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New Utilities

OwlLook++OwlLook++ is an add-on for Microsoft Outlook making it easier for you to manage efficiently your time and information. It provides you with a better solution to schedule, plan and keep track of your appointments, meetings, tasks, contacts, emails, ...Unlike Microsoft Outlook it provides you with a consolidated view of your activities by grouping dispersed information into a single window. OwlLook++ supports up to 12 time zones making it easy to schedule online meetings.involving people in different countries. (Jul 1)
Apps4.Pro PlannerApps4.Pro Planner is an Outlook add-in that works on top of Outlook and makes your life easier with its integration with Planner into Outlook. This add-in uses the Planner Graph API which is currently in beta. Features: Convert email to Planner task, Sync Planner tasks assigned to you with your Outlook tasks / To-Do, Create and assign new tasks, List all Plans and Manage tasks that are assigned to you. Requires subscription for Office 365 Planner. (Jun 23)
Starbucks Outlook Addin for Exchange Online/Outlook.comThe best thing about this app: Free $5.00 gift card when you send someone a gift card using it. Offer expires June 30 2016. (It might be US-only, if so, sorry!) The Starbucks for Outlook Add-in is the solution for a problem you didn't know you had: easily send Starbucks eGift Cards and schedule meetings at Starbucks stores, directly from your email. Just click the Starbucks for Outlook Add-in, select email addresses from your contacts, and choose to send a Starbucks eGift Card or create a meeting invite. (Jun 16)
CiraSync Contact ManagementSync the Office 365 GAL or Public Folder contacts to smartphones in about a minute. Intuitive and easy to learn; no sys admin privileges required. Tight integration with Office 365. Free. (May 31)
Mergix Duplicate Contact RemoverThe free duplicate contacts removal service for Outlook Exchange, Office 365 Mail, iCloud and other contacts sources. A time-saving solution to clean up large contact lists and Address Books automatically. The simple cloud-based app will scan and compare contact data across the selected email services (Microsoft Outlook with Exchange accounts, Office 365 Mail, iCloud, Gmail, Outlook.com, Hotmail) and find all duplicated contacts. The web app is compatible with all Windows PCs and Macs, iOS, Android smartphones and tablets. (May 19)
MessageFiler for OutlookMessageFiler helps you to quickly file and triage your emails so you can "Rock Your Inbox". File, flag, and categorize your email. Filing is just a click or two away with the ability to manage lists of your most frequently used folders and categories. With MessageFiler you can File emails to any "folder-as-you-type". Add frequently filed-to folders to your Favorite Folders list. Use Suggested folders for filing based on previous filing actions by sender and subject. Create QuickFilers for one-click execution of file-to-folder, flag and category combinations. Easily set flags and categories, including the full set of flagging options that aren't available Outlook Online or Outlook.com (May 13)
FastTrack Outlook SignaturesUsing FastTrack Outlook Signatures, you can deploy automated signatures to all your clients. The signatures are designed in a program very similar to Word, which makes it really easy to keep all your clients signatures appear consistent and professional. Use any Active Directory (or Azure AD or Office 365) attribute, including photos, in the signatures. (Apr 25)
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Updated Utilities

