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AgentSmith

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Now that KMS finally supports offline mode with its new KOFF plugin I am wondering if the next step might be native Outlook support. Wouldn't it be wonderful if KMS won't need KOC/KOFF anymore in the future? It doesn't seem impossible because the software already natively supports Windows Mobile's ActiveSync. No doubt that is a much simpler protocol but the idea is the same. Simply put: will KMS ever become a true Exchange clone?
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wolfman

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Either way you need some sort of connector for all of these features to work.
There is NO native Outlook solution.
Even Exchange uses the Exchange Connector so KOFF is simply the same thing.
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AgentSmith

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Native Exchange support then. What I mean is that it would be a great convenience if you'd no longer need to update the connector. No connector updates would be very end user friendly (for both new and existing users) and convenient in situations where you can't install software (e.g. you don't have the rights).
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rinzwind

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The OKOC is a better/cleaner connector than the default Exchange one when looking at the way they communicate. Out of office access is only possible with Exchange when RPC over HTTP(S) is setup. http://www.petri.co.il/configure_rpc_over_https_on_a_single_ server.htm

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winkelman

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AgentSmith wrote on Sat, 23 February 2008 00:20

Native Exchange support then. What I mean is that it would be a great convenience if you'd no longer need to update the connector. No connector updates would be very end user friendly (for both new and existing users) and convenient in situations where you can't install software (e.g. you don't have the rights).

So you'd want Microsoft to ship Outlook with Kerio support? Or: you want Outlook to believe it's connecting to Exchange, while in fact to Kerio? Both options are impossible. So... installing a piece of software is necessary to get Outlook to connect to something else then Exchange, or a POP3/IMAP/SMTP server. (Speaking of which: you could connect to Kerio with IMAP without installing anything, perhaps even to the Contacts with LDAP. Only no Calendar this way.)
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maa1

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Now KOC communicates with KMS not through "pure MAPI". KOC emulates MAPI through IMAP. It slowly.
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geabaldyvx

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Exchange doesn't even use "pure MAPI"... I remember having a chance to speak with one of the gentleman that wrote parts of Outlook and what informed me of was this... Microsoft couldn't even get some features of Exchange to work via MAPI so instead of trying to fix the issue or make it work, they simply wrote around it and found the path of least resistance while forcing outside developers to use MAPI.

Personally it seems like something MS would do because they want their client to be "the best".
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