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New Utilities

CentralOOFCentralOOF is a Windows application that allows you to manage Office 365 users Out Of Office autoreplies centrally. (Aug 4)
Email Detail ArchiveEmail Detail Archive helps Outlook users save their emails as PDF files for backup, archiving or legal needs. The app creates PDF email archives that can be opened without any proprietary software. Attachments are embedded into PDF we well. Email Detail Archive works with Outlook profiles, PST, OST, MSG, EML files, and even can archive emails from Outlook.com. The step-by-step interface is good for beginners. Email Detail Archive is a user-friendly solution to back up emails as PDF on the hard drive. (Aug 3)
ScheduledOOFScheduledOOF is a Power Automate flow that can toggle Automatic Replies (Out Of Office) on/off based on the recursive appointment AtTheOffice that is placed in the calendar AtTheOffice (subfolder of user's default Calendar). You can easily set your business hours for each day of the week. To do that you have to create subfolder "AtTheOffice" under your default Calendar folder and place there the recurring appointment "AtTheOffice". The flow will check this appointment every hour. During your office hours the Automatic Replies are disabled, and when you are out of the office the Automatic Replies are enabled. (Aug 3)
CodeTwo Exchange Rules 2019CodeTwo Exchange Rules 2019 is a solid solution for central email signature and disclaimer management for Microsoft Exchange Server 2019 (including support for Server Core version of Windows Server 2019). The program operates on the server side and integrates with Active Directory to add personalized HTML signatures to emails sent from any email client or mobile device. CodeTwo Exchange Rules 2019 extends the native set of conditions, giving you more flexibility in email signature management. With the built-in signature editor, you can easily create advanced email signatures with clickable banners, social media buttons, user photos and more. (Jul 30)
CodeTwo Backup for Office 365 CodeTwo Backup lets you perform full or incremental backups of all or selected Microsoft 365 (Office 365) mailboxes and public folders directly to your local drives. The program can be used to create backup copies of your SharePoint Online and OneDrive for Business data. The backed-up data can be restored to the original location, another mailbox or site, or even another Microsoft 365 tenant. With the granular recovery and advanced search options, you can restore entire mailboxes or site collections, selected types of data like email folders, calendars, contacts or SharePoint lists and libraries, or individual items like single messages or attachments. Run automatic continuous backups or schedule the program to run backup tasks during specific days and hours. Test for free for 30 days. (Jul 30)
CalendarBridgeWeb-based service to sync, in real time, calendars between Microsoft accounts, and between Microsoft accounts and Google Calendar. Setup takes just 5 minutes with nothing to install and nothing to configure on any of your devices. Finally your time is correctly blocked off for both internal and external users across all your organizations and accounts! (Jun 25)
DeferredDelivery for Outlook 365 OWAOutlook 365/Outlook.com web interface does not allow you the ability to delay email sending. DeferredDelivery add-in provides this functionality. (Jun 25)
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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 2.86 version now. (Aug 3)
4Team Outlook Duplicate RemoverDuplicate Remover will find, merge and remove duplicates in 3 steps using simple search wizard. Search duplicate items and merge Outlook duplicates automatically. Review and merge duplicate Outlook contacts. Remove Outlook Inbox duplicates, duplicate Contacts and Calendar events and Junk contacts. Quickly clean up all your contacts. Automated inbox scanning and duplicates removal. The new version comes with the new functionality - application can now be started as a standalone, without starting Microsoft Outlook. (Aug 3)
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. New version includes fixes and additional modifications. (Aug 3)
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 2.02 sync Public & Shared folders. Also has additional updates. (Aug 3)
CodeTwo Exchange Rules ProCodeTwo Exchange Rules Pro goes beyond standard transport rules on Microsoft Exchange 2019, 2016, 2013, 2010 or 2007 and lets you fully control mail flow, filter messages as well as add signatures and branding to your business emails. It gives you everything Exchange offers plus a lot of advanced features Exchange is missing, which admins consider a must-have in their daily work. Quickly create email forwarding rules for groups, set up auto-responders, filter or block incoming and outgoing messages, control email contents, rewrite sender's addresses, tag messages, add signatures and disclaimers, and more. (Jul 30)
CodeTwo Exchange SyncCodeTwo Exchange Sync lets you synchronize Exchange public folders and personal folders of users. Thanks to this functionality, you can synchronize content of Exchange public folders to mobile devices (iOS, Android, etc.), create common company calendars and contact lists, synchronize emails, and many more. The application supports Exchange 2013 / 2010 / 2007 and is easy to configure and use. (Jul 30)
CodeTwo Email Signatures for Office 365CodeTwo Email Signatures for Office 365 is an easy-to-use email signature manager for Microsoft 365 (Office 365) that allows you to implement both server-side signatures (added after a message is sent from any email client or device) and client-side signatures (added as you compose a message in Outlook). This cloud-based solution fully integrates with your Microsoft 365 tenant and provides organization-wide management of users' email signatures and disclaimers, personalized with Azure Active Directory data. Other features of the program include an intuitive HTML signature template editor, signatures visible as you type an email and in Sent Items, integration with CSAT surveys, user photos in signatures, and more. Start your free 14-day trial today. (Jul 30)
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Also New

Outlook's Windows Store RegistryHow to find and export or edit the registry files used by Outlook in the Office 365 Windows store version. (May 21)
April 2020 Office 365 Update - Add-Ons fail after Office 365 UpdateStarting April 22 2020, CompanionLink found some people reporting that the Outlook Add-On was not working. The culprit is a dependency error with MAPI - which is one of the oldest API's in Outlook. CompanionLink issued a simple fix. (Apr 29)
Outlook command lines using /m switch failAfter installing Office Outlook 365, Version 2001 (Build 12430.20184), the command line switch /m fails, adds the subject and other fields to the To line of a new message. (Mar 6)
Enable automatic replies (OOF) using a macroHow to use a macro to set up an Automatic reply (out of office reply) in Outlook on Windows desktop, using a macro and Redemption. (Mar 6)
Delete folders using a macro or PowerShellUse an Outlook macro or PowerShell script to bulk delete folders from Outlook. (Mar 6)
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)
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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

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)
Mail apps for Outlook 2013 and OWAConceptual information specific to building a mail app for Outlook and Outlook Web App Preview for Exchange 2013 Preview (Jul 20)
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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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