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Posted on 2 March 2006 at 8:39 am
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  • Anonymous
    2 March 2006 at 8:39 am #2370

    Could anybody recommend a more cost effective/lower
    maintenance alternative to Outlook/Exchange for shared

    They already have Office 2003 with about 15 users.
    With their hectic schedules and part time staff they are
    finding it difficult to book meetings etc… The usual problems.

    I hope I’m not being too greedy posting a new thread again.
    I had such useful responses to my last, even more off
    topic, thread.



    2 March 2006 at 9:54 am #8343


    No, not greedy, just outside the focus of this forum which is fundraising. For discussions of charity technology try the forums at CITRA, the Charity IT Resource Alliance:

    Glad you had good responses to the last question.

    2 March 2006 at 10:14 am #8344

    Sorry about the off-topic posting. Thanks for
    the link. Not sure their main sponsor will like
    my question though 😉



    5 March 2006 at 4:05 pm #8345

    Hi Sam,

    For a cheap cost effective calendar which can be shared on a network, try the calendar from Paul Smith Computer Services. Their web site is, I have used their VPOP program as an alternative to exchange for years and their service is excellent.


    Alan Owen
    JA Computer Solutions Ltd

    8 March 2006 at 10:13 am #8346


    I noticed that you are looking for a diary system that will cater for at least 15 users. You may wish to take a look at The Diary system is in use in a number of charities and may be of interest to you.

    Christine Coles

    9 March 2006 at 10:08 am #8347


    If you need access from the Internet then I suggest you look at a web based calendar which would provide access from any Internet Browser in the world.

    There are a number of solutions on the market, try or If you google web based calendars, a number of sites appear.

    Happy searching

    Alan Owen
    JA Computer Solutions Ltd

    9 March 2006 at 10:39 am #8348

    MDaemon is a low-cost substitute for MS Exchange and integrates well with Outlook. We have used it happily for years as an email server. It is widely used, well reviewed and economical.

    We will soon implement their Outlook Connector module which offers shared calendars and more.

    The UK distributor is where you can download all of the software and manuals. Also listings of resellers.

    Good telephone support if needed. Be sure to request the charity discount (30% or 50% I think)

    9 March 2006 at 11:06 am #8349

    Thanks for all the replies. We are looking at either
    a hosted Exchange server so we don’t have any
    Outlook/”Exchange clone” compatibility problems
    OR an online calendar. Yahoo seems like a good
    bet so far.

    Thanks again for the replies and sorry for the off
    topic posting.

    I’ll try and learn to love but the big
    Micro$oft logo is a bit off putting. Although good
    thread on replacing Office with OpenOffice.



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