So here is an interesting question. I use Thunderbird as my email client since Outlook tends to get "icky" when you have a few too many emails. While Thunderbird has it's own quirks, I've gotten quite used to it and will never switch back to Outlook.
However - I've run into a little problem. At my new job, most folks use Outlook and they send meeting invites via email. Thunderbird simply doesn't know what to do witht his.
I have been able to save the ICS attachment and import it into Google Calendar. While this adds the event, it doesn't let me accept the meeting.
Any ideas? If worse comes to worse, I guess I can reinstall Outlook and simply tell Thunderbird to have Outlook be the application for ICS files, but there must be a simpler way to handle this.
p.s. The MacBook Pro has shipped. It is currently in China which means it will get here in Lafayette sometime this fall. If you are bored, here is the tracking info.
Exactly the same problem here. Investigated a few options but nothing really cuts it. This is the best I could find...
Well, if you use a local running Coldfusion for development, you could use COM to accept those meeting requests ;) It would probably be a pain in the butt to write, and be somewhat like disciplining a child with a WMD, but once you had it coded it would probably need little maintenance. I know there are a lot of tutorials out there about COM outlook integration, as long as you have outlook installed, you would never have to open it!
You may want to take a look at Entourage on your new MacBook. I like it better than Outlook. It integrates with Exchange, and actually has a few cool functions. It is a MS product, but it is made for the Mac.
Thanks. My Mac, though, is not going to be my primary machine. (Maybe in the future.) So I'm still using my PC for mail. At night, I'm basically running Eclipse and Firefox, and then using VNC to check email on the PC upstairs.
"...and then using VNC to check email on the PC upstairs."
Ah, the ultimate programmer..<grin>
Your MacBook should arrive in about two days. Mine left China last Monday and arrived Wednesday morning in Virginia.
Also, Apple's mail Mail.app talks to Exchange, although you won't be able to work with the calendar functions since Microsoft doesn't believe in playing nice.
I'd be surprised if it did. Fedex/UPS is slow here. I saw a package get to the city and not arrive in my home for 4 days.
I ran into this problem last week. Jeremy Zawodny's suggestion of using Lighting as a Thunderbird extension worked for me; now my emails will correctly parse vCal emails, and even display accept or reject buttons.
Weird. I -do- have Lightning installed.
Well, after installing "lightning", i did get the accept & reject buttons instead of the raw vcalendar code, but pressing them seems to have no effect whatsoever. It does look like the most promising development on the exchange interoperability front, but it is probably a few versions away from a usable business product.
Exchange sends meeting notices as .vcs files. It does weird and funky stuff with them based on file extension. changing the extension works for the reverse problem (sending a meeting request from a non-exchange server to an outlook client) so perhaps switch the extensions?
Doesn't work here either. Have got Lightning installed and made a identity for the address the invitation was received on. I'm use the portable version though.