Hey folks, we're back again with another video. We've already told you about 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 & partners to hook into Exchange.
We've always had a 'best together' experience with Outlook, but our core email functionality & 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 manage the email, calendar, contacts & other content in mailboxes.
EWS is a very useful API for building custom 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 the same widget for Mac OS X- a good illustration of a cross platform use of the same API.
Check out our video and demos and let us know if you have any questions or feedback!