Mind the (ECE) Gap

We’ve added a couple new C++ only events to Outlook 2010 which I have been asked to document. These events were added per customer request to help fill some gaps in the transition from ECE to Com Add-In. One of the events is available as of the October 2011 Cumulative Update, and the other just shipped in the February 2012 Cumulative Update.

The two new events are:




Hotifx Package






Fired from the Application object prior to any printing operation.





Fires at the same time as the old ECE OnReadComplete event.

If you’re familiar with writing Exchange Client Extensions and Com Add-Ins in C++, this is likely sufficient information to handle these events. If not, you might want to review some samples which demonstrate handling events from the IDispatch::Invoke function. For example, I found this add-in on codeproject which handles Application events. In that code, the CAppEventListener::Invoke function is where you would handle the BeforePrint event.

Some notes:

  • Both of these events are cancellable. The first parameter is of type VT_BOOL|VT_BYREF. Return VARIANT_TRUE in this parameter to cancel the operation being signaled by the event.
  • BeforePrint has an extra second parameter. This is a mistake on our part, which unfortunately cannot be corrected. Just ignore it.
  • I characterize these as C++ only events to stress that they are not part of the type library and therefore not exposed to languages and frameworks which handle IDispatch for you. You can handle these events if you implement IDispatch directly, which may be possible from languages other than C++.


Comments (1)

  1. Lev says:

    While this is certainly a step in the right direction, parity with OnSubmit/OnSubmitComplete is still sorely missing.  It's not nice to make us go through every single item type when dealing with sending an item ( because there is a huge difference between OOM item behavior in Item.Send- see what you get in MeetingRequest in Item.Send ) when OnSubmit/OnSubmitComplete just hands us IMsg object that we can deal with uniformly.