Address book to show contacts with no email address or fax numbers

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Ronnie Mansoor

Hi,

We have developed an Outlook phone message add-in that allows users to

send and receive phone messages. The caller information is selected

from the address book. One of our customer has a large amount of

contacts in SharePoint that do not have email addresses or fax

numbers, only phone numbers and of course those contacts do not show

up in the Outlook address book.

I am basically looking for ideas how to overcome this limitation.

I think we may have a number of options:

1. Insert fake email address or fax numbers into SharePoint just so

those contacts will be visible in the address book (not very elegant)

2. Not use the address book UI but go directly to SharePoint (not

ideal)

3. Not to use Outlook’s native address book UI and develop a custom

address book that would not filter out contacts with no email address

or fax numbers – We’re assuming that this limitation is imposed by the

address book UI and if we bypass the UI level and go directly to MAPI,

we’ll be able to enumerate all contacts.

Can you please advise if there are any simpler solutions to this

problem and if #3 is feasible?

Thanks,

Ronnie Mansoor

CTO, Implicit Inc.

rmansoor@implicitweb.com
 
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Ken Slovak - [MVP - Outlook]

I don't know if using LDAP queries against SharePoint would be of any help

or if that's possible.

Other than that it sounds like you've got a handle on the possibilities.

"Ronnie Mansoor" <ronnie.mansoor@gmail.com> wrote in message

news:5d802ac9-0578-428e-b035-e0b2fe0b4105@k17g2000pro.googlegroups.com...

Hi,

We have developed an Outlook phone message add-in that allows users to

send and receive phone messages. The caller information is selected

from the address book. One of our customer has a large amount of

contacts in SharePoint that do not have email addresses or fax

numbers, only phone numbers and of course those contacts do not show

up in the Outlook address book.

I am basically looking for ideas how to overcome this limitation.

I think we may have a number of options:

1. Insert fake email address or fax numbers into SharePoint just so

those contacts will be visible in the address book (not very elegant)

2. Not use the address book UI but go directly to SharePoint (not

ideal)

3. Not to use Outlook’s native address book UI and develop a custom

address book that would not filter out contacts with no email address

or fax numbers – We’re assuming that this limitation is imposed by the

address book UI and if we bypass the UI level and go directly to MAPI,

we’ll be able to enumerate all contacts.

Can you please advise if there are any simpler solutions to this

problem and if #3 is feasible?

Thanks,

Ronnie Mansoor

CTO, Implicit Inc.

rmansoor@implicitweb.com
 
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Ronnie Mansoor

Re: Address book to show contacts with no email address or faxnumbers

On May 14, 1:48 pm, "
<kenslo...@mvps.org> wrote:
> I don't know if using LDAP queries against SharePoint would be of any help
> or if that's possible.

> Other than that it sounds like you've got a handle on the possibilities.

> >

> http://www.slovaktech.com

> "Ronnie Mansoor" <ronnie.mans...@gmail.com> wrote in message

> news:5d802ac9-0578-428e-b035-e0b2fe0b4105@k17g2000pro.googlegroups.com...
> Hi,

> We have developed an Outlook phone message add-in that allows users to
> send and receive phone messages. The caller information is selected
> from the address book. One of our customer has a large amount of
> contacts in SharePoint that do not have email addresses or fax
> numbers, only phone numbers and of course those contacts do not show
> up in the Outlook address book.

> I am basically looking for ideas how to overcome this limitation.

> I think we may have a number of options:

> 1. Insert fake email address or fax numbers into SharePoint just so
> those contacts will be visible in the address book (not very elegant)
> 2. Not use the address book UI but go directly to SharePoint (not
> ideal)
> 3. Not to use Outlook’s native address book UI and develop a custom
> address book that would not filter out contacts with no email address
> or fax numbers – We’re assuming that this limitation is imposed by the
> address book UI and if we bypass the UI level and go directly to MAPI,
> we’ll be able to enumerate all contacts.

> Can you please advise if there are any simpler solutions to this
> problem and if #3 is feasible?

> Thanks,

> Ronnie Mansoor
> CTO, Implicit Inc.
> rmans...@implicitweb.com


Thanks Ken.

Ronnie
 
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