Microsoft Exchange Support in Mail App Is it required?

Dear all, as you are aware Mail app , our fork of K9mail doesn’t support Microsoft Exchange servers well.

We studied the effort to make this possible, and it’s a significant development effort, without real guarantee of success.

Therefore I’m trying to figure out how this feature is important for you, considering that there are some Microsoft mail clients that can be installed to access to exchange servers.

Comments/ Suggestions welcome!

Is there somewhere a list of trackers that the Outlook app uses?

Just look in the /e/ app installer…

Exchange support is needed because all outlook clients are full of trackers as you have shown before

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Fully agree with my German neighbour, Harvey. Currently installed BlueMail, but also full of trackers (Amazon, Google). My only “bad” app which I have still installed.

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What’s interesting is that it’s probably easier and less costly to add a feature in /e/ that would intercept and stop trackers from many apps, and those in particular, rather than adding Exchange support.
We tested the outlook app and it seems to work well, including mail, calendar, and contacts.
So probably we will postpone this feature for now.

Or we do a feature bounty and see it the community can handle this development.

I guess with afwall+ I should be able to block the IP addresses. I will look into that option then. Thanks for the update.

+1 for exchange support.

Also using BlueMail, though sadly not the only “bad” app I have installed. While I would prefer native Outlook for syncing with calendar, I am definitely interested in a native tracker intercept feature as a short-term goal. While less efficient (I assume), it could also presumably be used more broadly.
Out of curiosity, in brief, what is the main difficulty with Exchange support? General Microsoft opacity?

Perhaps the MAPI proprietary protocol? I’m really asking since I’ve never used it and cut off Microsoft out of my life some 15 years ago :slight_smile:

I agree with @harvey186, exchange support really makes sense, but if this muddles up the time schedule, postpone it to post v1.0. Just make it transparent with a notification within the email app to possible Exchange users that this feature is scheduled for later.


Formally, I agree with doing this (reading my last post, I can see my position was ambiguous)

Consensus looks like putting in the fix in Mail to handle Exchange as well.
Would be good if a user with good development skills would be willing to take up Gaël 's offer to work on this for a bounty :slight_smile:
Else as @ralxx said we will have to put a timeline to take this up post v1 in Feb 2020.

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So my conclusion is: low interest for individuals, higher interest for corporate users.
We will do this development only if we can get it financed by a corporate user or similar.
For others, solutions exist, like using Microsoft clients, or adding a specific gateway to the Exchange infrastructure.
Regarding the tracker issues in MS client apps, users can probaly use Blockada or similar to cut those trackers, and we have a tracker blocker in the development pipe for 2020.
Thanks to all for the interesting feedback!

@rhunault FYI