Last post Dec 28, 2011 03:14 PM by smirnov
Dec 27, 2011 01:12 PM|chromebuster|LINK
I'm rather curious if this is possible. I had the idea that I could eventually create something that links Outlook 2010 and above up with ASP.net so that in discussions on a web site, the people can complete their discussions via Outlook's interface and
then have it go straight to the site. Sort of like what's already there for Sharepoint and how those two link up. Seeing that it is possible to do it with Sharepoint, why is it not possible for other types of sites to share that same functionality? Or is
it? That's what i'm wondering. Any info is greatly appreciated.
Dec 27, 2011 02:16 PM|smirnov|LINK
I don't know how it's done with SharePoint, but to be able to post through Outlook you can do following. Setup shared mail box and monitor it from your web application. Once user sent an email to the particular address, your application will retrieve it
(via POP3) and check if this is a new thread or it is a reply to an existing one and post it to the community. Once the new message is posted the community sends email notifications to those people who have requested them, so people could get the
new thread/post directly in Outlook. After reading the content of the post in the notification email, users can reply to the notification email with their response and all goes again as above.
Another option is to create an Outlook plug-in, which will connect directly to your web site and open it in a frame or something like this. There are many examples of such integration - Facebook, Salesforce, etc.
Dec 27, 2011 03:50 PM|chromebuster|LINK
Thank you for the reply. It doesn't sound too hard at all. The only thing I have a question about is whether it can work without an exchange server present? Do you know? Thanks.
Dec 28, 2011 05:28 AM|smirnov|LINK
You need any mail server (internal/external) with POP/SMTP access. It doesn't need to be Exchange and you can even use Gmail for this purpose.
Dec 28, 2011 02:06 PM|chromebuster|LINK
Cool. Now can the server also have IMAP configured for the actual users who prefer that?
Dec 28, 2011 03:14 PM|smirnov|LINK
It's up to you, you can pull down the message using IMAP or POP3.