Implicit for Outlook – User Guide



Implicit for Outlook consists of two components:

Implicit for Outlook Add-in

Provides a side-panel inside Outlook and allows you to view relevant CRM data in real-time as you receive and send emails to your customers and prospects. Furthermore, it enables you to browse, search, view, update and create new CRM records from Outlook as well as archive emails to records in the CRM.

Implicit for Outlook Add-in is installed on your Microsoft 365 account (personal or corporate account) or on your Exchange mailbox.

Implicit for Outlook – Desktop App

Implicit for Outlook – Desktop App is installed on your Windows desktop and runs as a taskbar application. It allows you to keep your CRM calendar and contacts in full sync with Outlook and set rules for auto archiving of emails from Outlook to the CRM.


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Supported Platforms

Microsoft Outlook

• Microsoft 365 or Microsoft Exchange (2013 and higher)
• Microsoft Outlook on Windows (Windows 11, Windows 10, Windows Server 2019, Windows Server 2016, Windows Server 2012 R2)
• Microsoft Outlook for Mac (macOS 10.14 Mojave or later).
• Microsoft Outlook Online (Microsoft Edge, Google Chrome, and Safari).
• Mobile: IOS and Android devices


SugarCRM and SuiteCRM.

Implicit for Outlook Add-in


Installing Implicit for Outlook Add-in on Microsoft 365

There are two types of deployments of Implicit for Outlook Add-in on Microsoft 365:

  • Administrator installation on your corporate Microsoft 365 account
  • User Installation on your personal account

For administrator installation on the corporate 365 account, see: Centralized Deployment via Microsoft 365 admin center.

If you’d like to try Implicit for Outlook on your personal 365 account before deploying it on your corporate account, follow the steps below:

  • Make sure that you have the required permissions to install add-ins on your personal account. If your Microsoft 365 administrator disallowed that option, you will not be able to install it on your individual account and it would need to be installed by administrator only.
  • In Outlook, select the File tab and click ‘Manage Add-Ins’
  • Outlook will launch a browser and prompt you to login to your Microsoft 365 account. It will present you with a list of available Outlook add-ins. Click “My Add-Ins”:Scroll down to the custom add-ins section, click “+ Add a custom add-in” and select “Add from file”. Select the file that you received in the email confirmation from Implicit.
  • Click ‘Deploy to deploy the add-in.
  • It can take up to 12 hours sometimes for an add-in to be published through Microsoft 365 to all devices. Once it is deployed, users will be able to see the Implicit for Outlook button on the Outlook toolbar:

Initial Configuration Wizard

Once the add-in is installed, click on Implicit for Outlook button on the Outlook toolbar to launch the side panel. The side-panel will display the welcome screen:

You will then be prompted to accept the End Use License Agreement:

Please review the license agreement and if you agree, click ‘Accept’. Otherwise, please click cancel to exit Implicit for Outlook.
Next, you’ll be prompted to enter the Implicit for Outlook license key that you’ve received from Implicit, from your CRM admin, or from the store where you purchased a license. If you don’t have a license key, you can also sign up for a free trial of the product on the Implicit licensing portal:

If your CRM admin has created a configuration for you, that configuration will include the license key, the URL to your CRM and the settings for Implicit for Outlook. Click “Load My Configuration” to retrieve the configuration. If a license key is found and loaded, click “Continue”. Otherwise, please enter your license key and click ‘Continue’.

Next, the add-in will verify that it is able to connect to your CRM. Specifically, it will verify that your CRM server is configured with a setting called “CORS”. For the Implicit app to work inside Outlook, Cross-Origin Resource Sharing (CORS) must be enabled on the CRM server. As part of the administrator installation of Implicit for Outlook, your admin needs to install the Implicit for Outlook module which enables CORS on your CRM server. Please see: Installing Implicit for Outlook Module on the CRM Server

Once again, if you were able to load the configuration, the URL to your CRM will be automatically populated. Otherwise, please enter the URL for your CRM server. This is the same URL you use to login to your CRM via the browser. Please make sure to specify HTTPS for secure access and specify only the first part of the URL to the CRM root folder. For example: “”.

Click ‘Check Connectivity’. You will receive confirmation that connectivity to your CRM server has been verified, or an error message.

