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  1. Add Office Javascript API support for resources of type room in appointments/meetings

    Currently, the requiredAttendees methods setAsync and getAsync have serious issues when resources of room type are used. I will add below my review of the three methods exposed on requiredAttendees object (picture in the link):

    http://s17.postimg.org/satnvyrz3/Required_Attendees_Calls_Behavior.png

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      21 comments  ·  Add-in: Outlook  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • Add ItemSend event (so add-in can cancel email)

      Would like to have an ItemSend event in the web API just like the regular API does. Is that on the planning stage for future releases?

      248 votes
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        16 comments  ·  Add-in: Outlook  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • Support for shared mailboxes

        Office 365 shared mailboxes are very useful. Unfortunately, they do not load outlook web add-ins right now: see http://stackoverflow.com/questions/35059067/make-outlook-add-ins-working-with-office-365-shared-mailboxes/35065215
        This would be terrific to have add-ins for such mailboxes especially for all CRMs related apps

        206 votes
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          6 comments  ·  Add-in: Outlook  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
        • provide an event to let Outlook Add-in respond to a change in the message being written (for example message body, To, Cc and Bcc lists)

          As referred to the post:
          https://social.msdn.microsoft.com/Forums/office/en-US/720a1bd6-abb9-4f75-863f-1fc33256a629/is-there-an-event-for-when-recipients-change-in-outlook-2013?forum=appsforoffice

          there is no event JavaScript API an add-in for Outlook could use to react to a change in email message being written (compose mode).
          For example if the user adds further To, Cc or Bcc Addresses, it would be advantageous if the add-in could react to it and display relevant data.

          108 votes
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            2 comments  ·  Add-in: Outlook  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • Allow Outlook add-in commands to be used on selections of multiple items

            Currently an add-in command will disable if multiple Outlook mail items are selected. It would be really useful to be able run certain commands by iterating over a collection of the selected items.

            67 votes
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              4 comments  ·  Add-in: Outlook  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
            • Make Outlook/Mail Universal App supporting Office add-ins

              The Universal App Mail (Outlook mobile) is definitely used a lot and is a solid candidate for being the mobile friendly Outlook client people were looking for.
              Unfortunately, the version 17.6525.42271.0 does not support office add-ins. I did not see a roadmap indicating it will be, but that would be a huge plus. Now the only mobile approach to consume add-ins is with a fallback with Outlook Web Access.

              61 votes
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                1 comment  ·  Add-in: Outlook  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
              • Provide Mail App Compose appointment functionality to manage resources

                In compose app scenario there is no way to manage resources.
                1. if you open a meeting in OWA that has resources configured, you cannot access to this resources.
                2. if you create a meeing in Outlook and you add "Room Mailboxes" as required or optional attendees, OL resolve those partecipants as Resources and you can no longer manage those elements.

                54 votes
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                  4 comments  ·  Add-in: Outlook  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • Allow mail apps to be OWA only

                  The new Mail Apps make adding functionality to OWA very easy, however they lack some of the power of a full-on Outlook addin. I suspect that a common use case will be to create a full-powered addin, and a "lite" mail app that handles what it can for OWA. At present, this doesn't work because the mail app shows up in both. Furthermore, it is possible to create functionality that only applies to one client or the other. It should be possible to specify an app as belonging to OWA or to Outlook.

                  See also http://social.msdn.microsoft.com/Forums/office/en-US/13c3413d-7f3f-4e7c-9b6d-c20e95b064e3/how-to-enable-mailapp-only-for-owaoutlookwebapp-not-for-outlook-client?forum=appsforoffice

                  54 votes
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                    4 comments  ·  Add-in: Outlook  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • Support dynamic content in Add-in commands ribbon dropdown menu

                    It would be very useful if add-ins dropdown menu could contain dynamically generated items. Now the displayed content in the ribbon dropdown need to be hardcoded even for sub-menus which limit the capabilities of add-ins commands.
                    See question on stackoverflow
                    http://stackoverflow.com/questions/36315571/dynamic-content-in-add-in-command-with-ribbon-dropdown-menu

                    39 votes
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                      2 comments  ·  Add-in: Outlook  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • Connect the 'Limit availability to specific users' to a dynamic distribution group

                      Currently the only option to limit the availability for an Outlook Add-in I found is this: https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/jj943757(v=exchg.150).aspx
                      But this PS takes actually a copy of the users in the distribution list. When people leave or enter a company and get included in the distribution list then they don't get the Add-In and the script must be executed again.

                      Please extend this or provide another easier (no lets run a script every day) way to limit the availability to specific users.

                      Thanks,

                      38 votes
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                        2 comments  ·  Add-in: Outlook  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      • Provide functionality for Outlook Add-In to automatically launch in the task pane

                        Our very successful commercial Outlook add-in ePredict for SharePoint (http://ww3w.docauto.com/product/epredict-for-sharepoint) automatically launches its UI in the task pane in desktop versions of Outlook. Our customers are interested in a version for Office 365 Outlook online. However, Office 365 Outlook online requires user input to launch a task pane add-in. Our users would not accept this. Please add functionality, probably in the manifest, that would allow a user to give permission to an add-in to automatically launch in the task pane when an existing email is opened or a new email is being created. Thanks!

