Outlook 2011 and MobileMe / Exchange Alternative

Is there a hosted solution that I can use to sync a Mac with Office 2011 as MobileMe is not available as yet?
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Glyn MerrittIT Project ManagerAsked:
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James GoldenSystems Administrator ConsultantCommented:
Not sure I understand your Question.  Sync a Mac with Office 2011?  Office 2011 is a MAC application.  Office 2010 is on the PC side of things.  I take it you are using Outlook to sync with Exchange on your MAC.  What is it you want to sync exactly?  Where do you want it to sync to?  Do you want your email form Exchange to show up on your Mobile Me account?  Or your iPhone, iPad?
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Glyn MerrittIT Project ManagerAuthor Commented:
My apologies

I want to sync Outlook 2011 for Mac with a hosted service so I can replicate contacts calendar and mail on a iPhone. I understand that MobileMe will be able to do this but is not yet available for Outlook 2011 for the mac.

Is there a service that will enable me to do this with a current POP account i.e. joe.bloggs@btinternet.com

Cheers
Glyn
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Myztikal_Commented:
POP accounts are limited in functionality and do not fetch anything other than mail from a server.

If your email is hosted on an exchange server (an exchange account; SMTP) there is no need for a middle-man. Your iPhone/iPad/Apple device acually has the ability to automatically sync contacts, calenders and emails directly from the email server.
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Glyn MerrittIT Project ManagerAuthor Commented:
I'm happy with the difference between POP and exchange. What I want to know is id there a hosted exchange solution available to Joe Public rather than having to take out a hosted package for a full domain.
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ilargeCommented:
My best suggestion would be Gmail. You may have to work around the houses a little though. Let me explain:

On your iPhone/iPad, you can configure your Gmail account as an Exchange server; just use your full Gmail address as both the email address and login, specify m.google.com for the server (once the device has failed to autodiscover) and you will then be able to synch contacts, calendar and mail with Google.

On Outlook 2011 that won't work but you can enable Synch Services in the Outlook Preferences which will synch to Address Book and iCal, both of which will talk to Gmail. Another option would be to junk Outlook and just use Mail/iCal/Address Book on your Mac - but Gmail's Exchange connector is an excellent addition to their service.
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Glyn MerrittIT Project ManagerAuthor Commented:
My hope was that there would be a company offering a hosted exchange service that you could forward your (btinternet.com, gmail.com, hotmail.com) emails to and use to sync you calendar and contacts between iPhone and outlook 2011.
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James GoldenSystems Administrator ConsultantCommented:
So, exactly where is the data you want to have synced?

There are hosted Exchange services.  Here are a few:

http://www.apptix.com
http://www.123together.com
http://www.intermedia.net

As for forwarding, you would have to set that up (likely) at the source account (gmail, hotmail, etc...)

Then setting up your exchange on mobile me on your iphone, should get the syncing you want back and forth.
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ilargeCommented:
My point was that Gmail will offer you exactly what you want from an email perspective on your Mac and will work splendidly with your iPhone - as, effectively, a hosted Exchange solution - but without the cost.

If you're trying to do it from a business perspective with a bunch of users then one of the myriad hosted Exchange providers out there would do - I use one myself and we pay £12/user/month which isn't a huge deal, financially.

Ian
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Glyn MerrittIT Project ManagerAuthor Commented:
I'm going to looks for the best deal on hosted exchange and buy a sacrificial domain to use with it.
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ilargeCommented:
Good luck! Hope it works as well for you as it does for me.

Ian
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