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New Utilities

Z-Day GuardProtect your Microsoft Exchange servers against zero day attacks. Z-Day Guard detects changes to the environment that indicate the dropping of Command and Control (C&C) web shells. Z-Day Guard focuses on detection, alerting, and response (MDR/MDAR) to zero-day attacks and server penetrations. Messageware Z-Day Guard for Exchange offers next generation threat hunting, and actively protects servers using embedded monitoring technology that cannot be turned off by malicious software. (Dec 14)
MeetOnBehalfMeetOnBehalf is a utility for Outlook desktop (Windows) users who need to send meeting invitations from their alias addresses. (Oct 19)
CoolDraft FlowThis flow ensures that the message created with the second mailbox's From address stay in the mailbox that it originated from after saving (i.e. it will be placed to Drafts folder of the second mailbox if you click Save). Example: An Outlook user has access to shared mailboxes (usually "Info", "Sales" etc). They create a new message and select a shared mailbox address as the From address. When they click on the Save button, the draft is saved in their personal Draft folder, not in the Draft folder of the shared mailbox. The Flow saves the draft in the correct folder. (Oct 19)
EmailDelayRule for Outlook 365As an Outlook user, you may want to have some time to modify or delete the message if you realize after pressing "Send" that the email was drafted incorrectly. Unfortunately, neither Outlook Web Access nor new Outlook for Windows do not support rules for outgoing messages. This add-in is aimed to substitute one useful "old Outlook" rule.EmailDelayRule add-in delays the delivery of all outgoing messages. You can set the delay interval in the range of 1 to 120 minutes. (May 18)
DeleteItemsInJunkFolder flow for Outlook.comDeleteItemsInJunkFolder Flow deletes emails in the "Junk Email" folder based on the display name of the sender address. Example: a spammer sent you a message where the From address looks like this: [?? $500 Nike Gift Card Unlocked ??] You want each message that contains "[" in the sender's display name will be deleted. The flow will do that for you. The flow checks if the sender's display name contains any string you have specified as "trigger words". (May 4)
FromGALtoContacts flow for Office 365FromGALtoContacts is a cloud instant flow that creates a local Contact for each mailbox in the GAL. The flow can work only with mailboxes - it ignores the groups and organization mail contacts (May 4)
SimpleSYN MobileSimpleSYN Mobile is the synchronization solution for synchronizing Outlook data with your iPhone, iPad or Android device. Emails, appointments, contacts, notes and tasks are always up-to-date on all devices. Your Outlook data always remains local on your devices and is not stored in the cloud. On your smartphone you do not need an additional app and you can use the built-in apps. SimpleSYN Mobile syncs on the local network (WLAN) or on the way via the internet. Free 30 days trial available (Jul 28)
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Updated Utilities

CleanOut for OutlookCleanOut is a virtual AI assistant that guides you through your messages, one conversation at-a-time in order of priority. Now includes ChatGPT integration. Through this process, CleanOut is an order-of-magnitude more productive, considerably less stressful and ensures you deal with the most important business first. New user-requested features include an Email Scoreboard, Session Summary and highlighting of email in your Inbox from your Important Contacts. Available as a Win10 app or Outlook add-in in English, German and Spanish. (Oct 19)
Merge Tools Add-inMail merge tools Word add-in by Microsoft Word MVP Doug Robbins. Merge to e-mail messages either with or without attachments, with the documents created by the merge being sent as either Word or PDF attachments or as the body of the e-mail message. And more... (Oct 29)
gSyncitgSyncit is an Outlook add-in that allows for two-way synchronization between Outlook calendars, contacts, notes, and tasks with your Google, iCloud, AOL, Fruxx, Yahoo, Memotoo and many other "DAV" enabled services. Also includes support for syncing attachments for calendar events. Works with Microsoft Outlook 2007, 2010, 2013, 2016, 2019, 2021 or Office 365 (Desktop Client) on Windows 7 and newer. (Jun 10)
Vamsoft ORF (Open Relay 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. Version 6.7 (May 19)
eM ClienteM Client is a full-featured e-mail client with a modern and easy to use interface. eM Client also offers calendar, tasks, contacts and chat. eM Client will sync calendar and contacts with Outlook.com and Office 365 and is a suitable Outlook replacement for consumers. Now integrates with Zoom, Microsoft Teams and Google Meet. Version 9 (May 5)
Mail Merge ToolkitGenerate individual messages to Outlook contacts from documents designed in Word or Publisher, including messages in GIF format with image maps. Allows you to add attachments and generate a custom subject for each message using merged data. Does not trigger Outlook security prompts. (Feb 23)
Proxy Manager Proxy Manager lets you send emails from Outlook using any alias (proxy) SMTP address with an arbitrary display name from your Exchange account, hosted or on-premises. There are no server components, everything is done on the client side - just install Proxy Manager, and you are ready to go! Select one of your proxy addresses and click Send. Outlook 2010, 2013, 2016 and 2019 are supported. (Nov 26)
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Also New

