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Hi,

Does anyone know of alternatives to Outlook as a mail client that are cheaper or free but still allow for the small office workgroup environment for sharing calendars and folders etc.


Many thanks

Gary
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BudDurland

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Thunderbird, with the Lightning extension, can be made to work, but the setup is not easy.

Good is better than evil because it's nicer
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BudDurland wrote on Mon, 02 April 2012 18:45
Thunderbird, with the Lightning extension, can be made to work, but the setup is not easy.


Actually, it is very easy to setup and it offers more customization than Outlook, except:

1. Currently Kerio Connect does not allow writable-LDAP. So to get the address book synchronize is impossible without using some third-party add-ons (if any existed).
2. No access to Notes
3. Recent security changes from Mozilla, starting with TB version 10, caused LDAP connection to fail in Kerio Connect. Mozilla had notified Kerio about this. This is the reason why I'm still using version 9.01
https://bugzilla.mozilla.org/show_bug.cgi?id=723551

Other than that, TB with Lightning, Google Data Provider and tons of great add-ons made the TB an ideal mail client. It is fast and very stable; not to mention the portabilities of the portable version -- you can carry TB in your flash drive and access your email anywhere.
http://portableapps.com/support/thunderbird_portable

You may also want to read this.
http://maketecheasier.com/5-great-alternatives-to-microsoft- outlook/2011/06/21

http://www.pimero.com/en/

I haven't tried out any of these apps, so I can't give you any recommendations.

[Updated on: Tue, 03 April 2012 03:26]

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EMCLIENT looks great but I still am not able to get it configured (tasks and calendar) to properly to work with our Kerio 7.3 server.


http://www.emclient.com/em-with-kerio
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bruggles wrote on Wed, 04 April 2012 20:41
EMCLIENT looks great but I still am not able to get it configured (tasks and calendar) to properly to work with our Kerio 7.3 server.


http://www.emclient.com/em-with-kerio


Task and Calendar work great in Thunderbird with Lightning add-ons.

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BudDurland wrote on Mon, 02 April 2012 18:45
Thunderbird, with the Lightning extension, can be made to work, but the setup is not easy.



It seems Lightning extension don't respect events colours.
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bruggles wrote on Wed, 04 April 2012 20:41
EMCLIENT looks great but I still am not able to get it configured (tasks and calendar) to properly to work with our Kerio 7.3 server.


http://www.emclient.com/em-with-kerio


I tried this, mail(imap) clandar,tasks and contacts works !
No support on colour events categorization (as Lightning)


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eM Client does look cool but I am also struggling to get Contacts and Calendars synching.

Thunderbird with Lightening add-on is really easy for mail setup but again cannot get my Calendar to sync. Not being able to access our Public Contacts folders is also a problem.

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GazzaBot

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I am battling with the CalDAV/CardDAV URL setting in eM Client

http://[domain]/calendars/[domain]/[username]/

I access our Kerio server via a DynDNS account which my firewall forwards to the mailserver

So my access to Webmail is http://my.DynDNS.com but my mail domain is mycompany.co.za

I am probably doing something silly but any help as to what I should put into the URL would be much appreciated

Tks
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GazzaBot wrote on Thu, 05 April 2012 12:38
Not being able to access our Public Contacts folders is also a problem.



You can access Public Contacts via LDAP.

About the LDAP issue, please don't overlook my post above
http://forums.kerio.com/mv/msg/21686/88177/#msg_88177




[Updated on: Thu, 05 April 2012 19:18]

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Spicebird looks very good, though I have not played with it enough to know how well it works with Contacts and Calendars.
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For T-Bird, use Kolab Sync for your address book, it's manual but it does work in both directions. I've setup EMClient multiple times. For your calendar here is what to use for the URL: http[s]://[MAILSERVER]/calendars/[domain]/[username]/ Replace Mailserver with whatever the FQDN is for your webmail. Domain and username are your email address split by the <_at_>. You can test the http string in your browser. If it's correct it should ask you for your user and pw and then download a file. In Chrome it saves the file as download.

[Updated on: Fri, 04 May 2012 02:38]

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How have you been able to set up Kolab with Kerio for the address book?
Kolab is requiring an imap folder for syncing, but a contact folder is not in the list.

Would be great, if you could give me a hint.

kind regards
Tjareson
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styson

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You need to enable IMAPFullListing in the mailserver.cfg file in order to use Kolabsync.

http://manuals.kerio.com/connect/adminguide/en/chap-applemai l.html
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