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Read Email Metadata

Posted on 2013-11-12
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Is there a way to extract metadata such as Sender and Sent Date from emails (.MSG) that have been added to normal SharePoint libraries (NOT email enabled libraries).

I cannot email enable the library in question, but I'm interested in perhaps writing an Item Event Receiver to populate email metadata into columns whenever an .MSG file is added to the library.

We already use Harmon.ie to do this when a user adds an email to the library, but I want to cover the bases for when a user isn't using Harmon.ie.
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Question by:Jamie McAllister MVP
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by:Éric Moreau
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the component from Aspose (http://www.aspose.com/.net/email-component.aspx) let you manipulate .msg files. It will let you open the file and take the info you need.
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Rainer Jeschor earned 250 total points
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Hi Jamie,

unfortunately there is no out-of-the-box MSG file parser available in .NET. So either you build your own, use a third party component (paid), Outlook COM or this open source component
http://www.codeproject.com/Articles/32899/Reading-an-Outlook-MSG-File-in-C
(browse through the source code to the classes OutlookStorage and OutlookDataObject)

Everything else should be straight forward SharePoint development.

HTH
Rainer

P.S.: Looks somehow interesting - perhaps I have some time at the end of November to do some prototyping
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by:Jamie McAllister MVP
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Thanks guys, I figured a commercial solution might be needed, though that codeproject article is very interesting indeed.
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