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Replacing Outlook

digicammad 14 22.0k 39 United Kingdom
25 Nov 2011 1:44PM
I'm considering upgrading to Office 2010 but can't justify the cost of the Business licence, so will probably end up without MS Outlook. We've been pretty heavy users of Outlook for years so I don't want to jump until I know the best way to fulfil our needs. So here is what we need:

- Email with multiple accounts and multiple addresses within accounts
- Calendar with offline viewing
- Calendar and contacts sync with iPhone(s), preferably direct from the machine not via an intermediate account

I think Mozilla Thunderbird could give us what we need for the email but am less sure about the calendar.

So what can you recommend?



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Nick_w Plus
10 4.3k 99 England
25 Nov 2011 1:51PM
Ian for the Office, have you looked at Open Office it's free and fully MS compatible. As for outlook I'm not sure. TBH it takes some beating, it's far better than it was 5 years ago, I would be tempted to upgrade Outlook but look at Open office for the rest. ( it has Word, Excel, Powerpoint and Access alternatives).
digicammad 14 22.0k 39 United Kingdom
25 Nov 2011 2:00PM
Interesting idea Nick. How compatible is it and how similar to MS Office in use?
Nick_w Plus
10 4.3k 99 England
25 Nov 2011 2:07PM
I have it on the laptop and have t seen any compatibility issues (well, in PowerPoint I've seen a couple of font miss matches but nothing serious, probably just need to download the relative fonts - tends to match to nearest one).

You will have to change default file formatt ( no big deal) as it defaults to open offices proprietary extensions.

Open office is now used by a lot of major organisations. If nothing else it's worth downloading and giving it a trial.
digicammad 14 22.0k 39 United Kingdom
25 Nov 2011 2:41PM
Cheers, downloading now.
Nick_w Plus
10 4.3k 99 England
25 Nov 2011 2:42PM
It will take a while Wink
Pete Plus
16 18.8k 97 England
25 Nov 2011 2:58PM
open office is what we all use too. It's brilliant...seems to do everything Microsoft does. Just remember to save to Microsoft file types if sharing as it has its own file names that can fool Microsoft. And then Thunderbird will look after email well.
Gaucho 16 2.8k 2 United Kingdom
25 Nov 2011 3:05PM
Ian, I think you can use Google Calendar offline if you're on Chrome. I believe they are working towards offline on other browsers as well (I use Firefox). We've been using Open Office for over a year without any major problems.
digicammad 14 22.0k 39 United Kingdom
25 Nov 2011 3:07PM
Thanks folks. If I am using Open Office I will probably stump up the cash to upgrade Outlook.

There does seem to be an offline version of Google Calendar but information is a bit sketchy, I think it may be in beta at the moment. I must admit I like how easy it is to sync Outlook with my iPhone and I would want any replacement to be as easy.
jonp Plus
14 22 England
25 Nov 2011 5:22PM
It would probably be better for you to look at Libre Office....

Open Office is now effectivly dead - when Oracle took over Sun they caused so many problems amongst the developer community that the great majority of them left the project and just forked the product to Libre Office. (That's the thing with this sort of software, you can walk away and start your own version using the same source code).

Moving forwards it's likely that only Libre Office will be being updated properly.

Gaucho 16 2.8k 2 United Kingdom
25 Nov 2011 5:43PM
Now that I didn't know :-(
sitan1 Plus
9 1.2k United Kingdom
25 Nov 2011 9:13PM
If you have children in full time education you can get office 2010 for under 40 squids
newfocus 11 647 2 United Kingdom
26 Nov 2011 8:20PM
I've used Thunderbird for mail for a few years at home and work with no issues. Some of us at the office need to juggle many different email accounts (about a dozen for me) and it handles all that well with a good search facility and ability to set up automated rules if you need that.

I've just moved over to Libre Office from Open Office a few weeks back too - all seems to be working well so far.
cambirder 14 7.2k England
27 Nov 2011 12:22AM
You can add the Lightning extension to Thunderbird which gives you a calendar.
lobsterboy Plus
14 14.9k 13 United Kingdom
27 Nov 2011 5:13PM
Following previous threads like this on here I installed Open Office on a couple of PCs at home.
Got to say, I was completely underwhelmed with it and after 6 months just uninstalled it and got MS Office instead.

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