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Up to now, the company I work for has used the Cyrus mail system, which comes with built-in support for Sieve.

I love the way this software works. Its main feature is that it allows me to manage my own Sieve scripts. Basically, I have written some software that analyzes my own activities and interactions in real-time and generates a new Sieve script that is uploaded to the Cyrus server every hour by cron. This script automatically prioritizes incoming mail so that mail from the people I am currently engaged with gets top priority, while less urgent messages are pushed down in the queue (no matter how many "Urgent" and exclamation marks the sender has used to get my attention).

Now, the company I work for has decommissioned "Cyrus" and switched to something called "Microsoft Exchange". IMHO, it is a poorly documented and poorly implemented piece of cruft. Unfortunately, nobody cares about my opinion, so I must use it (or find some other employer).

I am understand that there are clients for Microsoft Exchange (like Outlook) with some built-in filtering capability that allow the user to maintain mail filters using a GUI. I am not interested in that.

What I am looking for, is a way to maintain an Microsoft Exchange email filter programmatically.

Something that runs on Gnu/Linux will be preferred, but I will also consider Windows-based solutions.

My main requirement is something that I can manage by a program/process (not a GUI), and that it is capable of communicating filtering instructions to "Microsoft Exchange" (by means of an API or any other possible interface including file upload).

If I could continue to use Sieve as the filtering language, that would be great (but I understand that there is not much hope for that). I am prepared to learn a new language (including Visual BASIC) if that it takes to accomplish this. Sieve support is by no means a requirement for an acceptable answer.

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