Collaboration Data Objects

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Collaboration Data Objects (CDO), previously known as OLE Messaging or Active Messaging, is an application programming interface included with Microsoft Windows and Microsoft Exchange Server products. The library allows developers to access the Global Address List and other server objects, in addition to the contents of mailboxes and public folders.

CDO is a technology for building messaging or collaboration applications. CDO can be used separately or in connection with Outlook Object Model to gain more access over Outlook. CDO is not a part of Outlook Object Model and it doesn't provide any event-based functionality, nor can Outlook objects be manipulated using CDO.

Starting with Exchange 2007, neither the Messaging API (MAPI) client libraries nor CDO 1.2.1 are provided as a part of the base product installation. They are available as downloads.[1][2]


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  • j-XChange - Pure and Open Source (LGPL v3) Java implementation of the Collaboration Data Objects (CDO 1.21) for accessing Microsoft Exchange Server in a platform independent manner.
  • Overview of CDO - Overview of CDO at MSDN
  • CDOSYS protocol