Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 26th Oct 2009 19:28 UTC, submitted by poundsmack
Microsoft Anyone who has ever dealt with Microsoft Outlook will know the .pst file format - it's the binary, undocumented file in which all data from Outlook is stored - emails, contacts, calendar, you name it, it's in there. Microsoft has announced that it will release detailed technical documentation on the Outlook .pst data format.
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by CrLf on Mon 26th Oct 2009 21:15 UTC
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Having public specifications for the ".pst" format, or more accurately, having open tools to parse ".pst" files would be a blessing for many sysadmins.

PSTs are a headache. Not only they continuously increase in size (because users never "compact" and the automatic compacting seems to be a myth) and numbers, but they change just by opening them, which does wonders for the backup systems.

Pain in the neck they are.

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