TimeFleX Group CalendarTimeFleX Group Calendar leverages an enterprise investment in Exchange, whether on-premise or OS 365 based, with modern web-based graphical interface with drag and drop features, multiple filters for departmental requirements, multiple group calendars for different team management requirements, MeetingFinder to poll invitees, schedule conflict resolution, resource management for rooms, automobiles – and more. TimeFleX eliminates workflow steps with integrated catering and resource scheduling during the same session. TimeFleX mobile app gives access to group calendars from any platform: Windows Phone, iOS, Android or Blackberry. (Jun 30)
PROMODAG ReportsPromodag Reports now supports Office 365, Hybrid and On-Premises environments. It provides you with control of your messaging systems whether it is in the cloud on-premises or hybrid. Its comprehensive and versatile range of traffic analysis, message tracking and planning tools simplify and automate the process of managing email usage, ensuring compliance and optimizing the performance of mission-critical email systems. Version 10.1 (Jun 7)
Sync2 for OutlookSynchronizing Outlook between computers made easy with Sync2, powerful Microsoft Outlook synchronization add-in. Sync Outlook folders (email, calendar, contacts, tasks and notes) between multiple PCs without a server. Synchronize Outlook data using shared folder on LAN, USB drive or FTP. Share Outlook Calendar with Google Calendars. Sync Google Contacts, Tasks with Outlook Contacts and Tasks. Synchronize Outlook 2007, 2003, 2002, 2010, 2013, 2016.Version 2.70 (May 26)
ReliefJet Essentials for OutlookA large set of useful and easy-to-use tools for every Microsoft Outlook user: Import, export and convert messages using EML, MSG and PST formats; remove, mark and move duplicates; save, add, pack, unpack, zip, unzip attachments, replace attachments with links and backwards; extract e-mail and URL addresses; simplify storage and folder handling; generate numerous reports and statistics and even more tools to increase office and home productivity. New features include: Mail Merge with Attachments, Message Response Time Statistics, Change Contact Fields. Fully compatible with Windows 10 and Outlook 2016. (May 25)
TimeCard for OutlookTimeCard for Outlook summarizes and calculates expenses and time worked, based on appointment items in the Outlook calendar. Create reports on behalf of someone else. Tag Outlook or SharePoint calendar appointments with info about customer and project (or about something else). That converts them into time cards, and you can report hours and expenses directly from the calendar. TimeCard Workgroup for Outlook has an option to share and store data in SharePoint instead of a database, and this is the option used by the SharePoint edition too. (May 24)
CCS Service RequestCCS Service Request provides a central point for tracking and managing service requests for departments such as HR, IT, Facilities, Sales and Marketing. Tickets are submitted from an Outlook form, email or web page. The ticket is routed to the department providing the service. Department staff is assigned the request. Includes full reporting, knowledge base and flexible forms. Easy to install, run. (May 24)
Timed Email OrganizerTimed Email Organizer is a brand new add-in which can replace or augment your Outlook rules. Unlike Outlook, this add-in will act on emails based on how old they are, supports ANDs, ORs, NOTs and wildcards in the conditions, and has a test mode so that you can see what the effect of a given rule would be if it were run. It will even import your current Outlook rules and automatically disable them for you. Enter code WD9BHK53 during checkout. (May 24)
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Also New

The Best Outlook Store Add-ins ContestOffice 365 Exchange and Outlook.com users: share your favorite Outlook add-ins (formerly known as Apps). (Jun 23)
Signup to try BCM replacementThe BCM team is currently working on something new that may incorporate some features from Business Contact Manager If you’re interested in getting a chance to try it first, please sign up. (May 9)
Outlook Only Starts in Safe Mode?Outlook 2010 will only open in safe mode after installing the December 8 2015 updates. All settings and customizations appear to be reset to their defaults and changes don't stick. This is caused by installing KB3114409. Microsoft removed the update, so users who haven't installed the December updates yet won't be affected. (Dec 10)
Embed Images in New Messages using a MacroHow to use a macro to embed images in a new Outlook email message. This is a variation of the macro that inserts attachments. (Dec 10)
Update Contacts with a New Company Name and Email AddressIt can be a real hassle to update contacts when a company changes their name and domain. While it's actually really easy to change the company name by using group by company view and dragging contacts to a new group, you can't change the email address field using this method. This version of my super-duper bulk contact code updates the Company name and email domain on contacts. As written, it assumes all contacts from that company use the same exact company name and the new addresses will keep the same alias (part before the @). (Sep 30)
Outlook 2016: No BCMBad news for Business Contact Manager users: BCM will not be updated to work with Outlook 2016. Anyone who uses Outlook 2013 and wants to continue using BCM will need to remain on Outlook 2013. This means BCM users should not update to Office 2016 and will need to block the automatic upgrades. (Sep 23)
Change Item Count on All Folders in a Data FileUse a macro to change the Outlook option to show either the number of unread messages or the total number of messages in a folder. (Sep 20)
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Administrator Resources

June 2016 Quarterly Exchange UpdatesThe latest Cumulative Updates for Exchange Server 2016 and Exchange Server 2013 are available in the Microsoft Download Center. In addition to normal fixes to customer reported issues, these releases also include updated functionality. (Jun 30)
What's new for administrators in Outlook 2016 for WindowsThis TechNet article for administrators explains about the new Outlook 2016 features that admins should be aware of before rolling out Outlook 2016 within your organization. Two important changes: Exchange 2007 is not supported and autodiscover must be configured, as Outlook no longer uses PRF files. (Sep 30)
Office 2016 Deployment Guides for AdminsProvides admins with information about how to deploy Office 2016, Office 365 ProPlus, and Office 2016 for Mac to users in their organizations. For administrators and other IT professionals who plan, implement, and maintain deployments of Office in their organizations. (Sep 24)
Office 2016 Deployment ToolThe Office 2016 Deployment Tool allows the administrator to customize and manage Office 2016 Click-to-Run deployments. This tool will help administrators to manage installations sources, product/language combinations, and deployment configuration options for Office Click-to-Run. (Sep 22)
Office 2016 Administrative Template files (ADMX/ADML) and Office Customization Tool This download includes Group Policy Administrative Template (ADMX/ADML) and Office Customization Tool (OPAX/OPAL) files for Microsoft Office Professional Plus 2016 and Office 365 ProPlus 2016 apps. (Sep 10)
Outlook tools: Description of sample tools for managing PST files in your Outlook ProfileIf you are managing users in a company environment, you must occasionally manage .pst files in users' Outlook profiles. This includes, but is not limited to, the following actions: Adding a new or existing .pst to the profile; Removing a .pst file from the profile; Retrieving information about .pst files in the profile. To help automate these three activities, sample tools are available on the Microsoft Download site. (Sep 10)
Prepare to update Office 365 ProPlus to the Office 2016 versionPlan how to update their existing Office 365 ProPlus deployments to the Office 2016 version. (TechNet) (Aug 26)
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Development Resources