                        37 votes
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                          1 comment  ·  Add-in: Outlook  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                        • Automatically activate Office Add-ins based on a regex pattern in the email or meeting body

                          It should be possible to automatically activate Office Add-ins based on a regex pattern in the email or meeting body. This way the user doesn't always have to click the Add in button to open the sidepanel.
                          Alternatively it should be possible for a user to "Pin" an add-in so that it is always opened.

                          32 votes
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                            1 comment  ·  Add-in: Outlook  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                          • For Appointments we need a property telling us if the current item is part a Recurring Meeting Series (In Compose mode)

                            For Appointments we need a property telling us if the current item is part a Recurring Meeting Series (In Compose mode)
                            Also we need to know if it is the actual Recurring meeting series we are currently editing

                            28 votes
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                              0 comments  ·  Add-in: Outlook  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                            • Make the module extension add-in available for Outlook.com (and then hopefully the iOS and Android mobile apps)

                              Just looking at the new module extension point for Outlook add-ins.

                              https://dev.office.com/docs/add-ins/outlook/extension-module-outlook-add-ins?product=outlook

                              I notice that this is only currently available for the desktop version of Outlook

                              "Note: Module extensions are available only in Office 2016 Click to Run."

                              It would be great if this extension could be added to the Outlook.com and the mobile apps

                              27 votes
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                                2 comments  ·  Add-in: Outlook  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                              • Retrieve custom properties of a message/appointment from each mailbox

                                Currently the custom properties stored within an item are scoped to the user's mailbox. It would be great if we could access them everywhere. For example a scenario:
                                Compose form which will store facilities required for a meeting within an appointment. In webmail the receptionist could open the read form of the appointment and see all the required facilities stored in custom properties.

                                Currently this is not possible, because the receptionist is viewing it from another mailbox where the custom properties are not available.

                                23 votes
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                                  Under review  ·  0 comments  ·  Add-in: Outlook  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                • Provide rules to automatically run task pane and mail apps

                                  Add rules to manifest to support application run automatically, e.g. task pane should automatically appear after user clicks New Items -> Appointment in Outlook. I realize that this might be inappropriate for apps in store, but it will be very helpful for corporate apps. We can save time to access corporate app for end user.

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                                    0 comments  ·  Add-in: Outlook  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                  • Dont allow COM/VSTO outlook plugins to disable add-ins

                                    As a user and developer of outlook 2016 add-ins I have currently run into an issue for which there is no resolution.

                                    COM/VSTO addins appear to have the ability to disable add-ins developed using the new add-in architecture.

                                    See issue reported here to the developers of the 'FindTime' add-in.

                                    https://findtime.uservoice.com/forums/320121-bugs-let-s-squash-them/suggestions/11633973-findtime-greyed-out-when-creating-new-mail-in-outl

                                    A customer of ours recently reported this issue with the brand new plugin we just developed, where our add-in was 'greyed' out in the 'Compose' view. The root cause was because the user had the 'Salesforce for Outlook' COM plugin installed which was disabling all other add-ins.

                                    It is of…

                                    22 votes
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                                      0 comments  ·  Add-in: Outlook  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                    • support makeEwsRequestAsync for delegated agendas

                                      If you open the add-in as a delegated, you can create appointments(compose) in the agenda, you can save the item(appointment) to retreive a itemId but after that you can't create an EWSRequest. If you do so you get the following message.

                                      <m:GetItemResponseMessage ResponseClass="Error">
                                      <m:MessageText>Office extension have no permissions to access any other mailboxes then the mailbox provided in the user context.</m:MessageText>
                                      <m:ResponseCode>ErrorAccessDenied</m:ResponseCode>
                                      <m:DescriptiveLinkKey>0</m:DescriptiveLinkKey>
                                      <m:Items/>
                                      </m:GetItemResponseMessage>

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                                        0 comments  ·  Add-in: Outlook  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                      • getSelectedDataAsync & getBodyAsync should be implemented for mail item.

                                        We are building a calendar app where we need to read the information from the appointment body and process it. In the current API we only have setSelectedDataAsync on body not the getSelectedDataAsync.
                                        We would like to have getSelectedDataAsync so that we can complete the application flow.

                                        It would also be really nice if we can get another method getBodyAsync which returns the entire body content, there are many usages of this in our app.
                                        s.

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                                          0 comments  ·  Add-in: Outlook  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                        • Provide functionality for Outlook Add-In to launch in the task pane when an existing email is open

                                          When an existing email is viewed, add-ins appear in an area just above the email body. It is not currently possible to have add-ins launch in a task pane to the right of the email. We would prefer the behavior to be similar to when a new email is being composed and add-ins appear in the task pane to the right of the email. Thanks.

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