Eric Legault

Free Outlook Christmas Day Countdown Add-in!

Well look at that – the holiday season is upon us once again! Now if there was only some way we could use Outlook to better prepare for our Christmas shopping, events and general planning… How about a handy add-in? Sure, why not!

Take a look at our Outlook Christmas Day Countdown Add-in:

Nestled nicely underneath the Navigation Pane, you’ll see not only a timer showing how long is remaining until Santa Claus crashes down your chimney, but there are also several icons that you can click to:

  • Play some Christmas music!
  • Send an e-mail to Santa!
  • Plan your holiday events!
  • Organize your shopping list!
  • Create your Christmas card mailing list!
  • Pay your Christmas bills! Just kidding – that’s only in the “Enterprise Edition”. I’m kidding again! HAHAA!! (I’m getting coal in my Christmas stocking, aren’t I?)

BONUS: Click the countdown text to hear a message from the Jolly One!! (no, not Steve Ballmer…)

You can download it here, for free! It works with all versions of Outlook 2000 to Outlook 2010 (32-bit and 64-bit), on Windows XP, Vista and Windows 7 (32-bit and 64-bit).

Instructions:

  • Close Outlook (remember to save a draft of any open items!)
  • Open the “christmas-day-outlook-addin.zip” file that you downloaded and extract and run (or just double-click) the “setup.exe” file (note that you may be prompted to download and install the .NET Framework 3.5 SP1 package if you do not have it installed)
  • Follow the prompts. Really, just keep clicking the “Next” button – it’s that easy!

Do you build solutions for Outlook? If so, you may be interested in knowing that the area we’ve added underneath the Navigation Pane is known as an Advanced Form Region. You can easily add your GUI in many other places within Outlook (places you can’t add your Windows Forms to with Visual Studio Tools for Office…). Take a look at our article for more information on how you can leverage the power of Add-in Express™ for Microsoft® Office and .NET in your own solutions.

With that, I leave you with a special version of the “Twelve Days of Christmas” for my developer friends!

The Twelve Days of Christmas (Add-in Express version)

“On the twelfth day of Christmas, my project lead gave to me:

12 Assemblies for debugging…
11 Compilers compiling…
10 Interops interopping…
9 Smart Tags showing…
8 Ribbons ribboning…
7 ClickOnce Projects deploying…
6 Advanced Form Regions rendering…
5 COM Add-Ins…
4 Custom Task Panes…
3 Excel UDFs…
2 IE add-ons…
And Add-in Express in my toolbox!”

I know, I know – don’t quit my day job… J

Happy Holidays and Merry Christmas everyone! Cheers…

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