2015/10/09

How to sync Outlook calendar and contact with gmx.de, gmx.ch, gmx.at, gmx.com, gmx.us and web.de?

How to sync Outlook calendar and contact with gmx.de and web.de?

Both gmx.de and web.de are popular cloud service providers in Germany. They are among the few providers that host paid or even free mail servers and keep customers’ data domestically in Germany. Ever since Snowden's incident, people start to doubt Google is able to provide data security against NSA. 



Gmx.de and web.de provide easy-to-use and decent mail, calendar, contact & task cloud service for their users. However, if you search for a solution to sync contact, calendar and task with Outlook, you will hardly find any answer even on their website search. The main reason is that Outlook does not support CalDAV and CardDAV protocol even until the recent Outlook 2016.

Staffs from EVO Collaborator for Outlook is kind enough to make the synchonization possible. Yet, it is simple to configure and use. Five steps are all you need to sync your way.
  1. Download and install EVO Collaborator for Outlook.
  2. Open Configure profile(s)
  3. Click on Profile gmx.de or web.de.
  4. Enter username & password in corresponding area.
  5. Click Test, Apply and Quit.
GMX cloud services are available in several country code top-level domains, such as .US, .COM, .AT, .DE, and .CH. EVO Collaborator for Outlook can auto-detect e-mail address that you entered and fill in server host name for you. The following server list is for your reference:
  1. Gmx.de account:
    a. Carddav.gmx.net
    b. Caldav.gmx.net
  2. Gmx.at account:
    a. Carddav.gmx.net
    b. Caldav.gmx.net
  3. Gmx.ch account:
    a. Carddav.gmx.net
    b. Caldav.gmx.ch
  4. Gmx.com or gmx.us account
    a. caldav.gmx.com
Please note that GMX.COM and GMX.US accounts do not have CardDAV service available. However, whenever CardDAV becomes available, EVO staff will make it work in future upgrade.
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2015/10/08

How to sync Outlook with infomaniak?

Sync Outlook with infomaniak?

Infomaniak is a popular cloud service provider in various countries across European regions such as Switzerland, France, Germany, Italy, and Spain. It is providing decent mail, calendar, contact & task cloud service for its users. However, users are having difficulty to sync their way with Outlook for contacts, calendar and task. The main reason is that Outlook is lack of CalDAV and CardDAV protocol even until the recent Outlook 2016.



Staffs from EVO Collaborator for Outlook is kind enough to make the synchonization possible. Yet, it is simple to configure and use. Six steps are all you need to sync your way.
  1. Download and install EVO Collaborator for Outlook.
  2. Open Configure profile(s)
  3. Click on Profile #19.
  4. To obtain username for logging in, following steps below:
    a. Browse to https://workspace.infomaniak.com/sync
    b. Click on blocks circled in the screenshot below:
    c. Copy and paste username part only next to User name (Not the whole e-mail)
  5. Enter username retrieved from step 4 & password in corresponding area.
  6. Click TestApply and Quit.
I think EVO is amazing of blending in lots of cloud services into one package and it really benefits users.

How to sync Google Calendar with Outlook 2016?

How to synchronize CardDAV contacts and CalDAV calendar with Outlook 2016?

On July 29 of 2015, the long awaited Windows 10 was released. Two months following that, Microsoft Outlook was released on Sept. 22 of 2015. Many of us are looking for good synchronization compatibility between Google Calendar (or shall I say CardDAV and CalDAV) and Outlook. Well, apparently, Microsoft let us down.

Microsoft may have its own reason not to blend in CardDAV and CalDAV. However, I think lots of users around the world are looking for a solution of synchronizing their contact, calendar, and task items on Google, iCloud, Yahoo, Outlook.com and many more service of the kind with Outlook 2016.

