Exchange Server 2013

I have been doing some reading up on Exchange 2013 and am considering migrating from Exch 2010, but as most of you know there is always question of cost and justifying it to management.

Our company is rapidly growing and email plays a vital role in the way we do business. With that being said our company developed a piece of software that runs in conjunction with Outlook. The application was called a Mail Register and what it does is exactly that, registers any incoming and out going email. Basically when a new mail is received from a client relating to a certain project the mail is manually captured onto our Mail Register, it is giving an incoming number and a copy of that mail is then saved on another location. Any user can then go and access that mail from the Mail Register Client installed on their workstations, in a nut shell it is a "Document Management System" for emails.

The problem we have is that this application is only available locally to users, so users in our remote offices or mobile users are unable to make use of this app nor are they able to access the information stored in it.

Now I have seen that Exch 2013 supports "apps" which is available for use via OWA and it is said that you are able to code your own "apps" if you so wish to do so.

How possible would it be to write an "app" that works exactly the same as our Mail Register? I suppose that question is extremely broad. How customisable are the applications that you are able to code in Exchange 2013, are you limited in what you can achieve or is the world your oyster.. in a sense.
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BusbarSolutions ArchitectCommented:
so basically your question is that you want that app to run from OWA, right ?!.

the good answer it depends, the highlevel architecture that I can suggest is:
- transport agent that handle email processing, so moving from the enduser client processing to server processing.
- OWA app that can access the central repository via HTTP/HTTPs. I think it is doable.
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DJMohrAuthor Commented:
haha you make it sound so easy, but use we require the app to run in OWA

Tat would only be the OWA side though, there would need to be an Outlook extension as well but I'm sure that can be done with Macros and a client app.
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BusbarSolutions ArchitectCommented:
It is not easy, it is a complex solution ;), but ya I mad it sound easy.

I think you will need to change the protocol used for the outlook plugin to make it HTTP/HTTPs.
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DJMohrAuthor Commented:
Next question, would it be possible to integrate SharePoint into OWA?

e.g. Once you have logged into OWA you automatically are logged into a SharePoint site.

Reason I ask is because due to our line a business we work with huge attachements and it doesn't make sence send 5 people an attachment of 10MB; it would just be easier to send those 5 people an email with a link to the attachment.
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BusbarSolutions ArchitectCommented:
per my understanding yes, cookies are shared between Exchange OWA and SPS 2013 to provide SSO, but I didn't do it myself.
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DJMohrAuthor Commented:
Thanks for your help.
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