We are excited to announce that we have overcome most of the roadblocks related to MAPI and can now provide more information on release and BETA timelines.
We have very few issues that are waiting on replies from Microsoft, and most of those are minor. As I've mentioned, working with Microsoft on issues can be pretty time consuming. As such, it was hard for us to give time frames because sometimes Microsoft is quick with replies, and the subsequent resolutions are also quick, but sometimes it can take weeks to get things resolved.
Besides the things we were working with Microsoft on, a major roadblock was Dynamic Properties which could be associated to absolutely ANY object (Contacts, Tasks, Notes, Emails, etc.) Because Exchange uses a database back-end, it was easy for Microsoft to implement these properties. However, using a database is also why Exchange is bloated and requires 10x the hardware, infrastructure and software to accomplish what SmarterMail does.
Over the last month, we have been working on building methods to handle these Dynamic Properties that take very little disk i/o and optimize disk space. We have completed these tasks and what we’ve implemented for MAPI is working well.
What we are primarily focusing on now and until the BETA release is incorporating all the changes we have made for MAPI into the other protocols. Anything done in MAPI needs to propagate to EAS, IMAP, DAVs, etc. as cleanly as possible.
So, essentially, MAPI is done and we’re very close to incorporating tens of thousands of lines of code in into our main development branches which means were very close to running it in production and outside of our test environments. This means we will be moving from our simulated load testing environments to production and real world environments.
We're expecting the BETA to go out at the end of June to the customers that have requested it via sales. Based on the feedback we get during the BETA, we’ll have an announcement on the full, public release of MAPI.
With MAPI integrated, it should solidify SmarterMail as the only cost-effective solution for ISP’s, hosting companies, service providers and, really, businesses across ANY industry, that provides enterprise-level functionality to users at a fraction of the cost of Microsoft Exchange.
We appreciate our customers patience, MAPI was a long and complicated project and it’s no wonder why Microsoft Exchange was the only product to have native MAPI support.