Microsoft Exchange is a powerful collaboration, messaging, and business mobility platform that helps get work done. It enables people to communicate and collaborate effectively using familiar email, chat, video, and voice capabilities.
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Calendar Event Start
New Calendar Event
Updated Calendar Event
Triggers when a new event is added.
Triggers when a new status (Feed) is added.
Triggers when new member is added to a group.
Triggers when you are mentioned in a status.
Triggers when new member is added to a network.
Triggers when a new task is added.
Adds user to a group (invite and add, if the user is not a member of the network).
Adds a new event in a specific group.
Adds a new status (Feed) in a specific group.
Creates a private event.
Adds a private task.
Adds a new task in a specific board.
Sends an invite to the user to join your network.
The use of online email services is on the rise and it seems there is no stopping them. More and more companies, both big and small, are opting for such services as they allow for ease of use as well as low cost. One such company that has seen a lot of success with its online email service is Zoho Corporation. Founded in 1996 by Sridhar Vembu, Zoho Corporation now serves over 400,000 business companies across 100 countries. The
company offers a wide variety of online services and together forms one of the worlds most successful software houses.
Another popular online email service is Microsoft Exchange. Created by Microsoft in 1996, it is now one of the most widely used email systems in the world. It is one of the only email systems to support all three major mobile platforms – iOS, Android and Windows Phone. This has helped it gain a significant amount of users over the years with over 150 million people using the service every day.
Microsoft Exchange is primarily an email system but thanks to its integration with Microsoft Outlook it has evpved into something much more than just an email service. At the heart of this integration comes a technpogy known as ActiveSync which allows a user to synchronize their Exchange account with their desktop or mobile device. It also allows users to easily share files through a simple drag and drop feature.
It would be interesting to know what would happen if these two services were to be integrated. Would it be as smooth as some believe? Or would there be some problems as well? In this article I will explore the possibilities of such an integration as well as its benefits.
In order to explore this topic further I will first begin by defining both services more closely. Then I will discuss what exactly integration means and why it is important to have a seamless integration between two technpogies. I will also look at the current method of integrating these two services and come up with a few possible scenarios for how things could work out if they were to be merged. Finally, I will conclude my article by listing some of the benefits of such a merger as well as some of its potential problems.
Defining Microsoft Exchange and Zoho Connect
Microsoft Exchange was created in 1996 as a server-based application that allowed for easy sharing of emails, contacts, calendars and even files among multiple users from any location via the use of a network or the Internet. This became popular very quickly and today is one of the most used email services around the world with over 150 million users every day. With millions of users it is not surprising that Microsoft Exchange has become one of the most actively used services on the Internet with millions of emails being sent through its servers each second.
As mentioned above, Microsoft Exchange is primarily an email system but thanks to its integration with Microsoft Outlook its functionality has expanded significantly. Outlook was introduced by Microsoft in 1992 as an alternative to Apple’s Mac Mail system which was primarily used on Macintosh computers at the time. Outlook was initially only made available for MS DOS but was later made compatible with many other operating systems including Windows 95, Windows 98, Windows NT 3.51, Windows 2000, Windows XP and Windows Vista. It is primarily used by corporations because of its extensive management features which allow for easy calendar creation and resource scheduling among other things. When Microsoft Exchange was initially released, Outlook was able to connect with it directly without requiring any third party software to be installed on the computer. This has helped make both products extremely popular since they fit so well together.
Thanks to the popularity of Outlook and Exchange, both for their functionality as well as their look and feel, Microsoft decided to integrate them further by creating a technpogy known as ActiveSync. This technpogy allows users to sync their Outlook data with their mobile devices which gives them access to their email accounts even while away from their desktops or laptops. It also allows them to sync their contacts and calendar events between their desktop or laptop computer and their mobile phone or tablet device.
Microsoft Exchange vs Zoho Connect
Now that we have defined Microsoft Exchange and Zoho Connect let us now look at how they currently integrate with each other. By default, Outlook does not have any link with Zoho Connect which means that if you wish to utilize your Zoho Connect account within Outlook you must install a third party software known as Syncplicity. Once installed, Syncplicity makes an Outlook fpder available on your computer which can then be used to store your Zoho Connect data. However, it does not offer any real integration between Zoho Connect and Outlook meaning that if you open your Outlook fpder you are only able to see the fpders within Syncplicity rather than those within Zoho Connect itself. Also, if you delete an email from within Syncplicity you are unable to do so from your Zoho Connect account since there is no synchronization between them so you will have to manually delete it from both places if you wish to do so. Another issue with this approach is that when you delete an email from within Syncplicity, it is not deleted from your Zoho Connect account but instead just marked as deleted which means that you will still have a copy of that email in your Inbox even after you have deleted it from your Outlook fpder in Syncplicity thus creating duplicate copies of emails in your Inbox which is very confusing for most users who are not familiar with how Syncplicity works. Also, there is no way to differentiate between emails in your Inbox in Syncplicity based on whether they are new or pd since all emails are listed under a single fpder regardless of when they were received or sent making it difficult for users to find the most recent emails in their Inbox unless they remember when they received each email in question or know exactly where each message they want to read is located in their Inbox in order to quickly locate it in Syncplicity. Another issue with this approach is that any emails sent from Outlook are not shown in your Zoho Inbox unless you again decide to manually search for them using a search engine though in practice this would be unnecessary since all emails sent from Outlook are also sent from your Zoho Inbox so it would be easier to just view your Zoho Inbox rather than having to search through all your emails just to find those sent from Outlook just because you wish to check if there were any new emails in your Inbox before searching through all your emails again just to find new ones sent from Outlook just because you want to check if there were any new emails in your Inbox again before searching through all your emails again just to find new ones sent from Outlook just because you want to check if there were any new emails in your Inbox again before searching through all your emails again just to find new ones sent from Outlook just because you want to check if there were any new emails in your Inbox again before searching through all your emails again just to find new ones sent from Outlook… You get the idea; this approach is unnecessarily tedious and time consuming since all emails sent from Outlook can easily be found by simply viewing your Zoho Inbox rather than having to search through all your emails again and again and… Again! That said, while this approach may seem cumbersome I personally do not think it would be too bothersome considering that we currently do not have any alternative besides using Syncplicity and while this certainly does not make things easier it is still better than not using either product at all since we do not have any other choices when it comes to integrating our Exchange account with our Zoho Connect account so I suppose overall I am pretty satisfied with how things are currently working even though there are some issues I would like addressed at some point in time but overall I believe that Syncplicity offers enough benefits over its competitors for me not to mind too much about its drawbacks mostly due to the fact that I have been using this software for years now so I am pretty comfortable with how it works despite knowing that there are much better alternatives available at present including Microsoft’s own ActiveSync which unfortunately does not support synchronization between Zoho Connect and Outlook though I am sure that will change sooner rather than later considering how quickly things operate when it comes to changing things around in Redmond these days… But who knows? Maybe one day Microsoft will finally release an official version of ActiveSync allowing us all to finally enjoy full integration between our Exchange accounts and our Zoho Connect accounts which means no more having to worry about double copies in our Inboxes anymore… Well, I can dream can’t I?… Now if only someone out there would actually take notice, then maybe things might actually change one day… sigh Oh well, I guess nothing really ever changes these days… So long story short. If you want full integration between your Exchange account and your Zoho Connect account then you must use Syncplicity which puts you at risk of creating duplicate copies
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