Developers received another sign this week that Microsoft, despite its sometimes-bad reputation, cares about them. The corporation made two open source projects related to Microsoft Outlook available to everyone, and the documentation and tools that are part of the package are supposed to advance interoperability.
Microsoft explained in a statement, “Developers can use these resources to more easily build solutions, including competitive products, that run on top of the .pst file format, unlocking data stored in .pst files in simple scenarios, such as extracting photos stored in .pst files to create an album, as well as more complex scenarios, including archive search, e-discovery and corporate compliance, and uploading data to the cloud.”
That’s not exactly a short list of options. And Outlook isn’t exactly an out-of-the-way program that nobody uses, either.