Sharepoint Calendars and Windows Mobile Devices

Hi,

I work for a company that has an Exchange server 2003, Sharepoint, Office 2007, and a number of mobile devices configured to remote activesync with the exchange server.

I have been asked to work out a way that will allow mobile users to access the calendar on the sharepoint server and allow alterations of data (not just read access).

Put simply, is it possible to create a script that will constantly update each users outlook calendar with data from the sharepoint server, in order that data will then be synced to the mobile devices? Users should be able to alter data using the standard pocket-pc interface, and not have to use a mobile site.

Alternatively, it is possible to create a shared calendar in Exchange and set the mobile devices to sync that instead of the user's calendar?

Many thanks
Dan
djournoAsked:
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SembeeConnect With a Mentor Commented:
Windows Mobile is not built to work with shared content - whether that is calendars, contacts or anything else. Blackberry has the same issue.
There are third party products such as add2exchange from diditbetter, but I don't think that will work with a Sharepoint calendar.

Simon
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peakpeakCommented:
my experience is that mobile users have no clue how to do that and will not, I repeat even if possible They Will Not ... most people have no clue to what to do with their mobile apart from calling. If you REALLY want to get a RESULT .. EDUCATION is the answer. Bet your boss won't like that answer ... I'm sorry .. (btw, my boss attends my class :)
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djournoAuthor Commented:
I realise that the pocket pc has no way of doing that. Therefore the solution im looking for has to run on the server.

Is there any way to programatically get at the sharepoint data? APIs SQL etc?

Additionally, is there no way of having shared outlook calendars on a windows mobile device?

Thanks
Dan
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peakpeakCommented:
You'd use that actively or just out of curiosity?
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djournoAuthor Commented:
It will be used actively by my boss and his PA.
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peakpeakCommented:
Does she know the impact, can you discuss with your boss ?
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djournoAuthor Commented:
I have discussed it with him, however im not satisfied with saying that it isnt possible.

There must be a way to have a shared calendar on a windows mobile through an exchange server.
It just doesnt make sense that microsoft wouldnt plan for it.

Dan
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peakpeakCommented:
You are open-minded, you realize that what you want is possible  .. however, your boss is not prepared to take on the limits this technology yet offers ....  you need to tell him that the market does not supply fully what he wants . there's limits .... my boss is a good character, he is intelligent too, he listens to me and we found out a solution to him. If your boss is not intelligent you need to find a new job.
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djournoAuthor Commented:
Im sorry. You dont really seem to be helping.

I am certain there is a solution out there, and therefore i am not willing to go back to my boss yet.

Dan
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peakpeakCommented:
ok Dan, thanks for the input
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djournoAuthor Commented:
Ok, thanks.

Its correct to say that each mobile device will sync with a personal users outlook.

Therefore, lets remove the mobile devices from the picture for now.

Now that the mobile devices are out of the picture, do you know if its possible to automatically sync data between Outlook and Sharepoint, without the user needing to manually copy calendar entries?

Thanks
Dan
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SembeeCommented:
I am not aware of anything that will do that. Not to say it doesn't exist, but you may find better success posting that question in the Sharepoint zone. The Sharepoint experts are more likely to have seen something.

Simon.
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ssnydsCommented:
Dan,
I have the same issue with the Windows mobile, I have found out that if you connect your sharepoint calendars to outlook and then move those calendars into the Exchange "Mailbox" calendar folders via outlook.... Synchronization will occur automatically between SP and Outlook, it also syncs with OWA, now as to why those calendars will still not work with Mobile, I have not yet found out that answer. maybe Windows mobile 6 only supports one calendar I don't know. Hope this helped a little.

Scott
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