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Scott Dorman Microsoft MVP, Software Architect, Developer, Author Outlook There are 22 entries for the tag Outlook
Windows Live Wave 3 Beta Downloads
The beta downloads for the new Windows Live Wave 3 applications are here. This includes new versions of: Messenger Mail Writer Photo Gallery Movie Maker Toolbar Family Safety Microsoft Office Outlook Connector To give you an idea of what’s new in some of the products: The look and visible features have been updated in all of the products, but the ones that are most noticeable are Messenger, Writer, and Mail. There are a lot of new features in Messenger, but some noticeable ones are that “Shared Folders” ......

Posted On Thursday, September 18, 2008 10:07 AM

Outlook Connector
The last time I wrote about the Outlook Connector it was to talk about the lack of Calendar synchronization and the fact that a new version of the connector was in internal Microsoft testing. I am happy to announce that the new version is out of internal testing and is available as a public beta. This new version synchronizes with your Windows Live Hotmail or Microsoft Office Live Mail accounts, including e-mail, contacts and calendars. I installed the new version and so far it works great. It remembered ......

Posted On Thursday, July 24, 2008 8:38 PM

Updated Outlook Macro for Creating Meetings from an Email
Only a few hours ago I posted and Outlook macro for creating meetings from an email. I’ve already updated it with some new features (requested by me, of course). The new version is available on my SkyDrive account and has the following new features: You can now create either a meeting or an appointment – there are two macros now. The reminder time has been changed to 10 minutes (bug fix). The original email message is now an attachment, which means the body of the appointment or meeting is blank. ......

Posted On Sunday, July 20, 2008 11:48 PM

Outlook Macro for Creating Meetings from an Email
I just came across a post by Michael S. Scherotter about his Outlook macro to create an Outlook appointment from an email message. This is a feature that Outlook really should have, and this macro fills that gap very nicely. I cleaned up the code a bit and made some improvements to Michael’s original version: The appointment type is now set to “Meeting” by default so it shows the participants. The Importance and Sensitivity are now set based on the corresponding property in the email. The Busy Status ......

Posted On Sunday, July 20, 2008 12:07 PM

PDC for Novices, 2008 Edition
I started doing these a few years ago for Tech·Ed (2008 and 2007) and received a lot of good feedback so I decided to continue the series for PDC as well. Session Types This year PDC is offering a slightly different mix of session types with what they are calling “UnSessions”. The bottom line is that UnSessions are everything that isn’t an official breakout session. If you’re still a bit confused, keep reading to see the differences. There may be some other session types once the schedule has been ......

Posted On Saturday, July 19, 2008 2:51 PM

OutTwit
Twitter is an interesting phenomenon. I first started using it in April at the MVP Summit. Since then, as anyone who is following me has seen, my use has been intermittent at best. The biggest reason is that I haven’t found a Twitter client that I liked that allowed me to use Twitter in a way that was not only natural (at least for me) but from within tools that I was already using and in front of me. The other day I decided to download OutTwit and have found it to fit almost all of my needs. There ......

Posted On Saturday, July 19, 2008 11:32 AM

Tech·Ed for Novices, 2008 Edition
While I'm waiting to find out if I'll be able to go to Tech·Ed again this year I am still keeping an eye on what's going on with the conference. For last year's Tech·Ed, Microsoft created a "Tips for the Newbie" page (which is apparently no longer available) and I created a follow-on post called Tech·Ed for Novices. Since the conference this year is split into two separate weeks, I thought it was even more important for some tips on how to deal with the information overload and what Tech·Ed has to ......

Posted On Monday, February 25, 2008 12:21 AM

Outlook Connector Calendar Sync
One of the more irksome qualities about the Outlook Connector was the lack of Calendar synchronization, particularly with the new Windows Live Calendar. If you were an MSN subscriber it would work, but if you had just a Hotmail (or Windows Live) account it wouldn't. This also applied even if you had purchased the additional features of Hotmail Plus. According to LiveSide there is a new Outlook Connector currently in internal Microsoft testing that reportedly allows synchronization with Windows Live ......

Posted On Sunday, February 24, 2008 10:11 PM

Book Review: LINQ Quickly
I was recently introduced to a UK based publisher called Pact Publishing. They are a UK based publisher and have a book focused on the new Language Integrated Query (LINQ) features available in .NET 3.5 called LINQ Quickly: A practical guide to programming Language Integrated Query with C# by N Satheesh Kumar. The book provides a good overview of LINQ and it's supporting language features, such as anonymous types, implicit typing, object initializers, extension methods, and expressions. It then builds ......

Posted On Sunday, February 24, 2008 7:40 PM

Xobni Updates
About a month ago, I talked about a new add-on for Microsoft Outlook called Xobni Insight. Since that time, I was invited to participate in the beta and have been running it both at work and at home. So far, I have been very impressed. The installation is very simple. Once Xobni Insight is installed, the next time you open Outlook will cause it to create an index of your email. On my home system, I have over 14,000 messages from almost 3,000 different senders and it took less than 10 minutes to create ......

Posted On Saturday, February 9, 2008 10:19 AM

Xobni
If you're wondering what Xobni is, it's "inbox" spelled backwards. But that's not all it is. They are a startup company founded in 2006 whose mission is "to take back the email inbox for our users". Their flagship product is called Xobni Insight and is an add-on for Microsoft Outlook. If you've used Lookout before, Xobni Insight appears to offer all that Lookout offered and then some. The nice thing is that it is available for both Office 2003 and Office 2007. Some of the features offered by Xobni ......

