| By Mark Edwards |
Microsoft Outlook is a great tool, but it’s too bad that you can only run one instance at a time.
Fortunately, some savvy coders have come up with a way to get around that limitation, and now their free workaround is available to everyone.
How you can run two instances of Outlook
If you use Outlook, you probably know that you can run only one instance at a time. That limitation can be a problem for some people. For example, if you want to retrieve mail from two or more Exchange Servers, you can’t easily do so, because Outlook wasn’t designed to support more than one server.
However, the good news is that there’s an experimental free tool called ExtraOutlook that can help. ExtraOutlook was created by Jason Geffner at the request of Timothy Mullen, both of whom work at Next Generation Security Software.
The tool basically tricks Outlook 2007 into launching twice by hooking Outlook’s exit process, fooling the app into thinking that it’s not running. Having done that, a second instance can be launched using a completely different user profile.
Overall, the tool performs a slick trick. If you’re interested in the nitty-gritty technical details, you can read all about them at Geffner’s blog.