By checking connectivity, you are checking for the following:

  • The CRM URL is valid.
  • The CRM server is accessible.
  • • Implicit for Outlook module was installed and loaded on your CRM.

Next, you’ll be prompted to login to your CRM. Enter the username and password of your CRM account. If you are using SMAL Single Sign on (SSO), leave the username and password fields empty and check for box for SAML Single Sign on.


Terms of Service and Privacy Policy – Please review Implicit’s Terms of Service and Privacy Policy and if you accept both, check the box indicating that you have reviewed and agree to the terms. To use Implicit for Outlook, you also need to agree to have your name, email address and CRM username sent to Implicit and to be associated with your implicit license. If you don’t agree, please click the X button to close the side-panel and cancel the login.

If you would like Implicit to notify you by email about any future software updates, check the box and click ‘Login’.

Implicit for Outlook will verify that you are able to login to the CRM.

Next, if your license includes the Implicit for Outlook – Desktop App, the wizard will proceed to check if it has already been installed on your desktop and if not will prompt you to install it at this time.

Once the Implicit for Outlook – Desktop App has been installed or if you wish to skip this step at this time, click ‘Continue’ to start working with the Implicit for Outlook Add-in.

Implicit for Outlook Add-in Settings

To open the settings screen, click the settings button on the top-right corner of the side panel. The Settings screen includes multiple tabs:

General Settings Tab

It allows you to configure the following settings:

  • Refresh modules and fields – If any of CRM modules/fields have been modified since you started using Implicit for Outlook, click refresh to retrieve the updated configuration.
  • Upload Attachments – Check the box to enable email attachments to be uploaded and archived:
    • Only Smaller than – If you want to limit attachments by size, check the box and specify the size of maximum size of attachments (in KB).
    • Only the Following File Types – If you want to limit attachments by type, check the box and specify a comma delimited list of file extension that you allow to archive, for example: docx, xlsx, pdf etc.

Modules Settings Tab

The ‘CRM Modules’ tab allows you to select the CRM modules that you want to access, view and update from within Implicit for Outlook. Uncheck the modules that you don’t need to access from Outlook.

Next, select if you prefer to browse CRM modules and edit / view opportunities in Outlook or in the CRM:

You can also configure the modules that you would like to display in the side panel. You can specify different lists of modules for contacts and for leads. The list on the right shows all available modules and the list on the left shows the ones that are visible in the details pane. Use the arrows to add or remove modules from the list.

At the bottom, select how many records of each type should be displayed in the side module. The records are displayed from the most recent to the oldest.


Administration Tab

As a CRM administrator, you can create a configuration for all the side-panel functionality and publish it to your CRM instance that all Implicit for Outlook users can use it:

The configuration of the side-panel includes all the settings under the General Tab and the CRM Modules Tab:

  • Which CRM modules are accessible to users from Outlook
  • Which CRM modules are visible on the Outlook side-panel
  • Should browsing and searching for CRM records be done in Outlook or the CRM (browser).
  • Rules for archiving Email attachments.


Using Implicit for Outlook

Email Side Panel

The Email side panel is an extremely useful and functional feature to view relevant CRM information related to emails’ senders/recipients and take immediate actions.

The side panel is divided into sections:

  • Contact / Lead information.
  • Account Information.
  • Related modules information (based on the modules selected under options).

Contact / Lead and Account Information

The side panel shows the contact information for the contact/lead and the account and supports the following actions:

  • View/Edit – Clicking on the name opens the records for viewing/editing.
  • Archive – the email to the contact/lead and account records.
  • Schedule a meeting
  • Quick Note – Create a quick note and store in the contact’s or account’s CRM
  • Open in CRM – Launch a browser and open the record in the CRM.


Multiple Email Recipients

If there are multiple recipients in the email message, you’ll notice that there is a drop-down arrow at the top, which shows you the email addresses of all recipients and allows you to switch the side panel to display the information for the select recipient:

Related CRM Records

Below the contact and account information, the side panel display the modules that you have selected to show under Settings including the number of records under each module type. To view related records, expand the section by clicking on the down arrow:

In the example above, the opportunities section is expanded, and user can view the most recent active opportunities.

