Outlook Search ignores s/mime files
Posted on 2004-04-30
I've seen this problem since Outlook 2000 or earlier on multiple platforms. Currently using Outlook 2002 SP3. I keep enourmous PST folders of emails of our project for the last 6 years. When an issue comes up that sounds familier, I can search my archived mail and come up with an answer from last week to 6 years ago that really helps out.
The problem is that as more and more of the emails I receive are digitally signed, the various Find tools - including Advanced Find - fail to find strings within the body of the signed emails. The DoD is putting pressure on my customers and we contractors to digitally sign all of our email. When most of my incoming email is signed, my system will no longer be searchable (except for subject line content). I've notified Microsoft of this twice with no response.
Is there a workaround, hack, or tool that I can use (perhaps outside of Outlook) that can enable me to search on s/mime content within Outlook? I'm posting this in both the Outlook and Office areas so 500 points each for the same successful answer. Thanks,