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i need to share contacts and eventually calendars between 10 client in a network without exchange server.

The company network has a domain, and every person has its own user and mailbox (managed by our hosting provider). The company is willing to evaluate low-cost exchange alternatives although the only real need is to share contacts and eventually calendars IMAP accounts working fine for just email.

Is this even possible?

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(....Exchange....) There's a reason they're called "Exchange alternatives". Just get the real thing. – ewwhite Feb 2 '13 at 0:47

Although there are few third-party products out there which will give what you want but in my experience it's never a permanent solution for any SMB.

You may be interested in various hosted exchange providers out there. Microsoft has it's own hosted solution: Office 365 It now supports public folders. You can get a trial for 30 days and see how it works out.

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