Calendaring and scheduling are becoming the things of open standards, web services, and p2p ad-hoc networks, however Outlook users are still locked into their propietary, vertically locked down world; we need an open source solution for extracting informa
Open Source Outlook
- Open Source Outlook Sync Tool
Calendaring and scheduling are becoming the things of open standards, web services, and p2p ad-hoc networks, however Outlook users are still locked into their propietary, vertically locked down world; we need an open source solution for extracting information from Outlook as the first step to an open Outlook sync
platform. Calendar has left the Ivory Tower and is flourishing in the wild. Interesting calendar/scheduling apps are: popping up on the desktop (Mozilla calendar, Evolution), on the Web (Kronolith), new exciting projects are on the way (Reefknot, Chandler), and a future of calendars that chatter among themselves, adapt, and follow you from desktop, to device, to web, are within grasp. Apple has built a Sync framework as a core freature of its operating system (and promised support for the SyncML standard), Multisync (and related projects) are promising similiar exciting possibilities for Linux.
Open-Source Outlook Connector Project
The "Open Connector" Project aims to develop extensions for Microsoft Outlook® email and groupware client. These open-source extensions, or add-ins, allow Microsoft
Outlook's full functionality with email and calendar servers; including groupware servers other than Microsoft Exchange®.
If you are familiar with MAPI service providers, or just MAPI in general and would like to help, please join the otlkcon-devel mailing list.
Alternatively, you can consider Donating to the Open Source Outlook Connector project to help offset the cost of developer
time. Develop a MAPI default message store extension that also parses MAPI calendar properties. To develop corresponding MAPI service providers that function as MAPI data stores and sources.
- What Open Source Outlook Could Mean
Over the weekend CNet ran a story indicating the Mozilla Foundation hopes to add calendaring functions to its Thunderbird e-mail client (right), turning an open source Outlook Express clone into something more like Microsoft Outlook.
What follows is pure speculation, but this could make Firefox the big story of 2005, and beyond.
For one thing, it would mean you could create applications that integrate that calendar functionality with other things, without first asking Microsoft's permission.
For instance, you could integrate calendaring and e-mail functionality into a system you could access with a cell phone. Then you might integrate that calendar with, say, GPS and mapping data.Suddenly you have an enterprise application that can keep your mobile staff up-to-date, and give them the directions they need to stay on top of business.
And, of course, you can also now build applications on browsers and basic e-mail functions without going "mother may I" with Microsoft. You simply
fork" from Thunderbird or Firefox, maintaining your own copy of the code base and hosting the additions on the same open source basis.
IT MANAGERS mulling over the pros and cons of replacing Microsoft Windows with Linux on the desktop have to consider a number of obstacles, but if we had to point to one deal-breaker, it would be the lack of office productivity applications that can easily replace Microsoft Office. Most of the current crop of alternatives, whether from Applix, Corel, or Sun, are still struggling to catch up on the features of Office 97. But these efforts have focused mainly on creating work-alikes for Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint, ignoring the need for a Linux collaboration and mail client that can stand in for Outlook.
Linux is going to succeed on the desktop, it will have to play with proprietary collaboration and messaging tools such as Microsoft Exchange. Although it's easy to find Linux alternatives to Outlook's local functions such as e-mail and calendaring, interfacing with servers running Microsoft Exchange is another thing entirely.
- The Linux And Open Source Outlook
Opinions on the merits of Linux fall into two extreme camps: it's the way forward for software development, or it's an anarchic movement of bearded developers. What?s the truth?? The Linux and Open Source Outlook: Making Linux a strategic fit analyses what?s going on in Linux and open source software at the moment and answers questions such as whether open source will ever be a viable alternative to proprietary software and if so, when? The report also investigates hot issues such as why the increased availability of development tools has made Linux a major development platform - but not yet an enterprise platform. Keep one step ahead of competition by distinguishing which Linux
distribution is best for your company and discover the business benefits of using open source software - on the server, for the database and on the desktop.
