Click to connect MSDN/TechNet forums from your desktop

Using MSDN Forum Assistant and TechNet Forum Assistant gadgets offer a convenient way for the forum users to read the forum recent threads and your own threads, it also make it easy to create new threads and search in the forum. How is simple is that…. I tried the gadgets at my Windows 7 machine…


Video: Role of a Software Architect in today’s world

Recently viewed this interview – Brian Prince, Principal Developer Evangelist at Microsoft, and Juval Lowy, Software Architect & Principal at IDesign as they discuss the role of an architect in today’s world. Juval breaks down how the role of an architect has evolved over the years from applying engineering principles and practices to software systems to…

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Outlook 2010: Migrating CDO based application to Outlook Object Model(OOM) library

Recently one of my developer customer migrated from Outlook 2003 to 2010. He tried running the custom application (uses CDO & Outlook 2003) in Outlook 2010. It throws the error “ActiveX component can’t create object”.  Using the following test sample, I can reproduce the exact issue at my end: As you know, Microsoft Outlook 2010…

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Fix: Windows Phone 7.5 & Facebook Password update “0x83cf1202”

Recently one of my customer changed his Facebook password via laptop. Later when he tried connecting via my Windows Phone/Facebook chat, it requested him to update the password. Unfortunately, he opted to delete the Facebook account, but it failed. After this, he can’t update his password. Doing so (Settings > Email+accounts > Facebook), it throws…

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How to get the EWS endpoint URL from Outlook 2007/2010?

You can try the following steps to get the EWS endpoint URL from Outlook 2007 or 2010: CTRL+Right click the Outlook icon in the notification area in the lower right-hand area of the screen. You can notice the following window: Select Test E-mail Auto configuration. Enter your email address and password. Select the Use AutoDiscover…

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ESE, SQL

Recently I was talking to one of my customer. He was suggesting why MS should consider SQL instead of ESE(Extensible Storage Engine) db. It just remembered the famous old blog post at Exchange team blog – just referenced him the same

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Client Shutdown in MAPI (Outlook 2010 fast shutdown)

I am sharing this as couple of my customers were enquiring is there any changes or effects of Client Shutdown in MAPI (Outlook 2010 fast shutdown).  MAPI clients can shut down the same way as before, or if needed, they can use fast shutdown. In Outlook 2010, MAPI subsystem provides the IMAPIClientShutdown : IUnknown interface….


EWS GetItem() call fail to return recurrence-id for meetings created/modified using Outlook 2003 & Exchange 2010

One of my customers reported an issue while they were reading a recurrence calendar with exceptions using Exchange Web Service (EWS) API. Their EWS application uses EWS WSDL to generate stub and uses that to access the server to read the calendar items from Exchange Server 2010.  As part of the business logic, they read…

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Outlook 2007: How to ‘quickly’ disable add-ins?

Try the following steps to disable add-ins in Outlook 2007 (it also applies to InfoPath 2007, Project 2007 and Visio 2007) On the Tools menu, click Trust Center. In the categories pane, click Macro Security. In the details pane, select No Warnings and Disable All Macros or Warnings for signed macros; all unsigned macros are…

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Download: Microsoft Online Services Migration Tools

The Microsoft Online Services Migration Tools is used to support migration of Microsoft Exchange to Microsoft Online Services. You can use the Microsoft Online Services Migration Tools to forward copies of your Exchange Server mail to your Exchange Online mailboxes. You can also use the Migration Tools to copy content from your Exchange Server, POP3,…


Outlook Programming: How to retrieve unread messages from any Outlook folder?

Recently one of my customer updated that he got a requirement to programmatically retrieve unread messages from any Outlook folder to be implemented part of his application. We tried the following steps -  Will show you how you can programmatically retrieve unread messages from any Outlook folder using Outlook Object Model (OOM) API. Let we…

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Download: Rollup 4 for Exchange Server 2010 Service Pack 1

Click here to download Rollup 4 for Exchange Server 2010 Service Pack 1.  Some of the known issues were addressed @ Update Rollup 4 for Exchange Server 2010 SP1: 2465292 "MAPI_E_FAILONEPROVIDER (0x8004011D)" error message when you access an Exchange Server 2010 mailbox by using a MAPI application 2394554  An email message is not delivered if…

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Windows Phone 7 – Mango RTM

It’s nice to see an update from Windows team blog regarding from Terry Myerson Windows Phone 7’s upcoming Mango that Windows Phone development team officially signed off on RTM (Release to Manufacturing). For more info, click here…

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Code named ‘Windows 8’

Earlier this year at CES 2011, MS announced that the next version of Windows will run on System-on-Chip (SoC) architectures. It revealed more about how every level of Windows architecture is being reimagined, specifically details around how we are thinking about the user interface & new generation of touch-centric hardware. Some time earlier, we showcased…

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