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Introduction to Web Services

Exchange Server 2010

The Web services that are included in Microsoft Exchange Server 2010 provide an XML messaging interface that enables you to manage Exchange store items and access Exchange server functionality from client applications.

Exchange 2010 includes the following Web services:

  • Exchange Web Services (EWS)

  • The Autodiscover (SOAP) service

  • The Autodiscover (POX) service

  • The Unified Messaging Web service

For more information about these Web services, see the following topics:

If you are familiar with the Exchange Server 2007 SP1 SDK and want to know what’s new in the Exchange 2010 Web Services SDK, read the What’s New in the Exchange 2010 Web Services SDK topic first.

For information about the development technologies and features that Exchange 2010 provides for client access to Exchange store items, see Introduction to Web Services. After you are familiar with the new features in Exchange 2010, you can find out more about the underlying concepts and mechanisms that are required to create client applications that work with Exchange 2010 in the Web Services Concepts section. We recommend that you review this section before you move on to the topics in the Working with Web Services section of the SDK, because the code examples that are included in these topics are based on the concepts presented.

The Working with Web Services section provides information to help you perform specific tasks by using Exchange Web Services. If you are new to Exchange Web Services application development, start with the Exchange Web Services Client Development and Core Tasks topics.

To explore functional samples that use Exchange Web Services with Exchange 2010, see Web Services Development Solutions. And finally, for detailed information about Web services APIs in Exchange 2010, see Reference.

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