Rename Outlook AttachmentsThis macro allows you to rename attachments on incoming or outgoing messages. (May 19)
‘AutoPick’ free slot finder for Outlook CalendarOutlook Macro / Add-In that automatically finds the best slot where most participants are at least tentatively available within a pre-defined period. (May 3)
Assign a custom form to existing Outlook itemsUse PowerShell or VBA to change the message class on existing Outlook items. (Mar 16)
Use PowerShell to backup Outlook PST filesHow to use PowerShell to create a backup copy of your Microsoft Outlook PST files. (Feb 10)
Don't "Allow my organization to manage my device"Understanding the "Allow my organization to manage my device" option, and how to block it. (Dec 16)
Office 365: Send using Mailbox Alias AddressesHow to use the new Microsoft Office 365 feature to send using a proxy address (secondary alias) on your account. (Dec 16)
Using Outlook’s ‘View it in a web browser’ with EdgeMicrosoft removed Internet Explorer from Windows 10 but you can enable Edge to use Outlook's View messages in a browser feature. I show you how. (Dec 16)
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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)
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)
Google Apps Sync For Outlook Great news for Google Apps users who want to use Outlook 2013 "Click to Run": the latest Google Apps sync utility works with the click to run version. (Nov 25)
PST CapturePST Capture 2.0 is used to discover and import Outlook Personal Folder (.pst) File Format files into Exchange Server and Exchange Online. PST Capture helps an organization that wishes to gain more control over their email data repositories by placing them into Exchange. From Microsoft. Now supports Exchange 2013. (Feb 25)
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Development Resources

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)
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). (Dec 2)
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)
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)
Visual Basic for Applications (VBA) macroUse these macro samples to create your own Office applications that perform specific functions, or as a starting point to create more complex solutions. Each code sample consists of approximately 5 to 50 lines of code demonstrating a distinct feature or feature set in VBA. While most of the code samples are for Excel, Word, and Powerpoint, there are 4 samples for Outlook. There are also samples available for OneNote, Office, and Visio. (Aug 29)
Add-in Express Regions for Outlook and VSTOAn extension for Visual Studio Tools for Office that allows you to create view and form regions for Outlook Explorer and Inspector windows. You can customize several Outlook panes including Navigation pane, Reading pane, Folder view pane, Outlook super grid pane, To-Do Bar and Inspector windows such as e-mail, task and appointment windows. Visual Studio 2010 and 2008 with VSTO installed (C# and VB.NET), Outlook 2003, 2007 and 2010 (32-bit, 64-bit) are supported. (Mar 17)
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Other Resources

How to leave Outlook FeedbackLeave suggestions and feedback for Outlook and Outlook.com in the Microsoft Feedback portal. Most, if not all, of the other Office applications are also available in the Feedback Portal (Dec 16)
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)

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