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Opening/Importing .ics files in Outlook 2003

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Hello,

We are running an Exchange 2003 environment with Outlook 2003 as the email client.  I've tried searching for solutions on importing a .ics calendar file into outlook.  I've tried applying a hotfix to the exchange server (KB925873) and that hasn't worked.  I've also tried saving the .ics file to my desktop and importing it through File -> Import and Export in outlook, and it gives me an error saying the file is corrupt.  I've also tried editing the actual code of the .ics file from version 2.0 to 1.0 because I read that could be a possible workaround and that hasn't worked either.  

Any help would be greatly appreciated, thank you!
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Hi, printmedia.
Have you tried double-clicking on the file from Windows Explorer?

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Yes and it says "Cannot import vCalendar file.  Which is the same thing it says if I try double-clicking directly on the attachment.
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Can you upload the file so I can have a look at it?

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I'm going to email it as I can't attach a .ics file, even if it's zipped.
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EE's rules don't permit emailing items since that excludes anyone else who wants to work on a question.  The solution is to rename the file to *.txt.  I've done that and uploaded the file.

c080713.txt
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I double-clicked on the file and it opened as an appointment.  That's proper behavior.  I'm doing it on 2007 though, not 2003.  As a test, try saving an existing appointment on your calendar to iCal format.  Now, double-click the file and tell me what happens.

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Yea it'll work fine in 2007, the issue was fixed in 2007, 2003 is where the problem lies, and even more in 2000.  

When I save items in my calendar to iCal format they save and open without a problem.
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Heh, coincidentally I thought about doing that about 10 minutes ago.  That's what I'm going to be doing for now, but I'm going to have to try and find a solution down the line.  At first I thought it was a server incompatibility because of KB925873, but after I figured that seemed a little odd.  It's strange that there wouldn't be a proper fix to this problem without having to upgrade to 2007.
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"It's strange that there wouldn't be a proper fix to this problem without having to upgrade to 2007."
I agree.  I find it even stranger that vCalendar is supposed to be a standard, yet here we have a file that's incompatible.  So much for standards.

I'll do some research on the issue to see if I can find anything.

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Alright, well if you find anything I dont know if you can keep posting after points have been issued, but I guess you can put them in here, as so will I if I find anything.

Thank you for the help BlueDevil!

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