May 30, 2006
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
DALLAS, Texas – Lookout Software, Ltd. has released OfficeCalendar v2.4, an easyto-
use software alternative to Microsoft Exchange Server that allows Microsoft Outlook
users to share Outlook calendars, contacts and tasks, create a group calendar, and
According to industry sources, Microsoft Outlook leads the email client market worldwide,
with over 250 million users and an approximate 60% market share. Of these users,
only 33% use Microsoft Exchange Server as a platform for messaging. The rest of
these users are mostly small to mid-size businesses who are looking for an alternative
to Exchange Server. “Exchange Server is simply too much for small businesses, due
to relatively expensive hardware and maintenance costs, as well as complex installation
and implementation,” says Tom Garrett, VP of Customer Service and Support for Lookout
OfficeCalendar is the solution to this problem, providing a low-cost alternative
to Exchange Server that is easy to install and maintain. OfficeCalendar works directly
with Outlook, so no extra hardware is necessary. OfficeCalendar is also designed
to be installed by the average computer user, not an IT professional, and it’s easy
to use as well. It takes just a few minutes to install on a network, and in no time
users can synchronize their Outlook data with the click of a button.
“For our small office of 5 people, OfficeCalendar was significantly less expensive
than Microsoft Exchange, plus we were able to set it up ourselves without having
to hire an IT consultant,” says Mike Harris, an OfficeCalendar user.
In addition to easily sharing Outlook calendars, contacts and tasks, users can also
create a group calendar to simplify scheduling. The group calendar allows a user
to view other coworkers’ calendars together on one calendar on their own Outlook
screen. Controlled comprehensive sharing security also assigns users the rights
to access, read, write/edit, and delete other Outlook appointments and contacts.
Lookout Software remains dedicated to providing the small business community with
choices. Keep your eyes open in the near future for other practical and cost-effective
business software applications from Lookout Software.
“For a MS Outlook user, it’s intuitive. I’ve taught other pastors how to use MS
Outlook and now I recommend OfficeCalendar to everyone! This product is everything
I wish it would be,” says Steve Wipperman, Pastor of Our Savior Lutheran Church,
who uses OfficeCalendar to share his calendar and contacts with his secretary. “My
calendar appears on her desktop side-by-side with her own so she can compare, add,
subtract, edit, etc.”
OfficeCalendar v2.4 offers even more optimization features than before, such as
calendar color label synchronization and optional automatic synchronization at thestartup
of Outlook. Calendar color label synchronization gives users the ability to quickly
determine which appointments are meetings, holidays, personal or business, etc.,
at a glance without having to open the details of the appointment item. Automatic
synchronization at the startup of Outlook instantly updates shared Outlook data
Each person wishing to share Outlook calendars, contacts, and/or tasks using OfficeCalendar
must have a copy of Microsoft Outlook 2000, XP, or 2003. However, OfficeCalendar
can work with a mixture of these Outlook versions. (OfficeCalendar does not work
with Microsoft Outlook Express, a different product from Microsoft Outlook.)
Lookout Software was founded in the summer of 2003 with the goal of providing practical
and affordable software solutions that solve common business problems for small
to mid-size businesses.
OfficeCalendar v1.0 was released by Lookout Software in May 2004, and since that
time has evolved through several versions to the most recent, v2.4. Lookout Software
staff and developers are continually striving to better OfficeCalendar and gladly
embrace feedback from customers.
To download a free 14-day trial version of OfficeCalendar v2.4, or for more information
about Lookout Software and OfficeCalendar, visit the company’s website at
Nikki Bonds, Marketing Coordinator
Lookout Software, Ltd.