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WorkgroupShare for Outlook

At a Glance
  • Generic Company Place Holder WorkgroupShare for Outlook

WorkgroupShare consists of an administration/server module and a client that must be installed as an Outlook add-in across all the machines on which you want to share folders, mail, notes, tasks or calendar information. It takes a few minutes with the user's guide to get up to speed, and there are some slight oddities in behavior across the different versions of Outlook. For instance, until I chose Go/Folder List and selected Shared Folders (at the recommendation of Softalk's tech support) a shared calendar wouldn't show up on the Calendar pane with Outlook 2007. Earlier versions of Outlook didn't suffer this quirk. Also, I was unable to install the client on Vista; each time I tried, the setup routine froze at about the 75% mark.

Quirks and Vista compatibility aside (the company promises version 2.3 will be Vista compatible) WorkgroupShare worked as advertised, allowing users to enter appointments, share notes and other data quite nicely. The program syncs everything within a Jet database (or MS SQL if you have it) and updates at one minute intervals, so it's not quite real time. However, if you want other users to see and appointment or note right away, you can yell across the room and have everyone use the sync option on the Tools/Share menu that appears in Outlook after you install the client.

--Jon L. Jacobi

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At a Glance
  • Generic Company Place Holder WorkgroupShare for Outlook

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