Exchange Web Services - What you didn´t know
Back again with the Exchange team! We've already shared how we're building the next version of Exchange to be cloud-ready and some of the cool features you can get through Outlook Web Access or Outlook Live. Today, we're giving you an overview of some of the work we've been doing to make it easier for developers and partners to hook into Exchange.
We've always had a 'best together' experience with Outlook, but our core email functionality and many other pieces of Exchange have of course always been open to other clients using standard protocols. In Exchange 2007 we introduced Exchange Web Services (EWS) and in the next version of Exchange (codenamed Exchange 14) we've continued to invest in making EWS even easier to use, with a managed client API, and you can use standard development tools to use EWS to access and managed the email, calendar, contacts and other content in mailboxes.
EWS is a very useful API for building apps against Exchange, and is even being adopted by competitors for products such as Apple's new mail client. To illustrate the openness take a look at the EWS-based Vista Gadget and same widget for Mac OS X - a good illustration of cross platform use of the same API.
Check out our video and demos and let us know if you have any questions or feedback!
To access additional resources related to EWS, please visit:
http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/exchange/default.aspx (Exchange Server Developer Center on MSDN)
http://channel9.msdn.com/pdc2008/BB46/ (Exchange Web Services Managed API: Unified Communications Development for Exchange - PDC 2008 session on the new Managed API)
Published Date: March 24, 2009
Presented By: Adam Bomb