Email Manager is a SharePoint Framework (SPFx) App that extends the standard SharePoint and Teams functionality for emails.
Supported browsers: Chrome, Edge, FireFox, Opera and Safari.
Supported Office 365 applications: SharePoint and Microsoft Teams.
Supported clients: Windows 10, Windows 11, macOS and iPad
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Extract email metadata on the fly
View attachments directly in browser
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|View emails in browser||✓||✓||✓ (fast)|
|View email attachments (docx, xlsx, pptx, pdf, jpg, ...) in browser||x||x||✓|
|Tag emails during viewing||x||x||✓|
|Select emails by filtering column(s) or sorting||✓||✓||✓|
|Open SharePoint email(s) using Outlook (or local mail client) "Open in app"||x||x||✓|
|Attach SharePoint document(s) to a new email||x||x||✓|
|Extract email metadata (To, From, Subject, ...) during uploading||x||x||✓|
|Naming syntax based on email metadata, e.g., [subject]_[sent].msg||x||x||✓|
|List emails from same thread or duplicates||x||x||Due in Q3 2022|
|Cater for network or server glitches||x||x||✓|
Standard SharePoint / Teams
Before describing the features of SLIM Companion Email Manager it is important to understand the capabilities and limitations of standard SharePoint and Teams.
Emails are stored as regular documents in document libraries without email metadata. As a result users cannot sort emails by sent date or group emails by conversation. The file names will be based on the email subject. Email replies are named with a sequence number e.g. subject (1).msg resulting in meaningless file names. This simple naming mechanism also introduces a risk that emails are overwritten by other users even though they contain different content.
It typically takes multiple seconds to preview an email with the standard viewer. The names of email attachments are shown but the attachments cannot be opened. Users need to download the email to their computer and then open the email using a mail client (e.g. Outlook) before they can access the attachment. This is not always possible. For example, opening an msg email on a macOS (OS X) client, an iPad or a computer without Outlook. For some organizations downloading attachments is not acceptable because potentially sensitive content ends up on local computers.
The sent date shown in the preview is in UTC. This is confusing for users.
Users also frequently need to attach SharePoint or Teams document(s) to an email. This involves downloading of the document, opening a new email in their mail client and then attaching the downloaded document. This becomes even more cumbersome when dealing with multiple documents or complete folder structures.
In short, SharePoint and Teams provide only very basic functionality to handle emails.
Email Manager in-depth
Email Manager is a SharePoint Framework (SPFx) App that needs to be installed once in your SharePoint environment. There is no need to install any software on the user’s computer since it is fully browser-based. Your data is secure because the emails are processed in your browser and does not require the use of an external systems or services. The tool is easy to use because it extends the standard SharePoint interface. Specifically it adds buttons to the ribbon of document libraries and adds options to the ellipsis menu (…) of emails.
Viewing emails is optimised for performance and viewing an email typically takes less than 1 s. Accessing the email attachments is also very fast because the data is already present in the memory of the browser. Users can directly view email attachments with common file formats such as pdf, jpg, png, gif, … in the browser. A unique feature of the App is to view Office attachments directly in the browser. This way documents with potentially sensitive content are not stored locally but remain in the cloud.
The app also caters for emails with multiple attachments:
Browsing through large sets of emails is optimised by offering previous / next buttons and by using the keyboard’s left and right arrow keys. In addition, users can navigate to a specific email by entering a number.
Open SharePoint email(s) in Outlook
The “Open in app” feature allows users to select one or more emails in SharePoint and open them using Outlook (or their default mail client). This requires a configuration of the client browser to directly open the email.
Extract email metadata
Email Manager can automatically extract email metadata such as To, From, Subject, … during uploading. End users can simply drag and drop emails from Outlook into SharePoint or use the SharePoint “Upload” button. This allows for efficient viewing, sorting, filtering and searching using email metadata.
Note: Email Manager allows for extracting email metadata during uploading. It cannot be used for emails that are already present in SharePoint / Teams. For example, emails that have been migrated from a legacy system. Extraction of metadata from emails in SharePoint / Teams is supported by the BulkMetadataManager tool (link).
Use with Microsoft Teams
The Email Manager functionality can also be used in Teams. Open the “Files” tab and then select “Open in SharePoint” or add a new tab to open SharePoint.
Emails can be uploaded using drag and drop from Outlook and the App can automatically extract email metadata. Emails can be quickly viewed and the email attachments can be directly viewed in Teams without first downloading the email, opening the email using your mail client and then viewing the attachment using the local applications (e.g. Adobe Reader, Word, …).
The Email Manager tool can handle document libraries exceeding the list view threshold and supports views and filters or sort order applied in the originating SharePoint page. Users can tag emails during viewing for further processing such as moving the emails to a different location, set properties or download all selected emails.
Attaching a SharePoint document to an email can be done in a single click. Open the document’s ellipsis menu and select “Mail Item”. This generates a new email with the selected document attached. If you need to attach multiple documents simply select the checkboxes for each of the required documents and click the “Mail item(s)” button in the ribbon. Attaching a folder structure as a zip file to an email is also possible.
The current version of Email Manager can handle msg and eml emails. The tool supports:
– the latest versions of Chrome, Edge, FireFox, Opera and Safari
– Windows 10, Windows 11, macOS and iPad
– Teams App (Windows 10/11 or macOS) or Teams web client
– SharePoint Online (Office 365) and Microsoft Teams