ANN: Python interface to Microsoft Outlook Web Access


Adrian Holovaty

Hi all,

Because I telecommute, I'm limited to using my company's webmail
interface, Microsoft Outlook Web Access, rather than having direct POP
or IMAP access to e-mail. This isn't ideal, for several reasons:

* Outlook Web Access has a horrendous user interface in any browser
other than Internet Explorer. (And I'm on Linux, so I can't use
Internet Explorer.) It's hard to search, the icons are unintuitive, it
encourages top-posting and doesn't have the basic benefits of a desktop
e-mail app, such as spell-checking and address auto-completion.

* Using webmail forces me to keep a browser window/tab open to
check messages. And Outlook Web Access doesn't auto-refresh, so I have
to remember to click "Inbox" every so often to get the latest messages.
This is a huge disruption.

* It's just simpler and more efficient to have all my e-mail in one

So I figured I'd do a bit of programming to make my life easier. The
result: weboutlook, a Python library that screen-scrapes Outlook Web
Access. It can:

* Log into a Microsoft Outlook Web Access account on a given server
with a given username and password.
* Retrieve all e-mail IDs from the first page of your Inbox.
* Retrieve all e-mail IDs from the first page of any folder in your
webmail (such as "Sent Items").
* Retrieve the full, raw source of the e-mail with a given ID.
* Delete an e-mail with a given ID (technically, move it to the
"Deleted Items" folder).

Also, I've included a Python implementation of a POP server that
provides a POP interface to the scraper. This means I can point my
desktop e-mail client at the script, my e-mail client will think it's a
normal POP server, and my e-mails will download nicely into my desktop
app, with the screen-scraper running silently behind the scenes.

I put this together in my free time, and it's been working nicely for a
week, so I'm open-sourcing it for other poor souls who've been
sentenced to use Outlook Web Access. I hope somebody finds this useful.



For i completely understand your Outlook Web Access
problem.Can not access "The Israel of God" from
Chicago,Illinios which is my home state Southeast side.
to Tulsa,Oklahoma.When Microsoft Windows XP Software Support Techs
finish PC-programs cofig.
I'll return a email with some helpful infromation Okay!...
How is everything at home?... (Chicago)

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