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iphone user see or accept outlook calendar

August 18, 2010 at 21:45:47
Specs: Windows 7

How in the world can an iphone user see or accept an outlook calendar invite? Every time anyone from my windows office sends me a Microsoft Office Outlook calendar invite it shows up as a "mime-attachment.ics"... All I can do from my iphone i see the file but I'm unable to open it or even have the option of accepting or declining the Outlook invite...!
I've really tried to look within the support and forums but only seem to find scant info. on the subject. Not even AT&T nor Apple phone support can help. They just keep repeating the same thing... if the file is not in the apple acceptable format, the iphone can't see it nor open it nor deal with it.

So is it true? If I get an outlook email calendar invite then I'm screwed!?


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#1
August 19, 2010 at 07:26:04

That is correct, there is nothing you can do with the ics attachments on your iPhone. If you are a Mac user iCal will open the attachment and accept/decline the invite and MobileMe will then sync it back to the phone calendar. I guess the best you can do is enter the event manually into your calendar on the iPhone, but can't accept or decline the invitation. However to be able to do this you need the invitation to include all the details of the meeting in the first place and have a computer near you.

I don't know if Apple is working on this but at this time there is a service that will parse your message if you forward it to a certain direction from your iPhone and it will send you back the information in a "readable text" format. In their page you will find all the information.

Calendar Attachment Parser
http://icsparse.appspot.com/


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#2
September 7, 2010 at 21:42:42

Yes, unfortunately the iPhone Mail program does not allow opening or doing anything with the meeting attachent. Which is strange, because the version in the iPad does allow opening it if you have an app that can handle them. Here's hoping iOS 4.2 will resolve this when they support iPhone and iPad with the same version.

I was having the same problem. It seems not to work right unless you are connecting to an Exchange server.

So, I wrote an iPhone app as a workaround to the issue. It's called Calendar Happy. If you try it, I hope you find it helpful. Please let me know what you think. It doesn't send a confirmation to the meeting organizer yet, but it does allow you to add it to your iPhone calendar and read the details.


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#3
September 10, 2010 at 00:59:46

was having the same problem. It seems not to work right unless you are connecting to an Exchange server.

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#4
December 24, 2010 at 02:50:55

The solution is the Outlook-Addon Appointmentstyler http://www.appointmentstyler.com

or take a look here: http://www.computing.net/answers/ip...


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