User Actions

Similar to user actions for contact/account, Implicit for Outlook allows you to:

  • View/Edit – Clicking on the name of the record opens the record inside the side-panel for viewing/editing.
  • Archive the email to the related CRM record (e.g. opportunity or case)
  • Quick Note – Create a quick note and store in the CRM record.
  • Open in CRM – Launch a browser and open the record in the CRM
  • Add a Record (‘+’) – Add an opportunity, case, meeting task or any other module type that you selected for the side panel.

Quick Notes

To create a quick note for any of the CRM records, click the ‘Quick Note’ icon next to the record. A small note window will open up ‘in-place’ to allow you to type the note directly to the side panel and save it to the CRM:

After saving the note, you’ll receive confirmation that the note was successfully saved. The note icon will turn green to indicate that you have created a note for this email and this record. This indicator is persistent which means that if you close the email and come back to it later, you would be able to open and make changes to the note.


Creating a Contact / Lead record from Email

If the email is received from an unknown contact or a lead it will display an ‘Unknow contact’ message:

Upon clicking the button to create a new contact, the contact form opens up in the side panel. On how to create contact or leads from email see Contact / Lead section. Upon creating the new contact, Implicit for Outlook will refresh the detailed view and display the information you entered for the contact and the account.

Working with CRM Records inside Outlook

Viewing CRM Records

To view a CRM record, simply click on its name in the side panel. The record opens up in Outlook and displays the content of the record:

CRM records inside Outlook are displayed in their native CRM format. This includes:

  • Layout is the same as it was defined in the CRM including standard and custom fields.
  • All fields’ attributes.
  • Mandatory fields.
  • Read-only fields.

Permissions are enforced exactly as in the CRM which means that users who do not have permissions to access certain record types will not be able to view them in Implicit for Outlook.

If users have permission to access but not to edit, the pencil button at the top of the record will not be visible.

The ‘Related’ section includes all the related CRM records, each with its key attributes, arranged in the form of cards:

You can view any of the related records simply by clicking on the name.

Editing CRM Records

If you have permission to edit a CRM record, you can edit it from within Outlook by clicking the pencil icon next to its name. Otherwise, if you don’t have permission to edit certain records, the pencil button will be hidden.

The record opens for editing, and you can modify any of its fields exactly as you do in the CRM.

Browsing and Searching CRM Records

Implicit for Outlook allows you to browse, search, view and edit CRM record directly from Outlook. You can launch the CRM browser window from the side-panel by clicking the browse button. You can click the drop-down to select the module to browse, or click the button browse the previously selected module type:

The browse window will open and display a list of records:

By default, the list will show all records. As you can see in the screenshot above where in this example, the ‘Accounts’ module was selected, the view is set by default to ‘All Accounts’.

You can change the view by clicking the view drop-down and selecting one of the following views:

  • All Records.
  • My Records – Records assigned to me.
  • Recently viewed records.
  • Recently created records.

In addition, you can specify a set of filters to filter the list to the records you are searching for. For example, for accounts you can filter by account name, type, industry, email, phone number etc.

For more information about viewing and editing CRM record, see section: “Working with CRM Records in Outlook”

Synchronizing Outlook Meetings

Synchronizing meeting from Outlook to CRM
To sync Outlook meetings to your CRM, open the meeting in Outlook and click the Implicit for Outlook button on the Outlook ribbon:


The side panel opens up to allow you to relate the meeting to a record in the CRM. By default, the ‘Sync this meeting with CRM’ checkbox is selected. This selection also associates the meeting with an Outlook category called ‘Implicit for Outlook’ which marks the meeting to be synced to the CRM upon the next sync cycle.

Select the following fields:

  • Module – Module type to relate the meeting to
  • Record – Start typing the name of the record. The side panel will display all possible matches and allow you to select the one you want.
  • User – By default the meeting will be assigned to you as the organizer.
  • Meeting or Call – Select whether the Outlook meeting should be synced to a CRM meeting or a call.
  • Meeting Type – This field reflects the ‘Meeting Type’ field in the CRM.
  • Status – This field reflects the ‘Meeting Status’ field in the CRM

When you’re ready to send the invite (or an update to a meeting), click ‘Send’. If you are syncing a meeting that already exists in Outlook, click ‘Save’. The meeting will be synced on the next sync cycle.


Synchronizing meetings from CRM to Outlook

If you’ve configured meetings to sync from CRM to Outlook, any new, modified or deleted meetings in the CRM that are assigned to you will be synced to your Outlook calendar automatically on each manual or automatic sync cycle. Those meetings will show up in your Outlook calendar with the green ‘Implicit for Outlook’ category. At any time, you can which CRM record they are related to by opening the meeting and clicking the ‘Implicit for Outlook’ to open the side panel.

