Office Developer: Which build of Microsoft Office do I need in order to get that cool API or requirement set?

        This is one of the regular query raised by various developer customers, “Which build of Office do I need in order to get that cool API or requirement set?”.  Ok, here is the published guidance that addresses that question. Check out these topics: Dialog – https://dev.office.com/reference/add-ins/requirement-sets/dialog-api-requirement-sets Excel – https://dev.office.com/reference/add-ins/requirement-sets/excel-api-requirement-sets OneNote -…


MAPI Developer: MAPI call (lpFolder)->OpenEntry() takes 2 minutes to open messages in mailbox

Recently I was working with a MAPI developer and came across this interesting issue. We noticed their custom MAPI application takes 2 minutes to open the messages in a given mailbox. Further troubleshooting we noticed they see this behavior with the MAPI call, (lpFolder)->OpenEntry(). It takes 2 minutes to open messages in a given mailbox…


…ok now, how to find .Net Version installed in any given environment?

There are few good ways available to find out which .Net Version is installed in any given environment. You can try one of the following: – Manually you can check it via registry editor (REGEDIT.exe). Refer https://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/hh925568(v=vs.110).aspx – Using C#.Net you can use System.Environment class to get the related info: private static void GetFrameworkVersionInfo() {…

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Just FYI – Support Ending for the .NET Framework 4, 4.5, 4.5.1 @ January 12, 2016

Last year I blogged regarding the end of support for .Net Frameworks (4, 4,5 & 4.5.1), starting January 12, 2016 and it’s not far away – please there will be no longer provide security updates, technical support or hotfixes for .NET 4, 4.5, and 4.5.1 frameworks. All other framework versions, including 3.5, 4.5.2, 4.6 and…


Day # 2 – Microsoft Connect(); //2015 – Developer conference

Today is the day # 2 of . Today we will watch more on Here is the schedule builder using which you can see more info about the event schedule/session info/speakers info etc @ https://channel9.msdn.com/#programGuide Kindly make use of it…


Office Dev: Office 2016 for developers

Last week we announced the release of Office 2016. Next interesting stuff pops in our mind is that what’s new in Office 2016 for the developers. I want to mention few of them here: – New names for apps for Office and SharePoint – I blogged about this earlier, New name for Apps for Office…


Step-by-Step : Accessing Exchange mailbox using Exchange MAPI/CDO and MFCMAPI

One of my customer updated that he downloaded the MFCMAPIat his Exchange Server 2010/2013, when he ran he noticed the following error – he wanted to access the exchange mailbox programmatically. Then he noticed the following error as well: To start with he needs Exchange MAPICDO, as Microsoft Exchange MAPI and CDO 1.2.1 provide access…


Looking for Visual Studio 2015 SDK download… wait, read this first?

As you know now Visual Studio 2015 is RTM-ed and you have started to use it for building applications. Recently I came across a query from a developer, from where they can download Visual Studio 2015 SDK – as they used it to create tool windows, menu commands, editor extensions, isolated shell projects, and other…

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MAPI developers: MAPI/CDO library discontinued from Exchange 2016…

If you’re an Exchange MAPI developer/ISV/Vendor who relies on Exchange MAPI/CDO then this blog post is for you. Do you know Exchange MAPI/CDO library is discontinued from Exchange 2016? Please refer @ “What is discontinued at Exchange Server 2016” which talks about the same (refer snapshot as well) and provides recommendation moving forward as well……


New name for Apps for Office and SharePoint? Office and SharePoint Add-ins

As you aware that you can use Office and SharePoint Add-ins to extend Office applications with content directly from the web or to extend SharePoint websites. But do you know the “new name” for “apps for Office and SharePoint”? Yes, the platform name will be changed from "apps for Office and SharePoint" to "Office and…


BI Data analysis: Using Microsoft Power Query for Excel…

Recently I used this wonderful, powerful data analysis feature in Microsoft Excel called “Microsoft Power Query” for one of my Machine Learning project. It’s easy and helped me to discover, combine and refine data. You can download and install the most recent version of Power Query for Excel, which automatically enables it. Power Query technology…

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Microsoft Ignite 2015 – Office 365 Development Session : Get Your Hands Dirty with the Office 365 RESTful APIs

I love this great session presented by Rob Howard; this session dives into the available scenarios when using the OneDrive for Business, Calendar, Mail, Contacts and Sites services in the Office 365 APIs. These Office 365 APIs can be called by any standalone web app or mobile device app. There are built in Visual Studio…


Exploring with Microsoft Exchange Server Protocols docs

Recently I got requests from the developer community regarding my earlier article – so I take this opportunity to point how you can explore more about Microsoft Exchange Server Protocols. As you know through the Open Specifications program, Microsoft is helping developers open new opportunities by making technical documents related to interoperability for certain popular…


Channel 9 Demo: Visual Studio Community 2013

As I updated earlier, the Visual Studio Community 2013 community edition is a new, full-featured, and FREE addition to the Visual Studio product lineup. Enclosing the following demo that highlight multi-device apps across Windows, Android, and iOS, and that show how Visual Studio Community can be extended to support additional languages like Python. Join Scott…

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