Is it possible to store user contact/ address book in imap server?

Jonathan Marsden jonathan at
Tue Jul 15 13:42:25 EDT 2003

On 15 Jul 2003, David H. Lynch, Jr. writes:

> 	There is nothing special about contact/address book
> information.  There is no reason you can not store contacts, tasks,
> calendar items, ... In any IMAP server you choose. All they are is
> specially formatted messages.

> 	The Problem is that there are no IMAP clients that can
> properly understand and treat those messages as contacts, tasks, ...

No IMAP clients?  Ximian Evolution might qualify as one? :-)

For most enterprises, MS Outlook is the de facto expected and desired
client, like it or loathe it, for this sort of "email plus calendaring
plus contacts" setup.  The (commercial) Bynari Insight Connector addin
for Outlook handles this.  It is IMO far from perfect as an overall
email/ calendaring/ contacts solution, and has had some significant
stability issues on the client in the past.  But if you really need
this functionality, it does get the job done.  While officially Bynari
will only support it when used with their "Insight Server", Insight
Server is really a package of Postfix + Cyrus + Apache + ProFTPd and a
pretty web-based management interface, so it can be used against Cyrus
if you are willing to experiment a little.

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