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Outlook Enhance 1.6.2

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Outlook Enhance provides enhancements for Microsoft Outlook, including the ability to edit mailbox column headers (Outlook 2010 only), easy access to message attachments, automatic reading when typing in contacts when in card view, quick access to displayed contact information, with the ability to quickly jump to specific fields, and more.

Mailbox Header Editor

Beginning with Outlook 2010, the mailbox view (such as the inbox, task lists, contact lists, etc.) contains a very rich set of column names and item descriptions. For each column, Microsoft defined specific names for all of the potential states of a selected list item. In the inbox, for example, a column called icon contains (aptly enough) icons to visually represent the state of a message (read, unread, forwarded, replied to, etc.). While Microsoft is to be commended for going through each of these columns and items and giving them meaningful names, many tend to be more verbose than necessary (such as "message forwarded read" instead of just "forwarded"). The Outlook Enhance app provides an easy way to edit what you hear when a particular combination of column and list item is encountered.
The Mailbox Header Editor dialog (Control-Alt-H by default, Outlook 2010 only) contains the following controls:

  • Columns (C) -- List Box -- Contains many of the available list view columns use to separate the information about a mailbox item (such as subject, from, date, etc.).
  • Values for (V) -- List Box -- Contains many of the possible values for the selected column (such as yes and no in the attachment column to indicate the presence or absence of an attachment).
  • Column Header Name (N) -- Combo Box -- Contains three choices:
  • Original - Speak the original name that Microsoft defined for the column header (such as "Icon" for the column that indicates the status of a message).
  • None - Do not speak anything for the column header name.
  • Custom - Speak a custom string instead of the original name (such as "Status" for the column that indicates the status of a message).
  • Column Value (V) -- Combo Box -- Contains three choices:
  • Original - Speak the original name that Microsoft defined for the list item value (such as "yes" for the "Attachment" column when the selected list item contains an attachment).
  • None - Do not speak anything as the value for the selected column when a list item is selected.
  • Custom - Speak a custom string instead of the original name (such as "attachment" for the "Attachment" column when the selected list item contains an attachment).
  • Save (S) -- Button -- Saves any changes made to the mailbox headers.
  • Cancel -- Button -- Closes the dialog without saving changes.
  • Using Microsoft's definitions, when you select a message that you've forwarded to a friend or colleague, amongst other information you would hear, "Icon, Message Forwarded Read." To change that information to something more pleasant to hear, do the following:

    1. From the columns list view, select the icon column.
    2. From the values for list view, select "message forwarded read."
    3. Tab to the column name combo box, and select none, meaning that no column name will be spoken for the "icon" column in the mailbox list view.
    4. Tab again to the column value combo box, and select custom.
    5. Tab once to the custom value edit box, and type in "red" (correctly misspelled to account for pronunciation). "Red" is the value that you'll hear when you encounter a mailbox list item whose icon column status matches Microsoft's label of "message forwarded read."

    Now, when you select a message that you've forwarded to a friend or colleague, instead of hearing, "Icon, Message Forwarded Read," you'll instead hear, "Forwarded." GW Micro has taken the time to modify many of the default labels for both columns, and potential values. You can use the Mailbox Header Editor to further refine Outlook column information. If you decided that you did want to hear the Icon column name along with your own custom value, you could set it to original (and hear "Icon, forwarded"). Alternatively, you could set column name to to custom, and change the value to something like "status" to hear "status forwarded". If you wanted to hear, "ye old status, forward ho," every time you encountered a forwarded message, you could do it with the Mailbox Header Editor.

