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363 Views 3 Replies Latest reply: Apr 9, 2007 11:17 AM by William Schofield
Currently Being ModeratedApr 7, 2007 3:54 PM (in response to Braumeister)Yes and no, for a number of reasons.
iCal has been recoded to conform with the CalDAV standard developed by CalConnect: The Calendar & Scheduling Consortium, of which Apple is a member, along with Google, IBM, the Mozilla Foundation, Novell, Oracle, Symbian, Yahoo and a host of major universities and a set of smaller, specialized organizations. Notably missing: Microsoft.
Generally speaking, Microsoft contact and calendaring components are not entirely compatible with each other, a problem aggravated by the several supported releases of the Exchange Server component. Unless and until Microsoft announces its unqualified support—uh, like that is every going to happen—for the CalDAV standard, there is no guarantee or even a substantial likelihood that you will experience trouble-free interchange of calendaring data with Outlook users. Unfortunately, it seems all too true that in Microsoft-speak, 'interoperability' means '…so long as you do it our way.'
The release of iCal with Mac OS X 10.5 and iCal Server with Mac OS X Server 10.5, along with the release of the open source Darwin Calendar Server, should ease this process but, realistically, no one other than Microsoft can explicitly control how their contact and calendaring components will interchange data.
You can learn more about CalConnect, iCal as envisioned under Mac OS X 10.5, and iCal Server, by pressing these embedded links.PowerBook G4 12 867 MHz 640 meg 40 gig SuperDrive, Mac OS X (10.4.9), temporarily coupled with a Handpsring Treo 300 on the T-Mobile network
Currently Being ModeratedApr 7, 2007 4:07 PM (in response to Michael Lafferty)Thanks for the detailed and informitive response, Michael!iMac G5 1.8 GHz, Mac OS X (10.4.9), 2GB RAM
Currently Being ModeratedApr 9, 2007 11:17 AM (in response to Braumeister)For what it's worth, I send and receive calendar entries with Outlook users all the time at work. The invite attachments from Outlook are understood by iCal/Mail on by Mac Book Pro. When I send them, the time is sometimes messed up due to a setting in Outlook related to "Julian" calendar - but I don't use Outlook so I couldn't coach anyone through this. I know its buried deep in several layers of tabs and buttons to get to it, so some people I can exchange invites without problem, and others have issues.iMac G5 20 inch, MacBook Pro 15 inch, Mac OS X (10.4.8), Palm Treo 700P, iPod 30G