Windows Mail has Addins / programming?

Discussion in 'Windows Vista Mail' started by Jeffery Jones, Mar 25, 2006.

  1. Does Windows Mail have an external API or scripting?

    The only thing I wished for in Outlook Express was the capability of
    writing add-ins. Outlook Express preserves the original message
    formatting. So a perfect add in would be a button 'Report spam' which
    would post the entire message to Spamcop.
    Jeffery Jones, Mar 25, 2006
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  2. I believe there may well be - that's actually a good idea but you could
    easily write something like that in Visual Studio without the necessary API
    as it's only a toolbar button... I'll try and find the answer to this and
    get back to you :eek:)

    Zack Whittaker
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    Zack Whittaker \(R2 Mentor\), Mar 25, 2006
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  3. I don't know about an add-in API, but the mail store file format is being
    changed to individual RFC compliant .eml files per message. Between that and
    perhaps using the Vista search APIs on your mail store I bet you could put
    together an external app that does such things as what you describe.

    Here's a C9 video on Windows Mail that talks about this.

    I think all you would need in addition is a couple of hooks to let a user
    manually run an external process in the context of a message or folder (say,
    with a right-click). Or you could just write your program to poll a certain
    mail folder for new messages.
    Chris Altmann, Mar 26, 2006
  4. Steve Cochran, Mar 26, 2006
  5. Cool! I'm glad the message store went to RFC-format text files
    also. Watched the Channel-9 piece on Windows Mail so I think this
    thing will be quite nice.
    Jeffery Jones, Mar 27, 2006
  6. Jeffery Jones

    George Guest

    Hello Mr. Cochran,

    --first foray into this/these newsgroup(s)--

    I am tasked with adjusting my company's s/w that carries out email account
    creation (and a few other processes) from the Outlook Express to the in Beta
    Windows Vista Mail s/w.

    What advice do you have re: this change over? Getting information from the
    Vista Mail Dev Team? Joining the Vista Beta?

    Of particular interest is the API which handles password cryptography. Any
    thoughts about that? We take the uncoded password from the user, encrypt it,
    then store it of Windows Mail to use later.

    Any suggestions, explanations, experiences are warmly welcomed.

    Thanks so much,


    George S. Lockwood
    Lead Client Developer
    peoplePC, an EarthLink company
    George, Mar 31, 2006
  7. Hi George,

    I think its going to be difficult to migrate passwords over as the means by
    which passwords are stored is changing. Previously OE used the Protected
    Storage system
    but now they are moving to the cryptography APIs.

    I don't know how they are implementing those exactly. What is going to
    happen is the account information is no longer tied to the registry, but
    rather is in acct files in the message store itself. Within those files is
    the user information, including the password (encrypted). I don't know the
    details on how they are encrypted and what they use as the encryption key,
    and I don't expect them to reveal that information.

    From what others have posted, the IAF export of accounts from OE and then
    import into WinMail seems to work and include the passwords. I don't think
    they have all this transfer information completely programmed yet.


    Steve Cochran, Mar 31, 2006
  8. Jeffery Jones

    GSLockwood Guest

    Thank you Steve.

    Your reply confirmed my suspicions.

    a) Unfortunately, I haven't been able to find a resource to describe the
    Mail password mechanism. I believe/hope there will be a (crypto) API that
    will simply take a string and replace it with or otherwise provide an
    encrypted password. No knowledge of a key or anything else at our end
    required. Rhetoric: How would that expose MS?

    b) Yes, I've found the "oeaccount" files (containing an encrypted password).
    So yes: away from registry and towards files. I'd like to know if MS has or
    will provide a object/library to specifically handle read/writing to these
    files. Or if it's up to us to write owr own XML DOM or SAX code to handle
    it. Any thoughts on MS Mail acct XML?

    Finally, A quick look at the other threads here shows me these are new
    issues to the Windows Mail newsgroup so I'm thinking of starting up one or
    two new threads regarding these to join in and class them up?

    Thanks so much,


    George S. Lockwood
    Lead Client Developer
    peoplePC, an EarthLink company
    GSLockwood, Mar 31, 2006
  9. Jeffery Jones

    GSLockwood Guest

    Also, Steve, I am slightly aware of IAF exports. Where did you see the other
    postings re: IAF.

    It might have to be my solution in the end.

    Thanks so much,


    George S. Lockwood
    Lead Client Developer
    peoplePC, an EarthLink company
    GSLockwood, Mar 31, 2006
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