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Is it possible to open an Outlook appointment window from an asp.net control?

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Hi,
I'd like to open an Outlook appointment window from an asp.net control (say a button or a linkbutton or something, it doesn't really matter). I don't want to send the appointment, just open it with a string of text placed in the text part of the window. Once it was opened displaying the necessary text users would then treat the appointment exactly as they would a manually created one. I'm using Visual Studio 2010 / Outlook 2007 / Outlook 2010 / Exchange 2010.
Thanks in advance,
Louise

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I Would suggest looking the follwing urls

Google using ".NEt create outlook appointment"
http://www.daniweb.com/software-development/vbnet/threads/31968
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/313788
http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ms877306.aspx
http://www.devx.com/getHelpOn/10MinuteSolution/20508/0/page/4
http://www.vbdotnetheaven.com/UploadFile/hirendra_singh/Outlook311092009053215AM/Outlook3.aspx


What you have to do is to create the Object and stream it to the User.
This is the example I used (Quoted from this site: http://www.outlookcode.com/codedetail.aspx?id=775 )


//First thing you need to do is add a reference to Microsoft Outlook 11.0 Object Library. Then, create new instance of Outlook.Application object:
 
Outlook.Application outlookApp = new Outlook.Application ();
 
//Next, create an instance of AppointmentItem object and set the properties:
 
Outlook.AppointmentItem oAppointment = (Outlook.AppointmentItem) outlookApp.CreateItem (Outlook.OlItemType.olAppointmentItem);
 
oAppointment.Subject = "This is the subject for my appointment";
oAppointment.Body = "This is the body text for my appointment";
oAppointment.Location = "Appointment location";
 
// Set the start date
oAppointment.Start = Convert.ToDateTime ("10/10/2004 10:00:00 AM");
// End date
oAppointment.End = Convert.ToDateTime ("10/10/2004 2:00:00 PM");
// Set the reminder 15 minutes before start
oAppointment.ReminderSet = true;
oAppointment.ReminderMinutesBeforeStart = 15;
 
//Setting the sound file for a reminder:
set ReminderPlaySound = true
//set ReminderSoundFile to a filename.
 
//Setting the importance:
//use OlImportance enum to set the importance to low, medium or high
 
oAppointment.Importance = Outlook.OlImportance.olImportanceHigh;
 
/* OlBusyStatus is enum with following values:
olBusy
olFree
olOutOfOffice
olTentative
*/
oAppointment.BusyStatus = Outlook.OlBusyStatus.olBusy;
 
//Finally, save the appointment:
 
// Save the appointment
oAppointment.Save ();
 
// When you call the Save () method, the appointment is saved in Outlook. Another useful method is ForwardAsVcal () which can be used to send the Vcs file via email.
 
Outlook.MailItem mailItem = oAppointment.ForwardAsVcal ();
mailItem.To = "recipients email address";
mailItem.Send ();

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Thanks, I am reading ...
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Louise,

does it work for you ?
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Hello again,
Whenever I try to instantiate a New Microsoft.Office.Interop.Outlook.Application I'm repeatedly getting this error or similar:
Retrieving the COM class factory for component with CLSID {0006F03A-0000-0000-C000-000000000046} failed due to the following error: 80010001 Call was rejected by callee. (Exception from HRESULT: 0x80010001 (RPC_E_CALL_REJECTED)).

I'm wondering if it's something to do with accounts under which Internet Explorer and Outlook run or some other permissions issue. In the end I found this solution which works perfectly for my requirements: http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/bb655909%28office.12%29.aspx.

I'll award you the points as you pointed me in the right direction.
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My mistake, I intended to mark expert comment and my own comment as answers and award points to expert. Could you please cancel so I can do that? Thanks.
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by:John Claes
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please read the commont ;-)
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please read the comment ;-)
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poor_beggar, thanks for your help.
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