Possible to link to ics file without importing?

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Staffs Lebowski

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Hi Everyone,

My girlfriend manages her diary in Excel (don't ask..) and I'm trying to merge her 'Excel diary' with my Outlook Diary. I wrote some VBA code that outputs her 'diary' into a standard iCalendar (.ics) file format when she closes Excel. If I then double click the .ics file, I can then view it in Outlook, no problem and all works great.

I have a few questions, hopefully someone can answer them for me?!:

I would like to 'link' (not import) to this .ics file, so that whenever I open Outlook, it automatically shows the data from this file. (I think this is called 'subscribing' in Outlook. Please correct me if I am wrong). I tried the following but it did not work:

1.1 - Created an .ics file
1.2 - Double clicked the .ics file and it displayed OK
1.3 - Closed Outlook
1.4 - Replaced original .ics file with different data.

When I next opened Outlook, it showed the calendar imformation from the first .ics file. In other words, Outlook had imported the information from the first file and did not 'link' to the second file. How do I force Outlook to look at the contant of the file? (if it's possible..?)

2 - If it is possible to 'link' to an .ics file, can this file be on a remote server? (ie: not on a local drive?)

3 - Is it also possible to 'point' my session of Outlook.com to this .ics file?

FYI: I'm using Office 365 Home, Windows 7.

Thanks for reading, hope you can help.

Staffs Lebowski.
 

Diane Poremsky

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Yes, it would be subscribing. The ics needs to be published to a WebDAV server though.
2. Yes.
3. Yes.
In both cases, it needs to be on a WebDAV server. Unfortunately, while google drive and dropbox support WebDAV, they can't be used for publishing the ics.
 

Staffs Lebowski

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Yes, it would be subscribing. The ics needs to be published to a WebDAV server though.
2. Yes.
3. Yes.
In both cases, it needs to be on a WebDAV server. Unfortunately, while google drive and dropbox support WebDAV, they can't be used for publishing the ics.
 

Staffs Lebowski

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Hi Diane,

Thank you for taking the time to reply, it's much appreciated..

So, when you double click an .ics file, Outlook imports the details of the file. Proven because a:) The same file details persist when you re-open Outlook and b:) if you replace the content of the file, Outlook does not show the new data..

So.. I have this .ics file and what you are saying is (please correct me if I am wrong), that I need to put this .ics file on a WebDAV server. Then, Outlook (and Outlook.com) can connect to the WebDAV server and then 'subscribe' to the .ics file. Is this correct?

Again, thanks for your help..

Staffs Lebowski.
 

Diane Poremsky

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Office 365 Exchange
Correct. If its on a WebDAV web server, you can subscribe to it.
 
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