7 features Microsoft Outlook needs today

Microsoft Outlook is more than an email application running on the desktop or the browser.

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7 features Microsoft Outlook needs today

Channel 9 Interview: Building an Outlook Mail App using the “Napa” Office 365 Development Tools

If you haven’t heard, the new Office & SharePoint 2013 Developer Preview has a brand new development model that should make it a lot easier and flexible to build consumer and enterprise applications running within Office & SharePoint. Based on web technologies like HTML5, XML, CSS3, JavaScript, and REST APIs, you can use your existing knowledge of these web technologies to quickly build your apps. What’s cool is these apps can not only run in the desktop versions of Office, they can also run in the web app versions.

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Channel 9 Interview: Building an Outlook Mail App using the “Napa” Office 365 Development Tools

Word Automation Services: How it Works

In my first two posts in the series on Word Automation Services, I talked about what it is and what it does – in this post, I wanted to drill in on how the service works from an architectural standpoint, and what that means for solutions built on top of it. Word Power on the Server The most important component of Word Automation Services is getting a core engine with 100% fidelity to desktop Word running on the server – accordingly, much of our effort was focused on this task.

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Introducing PowerPivot

Today we have a guest author from the SQL Server Analysis Services team, Ashvini Sharma, to tell us about the PowerPivot (née Gemini) feature that you may have heard about recently. PowerPivot is the recently announced name of technologies this blog previously referred to by its codename, Gemini

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Commands in Demand remembers obscure Windows tricks so you don’t have to

Filed under: Utilities , Windows , Freeware Commands in Demand is a nifty little Windows app that lets you run about 70 different Windows commands and tweaks. Some of the most basic stuff it’ll let you do is launch a command prompt, run a disk cleanup operation, or kill a non-responsive application. But it also includes a number of hidden gems that you’d normally need to tweak some registry settings to get at, like the ability to change the transparency level of the Windows taskbar or desktop icons

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StandaloneStack is an Awesome File Browsing Widget [Downloads]

Windows only: We’ve already shown you how you can browse through files from the Stacks widget in the upcoming Snow Leopard release —but you can get that feature right now on your Windows PC.

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OffiSync mixes Microsoft Office and Google Docs

Filed under: Utilities , Windows , Office , Productivity If you often transfer files back and forth between Microsoft Office apps on your desktop and Google Docs online, OffiSync might be exactly what you need. It pulls Google Docs functionality into Office, letting you save, manage and browse your Google Docs as if they were in a directory on your hard drive. You can also share docs and add collaborators, and send email and notifications, all while you’re writing up that next draft in Word.

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Using The Loopback Adapter and SharePoint

Just a little tip as I’ve recieved a lot of emails and questions about SharePoint development recently. Most SharePoint development is going to take place in a virtual machine (unless you’re running Server 2008 as your desktop, which isn’t hard. Check out win2008workstation.com for some great tips on this)

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MIX 09 Roundup: 8 Sessions on Live Services Available Now

Hey – Angus Logan here, back from MIX09 in Las Vegas.

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Fences is a Seriously Awesome Desktop Icon Organizer [Downloads]

Windows only: Desktop icon organizer Fences arranges your cluttered desktop icons into containers so you can clean up the mess into useful groups of shortcuts—or optionally hides them altogether. Once installed, Fences will run through a couple of first-time beginner screens asking if you’d like to use one of the built-in layouts, and will attempt to auto-detect which icons should be placed inside each fence. You can modify any of the fences by simply moving or resizing them around the screen, and then use the Lock item on the desktop context menu to fix them into place when you are done.

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Fences is a Seriously Awesome Desktop Icon Organizer [Downloads]