Outlook Web Access New Mail Notification
Outlook Web Access is a great way to
access email, but sometimes new mail notifications get missed or lost
under other web browser windows. The fact that OWA runs in a
simple web browser is both a blessing and a curse. But as an
Outlook Web Access user, are you tired of always having to open a
web browser, go the OWA page and supply credentials (sometimes MORE than once if you mistype) just to check if you have any new
messages? Sure, you can leave your web browser open, but if
you're like me, hunting for that OWA Browser window among the sea of
other browsers you have open is yet another task in itself.
And what if you accidentally close that window? I think you
get my drift.
Taking care not to close the Outlook Web Access web browser
window was something I was able to work with most of the time.
But another problem I started noticing was that new mail
notifications started popping UNDER my other working windows.
So now, I pretty much had to remember to manually check for new
mail. A solution had to be available. I wanted Outlook Web
Access to behave more like the full Outlook mail client. A
careful search through Google with various criteria turned up some
example code from Microsoft's Exchange Server Resource Kit (I think
it was for Exchange Server 2000). The sample code was very
basic; just a proof of concept. After concluding that MS's
example code was all that was out there, I decided to take the
plunge and write my own new mail notifier.
OWA Notify is a work in progress and is a personal "pet" project. I started working on this
program in my spare time starting sometime around May 2005.
Spare time consists of weekends -- weekends that aren't occupied by
friends visiting from out of town, going out of town to visit
friends, productive weekends and generally non-lazy weekends.
That said, OWANotify.exe competes for my attention with
other interests of mine.
I'm pretty satisfied with the current result, but will continue to
improve and add more features to it as I can.
- OWA Notify is a system tray Outlook mail icon for Outlook Web Access users
- Checks your Exchange account for new mail via the WebDAV protocol
- Works with NTLM or Forms Based Authentication
- Upon initial connection, popup shows count of unread and total items
- Upon new mail arrival, popup shows From and Subject
- Click popup title to open OWA
- Click Subject to open the message directly
- Two buttons are also available on the popup - reply and
delete. Click accordingly.
- Double-click system tray icon to open OWA in a browser
window with clutter bars removed
- Right-Click context menu similar to Google's Gmail Notifier
- Can run multiple instances and specify custom config files
with: OWANotify -c k:\myconfig.xml
- A "Tag" feature allows you to tag the system tray icons so
you know which account is being monitored on mouseover.
- Popup options allow customization of popup speed and how
long it stays on screen.
Double-click system tray icon to launch OWA in default web browser.
browser is IE, will auto-login. (via InternetExplorer.Application object)
Find out if Firefox auto-login possible.
On Hold. Firefox can only load "Basic" OWA
Client, which offers a poor OWA experience anyway.
Upon new mail notification, click on notification to view inbox, resets sys tray icon and fades out popup
Improve tray icon behavior logic for detecting unread and new
items. Done 5/23/2005
Command option to specify config file (e.g.: OWANotify.exe -c k:\myconfig.xml)
Include version number on About Page
Save Password checkbox. Right now it assumes you want to save.
Reply, Delete and View Message directly from
Notification popup. Done
Improve "Tag" rendering on notification popups.
(Tags get their own line now) Done
Popup options allow customization of popup speed and
how long it stays on screen Done
Option to start OWANotify automatically
Options to delete permanently or to Deleted Items,
also optional delete confirmation
- Calendar Reminder popups
- Add sub-menus to Tray Icon Popup to Compose New Mail,
Calendar Item.... Any other requests?
- Optional Sound
- Allow user to set OWA as Default Mail Client (handle mailto: links) and Windows SendTo - Mail Recipient
- Option to remove Icon from system tray if no unread mail
- I'm running out of "Wants"... Want to request a feature? Email me: