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Need a flexible calendar/address book sharing solution

by mangoguy / July 3, 2008 5:40 AM PDT

Need to solicit some feedback please. Our small office is growing and we need to be able to share calendars and contacts. Two hitches: 1) we have PC lovers (Outlook) and Mac huggers (Entourage and Address Book/iCal), and 2) some of the guys are off site. I need all of these guys to be able to share and sync their data.

I've done the google search thing, but am now looking for some real world feedback. Any suggestions?

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Re: calender sharing
by Kees Bakker / July 3, 2008 10:47 PM PDT

That needs to be something web-based then.

Things to research:
1. hosted Exchange (just google for it), that's MS Exchange via webmail hosted by some third party, not on your own server like bigger companies tend to do. You've got shared mail, shared contacts, shared calendars, shared folders.
2. Google services (Google calendar; gmail with address book)
3. Microsoft services (various services offered as Windows Live)

My recommendation would be #1, I think.

Kees
Kees

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calendar sharing
by mangoguy / July 8, 2008 6:10 AM PDT
In reply to: Re: calender sharing

Thanks for the reply. We already have reliable (and cheap) POP3 email and my boss is not a lover of MS Exch at any level. Over the weekend I installed something called XC Connect. So far so good. Seems to cover my Outlook, Entourage, and OSX AB/iCal users. Now I need it to also sync to everyone's wireless gadget... If anyone is interested I'll post my results (good or bad)
Thanks - mangoguy

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calendar sharing
by mangoguy / July 23, 2008 4:26 AM PDT
In reply to: calendar sharing

Quick update in the event anyone cares - we've been evaluating something called XC Connect from Xchange Network http://www.xcnetwork.com. Works great for synchronizing calendars and Contacts across my Outlook, Entourage, and OSX Address Book/iCal users. I installed the software server on a windows box (not a "server") but will be moving it to a more stable Linux or OSX computer (yes, they have packages for all three). I'm happy, we'll be purchasing licenses, and I recommend it.
- mangoguy

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