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Microsoft Has Released a PST View Tool and a File Format SDK

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Three months ago Microsoft released the Outlook PST Specification documentation allowing developers to create server/desktop applications processing PST content without having to install Outlook. On May 24th, Microsoft announced two new open source projects,  PST Data Structure View Tool and PST File Format SDK, making the creation of such applications even easier.

Developers could access PST file content through the Messaging API (MAPI) via the Outlook Object Model since 2007. In February 2010, Microsoft released the complete Outlook PST File Format Structure specification in an attempt to help interoperability with other document processing systems. (The details were presented by InfoQ at that time.) The recently released PST Data Structure View Tool and PST File Format SDK offer a starting point for writing PST applications without having to deal with internal details of PST files.

The PST Data Structure View Tool is a MFC/C++ graphical tool developers can use to understand the internal organization of data in PST files. The PST File Format SDK is a cross-platform C++ library which offers read access to all items stored in a PST file. Microsoft promises to add writing capabilities in the near future.

Microsoft explains that opening up PST helps interoperability for clients with heterogeneous document systems and those having large amounts of archived PST data. Now, they can search through the PST data, extract and process it in various ways.

Both projects have been released under the Apache license.

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    by Annabell Tucker /

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    Well, its a great thing that Microsoft has launcher a PST viewer tool and file format SDK. Though while searching something, i found this utility www.freepstviewer.com/ I guess its a third party tool, but its free too.

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    by Olaf Burch /

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    As we all know that both Microsoft tools are the perfect solution to deal with corrupt PST file and allow user to view the PST file components without installing MS Outlook. Here, I want to share one more third party PST Viewer tool which has many features to scan and view corrupt PST file and save in multiple file formats such as EML, MSG, RTF, HTML, or PDF. To know more about the tool, visit www.datarepairtools.com/free-pst-viewer.html

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    by karma mark /

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    Thanks for sharing this tool. I also found one more solution for PST viewer. You can use it free of cost. www.softaken.com/free-pst-viewer

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