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New Utilities

GAL SyncAutomatically sync Office 365 Global Address Lists from Outlook to business smartphones in minutes. Always synced. Anytime. Anywhere. CiraSync is a secure, Azure-based SaaS platform. Centrally managed, requires no software to install, no user training, and can scale to thousands of business smartphones. Try the always free Personal Edition or a free 30-day, 100-user trial for the Enterprise Edition (no credit card/contract needed). (Aug 1)
 
Messageware Mail FormsEmpower your front-line staff to send more powerful and effective emails, with minimal effort, directly from Outlook (desktop/web/mobile) on all devices. Enforce professional standards, improve staff productivity and reduce training time. Mail Forms is a Microsoft Outlook / Office Add-in for Office 365 and Exchange Server. Mail Forms will appeal to line of business divisions with call centers, sales groups and support organizations that regularly send emails and documents to their customers. Free trial on the website. (Jul 17)
 
Calendar SyncAutomatically sync Office 365 shared calendars from Outlook to business smartphones. CiraSync is a secure, Azure-based SaaS platform that is centrally managed, requires no software to install, no user training, and can scale to thousands of business smartphones. Try the always free Personal Edition, or a free 30-day, 100-user trial for the Enterprise Edition (no credit card/contract needed). (Jun 27)
 
Public Folder Calendar SyncAutomatically sync Public Folders calendars (and contacts) from Outlook to business smartphones. CiraSync is a secure, Azure-based SaaS platform that is centrally managed, requires no software to install, minimal no user training, and can scale to thousands of business smartphones. Try the always free Personal Edition, or a free 30-day, 100-user trial for the Enterprise Edition (no credit card/contract needed). (Jun 27)
 
Public Folder Contacts SyncAutomatically sync Office 365 Public Folders contacts and calendars from Outlook to business smartphones. CiraSync is a secure, Azure-based SaaS platform that is centrally managed, requires no software to install, no user training, and can scale to thousands of business smartphones. Try the always free Personal Edition, or a free 30-day, 100-user trial for the Enterprise Edition (no credit card/contract needed). (Jun 26)
 
Export Email Contact to DatabaseThis add-in allows you to save email addresses from Microsoft Outlook in a specified list (table) in an Microsoft Access database. Afterwards you can use the addresses from the list to send newsletters to specific email addresses. (May 30)
 
DynamicGroupDynamicGroup generates dynamic groups in AD and assigns group memberships automatically. DynamicGroup can: Automatically updated AD groups. Smart creation of groups based on attributes and OUs. Bulk import for mass creation of hundreds of groups. Exclude- and include-lists. Flat group option (nested groups). Copy groups as templates. Use prefixes as an orientation guide. Set dates or time intervals to update groups. Preview a dynamic group to see potential members. Definition of a search root as the entry point. (Apr 11)
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Updated Utilities

4Team Sync2 for OutlookSync Outlook using Sync2 for Microsoft Outlook without a server. Sync Microsoft Outlook with Google Calendar, and Android phone. Synchronize Microsoft Outlook between multiple PCs using an external USB device, shared network folder of FTP. Share Outlook Calendar with Google Calendars. Sync Outlook Calendar, Contacts and Tasks folders. Includes improved product installation process and first start user experience. The update comes with improved performance of the software. Try the new Sync2 2.82 version now. (Nov 7)
 
4Team Sync2 CloudSynchronizing Outlook between sources made easy with Sync2 Cloud, powerful Microsoft Outlook synchronization software. Sync Outlook Calendars, Contacts and Tasks with Google (Android), iCloud (iPhone) and Microsoft Exchange (Office 365). Share Outlook Calendar with others without Exchange server. Choose one-way or two-way synchronization. Your data will be automatically synchronized. Share synchronization permission with different users. New Sync2 Cloud 1.83 has improved it's synchronization. (Nov 7)
 
4Team OST PST ViewerOST PST viewer is a free and powerful tool that will help you to open and work with OST, PST and other Outlook file formats without Microsoft Outlook installed. It can open orphaned or any size files created by any version of Outlook. PST file viewer is the right tool for users who have lots of PST files and don't want to connect each of them to Outlook. With the enterprise edition, you can change read/unread or follow up status of emails. Use advanced search to find exactly what you are looking for in your PST files. (Oct 10)
 
ACTIVESIGNATUREACTIVESIGNATURE allows you to centralize the administration of the employees' email signatures and control the organization's professional appearance. Employee information is retrieved from the Active Directory. (Oct 10)
 
CiraSyncAutomatically sync Office 365 Global Address Lists, shared calendars, and Public Folder contacts and calendars, and CRM contacts from Outlook to business smartphones. CiraSync is a secure, Azure-based SaaS platform that is centrally managed, requires no installation, minimal user training, and can scale to thousands of business smartphones. Try the always fee Personal Edition, or a 30-day, 100-user trial for the Enterprise Edition (no credit card/contract needed). (Oct 2)
 
CleanOut for OutlookCleanOut is a virtual AI assistant that guides you through your messages, one conversation at-a-time in order of priority, providing you with tools to quickly deal with them making sure nothing 'slips between the cracks'. Through this process, CleanOut is an order-of-magnitude more productive, considerably less stressful and ensures you deal with the most important business first. Available as a Win10 app or Outlook add-in in English, German and Spanish. (Sep 24)
 
