More Tools and Utilities for Sharing Outlook Data

Last reviewed on December 8, 2013

For a read-only calendar, see Publishing Microsoft Outlook Calendars on the Internet or an Intranet.

If you don’t have too many calendar items to share, you can simply send vCalendar or iCal files. This is especially useful if not everyone is using Outlook, since many other products support the vCalendar standard.

Third-party providers also offer solutions for integrated group scheduling (also see Sharing Microsoft Outlook Calendar and Contacts)

For sharing messages

Sharing Microsoft Outlook Calendar and Contacts (Main page)

Other approaches

If you need to share information with someone using the same PC (such as two users of a home computer), see Sharing Microsoft Outlook Info on One PC.

You can also use the Briefcase or Import/Export for a certain amount of sharing on a LAN. See Using the Briefcase to share Microsoft Outlook folders.

Use web-based services to share data: Sharing Calendar and Contacts over the Internet

For older Outlook 2000 and 98, you can use NetFolders. See Sharing Calendar and Contacts: Obsolete Methods for more information.

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Tools in the Spotlight

CodeTwo Outlook Sync

CodeTwo Outlook Sync allows you to synchronize Outlook between two PCs. Use it to share all Outlook items with your assistant, workmate, secretary or partner. You can also use it to backup Outlook files to another computer. It enables syncing calendars, contacts, tasks, email, documents and many more in a local network. The program is amazingly easy to install and configure. The free version is fully functional for 30 days. Once a trial period expires, it lets you sync Outlook default calendar and contacts forever! You can upgrade to full version whenever you want for just $59 for 2 machines.

CodeTwo Public Folders

CodeTwo Public Folders will let you share Outlook between many computers. It's an easy and cost-effective Exchange Server or Office 365 alternative which allows you to sync Microsoft Outlook data automatically and across various Outlook platforms and users. New features include: Internet sync (or LAN sync), all data is kept locally (no cloud storage). File sharing capability allows you to share any files between computers. Full encryption of the sync'd data and password protection. The program is fully compatible with all latest Outlook and Windows versions including Outlook 2010 64bit.

OfficeCalendar

Share Microsoft Outlook calendar, contact, and task information with this affordable Exchange alternative. Makes Outlook calendar sharing and Outlook group calendar scheduling easy. Works with Microsoft Outlook 2000, 2002, 2003, 2007 and 2010. OfficeCalendar creates Outlook calendar share folders under each users main calendar folder along with a Outlook group calendar. Free trial is available.

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Easy2Sync

Easy2Sync for Outlook keeps your personal store in sync on multiple computers. Try the free version which only synchronizes the inbox and outbox, the Home-Edition to sync all email folders, or the Business-Edition which synchronizes all folder types. Improved support for Business use: Simpler user interface, improved Exchange synchronization. Supports Outlook 2010 (32 and 64 bit) and portable USB installations for the sync of e-mails, contacts and calendars. Version 4.

Enterprise Staff Indicator for Outlook

Displays in/out status of staff members using an external database (Access, SQLServer or any ODBC database). Does not require Exchange Server.

EZOutlookSync

EZOutlookSync will keep 2 or more copies of MS Outlook always up-to-date. EZOutlookSync will transfer only changed data, making synchronizations real quick and unobtrusive. Works on Outlook 2000/2002/2003.

GroupCalendar for Exchange

Basic functionality is synchronizing user calendars to public calendars and back. New features include: Admin users (managers) can push items to users directly from the group calendar overview and users can not change or remove those from their personal calendar. Team members can push team items to the personal calendar of everyone in their team so these will also display on mobile calendar devices. and more. Users can create new items for other users from the mobile device calendar.

gSyncit

gSyncit is an Outlook add-in that allows for two-way synchronization between Google and Outlook calendars, contacts, notes, and tasks with your Google account. In addition, gSyncit also supports synchronization between Outlook and Toodledo, Pocket Informant Online, Evernote, Dropbox, Simplenote and Nozbe. Version 3.6 and higher support Windows 8 and Outlook 2013. Supports Outlook 2010 and 2013 64-bit.

