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Publishing Public Folders, Exchange 2007, no longer available via office.com

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I'm the IT Admin for a Hospice and we depend on this public calendar for the Nurses to know which Physician is on duty and available for signing scripts.

As per this link we will no longer be able to view our Exchange 2007, public calendar, schedule for who is on duty from iPhones/iPads.  As of 4/5/14, office.com no longer allows this.  

There is talk of saving the calendar as an .ics file and publishing that to outlook.com but that is a static solution right?  There's no pass through for updates unless you constantly manually update the .ics upload.

I'd really like there to be a solution/work around/brilliant suggestion to this but I suspect this is about removing functionality to force purchase of a newer version of Exchange.  We are slated to move to Exchange 2013 but I have to wait until we get a new server that can handle virtual machines because our existing Exchange install is on a Domain Controller.

Any help would be appreciated!
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You might want to double check to confirm that Exchange 2013 supports this.  There have been rumblings for a couple years now that MS wants to phase out public folders in Exchange in a move to force people to adopt SharePoint.  You may want to look at an alternative mail server.  We use Kerio Connect (http://www.kerio.com), which provides 95% of the functionality of Exchange, and is cross platform, and very friendly to mobile devices.
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Thank you.  MS is not removing Public folders in 2013.

Are public folders going away?

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No. Public folders are great for Outlook integration, simple sharing scenarios, and for allowing large audiences to access the same data.

(from MS TechNet)
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This is a workaround in that it involves going outside of the MS family.  I'm not willing to subject my organization to this lack of standardization...easier to support MS and find employees to support MS.

I don't love MS but honestly some standard is better than none.
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I wish you the best of luck
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