Shared Email Templates: Release notes

On this page, you will find information about the latest releases of Shared Email Templates for Outlook: new features, improvements, fixes, and known issues.

QA team notes

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Tested with

To test our Shared Email Templates web app and Outlook add-in on different hardware, OS and Outlook versions, we use a lot of software configurations and devices.

Devices:

  • Desktop PCs with FHD, 2K and 4K monitors
  • Windows laptops with FHD and 4K matrixes
  • Microsoft devices including Surface Pros and Surface Laptops
  • Apple computers – iMacs, Mac minis, Macbook Pros

 

OS versions:

  • Windows 7 with the latest updates installed
  • Windows 10 1809, 1903, 1909 and the latest updates installed
  • MacOS High Sierra, Mojave and Catalina (all are up to date)

 

Microsoft Outlook versions:

  • Outlook on the web (Outlook Online or OWA)
  • Outlook for Windows 2016, 2019 and 365
  • Outlook for Mac 2016, 2019 and 365

 

On-premise Microsoft Exchange versions:

  • Microsoft Exchange 2016
  • Microsoft Exchange 2019

 

Browsers for Outlook on the web and the Shared Email Templates web app:

  • Microsoft Edge
  • Microsoft Edge (Chromium)
  • Google Chrome
  • Apple Safari
  • Mozilla Firefox

Known issues

Some issues persist in the Shared Email Templates web appand/or the Outlook add-inbecause of browser or platform limitations, namely:

Where persists Issue
The built-in templates editor may insert the <span> tag that breaks macros. To fix this, edit the HTML code removing the <span> tags from broken macros (use the </> button).
The built-in templates editor might corrupt formatting in some (very rare) cases.
In Firefox and Edge, the web app and add-in don’t work correctly for private browsing or when Firefox is set to never remember the browsing history.
You can use only one macro inside another macro.
Internet Explorer has a limitation for domain data - 10 MB by default. However, you can configure your own limit up to 1 GB.
The latest Office updates introduced an annoying bug in Outlook: the input focus shifts from the message body right after the add-in pane is loaded. You will need to click anywhere in the message body to get the focus back.
You cannot attach 30+Mb files because of Outlook API limitations.
Tabbing navigation (navigation with the Tab key) may work incorrectly in some browsers and Outlook versions.
Some users reported that some features do not work in Outlook on Windows and on Mac. Each time the problem was solved by installing the latest updates of Office and even Windows.
Linked Outlook folders are not synchronized automatically.
In case of the linked Outlook folders, Outlook needs some time to process changes you make in your Outlook drafts, so we recommend that you wait 2-3 minutes before refreshing a linked folder in Shared Email Templates.
On Mac, Outlook increases the font size by one point for all fonts with the default font size.
On Mac, there is an Outlook bug that doesn’t allow using attachments in Outlook drafts if the attached file names contain spaces.
On Mac, there is an Outlook bug because of which Outlook hangs when using templates that contain the <title> tag.
On Mac and PC, Outlook ignores the specified size for images embedded in the base64 form.
Outlook 2013 (on Windows) provides a very limited extensibility api, so some features do not work.
The add-in doesn’t work on Outlook on iPad since there is no support for the Compose mode.
On iPad, in Outlook on the web, there are several issues that we ignore in this release but will fix in the future ones.
In Outlook on the web (Outlook Online), the add-in doesn’t work (shows an empty task pane) if third-party cookies are disabled.
Outlook doesn't process correctly attributes in the simple formatting HTML tags (e.g. <strong>, <b>, <em>, etc.), so the add-in removes the attributes from these tags.
Inline images (the <img> tag) are supported if Outlook provides the mailbox api 1.8 and higher. You can check the api versions via the [...] button > View Logs.
On Mac, there is an Outlook bug because of which Outlook crashes when a user cancels uploading files to be attached.
On Mac, there is an Outlook bug because of which Outlook freezes the add-in for several seconds when you switch to another application and then switch back to Outlook.
Outlook on Mac has a bug because of which you cannot attach .txt files.
On Windows 10 1803 and 1809, Outlook hosts its add-ins using the outdated IE 11 (or even IE 10), so the add-in may crash when you have a lot of templates. Please update your Windows (1903+) and Office (1908+) to make Edge the host of Outlook add-ins.
On Windows 7, you cannot attach files in Internet Explorer 11 because of an Outlook bug.
For on-premise Exchange 2016+ clients (Outlook or OWA), using Outlook drafts as templates is not supported because of Exchange limitations.
On Mac, when Outlook is an on-premise Exchange client, the INSERT_PICTURE_FROM_ONEDRIVE macro doesn’t work stably because of Office and Exchange timeout limitations.
On Mac, when Outlook Web Access (OWA) is an on-premise Exchange client, inline images are not supported because of Office and Exchange limitations.
The WHAT_TO_ATTACH macro is supported if Outlook provides the mailbox api 1.8 and higher. You can check the api versions via the [...] button > View Logs.
A template containing several lists might be pasted incorrectly because of an Outlook bug.
Outlook doesn't support inserting highlighted text (the background-color property of the HTML style attribute) because of an Outlook bug.
When inserting the ATTACH_FROM_SHAREPOINT macro, you can get an empty sites list if one or several sites have an empty display name.
In Microsoft Edge and Internet Explorer, when inserting the ATTACH_FROM_SHAREPOINT macro, the SharePoint authentication popup appears as a minimized window.
In localized versions of Outlook, some macros may work incorrectly because of an Outlook bug that inserts extra <span> tags and makes HTML inconsistent. You can use the Clear Formatting option to fix this issue.
On Mac, there is an Outlook bug that makes it impossible to change a OneDrive account.
The add-in pane may start flickering because of an Outlook bug. Simply reopen the add-in to fix this issue.
In Outlook on the web (Outlook Online), there is a bug that completely reloads the current page after signing out of a SharePoint or OneDrive account.

