‘12’ Extensibility

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    Last month at PDC05 we revealed the first public look at the changes coming in the Outlook ‘12’ extensibility platform to very positive reviews. We’ve introduced several new feature areas in the Outlook object model for the next release including a lot of functionality that I know the community has been asking to see for a while. In this post I provide a brief overview of some of the improvements for Outlook '12' extensibility....
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    Almost forgot about the hands on labs

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    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...
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    PDC05 & Outlook

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    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...
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