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Is it possible to implement a shared Outlook calendar without Exchange?

Our company outsources all of our e-mail through a POP3 account (using Microsoft Outlook 2003), with no Exchange server running. We would like to have a single shared calendar so everyone knows when conference rooms are taken. What's the best way to accomplish this?

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Since you're asking about how to achieve a shared calendar without an Exchange Server running, this really isn't an Exchange Server question. That said, there's no way without an Exchange server of doing this using Microsoft native solutions (i.e., Microsoft Outlook).

You'll need to either purchase an Exchange Server, or find a third-party application to enable group calendaring. I'd suggest you start by doing some searches at Slipstick.com for starters.

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Related information from SearchExchange.com:

  • Expert Advice: Set up centrally shared Exchange calendars for all AD users
  • Expert Advice: Export from an Outlook calendar to a public folder calendar
  • Exchange Admin 101: Outlook's group calendars
  • FAQ: Exchange Server and POP3
  • Reference Center: Exchange contacts and calendars resources
  • This was first published in April 2006

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