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Pranav Ainavolu

VSTO, COM and Outlook
What are Collaboration Data Objects (CDO)?

Collaboration Data Objects or CDO, is a component that enables messaging between applications. It's something like the MFC we have in VC++ that enables us to prefer a simpler interface compared to the WIN32 API which, as an interface, still requires lots of escalation work by developers (yet very robust!).

CDO is primarily built to simply the creations of messaging applications and we should keep in mind that CDO is NOT a new messaging model but is BUILT ON the MAPI architecture. It is just an extended interface that collaborates with MAPI and simplifies the programming task at hand for creation of messaging applications. CDO replaced Microsoft's earlier Active Messaging. CDO 1.2 enables us to play around with Data, send, receive emails and a host of other functions like rendering in exchange functionalities into HTML and do loads of other stuff.

If you've got some firsthand experiences, a couple of tips will be great and will defiantly further my knowledge base in this area and hopefully get me a more refined understanding. Some pointers on MAPI will be pretty cool.

Posted: Tuesday, April 20, 2010 8:58 AM by pranavaa
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Steve said:

I love this stuff its so cool...

# May 26, 2010 10:44 AM

Jenny said:

great site really informative i learned a lot great stuff keep it up
# July 29, 2010 5:38 PM
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