CodeTwo Email Signatures for Office 365CodeTwo Email Signatures for Office 365 is an easy to use signature manager for Office 365. This cloud-based solution fully integrates with your Office 365 tenant and enables central management of users' email signatures directly in the cloud. It has some unique features that make central email signature management in Office 365 a breeze, e.g.: HTML editor, signatures visible in Sent Items, support for email clients (including mobiles), user photos in signatures and more. The solution can be tested for free for 14 days. (Sep 19)
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Also New

Use PowerShell to Export and Import Outlook CategoriesUse simple PowerShell scripts to export, import, or delete categories from Outlook. Import and Export include the category colors and assigned shortcuts. (Jun 4)
 
Change your Password and Server Settings in Outlook 2016How to change the password and server names or ports in Outlook 2016 with the new Simplified accounts dialog. (Oct 8)
 
Remove prefix from Gmail meeting invitationsUse Outlook VBA to remove the words 'Invitation: ' and 'Updated invitation: ' from meetings organized by Gmail users. (Oct 7)
 
No, you're not being blackmailedA spam message is still making the rounds, using passwords taken from an old database hack to convince users they know your naughty browsing habits. dont fall for it. (Aug 2)
 
Hide LinkedIn, Facebook, Google and other extra contact folders in Outlook.comMany years ago Microsoft added a feature to Outlook.com that gave users the opportunity to link various online contact sources, such as Gmail, Facebook, Twitter and others with Outlook.com accounts. This created additional contact folders in the mailbox, one for each linked service. This service is no longer available but, unfortunately, the folders remain in the mailbox. These folders are visible in both Outlook desktop and on smartphones. I'll show you how to hide them. (Aug 2)
 
The (good) Autocomplete list is backHow to restore the old autocomplete list format, replacing the new Recent/Other Suggestions list. (Aug 2)
 
Forward email messages by dateHow to forward messages to another address during a specific period of time using Outlook's Rules or Automatic Replies. (Mar 28)
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Administrator Resources

Remove Do Not Send a Response option in Meeting RequestsUse Group policy to remove the Do Not Send a Response option on meeting requests. (Aug 2)
 
Microsoft Support and Recovery Assistant for Office 365 Microsoft Support and Recovery Assistant is a new tool that helps users troubleshoot and fix issues with various Office 365 apps and services. The app diagnoses common Outlook issues like account setup, connectivity issues, password issues, or Outlook stops responding or crashes. To identify the root cause of these issues, the app runs checks such as: Checks licenses, Verify users' credentials and that Office 365 servers are reachable, Checks for updates to Outlook clients, Checks authentication, Network checks, Protocol checks (Jun 7)
 
Outlook Folder Homepages are missingIn the Outlook update released on October 10 2017, the Folder Homepages setting was deprecated and removed to close a security vulnerability. Removing the folder home page capability "broke" a lot of applications; this can be fixed by setting a registry key. (Oct 23)
 
Custom Form Security ChangesIn the September 12 2017 security update, Microsoft disabled custom form script functionality. Forms with code behind them generate this error message: To help prevent malicious code from running, one or more objects in this form were not loaded. For more information, contact your administrator. If you need scripts enabled, you'll need to set two keys, one to enable scripting and a second one with the message class name of each form that has code behind it. (Oct 23)
 
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)
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Development Resources

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. (Jun 5)
 
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. Redemption supports Outlook 98, 2000, 2002, 2003, 2007, 2010, 2013, 2016 (both 32 and 64 bit) (Outlook 97 is not supported by the Safe*Item objects) as well as the standalone version of MAPI (no Outlook installed). (Jun 5)
 
OutlookSpyOutlookSpy is the ultimate Outlook developer tool. New Features: AddedSave and Copy as Text / Copy as Hex toolbar items to the IStream editor and "Edit Binary Property" dialog. Copy between the Hex editor and the Visual Studio binary editor. Added IMAPITable.SortTable popup menu item to all IMAPITable tabs. OutlookSpy supports all versions of Outlook, from 97 to 2016 (both 32 and 64 bit), running on any version of Windows, from Windows 95 to Windows 10. (Feb 23)
 
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)
 
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)
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Other Resources

Adding an Image to a SignatureHow to add images to signatures in Microsoft Outlook. (Mar 26)
 
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. (Feb 17)
 
Syncing Outlook with an Android smartphoneHow to sync Outlook Calendar and Contacts with an Android smartphone or tablet. (Feb 14)
 
Outlook's Signature button doesn't workAfter installing Outlook 2016's January 2018 update, some users are unable to edit signatures. Microsoft has identified the cause as having the Windows app store version installed as well as a "normal" version. (Feb 14)
 
Outlook tips & tricks (Microsoft) Quick tips for Outlook from Microsoft's Office Training Center. Also includes sections for Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Microsoft Teams. (Oct 23)
 
Office Quick StartsOffice 365 training videos, covering the Office applications. Also included is a video for managing Office 365 Home and Business accounts. Downloadable guides for the main Office 2016 applications (Outlook, Word, Excel, OneNote, PowerPoint) are available. (Oct 22)
 
Fixes or workarounds for Office issuesIssues affecting Office application on Mac and Windows that Microsoft is tracking. (May 28)

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