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Microsoft Open Sources Outlook Tools

Microsoft hasn't always been known as a champion of open source software development, but the company is now inviting developers to build programs that will run on top of its Outlook e-mail client.

Microsoft has released two new tools, the File Format Software Development Kit (SDK) and the PST Data Structure View Tool, that will enable developers to create applications to perform tasks such as extracting photos from e-mail folders and uploading data to the cloud.

Datamation has the details on Microsoft's new open source Outlook tools.

Microsoft is taking more steps to make it easier for enterprise and independent developers to create software that runs on top of its Outlook e-mail file format, releasing a pair of associated tools as open source.

The move follows on Microsoft's (NASDAQ: MSFT) recent public release of the data formats used for its Outlook e-mail client personal folders.

Read the full story at Datamation:
Microsoft Makes Outlook Tools Open Source