    Contact Details

    When reviewing the details of a contact, you can open the Contact Details dialog (Control-Alt-C by default) to get a quicker way to review and modify contact information. The Contact Details dialog contains a details list view (presenting all available fields, whether empty, or containing data), along with four buttons:

  • Check XYZ (C) - Activates the Outlook contact window's "Check" feature, which allows you to modify information relevant to the selected field. The value of this button will change depending on the name of the selected detail. For example, when Full Name is selected in the Details list view, the button label will be Check Full Name.
  • Select Label (S) - Activates the Outlook contact window's label selection menu for the selected field. You can use this feature to change, for example, "Business" to "Mobile" for a phone entry. This button will only be enabled for those fields who have labels that can be modified.
  • Edit Value (E) - Puts focus on the selected field, providing a quick way to edit field data without having to spend an unnecessary amount of time tabbing around the original contact window.
  • Close - Closes the contact details dialog.
  • Message Attachments

    When reviewing an open message containing attachments, you can quickly access attachment details by pressing the Outlook Enhance Attachments dialog with Control-Alt-A (by default). The attachments dialog contains a list of all available attachments, including their size (if available). You can choose to open an attachment simply by selecting it from the attachments list, and pressing enter, or by selecting it from the attachments list, and tabbing to and selecting the Open button. You can save an attachment using the Save As button, and delete an attachment using the Delete button. While Window-Eyes provides access to attachments using Alt-7 twice, the Outlook Enhance attachment dialog provides a more accessible method than Outlook's default attachment control.

    Additional Features

  • When in Business Card or Card view in Contacts, you can type the first letter of a contact name, and the first selected item will be spoken automatically.
  • Opened messages written in HTML format can be launched in Internet Explorer using Alt-0 (available in Outlook 2007 and Outlook 2010 only).
  • The rules list view in the Rules and Alerts dialog reads automatically (available in Outlook 2007 and Outlook 2010 only).
  • Required Addin Components

    The following components must be installed in order for the Outlook Enhance Addin to function properly:

    Microsoft Visual Studio Tools for the Microsoft Office system (version 3.0 Runtime) (x86)

  • http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=23656
  • VSTO 3.0 Runtime Direct Download (English)
  • Visual Studio 2010 Tools for Office Runtime

  • http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=40790
  • Visual Studio 2010 Tools Direct Download (English)
  • Microsoft .NET Framework 4 (Standalone Installer)

  • http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=17718
  • .NET Framework 4 Direct Download (English)

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Supported Languages: English, Czech, Dutch, French, German, Italian, Korean, Polish, Swedish, Turkish, Russian, Spanish, Arabic, Japanese

Minimum Version: Window-Eyes 7.5



Release Date: 4/17/2017
Last Update: 4/17/2017

Version 1.6.2

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4/17/2017 10:09:59 AM
  • Updated a couple minor issues that were reported

Version 1.6.0

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2/2/2016 1:05:23 PM
  • Fixed all reported errors. Thank you.
  • Verify the addin location on launch.
  • Added an option to display images in virtualized emails (default is enabled).

Version 1.5.9

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12/23/2015 8:45:08 AM
  • Fixes an intermittent error.

Version 1.5.8

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12/15/2015 11:31:31 AM
  • Corrects several issues which could occur if Outlook takes a long time to exit.

Version 1.5.7

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11/18/2015 10:31:07 AM
  • Bullet-proofing more stuff (attachment saving, attachment deleting, and meeting attendee info thing)

Version 1.5.6

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11/5/2015 4:43:22 PM
  • Corrects a problem where opening certain types of file atachments could cause an app error to appear.

Version 1.5.5

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11/5/2015 12:04:54 PM
  • Bug fixes.

Version 1.5.4

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11/4/2015 2:40:39 PM
  • Corrects a problem where message virtualization and app hot keys would stop working if Window-Eyes was restarted but Outlook remained open.
  • Other issues submitted through error reporting have been resolved. Thank you!

Version 1.5.0

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7/29/2015 3:23:26 PM
  • Includes various minor bug fixes, including a fix for an issue where some links could not be opened in virtualized messages.

Version 1.4.8

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6/24/2015 10:58:19 AM
  • A problem where some items in the Outlook options dialog would report no field contents has been fixed.