RedemptionOutlook Redemption works around limitations imposed by the Outlook Security Patch plus provides a number of objects and functions to work with properties and functionality not exposed through the Outlook object model. Version 5.11 (May 24)
Empty Multiple Deleted Items Folders using a MacroThe scenario: You have several email accounts, each with their own data file and you want to empty the deleted items in every data file with one click. If you have one data file in your profile, you could use AutoArchive, but it doesn't work with multiple data files. (Aug 26)
MFCMapiMFCMAPI uses Microsoft's published APIs to provide access to MAPI stores through a graphical user interface. Its purpose is to facilitate investigation of Exchange and Outlook issues and to provide developers with a canonical sample for MAPI development. Updated frequently. (Sep 4)
Bulk change Contact's FileAs format to match Outlook's default settingAn updated version of the Bulk Change FileAs macro that gets the default FileAs format and applies the format to the contacts in the default contacts folder. (May 12)
Office 2013 VBA Documentation The Office 2013 VBA Documentation download provides an offline version of the Visual Basic for Applications (VBA) developer reference for each of the Office client applications, as well as the VBA reference content shared amongst all Office client applications (Office Shared). (Oct 7)
What's new for Outlook 2013 developersA top-level view of the additions and enhancements for developers in Microsoft Outlook 2013, including mail apps, third party weather data services for the Weather Bar, and inline response. The document also describes changes to the Outlook Social Connector, Office Mobile Service, support for Outlook 2013 Preview coexisting with a previous version of Outlook, and new performance criteria for add-ins. (May 6)
OutlookSpyThis update adds full support for the final version of Outlook 2007. It has a new hex viewer and editor for the binary (PT_BINARY) MAPI properties, a new script editor ("Script Editor" window and "Script" tab for the IDispatch-derived objects), along with several new symbolic MAPI property tags. Supports Outlook 2013 and Windows 8. (Mar 12)
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Other Resources

Microsoft Office 365 WebinarsAsk questions, learn shortcuts and find out how Office 365 can make you and your team more productive in FREE Microsoft Office 365 training webinars. Live presentation with demos and Q&A. (Apr 7)
Outlook Feature Requests on UserVoiceHave an idea on how to make Outlook better? Do you want to make a feature request for any Outlook product? You can do this at Outlook.uservoice.com, for all Outlook products from Outlook desktop version for Windows or Mac to the iOS and Android apps and Outlook.com or Outlook on the web (Office 365's OWA). Microsoft considers the requests that get the most votes, so please search before posting your suggestion. Uservoice is for feature requests only, not product support. (Dec 19)
Office 365 Feature Requests on UserVoiceHave an idea on how to make Office 365 business and enterprise services better? This includes the Office online apps, as well as Office 365 features such as Groups, Delve, Skype for Business. Microsoft considers the requests that get the most votes, so please search (then vote) before posting your suggestion. Uservoice is for feature requests only, not product support. (Dec 19)
Downgrade Office 2016 to Office 2013Office 365 (consumer or business) subscribers who upgraded to Office 2016 and want to revert to Office 2013 are now able to downgrade to Office 2013. (Oct 29)
Special offer for customers with Office 2016 and Office 2013 standalone applicationsOffice 2016 and stand-alone Office 2013 applications (purchased separately and not part of a suite of applications) cannot be installed on the same device. To resolve this issue, you'll need to upgrade your standalone applications to the Office 2016 version of the products. Contact the Microsoft Answer Desk to obtain a free upgrade for qualifying standalone applications. (Oct 2)
Office 2016 Quick Start GuidesQuick Start Guides in PDF or Sway format for Outlook 2016 as well as Word, Excel, PowerPoint and OneNote. (Sep 24)
Replace the Google Calendar Sync UtilityThe Google Calendar Sync utility stopped working on August 1 2014. (Aug 25)

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