What is MAPI relating to Hosted Exchange Print

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You must understand that there are three (3) primary protocols to connect "devices" like your desktop computer, laptop computer, smartphone, and tablet to your email server.

Those connections are MAPI, IMAP, and POP3. The latter 2 have been around since the mid-1980s. Microsoft initially designed MAPI in the mid-1980s. Then later incorporated into their Exchange service.

Benefits of MAPI - It connects to the Exchange server and provides the user with the full functionality of what Exchange has to offer when the Email Client is Outlook (and to a degree Apple/Mac Mail). Here is a short list of those functionalities:

  • Shared Invox, Calendar, Contacts, Tasks, Notes, and busy/free information for scheduling.
  • The Exchange mail server provides a direct connection from the Email Client (Email Manager) like Outlook.
  • Out-of-Office Assistant
  • Server-side spam management (optional)
  • Public Folders
  • Rules and Alerts - server-side.

Like IMAP, MAPI provides all connections that allow you to keep messages on the Exchange server and to view your mailbox using OWA (Outlook Web Access) in any web browser (like Google Chrome, Brave, Firefox, MS Edge, Safari, Opera, and other web browsers).

Important to know: IMAP & POP3 do not allow synchronization of, Calendar, Contacts, Tasks, Notes, and busy/free information for scheduling.

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