Access Devices : Desktop

Desktop Collaboration Suit

Connect Xf helps you further lower your licensing costs with free Desktop Email clients like Mozilla Thunderbird for Email, Address Book, Chat and Calendar. Thunderbird has native built in support for an XMPP based chat client and also supports a plugin called “Lightning” for Calendar sync. For desktop chat clients, you can opt for free clients like Neos, Pidgin, Exodus, etc. You can further save cost using Open Office which is a free Open Source based Office Productivity Package.


Compatibility of the Connect Xf collaboration applications with the various desktop clients

Devices Apps Email Calendar Contact Chat
Thunderbird Access email account and Folders
Access over secured channels
Sync Calendar Events and meetings
Access over secured channels
Look up Shared Contacts
Access over secured channels
Import Contacts
Send/receive text messages
Access over secured channels
Outlook Access email account and Folders
Access over secured channels
Look up Shared Contacts
Access over secured channels
Import Contacts
Apple Access email account and Folders
Access over secured channels
Sync Calendar Events and meetings
Access over secured channels
Windows Live Mail Access email account and Folders
Access over secured channels
Sync Calendar Events and meetings
Access over secured channels
Eudora Access email account and Folders
Access over secured channels
Outlook Express Access email account and Folders
Access over secured channels
Look up Shared Contacts
Access over secured channels
Import Contacts
Pidgin Send/receive text messages
Access over secured channels
Neos Send/receive text messages
Access over secured channels
Miranda Send/receive text messages
Access over secured channels

Working of Email

Working of Email

The desktop client like Thunderbird, which need to be configured to connect to your account on the Connect Xf server. The information requested here would be the SMTP/POP/IMAP server and the necessary authentication information pertaining to the user’s mailbox on the Mithi Connect Xf.

To send a mail, the user would compose a mail using the email client and send. The email client would then connect to the specified SMTP server (the Connect Xf in your setup) and send the mail.

To receive mail for the user, the email client would periodically poll the user’s account on the POP/IMAP server (the Connect xf in your setup) for new messages. It would then download the messages and alert the user.

Using IMAP on all email clients (mobile and desktop), can provide the user with a uniform view of the mailbox from the mobile device, desktop client and Baya (web client). This means that any mail sent from the mobile client is also seen in the sent items of the desktop client or web client (since each of the clients is showing a view of and modifying the same mailbox on the server). Similar behavior is observed for deletion of mail, moving mail between folders, saving to drafts, and for reading/marking of mail.

Note: MS Outlook is capable of connecting to a mail server like Connect Xf over SMTP/POP and IMAP


Working of Calendar

Working of Calendar

You would need to deploy a plug-in called "Lightning" into Thunderbird to make it connect to the CalDAV service, the open protocol for accessing calendar services. This implies that the clients update and sync calendar information from the Connect Xf server. This presents a uniform view of the calendar data via any of the clients, i.e. any changes made on the calendar using the smart phone, or Baya (web client), or Thunderbird (desktop email client) are in sync.

Note: Since MS Outlook was designed to support the MS Exchange Calendar over MAPI, it is incapable of working with the CalDAV server of Connect Xf. This means that if you use MS Outlook with Connect Xf, you will be able to work with your personal calendar (add, modify, delete events and schedule meetings and reminders), but will not be able to share it or work with the group calendars.


Working of Contacts

Working of Contacts

Typically the desktop clients have a built in address book/contact application, which supports connections to an LDAP server (the Connect xf in your setup), which can sync contacts from the server over the LDAP protocol. This allows a one way sync of the global address book contacts for the company to the mobile device. This means that when employees are added, deleted or their information modified, the same is synced to the mobile device.

Note: MS Outlook is capable of connecting to an LDAP server


Working of Chat

Working of Chat

You can use any XMPP based chat client like pidgin, neos, etc or the inbuilt chat application in Thunderbird, which can connect to an open XMPP server (the Connect Xf in your setup). Since the roosters are provided by the XMPP server, the user will see a uniform view of the chat rooster and presence indicators when working with chat from different access points (Baya, desktop chat clients and mobile chat clients).

Note: If you are using MS Outlook as your primary client, you would need to use an extra XMPP chat client on your desktop to access the chat service.

Technical Resources:
Desktop Clients