Where are you Outlook???

So I got this friend of mine who works for MS IT and was curious to find Outlook’s install location programmatically irrespective of 32/64 bit installation of OS or Outlook. First thought was registry, but that gets little messy.. you go to HKCR & then parse through it to find the location of Outlook.exe… I…

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FYI: BUG: Attachments.Add fails for POP3/IMAP only accounts when the attachment type is Outlook.olEmbeddedItem

Problem: Attachments.Add fails only for POP3/IMAP accounts when the attachment type is Outlook.olEmbeddedItem Cause: This is a known issue with Microsoft Product (Outlook 2010) and we have an internal fix available. The fix is expected to go public with the release of next Service Pack for the product. Repro Code: 1. Setup a POP3 only…

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FYI: MAPI Application does not work when running from Windows Service (MAPI_E_NETWORK_ERROR)

I recently had two cases where the MAPI application was failing while creating a dynamic profile calling IMsgServiceAdmin::ConfigureMsgService. Although if the same application is executed outside Service Control Manager then it work and is able to create the profile just fine. In both cases we found out that the older versions of OLMAPI32 had this…

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Webcast: Enhancements in VSTO 4.0 Deployment for Office 2007/2010

  One of my colleague, Akash, today presented this webcast where he talked about the enhancements in VSTO 4.0 Deployment for Office 2007/2010 using Visual Studio 2010. The session demonstrate how to use ClickOnce post-deployment action and Deploying Multiple Office Solutions in a single click-once installer. Here is the link for the same, this has…

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We are Open, says PST to Outlook :-)

This is pretty exciting development which came yesterday as Microsoft announced the availability of two new open source projects to facilitate interoperability with Outlook PST files. Now start your engines and start thinking of solutions that you can build upon it, and some of you who were reverse engineering the PST format and already doing…

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WebDAV can expose private meetings/appointments to users who should not see them.

This is quite frequently asked and with surprise & worries mixed together… Why WebDAV is able to see my Private meetings/appointments? Isn’t this a security breach? How can I get it fixed? The answer is very simple, not this is not a bug. This is how it should work and then comes a even bigger…

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BUG: Outlook: Word: A signature to death!

I have been working lately with this customer who was trying to create new signature files under %APPDATA%\Microsoft\Signatures folder which will be used by Outlook 2007 (SP2) but what we discovered is that whenever they try to use it, it used to crash Outlook. This was the content of the HTML Signature file that we…

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Hey!!! Do not forget to “Include” me… Ok?

I am not talking about some Friday night dinner or the latest buff around the corner. I am talking about the “Include” tab on Outlook 2007’s Ribbon UI. Recently I got this case where customer developed a custom email form but he was not able to use the “Include” tab to add attachments to the…

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Attachments go crazy and loose their positions when item is touched by Exchange Web Services

My fellow colleague had this customer who was using Exchange Web Services to update body of an appointment item. He created a new appointment from Outlook with some body text, attachments in the body to the position where he wanted, subject & location. Appointment was saved as it should and life was good. This is…

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