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This page lists what's new in the world of Microsoft Exchange and Microsoft Outlook utilities and resources in the past month or so. Dates in parentheses on each item indicate when it was added to our database, not necessarily when it was released. Most recent items are at the top of each category.

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New Utilities

CodeTwo Out of Office ManagerUse CodeTwo Out of Office Manager to centrally design and deploy professional automatic replies and to eliminate mishaps such as lack of crucial information, users forgetting to turn automatic replies on or off, etc. The application allows you to create unified out-of-office message blueprints for your Exchange organization and furnish them with Active Directory data on the fly. When out-of-office messages are triggered, they contain users' personal data. An ideal solution for HR specialists, team leaders or IT administrators. (Aug 8)
 
SaleHandySaleHandy is a service you can use for mail merges, including the ability schedule follow up emails. Also supports email and document tracking, so you can see who opened the message or document. Works with Outlook and Gmail. (Jul 13)
 
Business Contact Manager Migration AssistantUse this tool to migrate data from Microsoft Outlook Business Contact Manager (BCM) to Outlook Customer Manager (Office 365). It automates migration of business contacts, accounts, and opportunities to Outlook Customer Manager (OCM). Key features of the BCM Migration tool: Migrate default business contacts, accounts, and opportunity fields to the equivalent Outlook Customer manager fields; Business Notes and Phone Log history to the activity timeline, and additional BCM fields to Outlook Customer Manager custom fields. Migrate BCM opportunity stages and create new Outlook Customer Manager deal stages. (Jul 6)
 
Auscomp KanBan - Your "Can Do" Task Board for Outlook“Stop Starting and Start Finishing” all those tasks, goals, jobs and to do’s. Auscomp KanBan will help you achieve that by visually display and organize all your Outlook Tasks on a board of neat, color coded cards and columns which you can drag & drop. See at a glance what your workload is. A powerful tick-list then enables each item to be broken down into more manageable sub-tasks, so the job gets done more quickly and efficiently – empowering you to get the jobs done, all from one central place - Outlook (Jun 22)
 
SetDeliveryTime for Microsoft Outlook 2010/2013/2016SetDeliveryTime allows users to set the default value for the "Do not deliver before:" parameter in Outlook. (May 25)
 
Office365 Email ViewerDesigned for Office365 Administrators, provides full access to all Users E-Mails, Calendars, Tasks and Contacts as an Office365 Administrator. Exchange 2007, 2010 and 2013 on premise compatible. (May 25)
 
Mail Flow MonitorEveryCloud has launched a Free Mail Flow Monitor, that checks an organizations Email is flowing 24/7 and alerts users to problems. Current services like this cost around $30 Per Month ($360 Per Year) Per Domain. Free for Partner and End Users. (May 11)
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Updated Utilities

CodeTwo Exchange Rules 2016CodeTwo Exchange Rules 2016 enables central management of disclaimers added to all emails travelling through the Microsoft Exchange 2016 server - no matter what email client or mobile device they are sent from. Use extended rules criteria in CodeTwo Exchange Rules 2016 to add disclaimers to only specific emails that meet certain conditions. The built-in signature editor allows to create advanced footers that are updated with user's Active Directory data on the fly. (Aug 8)
 
CodeTwo Public FoldersCodeTwo Public Folders will let you automatically share Outlook data (emails, contacts, calendars, tasks and Windows files) between many computers and mobile devices. All data is shared in real time via local network or over the Internet to let you share your Outlook data wherever you are. Safe synchronization due to data encryption and password protection. The program is fully compatible with all latest Outlook and Windows versions including Outlook 2016 and Windows 10. (Aug 8)
 
CodeTwo Exchange Rules 2007CodeTwo Exchange Rules 2007 is an all-in-one signature and disclaimers management tool for Microsoft Exchange Server 2007. It is designed for adding and managing email signatures centrally depending on Active Directory conditions. CodeTwo Exchange Rules 2007 enables HTML formatting and easy insertion of graphics or even Active Directory photos to the signature template. The program integrates with Active Directory and lets you incorporate dynamic fields in users' signatures that are replaced with their data on the fly. Comes with a rich library of predefined signature templates and with a Rules Tester to test your settings. (Aug 8)
 
