Office 365 Developer Podcast: Episode 042 on the future of Exchange development with Venkat and Pretish

In this episode, Jeremy Thake and Richard diZerega talk to Venkat Ayyadevara and Pretish Abraham about the future of Exchange development.

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About Pretish

Pretishs HeadshotPretish is a program manager at Microsoft on the Exchange team. He has led the engineering teams responsible Outlook and Office 365 Exchange developer platforms for the past two years. During his tenure, his team has designed and built the Office 365 REST APIs with OAuth 2.0 support and made continuous improvements to the apps for Outlook extensibility model. Pretish has worked in the software industry for more than 15 years. Outside of work, Pretish enjoys snowboarding, reading, travel and hiking. He lives in Redmond, WA.

About Venkat

SAMSUNG CSCVenkat is a program manager at Microsoft on the Outlook team and owns the mail, calendar, and contact APIs for Office 365, Exchange, He has been at Microsoft for over seven years and has worked on the developer platform, server-to-server OAuth framework, an Exchange protocol-aware request-routing frontend, Outlook Web App, and a recent transport for Outlook/Exchange connectivity called MAPI over HTTP. Prior to Microsoft, Venkat worked at Amazon Web Services, Evoxis (a startup in Pittsburgh, PA), and Trilogy Software in Austin, TX. He lives in the Seattle metro area and enjoys reading about current affairs, watching murder mysteries, and music of all varieties.

About the hosts

An image of Jeremy Thake, a newly appointed tTechnical pProduct mManager at Microsoft responsible for the Visual Studio Developer story for Office 365 developmentJeremy is a technical product manager at Microsoft responsible for the Visual Studio Developer story for Office 365 development. Previously he worked at AvePoint Inc., a large ISV, as the chief architect shipping two apps to the Office Store. He has been heavily involved in the SharePoint community since 2006 and was awarded the SharePoint MVP award four years in a row before retiring the title to move to Microsoft.

You can find Jeremy blogging at and tweeting at @jthake.


RIchard diZerega

Richard is a solution architect at the Microsoft Technology Center in Dallas, Texas, where he helps large enterprise customers architect solutions that maximize their Microsoft investments. Although a developer at heart, he has spent a good portion of the last decade architecting SharePoint-centric solutions in the areas of Search, Portals/Collaboration, Content/Document Management, and Business Intelligence. He is a passionate and skillful technology evangelist with great interest in innovative solutions that include Azure, Windows Phone, Windows 8, Lync, Kinect, and much more. You can find his blog at and follow him on Twitter at @richdizz.

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