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Old 11-08-2007, 04:35 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Instead of using my desktop Outlook, I would like to sync my calendar and contacts to my BB using M$ Outlook Web Access.

Is this possible?

FYI, when I use my desktop manager, MOWA is not an option under Device Configuration.
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Old 11-08-2007, 04:37 PM   #2 (permalink)
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No, you can't do this with BIS. BIS is e-mail only, and whilst BIS can use your OWA account to receive your mail it will not sync your calendar and contacts. For this you will need to use the USB cable or move to a BES server.
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Old 11-08-2007, 04:43 PM   #3 (permalink)
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No, you can't do this with BIS. BIS is e-mail only, and whilst BIS can use your OWA account to receive your mail it will not sync your calendar and contacts. For this you will need to use the USB cable or move to a BES server.
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To follow up. I have my BB plugged into (via USB) my laptop (PC 1). On my desktop at work (PC 2), I have Outlook 2003 (which I use to sync). On my laptop (PC1) I do not have Outlook 2003, but can access my email, calendar, etc.. using M$ Outlook Web Access.

Since I am able to connect my BB via USB to my laptop, is there a way to sync my contacts and calendar using M$ Outlook Web Access?
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Old 11-08-2007, 04:44 PM   #4 (permalink)
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No. Intellisync requires a desktop application to connect to. Not OWA.

M$. How quaint.
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Old 11-08-2007, 04:48 PM   #5 (permalink)
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No. Intellisync requires a desktop application to connect to. Not OWA.

M$. How quaint.


That sucks. When I am travelling, it is a pain not being able to sync up (as I am not allowed to install Outlook on my laptop)
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One other thought - if you happen to have a Mac laptop you could use Snerdware's software to sync calendar and contacts to iCal and Address Book and then sync from there to the BB. This software uses webdav to get at your data through the opening provided by OWA. That's the closest solution I'm aware of, and I suspect there isn't comparable software for Windows as people would just use Outlook with RPC over HTTP or via a VPN.
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That sucks. When I am travelling, it is a pain not being able to sync up (as I am not allowed to install Outlook on my laptop)
I presume your company does not support BES?
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Old 11-08-2007, 04:57 PM   #8 (permalink)
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I presume your company does not support BES?
No they dont.

We are a small company where I have a remote office. Currently we just use a forwarding rule in Outlook to get emails sent to our BBs.
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I have a related question.

We have BES but I am not allowed to connect my personal BB Curve to it.

I have a laptop with outlook linked to the excahnge, but I am not allowed to install any software on it including any BB sync software.

We have access to web exchange

I can point my BB at the webmail and I do get email but I want my calendar.

I cannot belive there is no way to sync some web based calendar to my exchange webmail and then OTA link my BB with that web based Cal?

any thoughts??

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Old 06-05-2008, 07:11 AM   #10 (permalink)
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I have a related question.

We have BES but I am not allowed to connect my personal BB Curve to it.

I have a laptop with outlook linked to the excahnge, but I am not allowed to install any software on it including any BB sync software.

We have access to web exchange

I can point my BB at the webmail and I do get email but I want my calendar.

I cannot belive there is no way to sync some web based calendar to my exchange webmail and then OTA link my BB with that web based Cal?

any thoughts??
I asked about this on another BB web site. While you'd THINK there would be a way to sync calendar/todo/contacts via OWA (since they are there), this isn't supported.

There are software programs that do this, but they require that you install them on your work PC and keep the machine on. People seemed amazed when I said that this wasn't practical.

So, they pointed me to hosted BES. These are companies where they rent you a BES account. However, those that I checked seemed to be more about you having your e-mail/calendar/etc. at their site. In other words, they wouldn't be able to get this information from YOUR employer's system.
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Old 06-05-2008, 07:33 AM   #11 (permalink)
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No problem -

I am sure there are lots of comanies that lock users PC's who have BES but don't give access to all users but more and more individuals are buying BB I am sure someone will come up with a solution soon.

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While you'd THINK there would be a way to sync calendar/todo/contacts via OWA (since they are there), this isn't supported.
OWA is a WEB application, DM is a DESKTOP application, so to be honest I didn't think there would be a [good] way to sync.

What you could probably do is access OMA (Outlook Mobile Access) from your phone. This is very similar technology to how MS Direct Push works.

Alternatively, just set up a GMail account that you forward your Outlook email to and use your cell co's BIS server to pick it up. You can even set a Reply-To so replies go back to your Outlook address.
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Email is easy if you have webmail to your company as you can link that directly to BB but it is the calendar that is interesting bit - and for me, much more important.

When you get an invite to an appointment it goes onto my BB ok, but as a Project Manager I am creating many of the meetings - at the moment I am copying myself on the event and it works.
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While you'd THINK there would be a way to sync calendar/todo/contacts via OWA (since they are there), this isn't supported.
Why would you think that? Is anything able to actually sync with OWA? Does OWA even support syncing? It seems a bit odd to expect features for a given system without knowing anything about it.
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Why would you think that? Is anything able to actually sync with OWA? Does OWA even support syncing? It seems a bit odd to expect features for a given system without knowing anything about it.
I think you misunderstood.

What I'm saying is that people who use OWA as a web CLIENT see mail, calendar, to do list, and notes. When you use OWA as a web SERVICE (e.g., BIS), it only provides e-mail access.

As you say, without knowing anything about the OWA web SERVICE, a person might expect that all of the data that's available via the web CLIENT could also be available via the web SERVICE.

That may be wrong, but my point was simply regarding the expectation that a person might have based on what they can visually see.

Personally, I don't know if OWA can provide access to calendar information via calls (I can't seem to find much information on this). However, it would (in theory) be possible to use a "screen scraper" approach to do this. So, while impractical, it's not impossible.
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a web client is still on the web. You cannot sync the blackberry with something over the web like that. It is simply not possible. You're splitting hairs with the web client vs. web service bit.
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a web client is still on the web. You cannot sync the blackberry with something over the web like that. It is simply not possible. You're splitting hairs with the web client vs. web service bit.
Can you explain how e-mail is accessed via OWA?

Or is this not even what's happening?
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Old 06-30-2008, 02:19 PM   #18 (permalink)
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Has anyone tried this-- Google Calendar syncs to Outlook calendar. Google has something called "Google Sync" which can be installed on your blackberry which will sync your blackberry calendar and Google Calendar.
When I have time I am looking into this.
I used a VPN to sync my outlook calendar on the desktop, but we no longer use the VPN and use OWA, so I am in need of a way to sync remotely myself.
The key question is whether google syncs with outlook only on your desktop or can do so wirelessly-- I was planning to research that. There is also third party software which syncs outlook calendars and google calendars so you can sync a whole team, but again, don't know if this occurs on the desktop or wirelessly.

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Old 07-01-2008, 07:01 AM   #19 (permalink)
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I'm using GSyncIt to go between Outlook and my Google calendar and then use Google Sync to sync my BB to Google.

It's not perfect but does the job.
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Can you explain how e-mail is accessed via OWA?
Good question. I haven't had much luck finding any details on this...
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