Safari-specific limitations for Outlook on the web on Mac

The currently used Safari versions have some technical limitations that do not allow us to implement some features. Here are these features:

Where persists Issue
The web app and add-in don’t work correctly when Safari is in the private browsing mode.
We can’t cache your templates locally, so your templates are read from the server each time when you open Shared Email Templates. As a result, in the Safari browser the add-in starts slowly.
Full-text search and selection mode are not supported.
Moving folders and templates between folders and teams doesn’t work.
You cannot delete a folder if it is not completely expanded.
You cannot use snippets.
We recommend that you use Chrome, Firefox or the recently released Edge (Chromium-based) for Outlook Online.
Outlook Web Access (OWA) is not supported as a client of on-premise Exchange 2016+.

September, 2020 – Release (1.0.133), Stable

Finally, this is the commercial release of Shared Email Templates. We improved the user interface responsiveness and the visual appearance of the product. More than 100 minor bugs and issues were detected and fixed.

June, 2020 - Beta 3 (1.0.115), Stable

NEW: Snippets are available to all team members

Now you can create snippets in your teams and share them with teammates. All team members can see snippets, only users with Editor or Admin permissions can edit them.

What’s fixed

In Google Chrome with the Windows 10 Accounts extension enabled, there were issues with attaching files from SharePoint and OneDrive from Microsoft work/school accounts.

June, 2020 - Beta 3 (1.0.113), Stable

NEW: Multiselect and Edit options for the ~%WHAT_TO_ENTER macro

You can allow selecting several items and editing the selected item when using drop-down lists.

How to use the ~%WHAT_TO_ENTER macro

NEW: ~%CLEARBODY macro

Use the ~%CLEARBODY macro to clear a message body before inserting a template.

How to clear message body

NEW: ~%NOTE macro

Use the ~%NOTE macro to annotate your templates and their parts.

How to add an inner note to a template

NEW: Add text before subject with the ~%ADDSUBJECT macro

You can insert text before an email subject by using the ";{before}" element after your text in square brackets: ~%ADDSUBJECT[your text;{before}].

Fill in email fields: To, Cc, Bcc, Subject

NEW: ~%INSERT_SENDER_FIRSTNAME, ~%INSERT_SENDER_FULLNAME, ~%INSERT_SENDER_LASTNAME macros

Now you can insert sender’s first name, last name and full name with the corresponding macros.