Version 1.4.7

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5/19/2015 8:48:03 AM
  • The Outlook Enhance add-in component should remain enabled now, even if Outlook takes longer than normal to start.

Version 1.4.6

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5/15/2015 4:00:49 PM
  • Bug fixes and optimizations based on customer feedback. Thank you!

Version 1.4.5

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5/8/2015 4:30:14 PM
  • Bug fixes.

Version 1.4.4

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5/1/2015 2:50:47 PM
  • A button to access attachments has been added to virtualized messages. The existing hot keys to open attachments still function as they always have.
  • A case where one could not visually scroll the last part of a virtualized message into view has been corrected.
  • Miscellaneous bugs submitted through error reports have been fixed. Thank you!

Version 1.4.3

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4/29/2015 12:38:10 PM
  • Resizing virtualized messages is once again working as intended.

Version 1.4.2

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4/28/2015 10:05:34 AM
  • An option to virtualize content which has been digitally signed has been added to the Outlook Enhance pull-down within the Window-Eyes Apps menu. This behavior is disabled by default.

Version 1.4.1

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4/9/2015 8:37:43 AM
  • Fixes a problem where some app-specific hot keys, such as the message virtualization toggle, would fail to register in some circumstances.

Version 1.4.0

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3/25/2015 9:07:39 AM
  • If the Insert Key Layout is enabled, Insert-A will only access attachments when the layout is in desktop mode. Otherwise, use the standard Window-Eyes hot keys (Control-Alt-A or Alt-7).

Version 1.3.9

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3/20/2015 11:33:55 AM
  • Fixes based on error reporting feedback. Thank you!

Version 1.3.8

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3/19/2015 10:57:37 AM
  • Bug fixes.

Version 1.3.7

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3/13/2015 1:24:19 PM
  • Corrects an issue where some links whose URLs began with "about:blank" would attempt to launch externally.
  • Addresses an issue where activating a link in a virtualized email could sometimes cause focus to move out of the message body.

Version 1.3.6

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2/13/2015 2:16:51 PM
  • Fixes a problem where Outlook Enhance hot keys would stop functioning if the December, 2014 Office updates were installed.
  • Fixes a problem where Window-Eyes could become unresponsive when Outlook first opens.
  • Other miscellaneous bug fixes.

Version 1.3.5

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1/13/2015 9:52:22 AM
  • bug fixes
  • Updated copyright and ownership to Ai Squared

Version 1.3.5

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2/9/2015 4:50:31 PM bug fixes Updated copyright and ownership to Ai Squared

Version 1.3.4

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10/6/2014 9:14:44 AM
  • Corrects a problem where the Alt-number keys would sometimes stop functioning normally if an open message was deleted with Control-D and a new one was immediately displayed.
  • Corrects an issue where some HTML-based emails would not render correctly in Browse Mode.
  • Other miscellaneous errors have been corrected through error reports. Thank you!

Version 1.3.3

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9/11/2014 9:01:39 AM
  • Improved how app-generated messages appear when using a Braille display.
  • Fixed a problem where emails and meeting requests could not be responded to if the option to automatically close the original message was enabled in Outlook's options.
  • Fixed miscellaneous errors sent in through error reporting.

