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I have a user that has a WinXP machine with office 2007. She got an email with an attachment that has an .ICS extention. She can't open this attachment and has the following error
"This file cannot be previewed because there is no previewer for it"
Has anyone run across this error?
If so, did you find a work around?
I have been googleing without much success.
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by:yadtelnetadmins
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The ICS file type is primarily associated with 'iCalendar' by Apple Inc.. A standard way to store calendar informaiton in a text file on the Internet. The format is described in RFC 2445. The format is used by ICal on the Macintosh and in the Mozilla Calendar project. Other programs like Lotus Notes can also generate .ICS files for synchronizing calendars.

Unless they have an Apple PC and iCalendar running, they wont be able to open this file.
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by:JeffBeall
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I found a way to open it, ( it was on a website - I can't take credit )

In outlook you go to file, open, import. then there is an option to import an iCalendar (.ics) or vCalendar file (.vcs)

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I was just wondering if there is something like the office converstion thing, or add on, so the user doesn't have to do this?
Also, googleing seemed to suggest that this was an outlook 2013 calendar event. but you're saying this is an Apple thing?
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Well a few of the sites I searched said Apple, but from your screen shot I remembering seeing that before., I think you should be able to save the file to the computer and then import that file into Outlook.
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by:JeffBeall
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yes, that does work, I was just wondering if there is a better way. like some kind of add on for outlook,
do you know of anything like that?
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by:JeffBeall
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thanks for the help
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