Easy Exchange Calendar API integration with Cronofy
Data modeling and synchronization
Microsoft Exchange is the most popular option for businesses looking to host their employees’ calendars and emails in-house. While this makes sense for them, it creates a nightmare for applications looking to integrate with that service.
What makes Microsoft Exchange truly unique – and even more difficult to integrate with – is that it sees everything as emails. Calendar events are emails with additional metadata, and calendars themselves are just email folders with this metadata attached.
This creates many vagaries when interacting with the Exchange Calendar API, and these are often at odds with how other calendar providers operate.
There are also subtle ways in which the many versions of Exchange differ, meaning you have to acquire and maintain significant amounts of knowledge to build a robust and reliable integration.
The Cronofy Calendar API encapsulates the learning from integrating with thousands of Exchange servers and processing millions of calendar events.
In the last decade, Microsoft has released 127 versions of Microsoft Exchange. That’s 127 versions of Exchange that software must work with, and there’ll be even more in the future.
The Exchange Calendar API also follows many Microsoft-specific conventions.
While these work well with Microsoft development and Windows environments, it makes it nearly impossible to interact with Exchange servers from open source, Unix environments.
Adding other popular calendar services such as Google Calendar into the mix makes integration even more of a headache.
Cronofy allows developers to create connections to Microsoft Exchange, Office 365, Outlook.com, iCloud, and Google Calendar while only developing for one API. This saves them time and helps to future proof any calendar integrations that they create.
Complex privacy concerns
Calendar integration using the Exchange API means resolving complex privacy challenges.
This is because developers are required to manage personal data in a safe, secure, and legal way for themselves and users that goes far beyond what the basic Exchange API offers.
Being in a default ‘all or nothing’ situation where data is concerned makes it impossible to control and comply.
Cronofy gives developers the option to create calendar integrations that only access users free/busy information. This protects users’ privacy and offers developers greater flexibility in the software that they create.
You can use Cronofy if you’re working on a personal project with one user, if you’re part of an enterprise with a billion, or anything in between.
Calendar events are calendar events with Cronofy, not modified email messages as they are naturally with the Exchange API.
Cronofy works well with all calendar services and programming environments, not just Windows- and Microsoft-specific ones.
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Dealing with calendar syncing can be a pain for both developers and end-users. Eliminate syncing issues permanently with Cronofy.
Cronofy is always under active development – new updates are rolled out regularly. If you’re the early adopter type we also have an Alpha channel where you can be the first to try new features. On top of that, we offer a 99.95% uptime SLA as standard.
We’ve carefully developed the Cronofy API documentation to ensure it contains everything you need in an easily accessible way. Forget about trawling through tons of separate incomparable docs for different calendar services – one set of Cronofy API docs covers all the major calendar providers.
Both businesses and end-users can rest assured that their data is safe, stored and transmitted in accordance with the law, and access is given on a need-to-know basis for everyone involved. Privacy and data protection are at the heart of what we do, and go far beyond the Exchange Calendar API’s natural security and privacy handling.
The Cronofy API allowed us to add calendar sync support to our platform in a fraction of the time it would have taken to build support for separate protocols.
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How do I use the Microsoft Exchange API through Cronofy?
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