Windows

On Windows you can connect Outlook using ActiveSync. You can synchronize:

  • Files
  • Outlook Calendar
  • Outlook Contacts
  • Outlook E-mail

Outlook / Windows 10

Note: This guide describes Outlook but this kind of ActiveSync account also works for the Windows 10 Mail, People and Calendar app.

To setup an ActiveSync account take the following steps:

  1. Open Outlook and click “File”.

  2. Then click “Add account”.

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  3. Select “Manual setup” and click “Next”.

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  4. Choose “Outlook.com or Exchange ActiveSync compatible service” and click “Next”.

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  5. In the next screen you must adjust your server settings. It will prefill the username with the e-mail address and the server name with the domain from your e-mail address. This is most likely incorrect. Please adjust to your Group-Office username and enter the Server hostname. When done click “Next”.

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  6. Outlook will test your settings. If all is well you should see the following screen.

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  7. Now you must give it some time to sync everything. Then check your contacts, e-mail and calendar for your Group-Office data!

Files

The Group-Office Assistant is a small program that you can install on your Windows, MacOS or Linux computer. It will automatically download files opened from Group-Office and monitor it for changes. When the file is saved it automatically uploads it back to Group-Office.

Click here to download Group-Office Assistant for Windows.

After installing it you can use it as follows:

  1. In Group-Office right click on a file and choose “Open with”.

  2. Select the “Your desktop application” option to use the assistant.

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Note

If the Assistant doesn’t start you might need to install the Microsoft Visual Studio Runtime library: https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/help/2977003/the-latest-supported-visual-c-downloads

Note

For Chrome users. You might be annoyed by the popup dialog everytime you open a file. Here’s a solution for that: https://superuser.com/questions/1481851/disable-chrome-to-ask-for-confirmation-to-open-external-application-everytime

WebDAV

Additionally you can map Group-Office as network drive using WebDAV. The assistant makes this easy for you after editing a file. Then you can right click the icon and choose “Connect network drive”.

WebDAV client issues

Unfortunately there are some known issues with the native Windows WebDAV implementation:

  1. When opening office files you have to re-authenticate: https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/help/2019105/authentication-requests-when-you-open-office-documents
  2. There’s a path length limit in both windows and office. So long paths will fail. The URL of your Group-Office counts as path too.

We recommend to use the assistant as it doesn’t suffer from these issues and generally works faster.