Push Email on your iPhone for free

One of the great advantages of having an Exchange server is that you can use ActiveSync to push emails to your iPhone ( or other ActiveSync enabled device).

This means that emails will show up on your iPhone almost as soon as they arrive in your mail providers Inbox.

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A free Exchange Replacement that works

For years the de-facto groupware suite was Microsoft Exchange and Outlook. Well as someone who prefers to not use Microsoft products if I can avoid it this has been somewhat of a problem. Sure there have been some projects that replaced some of the functionality of Exchange (Like Zimbra)  but there have always been problems. Things just never seemed to work quite right. That is until I tried Zarafa. Zarafa is an Exchange replacement that runs on Linux. Like a lot of recent Open Source projects the company responsible for Zarafa as made available both a Community (Read “free as in beer and speech”) version that has a restriction of 3 connected mapi (Outlook) clients and a paid version that you can pay for per client access license.

The key features of Zarafa are

  1. Ajax based web interface (This is as close to Outlook in a web browser as I’ve ever seen)
  2. Outlook support (versions 2000 to 2007)
  3. Mobile support (Push email to Activesync devices (Windows Mobile or iPhone) via Z-Push
  4. Active Directory/LDAP integration
  5. POP3/IMAP support
  6. MySQL support
  7. Single Sign on support
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