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Send meeting requests in native Exchange format (not .ics) via automation? RRS feed

  • Question

  • Some developers are using software automation that sends meeting requests to employees who use Outlook 2010 with Microsoft Exchange, but it is sending the requests out in .ics format that requires all Outlook recipients to manually open the message and click on it to accept.  This causes double-booking issues if the recipient gets multiple meeting requests from different senders for the same time while out of the office.

    They need need to be able to send the meeting requests out in a native format that will be automatically tentatively accepted just as if a human created the meeting request in their copy of Outlook and personally sent it to another Outlook user.

    What tools can be used to do this?

    Friday, October 5, 2012 1:19 PM

All replies

  • You won't be able to send the meeting invitation pre-accepted.  But, once the invitation is sent, you can use EWS to connect to the recipient's mailbox (on the server side) and then programatically accept the invitation on their behalf.  You will have to do this for each recipient. 

    Tuesday, October 9, 2012 7:54 PM
  • I didn't mean that the meeting request would be sent "pre-accepted."  

    If native Outlook format meeting requests are sent to another Outlook user, the recipient has an option in their Outlook settings to automatically accept these meeting requests if the time is free.  However, if it is sent from a non-Exchange sender, the meeting requests are not in the format that will prompt Outlook to do the auto-accept.

    Is there any workaround for this?

    Saturday, November 10, 2012 12:13 AM