[Gllug] Outlook exchange alternatives

john maclean jayeola at gmail.com
Wed Sep 8 19:17:41 UTC 2010

/me weeps and bangs head on the desk.

> The main advantage Exchange has is the tight integration of email and
> calendaring, and in Outlook it has a client specifically designed to
> work with it and not offer the same features with other products. If
> Microsoft need to add new features they can add it to both and release.
> For open source projects it can take years for a new feature to be
> added first to the protocol, then the server, then the client. Of
> course when it is done it is usually more reliable, but often the
> market has already been captured by a close source company.
> Also mixing open source email and calendaring servers and clients can
> not fully achieve the same level of smoothness, and do not give as
> good a first impression to business people. Things like Zimbra try
> but are not there yet - too slow and very high system requirements.

John Maclean

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