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I'm looking for information on writing plugins for MS Outlook, particularly in Java. I already have a Java library of code that does scheduling for conference rooms, and we're hoping to interface with MS Outlook as a plugin or through communication with Exchange. In particular we're hoping to do this development with Outlook 2003, which we expect corporate-wide in the next few months.
Although I hate the thought, we're even willing to install VS.Net and port the code into Visual J++ or J# or C# or whatever the heck they're doing these days. We've made a ton of progress at our company getting Java client and J2EE web-based apps be the norm for new development, but Outlook & Office are just so ingrained that there's no chance of getting something else or working around it for this. I've spent so much time concentrating and living only in Java land that I have no clue where to start with this research. The last time I wrote code for Windows was in VB 3! How's that for feeling your age...
BTW, not only am I looking for info pointers, but open-source projects, commercial projects, or even contracting are all options for this. If you know ANYTHING about integrating with Outlook via plugins, please contact me here or by email. I'm sure there are other people would would like to do similar things. Oh, and maybe somebody has some sort of general COM+ Java wrappers that are easy to use? Again, free, commercial, don't care (well, it can't be TOO expensive... :-)
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