Issue Tracker for Outlook & SharePoint

An incident ticket management groupware add-in that leverages Microsoft Outlook, Exchange and SharePoint. Provide an easy way for support staffs to collect ticket data from emails, assign technicians and problem areas, set due date and other custom metadata. And then use this information to generate trouble tickets in one of the administrator defined SharePoint lists, where customer issues can be tracked and collaborated with other technicians and stakeholders to seek early resolution.

Merlinia Outback

An advanced in/out board with Outlook calendar integration giving the receptionists a complete overview of "who's out and who's back", both now and in the near future.

OfficeClip

Set of intranet collaboration applications that offer synchronization with Outlook. Available for local server installation and as a hosted application.

Schedules4Team

Share schedule information with one or more groups, with or without Exchange Server, and without the need to enter data in more than one folder. Timeline view can show free/busy time for group. Group calendar can be sorted or filtered by location, name, or group. Works by exchanging information in special email messages.

ShareCalendar for Outlook

Sync and share calendar folders, appointments and meetings in a few clicks. Sync Outlook Calendar between PCs and share Calendar with colleagues or friend automatically or manually. Any changes made in the shared Calendar folders while offline will be synchronized automatically as soon as you connect to the internet or local network. Share custom Outlook calendar forms and imported items.

Softalk Share Server

Softalk Share Server lets Outlook users natively share their Outlook folders amongst one another in much the same way that Exchange Server provides Outlook folder sharing. An administrator can control which other users have access to any of their folders (including calendars, contacts, tasks, notes, journals and email folders).

Sync2 for Outlook

Sync2 is a Microsoft Outlook sync tool for those who want to have their Outlook synchronized with Google, on several PCs, tablets or smartphones. With Sync2 it is possible to sync Outlook folders, such as email, calendar, contacts, tasks, notes and journal between multiple PCs without a server. Sync Outlook Calendar, Contacts and Tasks with Google, smartphones and tablets. Two way sync ensures that all changes made on any of the devices, will be moved to others. Latest version of Sync2 features an automatic Contact and Calendar folder backup and instant synchronization of changes made on Outlook folders. Version 2.42

Sync2PST

Sync2PST is a downloadable PC application that allows you to synchronize Microsoft Outlook PST files (stores all the Outlook settings and data). Synchronizing automatically or manually any of your Outlook folders between two or more computers (Desktop PC and Laptop) has never been easier. Outlook sync can be made via shared pst files located on the same PC, your network, USB flash or hard drives.

SynchPst for Outlook

SynchPst for Outlook synchronizes data between personal folders. Choose either single or multiple folders, with or without subfolders, and synchronize them quickly and efficiently. Version 3.1.4

Team Publisher for Outlook & SharePoint

Team Publisher provides an easy way for work-group users to bring Outlook contents to SharePoint. It is just a click way to share and publish mails, appointments, tasks or contacts from Outlook to one or more of the administrator chosen SharePoint lists. This is achieved without using any scripts or programming, providing a seamless experience to the users. To be even more productive, publishing to SharePoint can be automated. In other words, Team Publisher extends your Outlook to feed data to SharePoint lists for various purposes, such as for email archiving, issue tracking, timesheets, and projects or contact managements.

WebScheduler

Web-based scheduling platform, supporting the vCalendar standard.

WorkgroupShare

Server-based Outlook collaboration solution for sharing Outlook folders on either a local network or over the Internet. Management tool allows administrator to create and grant permissions for public folders and monitor which users have what access to which folders. Server system requirements are minimal. Outlook 98 or later.


More Information

  • Sharing an Outlook mailbox with your team members
  • Synchronizing Microsoft Outlook on two machines
  • Personal Data Interchange — Details on the vCard, vCalendar and iCalendar specifications for sharing. Outlook supports these, but they only let you share one contact or calendar item at a time. And Outlook does not support the VTODO and VJOURNAL types of iCalendar items, only VEVENT.

Written by

Diane Poremsky
A Microsoft Outlook Most Valuable Professional (MVP) since 1999, Diane is the author of several books, including Outlook 2013 Absolute Beginners Book. She also created video training CDs and online training classes for Microsoft Outlook. You can find her helping people online in Outlook Forums as well as in the Microsoft Answers and TechNet forums.

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