Enough acronyms for you? I thought so.... For those that might not have heard, I'll be taking on the challenge of getting KDE PIM fully Exchange capable. This comes from my desire to kill Outlook and Entourage from my life and not force me to use a tool not integrated very well into my desktop of choice (Evolution).
So what is MAPI, you might ask? Well, MAPI stands for Messaging Application Programming Interface, which is the tier one option if you want a mail client to talk to Microsoft's Exchange server. This interface has gone through a number of changes over the years and thus far has been an elusive target for F/OSS projects. Lately a project called Openchange has been working on a library that much of my work on kdepim will be focused around integrating into KDE. This library covers all of the mess of having to write our own library to get access to these servers. As some know, this library is already used in a native MAPI method in Evolution that was released recently in the routine releases of GNOME. I'll just leverage that work and make KDE just as accessible to Enterprise users stuck in an MS powered shop.
I'll try to cover all the things I do to make this a reality, so stay tuned, Fun stuff ahead :)