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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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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 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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    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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    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 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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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