[clug] outlook advice

Chris Smart mail at christophersmart.com
Fri Jul 24 20:08:16 MDT 2009

2009/7/25 Robert Edwards <bob at cs.anu.edu.au>:
> A colleague has been told by his executive office that:
> "no professional organisation he knows of doesn't use Outlook"

Outlook is just Microsoft's mail/calendaring client, so he's probably
talking more about Microsoft Exchange.

Google doesn't use Exchange.
I'm pretty sure IBM uses Lotus, as do a great many Government departments.
Pretty sure numerous departments at ANU don't use Exchange.

The problem is that calendaring support is lacking in the free
software world.. and it's a great shame. There are lots now, but
nothing is quite as "easy to use" as Exchange and they just can't
break into the market.

Plus, when you're in a Microsoft environment, Exchange makes the most
sense for Microsoft admins. Most small businesses probably use it too
as they can buy Small Business Server which comes with a complete
email/calendaring, etc system out of the box.

So yes, most do use Exchange, but not all.


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