Connector for Outlook: Still Searching for the Download?

This question comes up quite frequently: "Where do I download the Sun Java System Connector for Microsoft Outlook bits?" (Sun Java System Connector for Microsoft Outlook enables the use of Outlook as a desktop client on Windows with Sun Java System Messaging and Calendar Servers. The Connector includes a Desktop Deployment and Configuration program and an Outlook plug-in. The Desktop Deployment and Configuration program enables a site administrator to automatically deploy the Outlook Connector. The Outlook plug-in provides real-time access to mail, calendar and directory services via Microsoft Outlook.)

For the current release, Communications Suite 5 (aka Connector for Outlook 7.2), the Communications Suite 5 download site provides the capability of also downloading Connector for Outlook (and Communications Sync) from the same site. That download site is located here:

http://www.sun.com/download/products.xml?id=45f95b76

For the previous release, Jave ES 2005Q4 (aka Connector for Outlook 7.1), the software for Connector for Microsoft Outlook 7.1 is available on the Java ES 2005Q4 Accessory CD #3. Use the URL below to get this CD. Once you access the URL, select the link that provides Multiple platform support. Log in and choose the Accessory CD #3 for download. That download site is located here:

http://www.sun.com/download/products.xml?id=45008905

Comments:

Thank you for making finding the outlook connector easier.

Since you're a JES Comms expert, can you tell me why Sun, the company who has a CEO always talking about J2ME and how billions of JVM's are on cell phones, doesn't have a good way of using JES Comms suite on mobile devices?

At the moment, I use an overly complex system of the outlook connector (I installed windows + outlook 2003 solely for mobile sync purposes), a service provider and then a java app to get calendar, email, and address book on my device.

Have I missed an easy solution? I also know that the comms express interface doesn't load on blackberry, palm or windows mobile devices.

Posted by Eric on August 17, 2007 at 05:59 AM MDT #

Consider these options:

Comms Suite leverages our partners for mobile solutions that work with our Comms Suite back ends. Notify Technology Corp. provides mobile access to Comms Suite on Blackberry, Palm, and Windows Mobile devices, and Synchronica provides SyncML connectivity to SyncML capable mobile clients. Based on what I was told, either of these solutions are easier than the method you have described. Note that neither of these solutions is free. The Notifylink solution is targetted at Enterprise users who want push style notification capability similar to RIM. Synchronica is targetted at Service Provider customers who want to sync their calendar and addressbook to Sun's servers using the SyncML client on the device (primarily SyncML enabled phones). Both of these solutions are used internally by employees at Sun to provide mobile access to Comms.

Finally, Portal Server Mobile Access is a solution available today which provides mobile access to Comms Servers using any device browser. This is browser based access--not sync--so none of the data syncs to your device clients. Since most customers want to sync the data to the clients on their devices, this solution may not be ideal. But it is currently available as part of the Sun Java System Portal Server.

Posted by Joe Sciallo on August 17, 2007 at 09:45 AM MDT #

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