Microsoft Releases New Outlook Tools for Developers

In an attempt to promote its Outlook .pst file format, Microsoft has released two new software tools that allow developers to use the file format in third-party applications.

The Data Structure View Tool and the .pst File

Format Software Development Kit allow developers to access data stored in Outlook .pst files more easily.

An Outlook .pst file stores data such as e-mails, contacts, calendar events and attachments in Outlook personal folders.

The company said that the tools will let developers use the data in other applications, increasing interoperability between applications.

William Kennedy, Microsoft's corporate vice president for Office Communications and Forms, said: “Customers are telling us they need greater interoperability, and we believe that welcoming competition and choice will create more opportunities for customers, partners and developers.”

The software tools, released under the Apache 2.0 open-source licence, will allow customers to move seemlessly from Microsoft Outlook and Exchange to Google's Gmail and vice versa.

The tools are available on Microsoft's CodexPlex open-source site.