Windows Messaging Profile

Definition of Windows Messaging Profile in The Network Encyclopedia.

What is Windows Messaging Profile?

Windows Messaging Profile is a set of information required by Microsoft Windows messaging applications such as Microsoft Outlook. The Windows Messaging Profile identifies

  • What information services are used (such as Microsoft Exchange Server or the Internet)
  • How e-mail is delivered
  • Where incoming e-mail will be stored

When you install Outlook, a profile is automatically created consisting of the Outlook Address Book and Personal Folders store. You must specify additional information such as the information service to be used before you can use the profile.


To facilitate deployment of Outlook in your Exchange organization, you can automatically generate profiles for your Exchange users by using the exchange.prf file from the Microsoft Office 97 Resource Kit and a custom outlook.prf file for each user.