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Hi,
I have a client whos been using Blackberry for years, and this sync so well with her XP desktop/Outlook 2003, but recently she upgraded to iPhone5 and yes, you guessed it, they no longer talk, I have the options of upgrade her to Win7/Office2010 and sync through iCloud, problem is, iCloude dont seem very stable, on my test machine, it hangs a bit and also refused login at time, which does not give me much confidents, trolling through the net also suggested that on rare occassions, it can trash calendars while sync through iCloud, again this is not soemthing I would chance.

So my next option is to look for Exchange Hosting, so far I looked at most, but Office365 seems to do the most at a good price, question is, how well does this sync with the iOS6 devices, also she would want to have Outlook 2010 on her desktop acting like a normal email client as before but also storing everything thats on 365 on her local machine either in PST or whatever file 365 generates.

Or if there are any other better solutions than 365 I would love to know about it.

Many thanks
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Question by:Combemartin
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by:Combemartin
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Also on teh 365 ordering page they offer 'smart hosting' whereby they will not take over existing domain hosting, but will 'work alonside' it ? anyone know how this works ?
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by:Alan Hardisty
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Office 365 is Exchange 2010 and this is perfect for iOS anything, so would be a great choice.

You get a 25Gb mailbox and can configure Outlook for Exchange using Outlook Anywhere and then your iPhone and Outlook will be perfectly in sync.

If you buy the Basic Email Plan only - not the Small Business Plan, then Microsoft doesn't have to manage your domain by changing the Nameservers, so if you want to keep your domain as it is, just go for the basic email plan only.

Office 365 would keep an .OST file locally not a .PST.
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by:Combemartin
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Thanks Alan, would you know how the domain work when in basic plan ? you would know as a simple hosting its currently hosted by another ISP, how would MS interact and work with it ?
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by:Amit
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if you are new to Exchange and not used in past. Office 365 is good option.
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Alan Hardisty earned 500 total points
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With the basic plan, you simply create new SRV / CNAME and MX records using your current provider and that will keep Office 365 sweet.

The SRV records are needed for Lync if you want to use it otherwise they are not needed.

Alan
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Thanks Alan.
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