Outlook Connector's value?

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Brian Tillman [MVP - Outlook]

I left Windows roughly a year ago moving to Macs but am going to start using
a Windows based netbook and will be--probably--starting to use Outlook again.
I've started reading this newsgroup again to update my knowledge etc and have
noticed a lot of posts about Outlook Connector and, not remembering seeing
much about it before, wonder if it's a good idea to use it. I'll be checking
a couple of IMAP accounts as well as a couple of Hotmail/MSN ones. I'd like
to keep a calendar and address (yes, I remember MS is VERY touchy about
calling the Contacts and address book despite the fact that it does look and
quack like a duck) book synchronized and I'm wondering if this is a part of
what Outlook Connector does.

So, I guess my basic question is, do I need to use Outlook Connector or,
even if I don't NEED it, is it generally a good idea to use it based on what
I want/need to do?

The Outlook Connector is an add-in that implements the new DeltaSync transport
Microsoft uses to connect to Hotmail/MSN/Live Mail accounts, replacing the DAV
HTTP transport they used to use. The Connector allows two-way access between
Outlook and the Hotmail servers, creating a cache of the Hotmail folders on
the local PC similar to the cache created when using an Exchange account. If
you want to be able to keep your folders, including mail, tasks, calendar,
contacts, etc., on the Hotmail server, you must use the Connector. If you
need only the Inbox, Hotmail also allows POP/SMTP access.

The "address book" in Outlook is a view of your Contacts folders. It doesn't
contain any information itself. It's not like the Windows Address Book, which
is a separate application from those mail apps that use it and references its
own database of contacts. That's why, despite "quacking like a duck", the
Outlook Address Book isn't an entity separate from the Contacts folders. When
you manipulate contacts, you do so via the Contacts folder, not the address
book interface. Doing otherwise produces incomplete modifications in the
Contacts folder.

If you use IMAP and Hotmail, you'll have separate folder sets for each account
of those types. The IMAP account folders cannot be designated as the delivery
location folders, but the Hotmail folders can be.
 
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Tim Mathews

I left Windows roughly a year ago moving to Macs but am going to start using
a Windows based netbook and will be--probably--starting to use Outlook
again. I've started reading this newsgroup again to update my knowledge etc
and have noticed a lot of posts about Outlook Connector and, not remembering
seeing much about it before, wonder if it's a good idea to use it. I'll be
checking a couple of IMAP accounts as well as a couple of Hotmail/MSN ones.
I'd like to keep a calendar and address (yes, I remember MS is VERY touchy
about calling the Contacts and address book despite the fact that it does
look and quack like a duck) book synchronized and I'm wondering if this is a
part of what Outlook Connector does.

So, I guess my basic question is, do I need to use Outlook Connector or,
even if I don't NEED it, is it generally a good idea to use it based on what
I want/need to do?

Thanks,
Tim
 
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Don S.

Hi

Great explanation -- but I do not follow/understand the last paragraph:

The IMAP account folders cannot be designated as the delivery
location folders, but the Hotmail folders can be.

I have both POP3 and MAPI -- it works OK on one PC, but on the other the
Inbox and Junk emails are not under the Folders that are named like my email
address but are in the Personal Folders. What did do wrong?

Thanks

Don S.
 
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Brian Tillman [MVP - Outlook]

Great explanation -- but I do not follow/understand the last paragraph:

The IMAP account folders cannot be designated as the delivery
location folders, but the Hotmail folders can be.

I have both POP3 and MAPI -- it works OK on one PC, but on the other the
Inbox and Junk emails are not under the Folders that are named like my email
address but are in the Personal Folders. What did do wrong?

I didn't say "MAPI" in the sentence you quoted, I said IMAP, a different type
of account.

When you say "folders that are named like my email address", are you referring
to the Hotmail account folders? Hotmail account folder sets should contain an
Inbox and a Junk E-mail folder as well. If you see none, then delete the
Hotmail account, restart Outlook, and add it in again to build a new set of
folders.
 

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