Developers such as gSyncit and EVO Collaborator for Outlook have well prepared for the launch of Outlook 2016 in a Windows 10 environment. While gSyncit released its v4.0 last August, EVO Collaborator for Outlook took a whole year to consolidate itself with compatibility vs. various cloud and on-premises platforms. Yet, EVO has announced the official release of v2.0 to welcome Outlook 2016 with the same ease of use and simplicity of configuring profiles.

If you have not used ECO before, you may refer to my old posts of how to configure contacts, calendars and tasks from various source with Outlook since steps are basically the same and simple.

2015/10/05

Sync Outlook with sapo.pt?

Sync Outlook with sapo.pt?

Sapo.pt is a popular cloud service provider in Portugal. It is providing decent mail, calendar, contact & task cloud service for its users. However, users are having difficulty to sync their way with Outlook for contacts, calendar and task. The main reason is that Outlook is lack of CalDAV and CardDAV protocol even until the recent Outlook 2016.

There is a handy sync tool called EVO Collaborator for Outlook that is compatible with sapo.pt’s CardDAV and CalDAV services. It is simple to configure and use. Six steps are all you need to sync your way.
  1. Download and install EVO Collaborator for Outlook.
  2. Open Configure profile(s)
  3. Click on Profile #15 or later as long as it is vacant.
  4. In server URL space, enter:



    https://dav.sapo.pt 
  5. Enter username & password in corresponding area.
  6. Click Test, Apply and Quit.
I think EVO is amazing of blending in lots of cloud services or even paid & free mail servers into one package and it really benefits users.

Sync Outlook with Egroupware server?

Sync Outlook with Egroupware server?

This is an experience sharing from one of my previous jobs. One day, my boss wanted me to do some search on a contact, calendar and task synchronization solution to Egroupware collaboration server to which decided to migrate from a pure paid or free mail server



The bottom line is that the solution must be cost-effective and providing perpetual licenses while keeping sync in a simple and straight fashion.

I googled it and found a few candidates: iCAL4OL, EVO Collaborator for Outlook and OutlookDAV. Among them, iCAL4OL is not available. OutlookDAV appears to require way too many steps to configure. EVO Collaborator for Outlook is an add-in within Outlook and it takes no more than 6 short steps to configure:


  1. Download and install EVO Collaborator for Outlook.
  2. Open Configure profile(s)
  3. Click on Profile #15 or later as long as it is vacant.
  4. In server URL space, enter:


    http://egroupware_server_domain/install_path/groupdav.php/

    Example:
    https://davtest.egroupware.de/egw/groupdav.php/
  5. Enter username & password in corresponding area.
  6. Click Test, Apply and Quit.
I think EVO is doing a good job

Sync Outlook with FastMail server?

Sync Outlook with FastMail server?

Our biz partner came from Australia and he has trouble synchronizing his contact, calendar & task with Outlook. He was disappointed that FastMail does not have solution for synchronization between his FastMail account and Outlook 2016/2013. 



He was asking me if I have come across with any third-party solution. This makes me flashing back that EVO Collaborator for Outlook does support a variety of on-premises & cloud services.

I told him about the website and he was on his own. A few days later, he called me and gave me a surprising answer. Yes! It does support FastMail server as well as many other paid or free mail servers. He briefly told me a few steps on how to sync with FastMail. Here, I like to share with you guys in case you need it:
  1. Download and install EVO Collaborator for Outlook
  2. Open Configure profile(s)
  3. Click on Profile #15 or later as long as it is vacant.
  4. In server URL space, enter:


    https://caldav.messagingengine.com/dav/
  5. Enter username & password in corresponding area.
  6. Click Test, Apply and Quit.
This is quite straight and simple. 

