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New Utilities

UniSent Flow for Office 365In Office 365 usual requirement is that a shared mailbox keeps a copy of emails sent from the mailbox by all members of the mailbox in its own Sent Items folder. After enabling this feature a user faces the following inconvenience: a message sent from a shared mailbox is still present in the Sent items folder of the user mailbox. UniSent Flow moves a message sent from a shared mailbox to user's Deleted items folder. The product is a Power Automate (former MS Flow) template. (Feb 20)
EmailInformer for Office365/Exchange serverIf you are running Office 365 or Exchange server on-site, you may want to send a notification to an external recipients informing them that they have received an e-mail in their internal mailbox. EmailInformer provides this functionality. The product is a cloud service based on Microsoft Power Automate (former Microsoft Flow). (Feb 20)
Stellar Repair for ExchangeAt a time because of improper server shut down, dirty shutdown or any other hardware/ software problem, the Exchange Server database gets corrupt and the mailboxes in it become completely inaccessible. In such conditions, you can take the help of Stellar Repair for Exchange to repair the damaged Exchange database file and restore the precious mailboxes back. After repairing the corrupt EDB file, the software restores the mailboxes as an easily importable PST file, which can be directly accessed through the MS Outlook (Jan 9)
RestrictDLs for Outlook 365As you know, Exchange online limits the number of recipients (both internal and external) per message for each mailbox. There is no way to limit the number of distribution lists a certain group of people can send to. If you run Outlook OWA or Outlook 365 on Windows or Outlook on Mac, RestrictDLs add-in will solve this problem. (Dec 5)
RestrictExtRecips for Outlook 365As you know, Exchange online limits the number of recipients (both internal and external) per message for each mailbox. There is no way to limit the number of external recipients a certain group of people can send to. If you run Outlook OWA or Outlook 365 on Windows or Outlook on Mac, RestrictExtRecips add-in will solve this problem. (Dec 5)
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)
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Updated Utilities

ReliefJet Essentials for OutlookReliefJet Essentials is a set of 159 utilities for Outlook, Office 365 and Exchange Server. It can backup, import, export and convert data into different formats. Perform personalized mass mailings. Save, remove and optimize attachments. Find and remove duplicate messages, contacts, appointments, meetings, and other items. Retrieve statistics on email usage and get reports on Outlook data and settings. You can run the utilities directly from Outlook, automatically in rules, via standalone app, or from the command line. (Feb 20)
4Team vCard WizardvCard Wizard Contacts Converter allows you overcome Outlook's limitation of converting one contact at the time. With tool you can to, import/export and merge your Gmail, Android, iCloud, iPhone, Office365 and Microsoft Outlook contacts to the destination of your choice. New vCard Wizard 4.24 supports different CSV, Excel files from multiples sources.It's fully compatible with Outlook 2019, Office 365.vCardWizard PRO Plus allows map two different CSV sources. Select source CSV file, destination CSV file and press "Map". (Jan 23)
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 1.9 sync Public Folders with multiple platforms and smartphones. (Jan 23)
Vamsoft ORF (Open Replay Filter)ORF integrates with Exchange and the IIS SMTP Service to filter email using domain and URL blacklists (DNSBLs and SURBLs). It also supports Attachment Filtering, with the option to quarantine, reject, or neutralize using attachment replacement; Greylisting (an aggressive, but efficient anti-spam technique); Reverse DNS-based sender validation; Keyword Blacklist (supports regular expressions); HELO Blacklist with standard conformance check; email Character Set Blacklist; Honeypot/Spamtrap support. (Jan 9)
SetAccount for Microsoft Outlook 2016SetAccount add-in allows you to specify the email account to use for all outgoing email. If you have more than one email account collecting email and always want to send replies using the default account, Outlook always uses the receiving account when you reply. You can select the correct sending account when you reply, but it's easy to forget to do this. This utility also fixes the Outlook.com bug where the Outlook.com account is used for all replies. (Jan 9)
Envelopes For OutlookEnvelopes for Outlook is an add-in that places a button on each MS Outlook contact toolbar for simple one click envelope printing. Outlook 2003 to Outlook 2016 are supported. POSTNET barcodes and logo printing supported. (Jan 6)
Companionlink for OutlookCompanionLink synchronizes Outlook data with phones and other supported desktop applications and web-based services (like Google). Companionlink supports all versions of Outlook, including Outlook 2013 32-bit and 64-bit, and Windows 10. Version 9 (Nov 21)
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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)
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)
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)
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

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)
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)
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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