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Surely must be an autorespond & Outlook meeting invite tool?

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Post Posted March 10th, 2017, 6:46 am

Surely must be an autorespond & Outlook meeting invite tool?

Autoresponders - badly needed
I have googled - but cannot find a workaround to poor old Thunderbirds glaring inability to natively autorespond to/ through /via outlook mail servers. Instead - email floods in and I have to reply manually to every one of them, everyday, typing "sorry Im out of the office" - "Im on holiday and back XYZ"

Feeling isolated
I have the exQuilla that allows me to "communicate" and email with Outlook servers for work - but I badly miss being able to send meeting invites like the grown-ups do. Currently I have to send emails and ask them to add that. SO maddeningly frustrating and will probably be cuaght and forced to dump thunderbord and "get with the Outlook" program.

please advise. Are these two email basic functions just not available after so many years of dev? I really dont want to have to gump Thunderbird after so many years - but therein lies the problem, the long wait for basics.

Thanks

Dom

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Post Posted March 10th, 2017, 7:31 am

You can auto-respond using a message filter that uses a message filter with action "reply with template" . You won't see that action as a choice in the list box unless you have already created a template. See http://www.makeuseof.com/tag/set-mozill ... ed-emails/

exQuilla is meant to allow you to use an Exchange server when a POP/IMAP/SMTP server is not installed on the same host. The POP/IMAP/SMTP server software is provided with the Exchange software but its up to the admin whether or not they also install it.

Have you investigated whether you can get by using just the Lightning add-on? It supports sending and receiving message invitations. http://smallbusiness.chron.com/receive- ... 55866.html appears to claim you can receive and accept/decline Outlook invitations

https://support.mozilla.org/t5/Calendar ... ta-p/14890 (configuring Lightning)
https://support.mozilla.org/t5/Calendar ... ta-p/14961 (sending invitations to Outlook users using Lightning)

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Post Posted March 19th, 2017, 6:01 am

Im afraid that I had to *pay*(our of my own lecturers salary) to install exquilla as the ONLY way to connect with Exchange its frustrating, as I *still* cant then have autorespond. There is no way, (or at least I have wasted so much time and energy trying to do it outside in my own hours - that I have to call time - its not going to happen - its not easy enough for regular non BSc CompScience qualified people) AFter 3 months on this - Its time to move on.

So despite being a lifelong fan of Thunderbird, I have reverted to OSX Mail which "just works" and takes ten seconds to *finally* get autoresponder to work with EWS/outlook.

Its a pity - but its a question of end usability for mere mortals like me. Farewell Thunderbird.

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Post Posted March 19th, 2017, 1:45 pm

I browsed the exquilla web site and didn't find anything by you in the exquilla support forums or a corresponding issue in the exquilla known issues forum. You didn't mention submitting a support ticket using https://exquilla.zendesk.com/hc/en-us/requests/new . I found https://exquilla.zendesk.com/hc/en-us/c ... ndar-addon which recommended you use the ericssonexchange calendar add-on with exquilla. There is a wiki for it at https://github.com/Ericsson/exchangecalendar/wiki .

You said you spent 3 months on this problem. I responded within an hour of your post, and you didn't post again until you had given up. I'm sorry that things didn't work out for you, but I think you went about solving your problem the wrong way.

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