customizable webmail?

I want to migrate from Outlook 2007 to webmail.  I have custom code running on outlook that accesses contacts and contacts custom fields and makes changes to incoming and outgoing email header fields.

I want to replicate this functionality using a webmail solution (e.g. gmail), but from my initial examination, it doesn't appear that gmail api allows such customization, correct?

Looking for thoughts on how to proceed from you knowledgeable webmail gurus!

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Simon Butler (Sembee)ConsultantCommented:
No commercial service is going to let you do what you want to do.
Therefore you will be looking at customising an open source solution, which you will have to host yourself.

nociSoftware EngineerCommented:
You can look into RoundCube mail it is customizable with plugins.

Roundcube in itself is not a full solution, as it merely serves out the content of an IMAP store, and can deliver through SMTP...
But there are solutions that are built around RoundCube that do deliver a lot of functionality you might need.
Jian An LimSolutions ArchitectCommented:
webmail like Office 365 (with Outlook you currently) will allow you to retain all your functions.
why change to gmail ?
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SAbboushiAuthor Commented:

No commercial service is going to let you do what you want to do.
Obviously you have experience in this area.  Would you mind sharing the reasons why commercial services would not do so?   e.g. gmail does provide an API... there is something that seems clearer to you than it is to me re: what they would or would not include in their API

noci - thanks.  I hope to review your links this weekend

limjianan - Looking for non-paid solution going forward.
Jian An LimSolutions ArchitectCommented:
yes, you are looking for non-paid solution yet, it do not fulfil your business requirement

even you swap to gmail, you need to change your email address. If not, it is still going to cause you 50 dollars per user per year for a domain .

oh well. just calling out the obvious.

And to answer why commercial service would not do so. IT is purely a commercial decision. These are SaaS (software as a service) and they don't want to introduce a function that not a lot of people using, and stop them from easily upgrade to next version. (Especially the free)

Even with paid version like windows xp to windows 7, the migration have break alot of legacy application and alot of business has decided to stay back on windows xp even it is out of support.
SAbboushiAuthor Commented:
noci - per your post, I've looked at roundcube (and the other links):  Seems these solutions allow me to setup and manage my own mail server but not seeing the ability to customize like I can do in Outlook as I described above.

limjianan - are you saying that I can transfer my Outlook 2007 vbscripts to 365?  How about Outlook 365 app on android that also downloads emails like gmail?
nociSoftware EngineerCommented:
Roundcube has a lot of so called plugins, did you look at those as well?

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Jian An LimSolutions ArchitectCommented:
It really depends on what you achieving.
What you have developed in Outlook 2007 vbscript will stay on Outlook.

Office 365, means you can access the same information in the cloud, but vbscript part will stay at your Outlook on your desktop.

Unless you want to totally remove your outlook from your equation, then it is a different story.

ANd yes, Outlook 365 outlook looks like gmail (they are not exactly the same but similiar)

the concept is
an email arrive in Office 365 tenant.
You download the email to your Outlook 2007 (let's say) and apply the vb script and upload back to the office 365 tenant.
Your mobile phone will pick up the latest email/update from office 365.

Of course, if you are looking for redevelop what you are doing in vbscript, then it is a development work. Outlook expose some API so if you get a developer, they can develop a apps for outlook (which is not cheap) for exactly what you looking for.

Maybe you should heading to your requirement clearly and mention what your custom code can do in exact term.

You wrote,custom code running on outlook that accesses contacts and contacts custom fields and makes changes to incoming and outgoing email header fields.

So what type of custom field you need to exactly read in contacts?  
did you create a new schema on your contact or what?

what kind of changes you make on incoming/outgoing email header field?
you trying to put a X header on it or what else?
SAbboushiAuthor Commented:
Thanks guys - your posts gave me enough help to point me in a few directions.  Thanks
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