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Creating a custom tab and Add-IN for Microsoft Outlook 2010 - need help with a project! RRS feed

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  • Hey Guys,
    So I am new at this and have no idea where to start, so any help whatsoever will be helpful. If you know of an app or a program that will do what I want, let me know. I want to start here because I use Outlook 2010 the most. 
    I want to create a new tab and application in Microsoft Outlook 2010 for a business. The intent of the app is to allow workers to distribute work among colleagues. A problem in our business is that someone will be slammed and want to distribute the workload, but on a another day that person might have absolutely nothing to do. With this app, team-members can just see in real time who is free to take on a quick project. 
    In this tab/application I want to create two things: 
    1. A status indicator (something that someone can click and toggle to "free" or "busy"). Below the status button, I want a live list of everyone on the business network (or better yet--in our department) with their current statuses ("free" or "busy") to give everyone the opportunity to email someone who is free to distribute work.  
    2. A forum that updates in near-real time where people can posts projects they need help with or want to distribute to someone else and people can view them and choose whether or not to accept the project by emailing the person.
    THANK YOU!!!!
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    Tuesday, May 28, 2013 7:33 PM

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  • this is forum for programmers so expect only answers that suggest writing your own solution - and your app is definitely doable, you just need to develop web app and outlook add-in that will use that web app for to display information. If your network is small and you are obsessed with real time update you can always broadcast info from one plugin to everyone to get immediate update on free/busy. There is of course ready solution for that from MS - Lync and exchange, but it might be a little overkill for your needs.
    Wednesday, May 29, 2013 4:27 AM