Posted On Saturday, January 12, 2008 9:04 AM

Jacksonville Code Camp Session Calendar
In keeping with the work I did for Tech·Ed 2007 and the Tampa Code Camp to create Internet Calendars for the different technical tracks, I have created a similar calendar for the Jacksonville Code Camp. The calendar is available from Microsoft Office Online as an Outlook 2007 Internet Calendar Subscription. If you are still using Outlook 2003, there is an open-source add-in that allows you to work with Internet Calendars ......

Posted On Wednesday, August 22, 2007 5:03 PM

Tampa Code Camp Session Calendar
In keeping with the work I did for Tech·Ed 2007 to create Internet Calendars for the different technical tracks, I have created a similar calendar for Tampa Code Camp. The calendar is available from Microsoft Office Online as an Outlook 2007 Internet Calendar Subscription. If you are still using Outlook 2003, there is an open-source add-in that allows you to work with Internet Calendars ......

Posted On Tuesday, July 10, 2007 12:16 PM

Tech·Ed for Novices
Microsoft has created a Tips for the "Newbie" page designed to give first time Tech·Ed attendees a fighting chance of finding their way around. It does a decent job letting the first timer know about what Tech·Ed has to offer, but I don't think it goes nearly far enough. Tech·Ed is a huge event, last year's event had about 13000 people attending, with an equally huge amount of content. The current count of sessions (including the Hands-on labs) is 1057. That's right, over 1000 sessions. The actual ......

Posted On Saturday, May 19, 2007 10:32 AM

Windows Live Hotmail official
Earlier this week, Microsoft rather quietly released it's Windows Live Hotmail offering. Along with the release, a replacement for the Outlook Express and Windows Mail desktop clients was announced as well as new software to integrate web mail with Outlook, called the Outlook Internet Mail Connector. Outlook Express and Windows Mail will be replaced with a new desktop product called Windows Live Mail in the coming weeks. The program will handle POP, IMAP, and Windows Live Hotmail accounts and is ......

Posted On Saturday, May 12, 2007 1:13 PM

Outlook 2007 Internet Calendar Subscriptions
Just as my last post was publishing, I realized that many people might not know about the Internet Calendar Subscriptions in Outlook 2007 or may still be using Outlook 2003. Michael Affronti, the Outlook Program Manager, has a great post describing Internet Calendar Subscriptions and how you can interact with them in Outlook 2007. For those of you who are still using Outlook 2003, there is an open-source add-in that allows you to work with Internet Calendars ......

Posted On Thursday, May 10, 2007 5:20 PM

Tech·Ed 2007 Session Calendars
[edit: 16 May 2007] The calendars have been updated and a few new ones added. Check this post for more details. [/edit] Even though the Tech·Ed 2007 Schedule Builder is live, it is just as cumbersome (in my opinion) to use as ever. I had hoped that with the advent of AJAX, Silverlight, and the other interactive web technologies the schedule builder would have been more...interactive. The idea of having to pick a time period from a drop down list that contains more than 20 items and constantly having ......

Posted On Thursday, May 10, 2007 5:11 PM

Tech·Ed Technical Tracks Summary, Updated
There are 14 core tracks and 2 virtual tracks at Tech·Ed this year, which will cover more than 1,000 sessions. In case you're wondering, a virtual track is a collection of sessions or labs that share a common theme but span several tracks. Microsoft has revised the technical tracks slightly since my original post, so I have updated my summary. Architecture Service Oriented Architecture (SOA) Office Business Applications Software as a Service (SaaS) Business Capabilities Software+Services Industry ......

Posted On Wednesday, April 4, 2007 9:31 PM

In Memoriam - John Backus
The computer world lost a huge figure in the history of programming languages today. John Backus, the primary developer responsible for Fortran, died at his home in Oregon today. He was 82. The cause of death is believed to be old age. Fortran is regarded as the first widely used programming language, and helped open the door to modern computing. Released in 1957, Fortran was considered to be turning point in computer software, much like the microprocessor was in hardware. After Fortran, Mr. Backus ......

Posted On Tuesday, March 20, 2007 11:16 PM

Tech·Ed Technical Tracks Summary
There are 14 core tracks and 2 virtual tracks at Tech·Ed this year, which will cover more than 1,000 sessions. In case you're wondering, a virtual track is a collection of sessions or labs that share a common theme but span several tracks. The Session Scheduler launches in April and we will get our first real look at the actual sessions available in each track. Until then, we have to be content to speculate. Looking at the technical tracks page, it became clear to me that there is a lot of information ......

Posted On Saturday, February 17, 2007 12:15 PM

Windows Mobile and U.S. Daylight Saving Time changes
Hopefully everyone that lives in the United States (or deals with United States based companies) has heard that the U.S. Congress has changed the dates for Daylight Saving Time (DST) starting this year. The changes are the result of the Energy Policy Act of 2005 and modifies the Uniform Time Act of 1966 by changing the start and end dates of daylight saving time. These changes mean that any electronic devices that were pre-programmed for adjusting to daylight saving time will be obsolete and incorrect. ......

Posted On Thursday, February 15, 2007 9:18 PM

The reorg shuffle
Today finished my first day after the reorganization shuffle last night at work. We lost two people, one developer and one manager and two other managers (including myself) were moved around and are no longer managers. All of the political reasons and posturing aside, it has made me realize one thing: I don't have the right outlook to be a manager here. To me, a development manager is the first and last line of defense and sanity for his development team. It is his job to shield the development team ......

Posted On Friday, August 25, 2006 8:58 PM

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