Version 1.3.2

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8/26/2014 1:15:20 PM
  • Message virtualization is now enabled by default.
  • Fixed a problem where you would always get prompted that message virtualization was off when you explicitly disabled it.
  • Fixed a problem where Control-N would open a new browser window when message virtualization was enabled.
  • The Alt-Number keys for reviewing message information would always read data from the previously opened message, instead of the current message.
  • Meeting requests are now virtualizable. In addition, press the following keys once to review information about the meeting, or twice to move keyboard focus to the respective field:
  • - Alt-1: From - Alt-2: Date Sent - Alt-3: Required Attendees - Alt-4: Optional Attendees - Alt-5: Location - Alt-6: Subject - Alt-7: Attachments - Alt-8: Start Date/Time - Alt-9: End Date/Time
  • Support for the Alt-number hot keys has been added when reading virtualized RSS posts.
  • Fixed a problem where the field names of a virtualized message would always display in English, even if a different Window-Eyes locale was in use.
  • Fixed a problem where the size of a virtualized window failed to match that of the Outlook message it was virtualizing.
  • Virtualized windows now adjust their dimensions when their parent windows are resized.
  • Worked around a problem where Outlook would arbitrarily disable the addin if it took too long to load. The addin should now remain enabled.
  • The Outlook Enhance addin's stability has been improved.
  • The announcement for adding attachments was not working. This has been resolved.
  • Fixed a problem where speech and Braille could be prematurely silenced while the app was voicing a custom message.
  • A hot key to display whether attendees of an appointment request are available or busy has been added. Press Control-Alt-I when composing a meeting request to cause Window-Eyes to display this information in a straight-forward dialog box.
  • Some Outlook Enhance hot keys were globally registered. This has been fixed to avoid unnecessary conflicts with other applications.
  • The app now includes support for automatically reading the Outlook information bar. Appropriate options to determine whether Window-Eyes voices these alerts or plays a custom sound have been added to the Outlook Enhance menu within the Window-Eyes control panel.
  • Insert-N has been added to read the contents of the Outlook Information bar.
  • Alt-Shift-N has been added to place your keyboard focus on the Outlook information bar (when present).
  • Miscellaneous issues submitted through error reports have been corrected. Thank you!

Version 1.3.0

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5/20/2014 9:27:16 AM
  • RSS Posts can now be virtualized.
  • The OPML Import Dialog (used for importing RSS feeds) now reads correctly.
  • You now have the option to save all attachments at one time.
  • Virtualization can now be toggled on fly.
  • There's now a virtualization toggle hot key (Alt-Shift-V by default).
  • Added an option to automatically disable preview panes.
  • The Check Names dialog now reads correctly.
  • Added better support for installing under 64-bit versions of Office.

Version 1.2.9

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4/1/2014 2:12:57 PM
  • Solved the problem of entire messages getting replaced with the word
  • "Image"
  • Fixed the problem of not being able to launch MSG and ELM attachments
  • Updated the digital signature
  • Updated Polish, German, and Swedish strings.

Version 1.2.8

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9/13/2013 9:04:37 AM
  • Fixed a problem where the non-English virtualization menu item ID was incorrect, causing the value not to save correctly.
  • Update Polish documentation.

Version 1.2.7

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5/8/2013 12:09:02 PM
  • Fixed a problem where focus would be placed on the people pane when the inbox was activated. Note that you can disable the People Pane in Outlook 2010 by pressing Alt, V, P, P, O.

Version 1.2.6

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5/3/2013 11:32:34 AM
  • More work to help increase stability.

Version 1.2.5

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5/1/2013 11:13:09 AM
  • Fixed a problem where alt-tabbing away from a virtualized message, and then back, would cause browse mode to be off.
  • There was still a chance that things could hang if the app was unable to retrieve an Outlook.Application object after a time. This version attempts to help resolve that problem.

Version 1.2.4

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4/12/2013 12:45:14 PM
  • Fixed a problem where the app could get stuck with a starting status, and cause Window-Eyes to get stuck.
  • Updated Polish strings.

Version 1.2.3

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2/22/2013 11:51:43 AM
  • Fixed a problem where the Attachments and View in Browser hotkeys would not work in non-virtualized messages.
  • Resolved all reported errors. Thank you!

