Bringing some Outlook 2010 features into 2013 with this add-in...
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I don't know about you, while there's allot to like in Outlook 2013, there are a few things that have been removed that just bug me. For example, the Email notifications (can't delete a message in the notification) and the upcoming appointments (can't see beyond today). Yet the beauty of Office and Outlook is it's programmability. If there's something missing, we can just add it back! And that's just what today's project's author did...
Best of all, he released the source too.
Adds extended appointment calendar to see events for several upcoming days, and enhanced new email notification system to delete/flag incoming emails.
This project was born because after moving to the new Outlook 2013, a lot of nice and useful features were strangely "lost" in the upgrade from versions like 2010 or even 2007.
It started as a personal project to include these options in my own daily work, but some colleagues were interested in it, so I decided to include it in Codeplex for everybody to download and mess around with it if you like it too. You're absolutely free to download it, and do whatever you want to do with the code if you wish, which BTW is provided as-is.
If you find it useful and have spare time you can drop me a line saying how you like the tool and such.
One of the things that I missed a LOT from 2010 was the ability to see upcoming appointments for the following days in the to-do task pane.
It's very weird but in version 2013 this option has disappeared, so you can only see the appointments for the current day, which most people may not think of it as a big issue, but say you have a meeting tomorrow at 6:30 am, you won't be able to see it today and could probably miss it...
For this I have implemented a new pane that docks to the right of the Outlook window and shows the calendar and a list of future appointments within a certain range of upcoming days:
It was a very popular request to add support for multiple calendars and now the appointments shown in the pane will be selected from the configured list of calendars to choose from (see configuration below). As of now only those calendars under the "My Calendars" section will show up, and there are some timeout issues with accounts such as "public folders".
Also they will show in the same font/color, so drop me a line on a suggestion to better show them, as I think the look and feel may be confusing with color categories.
Another thing that is really frustrating (IMHO) is the new email alert system that's implemented in Outlook 2013. It just shows a summary of the email and you can only click it to open the email, or dismiss the alert.
In previous versions you also had the option to either delete it directly from the notification window (bye bye spam!) or even flag it, so that's what I have implemented here:
A new feature introduced is the ability to create appointments by dragging & dropping emails into one day of the calendar. It will use all recipients in the selected emails to do so, and the last email body and subject to compose the appointment.
By default will create it on the designated day, using current's day time rounded up within the following 15 minutes.
I mentioned source? Yep!
Here's a snap of it;
So pretty much a 2 for 1 deal day.