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Microsoft will make public the data structure and functionality from Outlook’s PST files. This move will allow developers to write / read… and understand how it works and make it possible, from now on, to exchange data between Outlook and other platforms and create their own applications without restrictions.

In order to facilitate interoperability and enable customers and vendors to access the data in .pst files on a variety of platforms, we will be releasing documentation for the .pst file format. This will allow developers to read, create, and interoperate with the data in .pst files in server and client scenarios using the programming language and platform of their choice. The technical documentation will detail how the data is stored, along with guidance for accessing that data from other software applications. It also will highlight the structure of the .pst file, provide details like how to navigate the folder hierarchy, and explain how to access the individual data objects and properties.

Siguiendo con el esfuerzo de abrirse (muchos dirán que es necesario y hasta obligatorio) Microsoft hará pública la estructura y funcionamiento de los archivos .pst, las carpetas personales de Outlook. De esta manera y entendiendo cómo funciona, se estructura la información será ahora posible crear aplicaciones en cualquier lenguaje que manejen estos datos haciendo posible la migración de datos asi como también el poder compartir los mismos.

In order to facilitate interoperability and enable customers and vendors to access the data in .pst files on a variety of platforms, we will be releasing documentation for the .pst file format. This will allow developers to read, create, and interoperate with the data in .pst files in server and client scenarios using the programming language and platform of their choice. The technical documentation will detail how the data is stored, along with guidance for accessing that data from other software applications. It also will highlight the structure of the .pst file, provide details like how to navigate the folder hierarchy, and explain how to access the individual data objects and properties.