- Open-Source Outlook-Like Calendar Control for
Calendar Go Bundle allows you to plan your appointments and browse them in various ways. A single line of code embeds a fully functional calendar or resource scheduler (Gantt diagram) in your application saving you hundreds
hours' worth of coding. Calendar Go Bundle allows you to programatically control almost every aspect of your calendar's appearance and Gantt's diagram.
Outlook: Open source
A convergence of trends epitomized by Google and the amazing speed at which it delivers new features will cause vendors and enterprises to change the way they build software. The new approach will be open-beta development with community participation and frequent new releases. Essentially, we'll use software while it's being developed.
This trend plus code reusability will change commercial software development. Vendors that don't leverage these tactics will become irrelevant. Users will also demand that commercial software take on a more service-oriented approach so they can mix and match. As a result, the industry will begin to shed its not-invented-here bias and truly reform its approach to software. This will cause shifts in the cost structure of the business and eventually to changes in the power structure.
- Oracle Open-Source Outlook Alternative
Oracle and the Mozilla Foundation are keeping a joint venture under wraps, leading to speculation that the database giant may by planning to release an open-source product.
The Mozilla Foundation revealed in February at the Free and Open Source Developers' European Meeting (FOSDEM) that the database giant had hired three people to work on Mozilla Lightning. This project, which aims to integrate
Mesilla's calendar application, Sunbird, with its e-mail application, Thunderbird, is believed to be key to cracking the market dominance of Microsoft Outlook. With Oracle reluctant to talk about its work with Mozilla, industry watchers have been left to speculate on whether Oracle plans to follow Novell's lead in releasing an open-source collaboration product.
- Lotus founder preps open source Outlook alternative
Mitch Kapor, co-founder of Lotus Development and a pioneer of personal computer software, thinks so. He is heading up a project to build a free, open-source equivalent of Microsoft Outlook, the set of email, calendar and contacts applications that comes with Microsoft's pervasive Office suite.
The organisation's "personal information manager" software will have many of the same features as Microsoft Outlook, with an emphasis on tools that allow people to work collaboratively in groups and share information, said Kapor, who is funding the project with $5m (£3m) from his own pocket. The software will incorporate Jabber, an open-source instant messaging system, as well as an easy-to-use email encryption system that Kapor's organisation is developing, he said.
Kapor is credited with designing Lotus 1-2-3, a spreadsheet program that helped drive the personal computer revolution in the 1980s. IBM purchased Lotus in 1995.
- Outlook for an Open Source version from Zimbra
Maybe it?s the name or maybe we use Outlook/Exchange so much in our corporate lives that contemplating a major change like this is just too much. But the folks at Zimbra are launching a whole new Outlook email/address book/calendaring program that is built in Ajax and actually looks pretty slick. It?s also free.
The Zimbra Collaboration Suite provides support for email, contacts, and group calendaring, and consists of a server and client. The Zimbra Server supports existing desktop and wireless personal information management (PIM) clients via standard protocols like POP, IMAP, and iCalendar: for example, Outlook, Thunderbird/Sunbird, Apple Mail/iCal, Evolution, Eudora, and Wireless IMAP.
- Kapor's Open-Source PIM To Take On Outlook
The designer of the Lotus 1-2-3 software database has decided to develop an open-source, serverless personal-information manager (PIM) that will take on Microsoft's Outlook service.
Mitch Kapor, who founded Lotus Development Corp. before it was purchased by IBM, said he and a small development team are working on the framework for the PIM project. Kapor's team is working under the auspices of the Open Source Applications Foundation, which includes John Anderson and Andy Hertzfeld, one of the original team which designed Apple's Macintosh.
The OSAF mission is to "create and gain wide adoption of open source application software of uncompromising
quality. The new PIM is a "new take" on the traditional PIM, designed to email, appointments, contacts and tasks and exchange information with others in the style of Lotus Agenda, a DOS product which Kapor developed.