The mailbox drivers should be better separated into modules than is the case now to allow for easier addition of new storage back ends (and, of course, to have fewer switch statements and #ifdef orgies.)
Most of the functionality is already modularized, but mx.c still contains implementations of specific functions which it shouldn't -- it should provide glue code mostly.
As a first step, the code in mx.c implementing mailbox-driver-specific code should be moved to mh.c/mbox.c/imap. This should also count for the mbox-related stuff in buffy.c for $check_mbox_size.
This probably means to add some new functions like mx_has_newmail() or whatever to modularize mailbox polling. For polling, we also maybe want to distinguish between drivers that work on single mailboxes and those that work on groups and walk the incoming list themselves. The latter would be the case for IMAP, but also for a possible MAPI driver.
We also want a registry for drivers, i.e. a simple array of a driver struct where ctx->magic is an index into. Adding the driver struct pointer to CONTEXT at mailbox open time (instead of ctx->magic) would be possible too, though we nowhere use such an OOP-like design.
The OpenChange project provides a libmapi for accessing MS exchange servers using native protocolls. Such a driver doesn't seem to be too hard to implement, it should be even easier once the mx drivers are more modular.
The bigger issue would be profile handling as we can't seem to just pass auth and folder info via parameters to libmapi routines.