Office 365 Developer: Build add-ins for Microsoft Outlook

In this video you will see Petra provides a brief overview of the Outlook add-in platform and its capabilities. The add-in platform helps developers create native Outlook solutions, so users can get more done within Outlook. In short you can,- Learn what makes up an add-in- Get a high-level look at how to build one-…


Debug: Outlook office addin (apps for office) fails to load, errors out

Recently one of my developer customer reported that he designed a new Outlook addin (apps for office) which fails to load and it throws the error “This app could not be started. Close this dialog to ignore the problem or click “Restart” to try again.” During troubleshooting we noticed that this issue occur because protected…

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Debug: WebAPI/Web Service fails to hit Load Balancer when called from Outlook add-in

Recently i worked with this app developer, who created a custom Outlook add-in through which they try to make use of custom ASP.Net Web Service/Web API using REST call. This URL works fine from the browser on a machine running the Outlook with the Add-in installed. But it fails with the below error from within…


Office Developer: Outlook 2010 add-in template not available in Visual Studio 2013?

Once you installed Visual Studio 2013 and tried building a custom Outlook add-in you will the see the Outlook 2013 add-in template available.   Recently one of my customer asked, what if he wants to build Outlook 2010 add-in and he failed to see the respective template for it. I suggested the following steps to…


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…


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…


After migration VS 2013 C++ project throws error TRK0005: Failed to locate: "CL.exe". The system cannot find the file specified.

Like earlier, I was involved in migration of VS 2013 C++ Outlook add-in project which was created in Visual Studio 2010. During the compilation I encountered the following error: In general, CL.exe is Visual Studio Compiler. So it should be in your Visual Studio installation directory. if there is no cl.exe in the directory, then…

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After migrating to VS 2013 C++ Outlook add-in throws error MSB6006: "CL.exe" exited with formula –1073741515

Recently I tried migrating the C++ Outlook add-in project (https://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/office/ee941475(v=office.14).aspx). This project was created in Visual Studio 2010 and we tried migrating to Visual Studio 2013.  During compilation, I encountered the following error: error MSB6006: "CL.exe" exited with formula –1073741515 The same code compiled, worked successfully in Visual Studio 2010. We haven’t done any changes…


Microsoft Office Marketplace: Developer tools and macros

You can download free or paid or trial versions of Developer tools and macros for Office versions 2003, 2007 and 2010 at Marketplace….It’s available for the products like Outlook, Word, PowerPoint, Excel, Publisher, SharePoint and Access.


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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Developer : Does Exchange Client Extension (ECE) deprecation matters me?

Per Randy’s blog post, Exchange Client Extension (ECEs) deprecation does (for Outlook 2010) matters the developers. For more information please refer the excerpts of the blog post: “For most Outlook users, this announcement will not concern you. However, if you are a developer that uses Exchange Client Extension interfaces to build a solution in Outlook,…


New Outlook Hotmail Connector 14.0 (Outlook Connector) for Outlook 2010 Beta

I am an avid fan of using MS Outlook connector with previous versions of Outlook. Earlier when i was using Outlook Connector 12.1, i can manage my Windows Live Hotmail e-mail, calendar, and contacts from within Outlook.  Recently i read blog post by Alessio, that MS had announced the Beta release of Microsoft Outlook Hotmail…

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