Email Archiving

One-Click Email Archiving

To archive an email to a record on the side-panel, simply click the envelop icon next to that record:

The currently selected email will be archived to the record and you will receive confirmation in the status bar on the bottom of the side panel.

You’ll also notice that a green checkmark is added to the email envelop icon to indicate that the email has been archived to this record. This is a persistent indicator that remains as part of the email such that if you close the email and come back to it later, you would be able to see which records the email archived to.


  • The envelop icon is visible only for modules that have relationships with the email module in your CRM.
  • The email upload will adhere to the limitations you configured for attachments under the options page.
  • Archiving to a contact, will automatically archive the email to the account and vice versa.


Advanced Email Archiving

Since only the most recent records of each module will be visible on the side panel, there will be situations where the record you’re looking for, will not be visible on the details view. In these cases, or when you need to archive the email to more than one record, click the ‘Advanced’ tab for more advanced email archiving options:

The archive dialog provides you with three options to associate the archived email:

  • Archive each message with its respective CRM contact / lead
    and account records – this is default option and a common practice for most CRM
  • The system displays a list of all records associated with the account. If you want to associate the email with a different record such as an opportunity or a case, select the second option and check the desired boxes.
  • If you want to associate the email with a different record which is not part of that account, select the third option and choose the type and
    actual record which the email should be related to. You can start typing the name of the record in the “Related To Item” field or you can click the search button to search for the desired record.


To associate the archived email with a ‘Security Group’ in SuiteCRM or with a ‘Team’ in SugarCRM, select the team/group.

Implicit for Outlook – Desktop App


Implicit for Outlook – Desktop App is installed on users’ desktops and runs as a Windows taskbar application. Two different installation packages are provided:

  • Executable installer that users run on their desktop – A Wizard-style installer that walks the user through the process of the installation.
  • Admin MSI installer that can be installed silently over the network for a pre-defined group of Implicit users.
    Before running the installation please make sure close any application that is running on your desktop.

Download and run the executable installer that you’ve received from Implicit. The installer wizard will walk you through a set of screens:

Click Next to continue. You will be prompted accept the Implicit EULA:

Next, you will be prompted to select the installation folder. By default the installation folder will be set to: “\Program Files\Implicit\Implicit for Outlook”.
Choose Browse to select a different folder. Then click ‘Next’.

Next, the installer will be prompt you to confirm the installation and start copying the files:

Upon completion it will launch the configuration tool.

Upgrading from Implicit FrontEnd

If you are upgrading from a previous version of Implicit FrontEnd, there is no need to uninstall the previous version. Simply run this installer on top of the previous version. It would maintain your pervious configuration (the part that is relevant for this version) and upgrade your Implicit software to the new version.


Implicit for Outlook – Desktop App Configuration

The first step in the configuration process is to login to your Microsoft 365 account:

Next, you will be prompted to enter a license key. If you have a license key, please enter it and click Continue.

If your account has already been configured by the CRM administrator, your configuration including the license key can be retrieved and applied to this configuration tool:

Next, you’ll be prompted to login to your CRM account:


If your account has already been configured, the CRM URL will be automatically populated. Otherwise, enter the URL to your CRM. This is the same URL you use to login to your CRM via the browser. Please make sure to specify HTTPS for secure access and specify only the URL to the CRM root folder. For example: “”.

If you are not using SMAL Single Sign on (SSO), enter your username and password, otherwise leave the username and password fields empty and check for box for SAML SSO.

Upon successful login to your CRM account, you’ll be prompted to configure the sync parameters between your Outlook mailbox and your CRM account.


General Tab

The CRM account section displays your CRM URL, and your username. You can click ‘Verify’ to verify that you are able to login to the CRM.

Note: these two sections are read only. If you need to change your CRM URL or account or your Microsoft 365 account, you’ll need to reset the configuration via the Advanced tab.

Microsoft Exchange Account

If you are using an Exchange server as your email server (on-prem or hosted), enter the URL to your Exchange server. The URL should be specified as follows: https://<Exchange server Name>/EWS/Exchange.asmx

Next, specify your username and password and click ‘Verify’ to make sure you can log in to the Exchange server.

