Office File Formats and Protocol Documentation Available, Microsoft

Customers of Microsoft Office often work in heterogeneous IT environments, so their need for interoperability among disparate business systems is critical. “In July 2009, when Office 2010 was still in technical preview, we published thousands of pages of detailed technical documentation for the protocols used by our products to communicate with Office 2010. Today, as […]

Customers of Microsoft Office often work in heterogeneous IT environments, so their need for interoperability among disparate business systems is critical. “In July 2009, when Office 2010 was still in technical preview, we published thousands of pages of detailed technical documentation for the protocols used by our products to communicate with Office 2010. Today, as promised, we added thousands more pages to the canon. Addition of this new documentation will help other vendors bring interoperable products to market faster, increasing customer choice and satisfaction and driving better business results.” “One particular request we’ve heard is for improved access to email, calendar, contacts, and other data generated by Microsoft Outlook. On desktops, this data is stored in Outlook Personal Folders, in a format called a .pst file. Last fall we promised to release documentation that would make it easier for developers to read, create, and interoperate with the data in .pst files across a variety of platforms, using the programming language of their choice. After seeking input on the documentation from the community, today we delivered on that promise,” Lorimer added.