Insert recipient and sender names to message body

NEW: ~%WHAT_TO_ATTACH macro

Use this macro to remind yourself to attach a file from your local storage.

Attach files from local storage

NEW: ~%ATTACH_FROM_SHAREPOINT and ~%INSERT_PICTURE_FROM_SHAREPOINT macros

Now you can attach files and insert pictures from SharePoint.

Attach files from SharePoint

Insert picture from SharePoint

NEW: Snippets - templates shortcuts and "templates for templates"

Snippets may make you mail workflow faster and much easier. You can create a number of snippets and then construct your templates or email messages by using them in different combinations and order.

How to create and use snippets

What’s fixed

  • In Outlook Online, a template couldn’t be pasted if it contained CSS-based styles.
  • In OWA, the ~%INSERT_RECIPIENT_FIRSTNAME, ~%INSERT_RECIPIENT_FULLNAME, ~%INSERT_RECIPIENT_LASTNAME macros didn’t work when Outlook was an Exchange 2016 client.
  • The Shared Email Templates app and Outlook add-in could freeze because of incorrect web-socket timeouts.

March, 2020 - Beta 2 (1.0.85), Stable

NEW: INSERT_PICTURE_FROM_URL

Now you can insert an image to your template from the specified URL.

How to insert image from a URL

NEW: Support for macros inside of HTML tags

With this feature, you can use macros inside of tag attributes in your HTML code.

What’s fixed

  • INSERT_RECIPIENT_FIRSTNAME, INSERT_RECIPIENT_FULLNAME, INSERT_RECIPIENT_LASTNAME macros did not work when the FILLTO[] and ADDTO[] macros were used in a template.
  • WHAT_TO_ENTER[] macro didn’t work when a hyperlink was used as the default or a list value.
  • TEAM_PROPERTIES[], PROFILE_PROPERTIES[] and MAILBOX_PROPERTIES[] macros inserted non-breaking spaces (&nbsp;) instead of normal spaces.
  • A template couldn’t be saved if it was copied from Word.
  • Several minor issues when processing the FILLTO[] and ADDTO[] macros.

March, 2020 - Beta 2 (1.0.79), Stable

What’s fixed

This release has fixed two important issues:

  • Some "=" based macros did not work.
  • Macros in HTML attributes did not work.

March, 2020 - Beta 2 (1.0.78), Stable

NEW: Linked Outlook folders

Now you can create and store your templates in a separate Outlook folder and share them between devices and people. The feature has the following limitations:

  • No automatic synchronization with Shared Email Templates
  • Sharing within one Office 365 business domain only
  • No sharing for paid personal Office 365 account (Home, Personal or Student) or free Outlook.com accounts

How to use Outlook drafts as templates

NEW: Team and Profile properties

For each team and profile, you can create a set of named values and use them in template macros. Limitations: you can create no more than 32 properties for your profile and each team.

How to use team & profile properties

NEW: Team, profile, and mailbox macros

We have added several new macros to support team, profile, and Outlook account properties.

Mailbox, profile, & team properties macros

The complete list of Shared Email Templates macros

NEW: Import from Template Phrases for Outlook Online

Now you can import your templates from .ptd files created when exporting templates from Template Phrases for Outlook Online.

How to import folders to Shared Email Templates

IMPROVED: Invite users by importing a .csv file

Now you can import users from a .csv file and invite them to your team with a couple of clicks.

Import emails and permissions

IMPROVED: Size in INSERT_PICTURE_FROM_ONEDRIVE

You can now specify the desired image size when inserting a picture from OneDrive.

How to attach files from a URL or OneDrive

What’s fixed

A lot of bugs have been fixed, below you can find a list of the most important ones:

  • Double click did not insert a template into the current email.
  • A separator right after a macro was removed.
  • The add-in did not restore the last selected item on startup.
  • Nested macros did not work, e.g. FILLTO[WHAT_TO_ENTER[ ]]
  • In some cases, square brackets remained in a message when FILL* macros were empty.
  • Several web browser specific issues in Edge, Firefox, and Safari.

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