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Old 04-20-2005, 02:40 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I have 2 blackberry's (Nextel Blackberry RAL11IN, one for my wife and I), we want to share one calendar for both our schedules. My questions are: Is it possible to do this? Will they sync up wirelessly? If I make a change on my blackberry will my wife see the change? Will we need to do a hard sync on the computer? Thanks for your help.
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Old 04-20-2005, 05:46 PM   #2 (permalink)
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1. Wireless sync is only available if you're both on a BES server, which I'm guessing is not the case. There are hosting services out there that give you BES features, but I'm not sure if they provide for calendar sharing. And I'm not sure if your desire to have calendar sharing would outweigh the associated costs, but it's an option to explore.

2. I'm not sure how smoothly it would go if you both sync to the same Outlook calendar using Intellisync/Desktop Manager, but it may be worth a try.

3. A more reliable solution might be to maintain separate Outlook calendars, but to send each other vCal or iCal events (through Outlook) when you want the other to have something on his/her calendar. This is what my wife and I have been doing.

4. Another potential solution would be calendar sharing through the web. If you take this route, you would not be using the built-in calendar, but would use your web browser or, possibly, a standalone interface. So far, I haven't found anything that fits my needs, but there seems to be a lot of activity in the field. Good luck!
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What would be you best solution if neither have outlook or is outlook a must for all blackberry user?
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I think the Desktop Manager will let you sync with other corporate-type PIMs like Lotus, Groupwise, Act, etc., but I would think that Outlook is the one most people would have. I think you can also import/export calendar entries via csv, but I can't see that being an effective calendar sharing tool.

Outlook and the like aren't really "must haves" for all BB users, but they're close to indispensable if you want to sync (and not just backup or copy) the data in your built-in calendar, tasks, and address book apps.
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This is not a blackberry question but, if someone doesn't have outlook what do you do to convert your msn mail to outlook? Sorry for the stupid elementary questions.
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From my knowledge, Outlook has a built in feature for MSN/Hotmail accounts. Go to tools/accounts/and follow the steps in the wizard. The wizard will detect the '...@hotmail.com' or '...@MSN.com' and it's that simple. talk about having a 'one-up' on the competition.
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I took a look and it looks really simply to set up, thanks for that info wlee309. If I don't like it will it be just as easy to switch back?
Can you look at your email on any computer if you use outlook, someone told me that you could only use the one computer when you set it up on outlook for your email. I need to have access to my email from several computers not just the one at my office or blackberry.
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Tammoo:
If you need access to your Outlook account at multiple machines you will need Outlook Web Access, this can be obtained by opening a hosted Outlook account with a 3rd party provider (assuming this is for a personal account and not a corporate account where your company provides this). It's about 10 bucks a month, and around $20 for both email and BES service, which provides wireless synchronization amongst a number of benefits. I personally use Link2Exchange who advertise on this site and recommend them highly. Thinking out exactly what your objectives are and then examining the available tools and finding the best matches, you should be fine.

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I took a look and it looks really simply to set up, thanks for that info wlee309. If I don't like it will it be just as easy to switch back?
Can you look at your email on any computer if you use outlook, someone told me that you could only use the one computer when you set it up on outlook for your email. I need to have access to my email from several computers not just the one at my office or blackberry.
If you just want to use MSN or Hotmail, you can do it on any machine because Outlook does not store your MSN/Hotmail emails locally. When using Outlook to view your MSN/Hotmail accounts you are essentially substituting it over Internet Explorer (or any web browser). When deleting emails in Outlook, it deletes it in MSN/Hotmail also.

There are advantages and disadvantages of using Outlook for MSN/Hotmail but if you have pop mail and use Outlook, then it's nice to have everything under one roof.
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