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OL98: Using Schedule+ as the Primary Calendar [Q182105]

PSS ID Number: Q182105
Article last modified on 07-27-1999

The information in this article applies to:
- Microsoft Outlook 98

In Microsoft Outlook 98, you can substitute Microsoft Schedule+ 95 for the Outlook calendar function. This article discusses the conditions under which this is desirable.

In a mixed environment consisting of Outlook and Schedule+ 95 and/or Schedule+ 1.0 users, all users can exchange meeting request messages and share free/busy status with each other. However, many Outlook capabilities go beyond those of Schedule+. Outlook users should be aware that their coworkers who are still using Schedule+ may not be able to view or use some of the messaging or calendar information the same way another Outlook user can.

Although Outlook and Schedule+ 1.0 offer a high level of interoperability for basic calendar and group scheduling functions, the differences can affect levels of access to other's calendars. Using the option to "Use Microsoft Schedule+ as my primary calendar" is one method of allowing a group of users to modify each other's schedules seamlessly. Continuing to use Schedule+ for calendar functions during the transition period ensures the retention of the same level of interoperability that existed before the upgrade to Outlook.

To Use Schedule+ as Your Primary Calendar
To use Schedule+ as the primary calendar, follow these steps:

  1. On the Tools menu, click Options.
  2. On the Preferences tab, click Calendar options.
  3. Click to select "Use Microsoft Schedule+ as my primary calendar."
  4. Click OK twice to exit.
Enabling this option adds a button for starting Schedule+ 95 to the Outlook toolbar. The Outlook calendar is no longer used.

NOTE: The option to use Schedule+ 95 for the primary calendar is only available if Schedule+ 95 is installed and working on the computer before you install Outlook. The Outlook Setup program does not install enough of the Schedule+ 95 files to enable its operation, so this option will be dimmed.

For more information about making the decision to use this option, see the white paper titled "Microsoft Outlook 97 Interoperability With Microsoft Exchange Client, Microsoft Mail Version 3.x, Microsoft Schedule+ 95, and Microsoft Schedule+ version 1.0." This white paper is available on the World Wide Web at:

Copyright Microsoft Corporation 1999.

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