Version 1.2.2

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2/19/2013 10:25:10 AM
  • Better support for message virtualization in Outlook 2007
  • You'll now be notified if you're missing required components for message virtualization
  • Alt-# hotkeys should consistently read message information
  • You can now add contacts via the context menu after focusing with the Alt-# hotkeys
  • The forwarding hotkey now works when in a virtualized message
  • Insert -> Outlook Item list view now reads correctly in Outlook 2010
  • Fixed a problem where the app would stop itself if it couldn't find the main Outlook window
  • You can now overwrite existing attachments
  • Fixed a problem where the status line information would be read multiple times
  • The calendar list in 2010 now speaks the checked status and calendar name correctly

Version 1.2.1

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2/14/2013 11:30:47 AM
  • Main Outlook window is now maximized automatically.
  • The addin now honors the Outlook Block External Content option (found under the Outlook Trust Center). External images are replaced with the text [Image] when this setting is enabled, and loaded when this setting is disabled.
  • All reported errors have been resolved. Thank you!

Version 1.2.0

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11/9/2012 2:13:14 PM
  • Fixed a problem where the app would stop immediately after Outlook was launched.
  • Resolved all reported errors. Thank you!

Version 1.1.9

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10/24/2012 8:40:42 AM
  • Changed the timing for getting an Outlook object. This should keep the app from stopping so often.
  • Upgrade German strings.

Version 1.1.8

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10/22/2012 4:53:30 PM
  • Added support for message virtualization in Outlook 2007 and up. Refer to the help and options dialog for more information. This is the version of Outlook Enhance that ships with Window-Eyes 8.0 beta 1.

Version 1.1.6

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9/4/2012 2:03:25 PM
  • Updated to include automatic hotkey switching when the Insert Key Layout is active.

Version 1.1.5

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6/26/2012 1:59:50 PM
  • Added the ability to add and remove columns from the Column Header Editor.

Version 1.1.4

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6/4/2012 8:29:56 AM
  • Resolved all reported errors
  • Updated Polish support

Version 1.1.3

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4/11/2012 1:53:08 PM
  • Added support for filtering messages. When you filter, with Control-E, the number of matching items will be spoken.
  • Added support for Polish

Version 1.1.2

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2/15/2012 3:51:06 PM
  • Added support for the Manage Views Dialog
  • When you add an attachment to a new message, you'll be notified that the attachment was added, along with a count of total attachments for the message, a total size.

Version 1.1.1

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2/13/2012 3:12:47 PM
  • Fixed all reported errors. Thank you!

Version 1.1.0

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12/2/2011 9:33:02 AM
  • We now speak the checked status of calendars listed in calendar view.

Version 1.0.9

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10/31/2011 3:03:57 PM
  • Fixed a problem that would occur when trying to re-activate an existing attachment dialog.
  • Better error trapping when trying to launch attachments that don't have a Windows association.
  • Removed some left over debugging.

Version 1.0.8

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9/2/2011 8:28:43 AM
  • Added German support.

Version 1.0.7

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8/17/2011 12:00:41 PM
  • Fixed a problem where the combo box in the Quick Click dialog was not speaking.
  • Remove the app source code license, as the source code is encrypted, and cannot be modified.

Version 1.0.6

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8/10/2011 11:28:08 AM
  • Fixed an XML quote problem.

Version 1.0.5

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8/10/2011 11:13:02 AM
  • Added Turkish support.

Version 1.0.4

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8/1/2011 5:02:17 PM
  • Restrict the status line enhancement to the Outlook window only.

Version 1.0.3

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7/28/2011 5:02:55 PM
  • Added enhanced status line information, including number of unread, total, and number of queued messages. Status line information is available through the Window-Eyes status line hot key (Control-Insert-S by default).

Version 1.0.2

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7/7/2011 4:13:45 PM
  • Made more changes to work around an Outlook 2003 deficiency that would keep it from exiting completely.

Version 1.0.1

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6/17/2011 3:32:30 PM
  • Fixed a problem where Outlook 2003 would not shut down completely when the app was running.

Version 1.0

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6/15/2011 3:45:16 PM
  • Initial release.

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  • Date: 4/17/2017 10:09:59 AM
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Comments

On 1/10/2013, corange wrote:

This app makes HTML formatted emails especially, easier to read.

On 7/22/2011, vbeckley wrote:

This app is great! It adds some very nice functionality to Outlook. If you use Outlook regularly, you must check it out.