Cross-post from the Exchange dev blog: Customizing the compose experience with mail apps for Outlook

On 3/27, Andrew Salamatov published Customizing the compose experience with mail apps for Outlook. In his post, he talks about how you can customize your compose experience in apps for Outlook. Compose apps are available for all our customers on Office 365 and for on-premises customers that have installed the Service Pack 1 for Office…


Tips to develop a great mail app for Office

This article shares tips for developing mail apps in time zone conversion, secure (https) data transmission, tablet/smartphone support, roaming settings to track persistent data, and the non-interchangeable custom properties in the Outlook object model and in the apps for Office platform. Mail apps are one of the three basic types of apps for Office. Mail…


Creating a mail app to check out Active Directory org information for mail senders and recipients

In an organization or enterprise setting, you frequently get included in emails with unfamiliar people. If your organization uses Active Directory, Exchange Server 2013, and Outlook 2013, you can now use the Who’s Who AD mail app to conveniently display organization metadata for email senders and recipients in Outlook or Outlook Web App. Figure 1…

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Getting attachments in a mail app

Mail apps can now use a new set of properties and methods in the JavaScript API for Office and Exchange Web Services callback tokens to get the attachments of a message or appointment in an Exchange mailbox. A mail app can use the JavaScript API for Office to get metadata about attachments on the current…

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A closer look at apps for Outlook

Rolando has already given an overview of how apps for Office work, so today I’m going to drill into how apps for Office run within Outlook. Apps for Outlook, or “mail apps” as they are sometimes called in our developer documentation, are apps for Office that are optimized for running in Outlook against mail and…

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Anatomy of apps for Office

We started this blog with a couple of posts that introduced the new Office cloud app model and the principles behind it: web standards, simplicity, security and performance, consistency, and flexibility to developers. Brian Jones already talked about our background, and as Howard Crow comments in his post, the move to the cloud needed a new…