Posted by William KennedyCorporate
Vice President, Office Communications and Forms
Many customers today organize their private and professional lives in
e-mail, where they routinely store essential data. Microsoft Outlook
and similar programs have long since replaced the rolodex or the pocket
diary as people’s primary repositories for contacts, photos, calendar
items and more. As the tools we use change, so do the reasons we use
them. If you’ve ever searched through old e-mail for a friend’s phone
number, or if you work within an organization concerned about regulatory
and compliance issues, you likely understand why having easy access to
the data stored in e-mail files is important.
Given the importance of Outlook and our other high-volume products to
computer users we’ve taken great strides to advance their openness and
transparency, in keeping with our Interoperability
Principles. Today, we have met another milestone on the path
toward greater interoperability.
This spring, we released detailed
technical documentation for a file format (.pst) used in recent
versions of, Microsoft Outlook, our most popular e-mail application. By
releasing the technical documentation and protocols for communicating
with Outlook data, we are making it easier to enhance corporate
compliance, e-Discovery, security, search, and enterprise content
management. These types of applications can interoperate with the .pst
data, even if they run on other platforms – including those of our
documentation we have released provides a new way of accessing this
data, regardless of whether Outlook is installed.
Building SharePoint farms and Internet facing websites that scale in real time is among the most popular ways to use Windows Azure Virtual Machines.
Michael Washam, a senior program manager for Windows Azure, suggests that using SharePoint can be made even easier by using Windows Azure PowerShell Cmdlets.
“Using the new Remote PowerShell functionality and the Windows Azure PowerShell Cmdlets, we have put together new sample PowerShell scripts,” Washam wrote in a Windows Azure blog post. “You can use these new scripts to automate all the required steps when rolling out a SharePoint server farm, saving time and effort.”