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Alternatives to MS Exchange

cptjroberts
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Recently started a small 3 person company (broke off from a large corporation).  We're bare bones as most startups are and trying to get a small network up and running.  We have a file server and POP email/Internet access via DSL.  We're wanting to collaborate like we used to at the old corporation that was running MS Exchange.  License for Exhange is pricy and we're trying to push out as much IT management & maintenance as possible.  

Are there any affordable solutions out there to collaborate MS Outlook Calendar & Contact functions?  Does anyone know of a excellent source for 3rd Party off-site MS Exchange hosting (we are located in Denver CO)?
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Hi cptjroberts,
Email Server Software

Pegasus Mail Server  http://www.pmail.com/

PostCast Email Server http://www.postcastserver.com/html/download.asp

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Thanks for the quick response.  I'm specifically looking for a solution for MS Outlook Calendar and Contacts collaboration.  We're getting by with POP mail with MS Outlook client.  I did like the PostCaster solution for probable increased email transmission speed as we're experiencing delays in the hours with our ISP.  

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mdaemon groupware (http://www.mdaemon.com)
4Team for MS Outlook (http://www.outlook4team.com/)
OutlookFolders (http://www.outlookfolders.biz/Lang/English/OLWorkgroupFolders/olw1.htm)

You also might want to review http://www.slipstick.com/outlook/share.htm for some other ideas on the subject.
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4Team is TERRIBLE!  Please, learn from my mistake and don't waste your money on it.

I've spent at least 30 hours trying to get it to work on 3 computers.  They claim it works on Outlook 2000, 2002, and 2003.  But after having all sorts of problems with it, the company tells me that we should really just run it on 2003 b/c it works best on it.  (They said "2003 clears up 90% of the problems.")

It does not replicate data reliably.  It fails daily and has to be repaired.  They try to blame it on Outlook.   Also, they post bogus reviews of their product to try to inflate the positive to negative ratio of feedback.

They know about all of the issues with their product.  They've told me that they are TALKING about reprogramming it, but they didn't know when and would not comment on whether or not they'd be charging extra for the updates.

They will not give you a refund if (when) it doesn't work for you.

You have been warned.
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