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    Alternative to Outlook for business use

    I'm trying to make the switch from PC to Ubuntu and I'm not sure if I can fully replace Outlook yet.
    I use Outlook for my business, have 30+ email accounts on it, use the calendar, contacts, and pretty much all the options that Outlook has. What are my best options to replacing Outlook moving forward on Ubuntu? It looks like Thunderbird is the most advance one. Can it manage 30+ accounts or does it have a limit? Also is there any way I can import my Outlook data file o Thunderbird so i dont lose my old emails?

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    Re: Alternative to Outlook for business use

    Quote Originally Posted by mrgoodfox View Post
    I'm trying to make the switch from PC to Ubuntu and I'm not sure if I can fully replace Outlook yet.
    I use Outlook for my business, have 30+ email accounts on it, use the calendar, contacts, and pretty much all the options that Outlook has. What are my best options to replacing Outlook moving forward on Ubuntu? It looks like Thunderbird is the most advance one. Can it manage 30+ accounts or does it have a limit? Also is there any way I can import my Outlook data file o Thunderbird so i dont lose my old emails?
    If you access Exchange 2010 servers for Calendar and Tasks then there is no viable Linux alternative. For Exchange 2007/2003 then Evolution still can access those systems.
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    Re: Alternative to Outlook for business use

    I know nothing about Outlook or Exchange servers but made note of this in case of need:
    http://davmail.sourceforge.net/

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    Kolab or Citadel

    Unfortunately, Outlook is tied to Exchange. It's a poor mail client, but it is the lock-in that makes it hard to switch. On the client side you might try Thunderbird with the Lightning add-on for calendars. I'm not sure if Exchange supports IMAPS at all or properly. Microsoft makes it hard on purpose.

    Looking at a larger task, you might look at replacing the whole thing with Kolab or Citadel.

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    Re: Alternative to Outlook for business use

    @mrgoodfox

    Are you using Outlook connected to an Exchange server or are you using it as a standalone client?
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    Re: Alternative to Outlook for business use

    Im using Outlook as a standalone client. Im not using the exchange part of it

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    Re: Alternative to Outlook for business use

    Hi

    As per my suggestion the best alternative for Outlook is Thunderbird.

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    Re: Alternative to Outlook for business use

    +1 for Thunderbird + Lightning (calender plugin). If you are using an Exchange server (2003 or 2007) underneath, that setup will be able to handle it!
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    Re: Alternative to Outlook for business use

    Is the process to move all my email history from Outlook to Thunderbird pretty straight forward too?

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    Re: Alternative to Outlook for business use

    This all depends on what protocol you use to connect to your email accounts.

    If you connect using IMAP then you don't need to move anything as all of the mail is still on the server, you just enter the account details and Thunderbird will download all of the mail.
    If you use POP3, however, then it is a lot more difficult. There are different solutions depending on what version of Outlook you are using. A quick google for 'export outlook to thunderbird' should get you some answers.
    Cheesemill

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