CodeTwo Outlook ExportCodeTwo Outlook Export is a free tool for exporting data from Microsoft Outlook to CSV text files. The program allows exporting much more data than offered by the built-in export feature in Outlook ensuring the export of non-standard user-defined fields from Outlook in a quicker and easier way. Data can be exported from folders of all types, such as: Contacts, Calendar, E-mail, Post, Tasks, Journal, Notes. Compatible with Microsoft Outlook 2016 and Windows 10. (Aug 8)
 
CodeTwo Exchange SyncCodeTwo Exchange Sync lets you synchronize Exchange public folders with each other and with personal folders of users. It gives you possibilities Exchange Server has never offered: synchronize content of Exchange Public Folders to mobile devices (iPhone, iPad, Android, Blackberry, etc.), create common company calendars and contact lists, synchronize email, and many more. The application supports Exchange 2016 / 2013 / 2010 / 2007 / 2003 and is amazingly easy to configure and use. (Aug 8)
 
CodeTwo Exchange Rules 2010CodeTwo Exchange Rules 2010 email signature and disclaimer system enables professional design and implementation of corporate signatures in an Exchange Server 2010 organization. Use the Rules Tester to test the signature rules in a non-production environment. Rights management options make it possible to delegate the design of corporate signatures e.g. to the marketing department or graphic designers. CodeTwo Exchange Rules 2010 allows adding personalized QR codes to signature templates and supports national character encoding. (Aug 8)
 
CodeTwo Exchange Rules ProCodeTwo Exchange Rules Pro goes beyond standard Transport email rules on Microsoft Exchange 2016, 2013, 2010 or 2007 and lets you fully control email flow, filter messages and add signatures and branding to emails. It is easier to use than Exchange native tools and it gives you everything Exchange offers, and a lot of new features Exchange admins consider a must-have. Quickly create group forward rules, auto-responders, filter messages, control email content, rewrite sender's addresses, tag messages, add signatures and disclaimers, and more. (Aug 8)
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Also New

Deprecation of RPC over HTTP in Office 365 (and Outlook.com) As of October 31 2017, Outlook 2007 will no longer work as an Exchange client with Office 365 and Outlook.com as RPC over HTTPS will no longer be supported. Outlook clients on Windows will only be able to connect to Office 365 servers using MAPI over HTTPS protocol. Outlook 2007 users will need to upgrade, use Outlook on the web, or switch to IMAP (which is email only, no calendar & contacts sync). (Mar 23)
 
Outlook.com: Switch Account to Microsoft Exchange NowAnyone who is using Outlook 2013 or Outlook 2016 to connect to their Outlook.com account who has not removed the Outlook.com EAS account from their profile and added it back using auto account setup, will need to make the change ASAP. EAS accounts have stopped working as Microsoft blocked Outlook desktop as an Exchange Active Sync (EAS) client for Outlook.com users. (Mar 9)
 
Outlook.com Migration StatusI know everyone is anxious for their Outlook.com account to migrate to the new servers on Office 365… because people are always asking me about it. (Sep 22)
 
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)
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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

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. (Mar 7)
 
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). (Feb 23)
 
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

Fixes or workarounds for Office issuesIssues affecting Office application on Mac and Windows that Microsoft is tracking. (May 28)
 
Office 2013 removed from the Office PortalAs of March 1 2017, Office 2013 is no longer available for download in the Office 365 portal or at office.microsoft.com. You will be able to download the setup file using a direct link or the Office 2013 Deployment Tool and we show you how. (Mar 10)
 
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. (Mar 7)
 
Mail from Mac Excel 2016 with Outlook 2016Ron de Bruin has sample workbooks and a add-in for mailing with Excel/Outlook 2016 for Mac. Other Excel 2016 for Mac macro examples on the site. (Oct 4)
 
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)

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