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    We currently use Google Calendars as a public calendar system that staff can subscribe to via ICAL for their phones and such. Nothing on this calendar is secret...

    I'm not remotely sure how to implement this on SBS2008 with Company Web Calendar, but it seems this should be the location to do something similar.

    Is this the best solution for a public staff calendar that people can look up via OWA and subscribe to for smart phones w/o to many hoops to jump through?

    I found this quote that looks helpful for a public setup

    But you can create a public folder on Exchange and make it a calendar and
    make everyone an author

    But am not sure how this integrates with Company Web calendars. Does microsoft even have ICAL type integration with proper credentials?

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    Re: subscribing to calendars?

    When it comes to mobile devices, there is no solution that I am aware of for any mobile device that allows someone to "subscribe" or do anything with a calendar that is not their own.
    ActiveSync only synchronises the default calendar.
    The usual method is something like Add2Exchange from diditbetter which will sync the data to a local folder and can then by sync'd to a mobile device.

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      Re: subscribing to calendars?

      Thanks for your help. I was hoping there was a way to make a calendar public for the corporate and then have anyone subcribe to it like ICAL or XML, but sounds like nothing link this for Exchange or public needs exists!

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        Re: subscribing to calendars?

        There is no RSS feed or anything like that. I have seen some scripts around that claim to do it, but never had them work successfully.

        As for iCAL, that isn't a Microsoft thing, so isn't supported. It is a client side protocol, not server.

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          Re: subscribing to calendars?

          We'll doesn't there have to be a service aspect of ICAL for google to implement it for clients to access public calendars?

          I just cannot believe as robust as Microsoft products are there is not a public calendar system within Exchange for all staff to view...and executed on the client side easily!

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          • #6
            Re: subscribing to calendars?

            Well, there sort of is -- public folders
            But in this case the issue is activesync to a mobile device, which MS seem to have forgotten about
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              Re: subscribing to calendars?

              Originally posted by Ossian View Post
              Well, there sort of is -- public folders
              But in this case the issue is activesync to a mobile device, which MS seem to have forgotten about
              Microsoft want to kill public folders, have done for sometime. They want everyone to move to Sharepoint, and have therefore ignored Public Folders as much as possible. ActiveSync, Exchange 2007 RTM etc etc.

              There is no concept of "subscribing" in any of Microsoft's products. They were late to the RSS party and that is about all you get. The closest is Public Folders favourites, but that is Outlook only.

              Lots of options for clients on the desktop, on mobile devices, forget about it.

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