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Microsoft Exchange at Internode

Feb 15, 2010, 12:02 (26 Talkback[s])
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"Internode has just moved its staff email environment from an Open Source based IMAP service to Microsoft Exchange 2007.

"For an organisation with a long history of preference for Open Source/Unix based systems, and something less than unconditional love for Microsoft, its an interesting decision.

"I've decided to explain why we have done this

"Background

"Internode is very much a cross-platform organisation. We have significant populations of Windows, MacOS and Linux systems on staff desktops. And so any solution that provides company wide integrated mail, calendar and contacts has to cross all those operating system boundaries without significant compromise in any of them.

"We've been trying to get a working, open source based, cross platform calendaring system happening at Internode for years and years.

"And we've never managed it.

"There's always something that doesn't work right, or a need to run a plethora of 'conduit' tools between multiple calendar systems. Somehow, no matter how hard you try, that seems to turn into a dogs breakfast, and involves some horrid compromises on at least one of your operating systems in terms of user access to the resulting information."

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