I’ve touched on the history of MFCMAPI before. The rebranding of MFCMAPI as MAPI Editor and posting it on the Microsoft Download site back in 2006 served a purpose, one for which at the time there were few alternatives. However, since then, I have taken back control over publishing of the tool so I can get updates and fixes to my users faster (as opposed to “never”, which was the case with that download).
Since setting up the Codeplex site, one thing that’s been bugging me is that the “MAPI Editor” download was still fairly popular. No amount of evangelizing the new builds on the Codeplex site would prevent people from searching for MFCMAPI on Microsoft.com and coming up with what I view as an old and buggy build. So, last week, we “fixed the glitch”. If you visit the download page now, instead of MAPI Editor, you’ll find a link to Codeplex. And if you download the file that’s there (apparently – there has to be a file to have a page on the download site), it’s a PDF that also directs you to Codeplex.
The switch was flipped last Thursday, and my download stats already show a huge spike. So the redirection must be working! Hopefully now I’ll stop seeing problem reports on that old build.