Outlook Add-In -- VB.NET Winforms App


VB.NET Forum Admin
Jun 3, 2004
Programming Experience
I'd like to use VB.NET to develop an application that is integrated within Microsoft Outlook. As you know, people spend a lot of time using Outlook, so I'd like to actually build an application that centers around contact management, reports, etc. that connects via web services to retrieve the data from SQL Server, and display the information inside a "portal" if you will, within Outlook. Add a "Today" style home page to this application, which would show as a folder, then the elements of the application as sub-folders. Anyone have any idea how to go about this, links to sites with samples, help, etc. in accomplishing this?

Essentially, building an Add-In to Microsoft Outlook that allows the running of an application within the Outook "shell".

Thanks for any info/leads...
To use any application in VB.NET:
Add a reference to the application >
Select Menu > Project > Add Reference
Choose COM tab >
Select Microsoft Outlook 9.0 Object Library, etc.
Import by placing “Imports Outlook”, before any other code in the application.

Now you have access to it's functions etc.

ENJOY! IT's FREE! It's a bit of work though...
(PS. Sorry Eugene)