Versus vs boring

Admittedly, the titles of the last couple posts are misleading. Habits and Things aren’t in combat or anything; Neither are Getting Things Done and First Things First. I’ve just found that contrasting the different principles of Getting Things Done and 7 Habits / First Things First helps me to understand those principles better and find…


Habits vs Things

One of the challenges that I and many others face with David Allen’s Getting Things Done (GTD) is that the number of next actions, someday/maybe items, and lists in general seems to be out of control. Mr. Allen recognizes this to some extent and encourages dividing next actions into lists by context. Ideally, this means…


Getting Things Done vs First Things First

Ok, so the title of this post is a bit over the top – I recognize that in some ways David Allen’s Getting Things Done (GTD) and Stephen Covey’s First Things First (FTF, the sequel to 7 Habits) are orthogonal – they address somewhat different problems in the time management arena. But anyway… I was…


Replication API update

Stephen Griffin has another great update for the replication API at


Hotfixes for Outlook

I recently learned more about how hotfixes work for Outlook (and I assume, all of the Office apps). After we release a new version of Outlook, large companies occasionally come back to us and ask us to change something immediately. Sometimes it’s a bug fix that affects them, or a change to the design of…


Outlook Integration API Round 2

There is an update out for the Outlook Integration APIs documentation. It fixes some errors in the documentation and includes replication APIs that enable you to create your own store provider based on the pst store provider that can synchronize with a server.


Outlook Symbols

So, I’ve been looking into why Office, and therefore Outlook, doesn’t offer symbols to ISV developers creating Office solutions in the same way that Windows symbols are available to those writing software on Windows. It took way too much time and emails to get to the right person for this, but I finally did, and…



Well, I took the dive into ActiveWords. There is a lot of potential here, and I think the vision that the company has is awesome. For now, it’s a great way to get my stuff done a little faster. I have found that it has also inspired me to learn more keyboard shortcuts in order…


Outlook as a Platform

Buzz Bruggeman has started an interesting discussion about Outlook as a platform. Since starting at Microsoft, I’ve spent a lot of my time supporting (and trying to support) developers coding on top of Outlook, both within MS and outside of it. However, Buzz’s comments reminded me that despite that I haven’t done much of my…



OutlookSpy just added support for the Outlook Integration APIs. If you don’t know what OutlookSpy is (from their website) … OutlookSpy is the ultimate Outlook developer tool. Integrated directly into Outlook, it provides fast and convenient access to all Outlook Object Model objects, lets you examine values of the properties, call functions, browse object hierarchy…