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New Utilities

Office 365 Reporting ToolGet full visibility into what’s going on with your Office 365 Usage Reports. Audit and report on your Office 365 Exchange Online Mailboxes. Gather reports on your Office 365 Users, Mailbox configuration, Mailbox Security , Folders, Contacts, Mail Items, Public Folders, Groups and more. Generate statistics on functioning of mailboxes, mail items etc. to plan efficient utilization of Exchange Online. Analyze Office 365 licenses using Office 365 License reports and view them by Users, by license types and by license count. (Jul 14)
 
Appointment ReminderAppointment Reminder is an Outlook Addin that allows you to schedule sms appointment reminders direct from Outlook Calendar. (Jul 14)
 
Office 365 ManagerManage your Office 365 Licenses, Mailboxes and Security. Save on your Office 365 licensing costs. Take full control of provisioning office 365 user licenses/services with full audit trail. Migrate and Manage mailbox and folder permissions. Analyze who has access to what in your Office 365. Provision/De-provision Office 365 User Licenses with full audit trail of when and to whom the licenses were assigned or removed. Create and manage Office 365 Licenses in bulk.View assigned licenses by Users or License types or usage. (Jul 12)
 
Office 365 ExportExport your Office 365 mailboxes and Public folders. Archive mails offline. Don’t spend valuable dollars to retain unwanted mail content in the cloud. Move your data to any external storage or have other third-party archival systems consume the exported data. Backup, Archive, reuse and share your mail items, folders, boxes and user data. Keep your mails ready if you need partial of full recovery in case of accidental deletions and disasters. Prevent mail bloat in your office 365 mail boxes.Export and save your mails now (Jul 12)
 
Outlook Birthday AppCreate birthday and anniversary appointments in a calendar based on a list of people. These appointments can out as far out as you would like. You can include age and anniversary number (optional). (Jul 6)
 
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)
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Updated Utilities

Safe PST BackupFree Outlook backup tool. Back up Email archive, Contacts, Calendar and other folders automatically. Fast incremental backup will be done regardless if Microsoft Outlook is running or not. Schedule Outlook backup or back up PST files manually. Use Enterprise Edition to create fully customizable Outlook and Exchange backup on your corporate network. Monitor and manage the backup process on multiple workstations from one place using Admin tool. Ver. 2.61 (Jul 7)
 
OST2Free OST to PST Converter. Convert OST to PST, even if files are inaccessible. Using Enterprise Edition convert OST files which are linked or unlinked to Microsoft Outlook. Use OST2 to transfer data from Exchange to Microsoft Outlook, make your Exchange account emails, calendar, contacts and other items accessible through Outlook. To prevent Offline Storage .ost file's data loss, back up data as a PST file. Supports 2016 and older OST files. (Jul 6)
 
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)
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Also New

2016 Office App Awards ContestNominate your favorite Office apps for Microsoft's 2016 Office App Awards for recognition as one of the best of partner add-ins and apps that leverage the Office platform. Nominations are open from June 15th, 2016 thru August 15th, 2016. Winners receive promotion in the Office Store and recognition at Microsoft Ignite. (Jul 6)
 
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)
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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

FREE Microsoft eBooksMicrosoft's Eric Ligman is giving away a bunch of free eBooks, reference guides, Step-By-Step Guides, and other informational resources for Microsoft products, including Windows 10, Office 365, Office 2016, Power BI, Azure, Windows 8.1, Office 2013, SharePoint 2016, SharePoint 2013, Dynamics CRM, PowerShell, Exchange Server, System Center, Cloud, SQL Server, and more. (Jul 14)
 
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)

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