Sync Outlook with Horde Groupware Server

Sync Outlook with Horde Groupware Server 

Horde Groupware Server is an popular open-source solution in US and Europe. Many companies use them for contact, calendar and task sharing and synchronization.
A decent Exchange alternative



Since it is an open-source software, we can treat it as one of the alternatives to implement over Exchange Server. Yet, it is well maintained that updates are released now and then.
CardDAV and CalDAV implementation

Horde Groupware serve is using CardDAV and CalDAV as backbone for contact, calendar and task. Users are able to connect to the server and synchronize data items across platforms such as Windows, Linux, iOS, OS X, BB, and Android...

What about Outlook?

Thanks to CardDAV and CalDAV protocols, it is common to sync under all above platforms except Windows. For Outlook does not support these open-source standards, we need an add-in as bridge to interconnect the server and Outlook. Here, I found EVO Collaborator for Outlook handy and it works:
  1. Download and install EVO Collaborator for Outlook from the official website
  2. Open Outlook and go to Configure profile(s)
  3. Click on a Profile #15 or any not-configured entry to the left.
  4. Enter Horde Groupware server URL in Hostname (CardDAV/CalDAV) or webcal:// URL like this:

    https://<Server_IP>/horde/rpc.php
  5. Enter username and password. Then click on TEST, Apply and Quit.

How to sync with DAViCAL calendar server?

How to sync with DAViCAL calendar server?

After I posted the article about EVO Collaborator for Outlook syncing with ownCloud server, I started to receive many feedbacks wondering if EVO Collaborator for Outlook is able to support other services such as Kolab, SOGo or DAViCAL too? One of the special case is DAViCAL. They tried their luck if they can connect to DAViCAL but they failed. These audiences are running DAViCAL calendar server for company mostly. Let’s find out if EVO Collaborator for Outlook can handle the job?



Since DAViCAl is also an open-source server like ownCloud and both of them are based on CalDAV, there should be less complication to sync. However, before I test, I wrote EVO staffs and wonder if ECO supports sync with DAViCAL? They replied that there a beta release and I could give it a try if want. Why not, right? However, since 

Once I received the beta release, I quickly installed it and configure it following instruction given by EVO staffs as below:
  1. As usual, select Profile 15 – not configure or below
  2. Since DAViCAL seems like not being to support server auto-discovery, we need to manually enter generic DAViCAL calendar URL in space next to Calendar URL:


    http://<server_hostname>/caldav.php/<username>/calendar/
  3. Click TEST and Apply when authentication is complete
  4. DAViCAL calendar will start sync
I am quite impressed that EVO staffs have done a good job on picking up almost every popular CardDAV/CalDAV services either cloud or on-premises within eight months as of early march of 2015. This is an outstanding report card I should say. 

How to sync SOGo Groupware Server with Outlook?

How to sync SOGo Groupware Server with Outlook?

A scenario from my client:
“Our CIO told me to migrate company’s Exchange Server to some other open-source solution due to an IT budget cut. After evaluation on different solutions of free mail servers like SOGo, Zimbra, Kolab and Zarafa, I chose SOGo Groupware Server. Why? Not only SOGo has a sturdy groupware but also has a seamless integration with Thunderbird. For mails, users can connect through IMAP, which I do not have much trouble with. What about contact and calendar? I went through SOGo website’s Native Microsoft Outlook Configuration Guide but it seems too much hassle. Is there any easier out?”
As far as I know that SOGo supports CardDAV and CalDAV, I told my ex-colleague, “Why don’t you try EVO Collaborator for Outlook?” They do adapt their product to fit in various CardDAV/CalDAV servers. 

After a few days, my ex-colleague told me EVO Collaborator for Outlook is now compatible with SOGo. Here is his experience sharing below:
“Nothing complicated! All I did is entering server URL, user’s e-mail address and password. All that left is auto-discovery’s job. It is amazing!” 
He show me a screenshot of ECO’s Configure profile:



By looking at the screenshot, the server has a URL structure like:

https://<servername>/SOGo/dav/

If you happen to synchronize SOGo calendars and contacts with Outlook, then you can give it a shot. It will save you lots of time to manage configurations on both server backend and Outlook parameters.