Synchronize Section

This section allows you to configure several settings related to synchronization:

  • Automatic background synchronization and how often
  • When contacts are deleted from CRM – should they be deleted from Outlook
  • When creating a contact/lead from an email – should the email itself be archived to the CRM and related to the contact/lead record that you created?

Log File

Allows you to select the maximum size of the log file and view the log.

Sync Tab

This tab allows you to configure the settings for two-way synchronization of calendar and contacts between Outlook and your CRM.


Meeting Synchronization

To sync Meetings, check ‘Sync My Meetings’ and select the synchronization direction: from CRM to Outlook and vice versa.

You can view how many meetings will be synced for the CRM to your Outlook upon the initial synchronization cycle, by clicking the link.

To sync inbound or outbound Calls, check the box.

Contacts Synchronization

To sync contacts from CRM to Outlook, check the box.

Syncing Contacts from CRM to Outlook

Important Note for SugarCRM users: Only contacts that are marked as “Sync to Mail Client” in SugarCRM will be synced to Outlook. If you have not selected the contacts you wish to sync from SugarCRM to Outlook, please do so before you run the first sync cycle. For more information, refer to Selecting CRM contacts to sync to Outlook.

Important Note for SuiteCRM users: Only contacts that are marked as “Sync to Outlook” in SuiteCRM will be synced to Outlook. If you have not selected the contacts you wish to sync from SuiteCRM to Outlook, please do so before you run the initial sync cycle. For more information, refer to Selecting CRM contacts to sync to Outlook.
Once you mark the contacts in the CRM that you’d like to sync to Outlook, click the ‘Click Here’ link to find out how many contacts will be synced during the first sync cycle to Outlook.

Syncing Contacts from Outlook to CRM

To mark the Outlook contacts to be synced to the CRM, use the “Implicit for Outlook” category in Outlook.

When you sync new contacts from Outlook to the CRM, there may be situations where the company name specified in Outlook may be different than the account name in the CRM. To help us resolve this potential conflict, please select the desired behavior: if there is no account that matches the contact’s company name in Outlook. The options are:

  • Create a new account based on the company name in Outlook and link it to the contact.
  • Leave the account field as blank and don’t automatically associate the contact with any existing account. That gives you the option of manually selecting the account.


Administration Tab

The Administration tab functionality is enabled for CRM administrators. It allows you to:

  • Manage Users Licenses – As a CRM administrator, you have access to manage Implicit for Outlook licenses for your users (this functionality is only available to administrators). You will be redirected to the Implicit FrontEnd licensing portal where you can:
    • Your corporate license information, start date, renewal date etc.

    • How many licenses are being used and by whom.
    • The Implicit for Outlook version that each user is using and since when.
    • Re-assign licenses when users leave the company and other users join.
    • Add user licenses.
    • Renew your corporate license.
  • Centralized Configuration – As a CRM administrator, you can centrally create and publish a configuration for all Implicit for Outlook users. The configuration includes:
    • All settings of the Implicit for Outlook 365 side-panel
    • Auto sync on/off and interval
    • Synchronization settings for: meetings, calls and contacts
    • Corporate-level email auto-archiving rules

To create and publish the configuration to your users, configure the settings for Implicit for Outlook on your desktop and click “Publish My Configuration”. The configuration will be published to the ‘Global’ team or security group on your CRM. Please make sure that users have access to the Documents and Teams/Security Groups modules on the CRM in order to load that configuration to their account.


Advanced Tab

The advanced tab allows you to:

Reset Configuration – Use Reset Configuration only if you need to
switch from one server to another or if you need to switch user accounts. In
this case synchronization cannot be maintained across accounts, and it is
therefore necessary to reset Implicit FrontEnd to its initial state and
re-synchronize the data from the new server/account.


Sync Now

You can trigger a manual sync cycle at any time by selecting ‘Sync Now’ on the taskbar app.

You can turn on/off each module type separately and also choose to sync only a specific module by clicking ‘Sync Now’ link for that module only.

Important Note: Prior to running the sync cycle for the first time, please make sure that you mark those CRM contacts that you wish to sync to Outlook by setting “Sync to Mail Client” on SugarCRM or “Sync to Outlook” on SuiteCRM. Please refer to section Syncing Contacts from CRM to Outlook.