You are suggesting the one would open Outlook, go into File and Export, export the contacts to some known place on your PC into some file you specifiy then go to Google open your account import the .csv file then go to your Driod phone and import the contacts from Google and that is supposed to be an acceptable solution ot just hitting a button on your desktop to sync with a phone.
You are kidding aren't you?
It is easy to sync outlook to gmail, then gmail automatically syncs to your phone...very easy....Now what if I put stuff on my cell, will it erase when I sync outlook to gmail calendar?
Have you tried CompanionLink? It seems to reliably sync with Google contacts and calendar. It also syncs by USB with Outlook, but I don't recommend doing both: you'll get "phone" and "Google" versions of all your contacts if you do both. I chose to sync Outlook with online Google, while Google in turn autosyncs with Android. No duplicates, it seems.
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MyPhoneExplorer is a free app that works like a champ for syncing outlook 2007 and Droid X phones. It can be downloaded from the developer at http://www.fjsoft.at/. I just set it up for my wife Droid X and everything worked perfectly. It's a little confusing as there is not much in the way of instructions. Essentially -
1) Install the MotoHelper application from Motorola so that your phone will connect to your PC (it also enables charging via PC).
2) Download and install MyPhoneExplorer.
3) Open MyPhoneExplorer and go to Settings. In Settings, choose the type of phone you have and set your connection preferences (e.g. USB, Wi-fi)
4) change any other settings to meet your preferences.
5) Under Settings>Sync I changed contacts and calendar to Outlook 2007
6) Under Setting>Multi-sync you can choose to initiate multisync in a variety of ways (I left them all blank).
To initiate Sync, choose Extras>Start Multi-sync and click a couple boxes confirming the actions.
I hope this helps. It's at least as convenient as other Motorola sync applications.
Are you saying that contacts, tasks, calenders etc in outlook on your desktop or laptop PC can't be sync'd just locally only with these phones? They can't sync local only right out of the box, or one needs to download some sort of companion app to the droid that will hookup with your desktop outlook?
Sorry for the basic question, but this is all new to me and sometimes it seems the more I read the more confused I get. I do realize it's a 'google' phone but I figured there would be a way to toggle local only syncing of some sort.
As a new Droid X owner, I want to thank everyone who weighed in on this issue. I didn't realize the difficulty I would encounter trying to sync my Outlook information with my new phone. I run a small business and I do not use Exchange Server.
I tried to use MyPhoneExplorer and was able to make it sync my calendar and contacts. I did have to play around with the settings on the Desktop client, and it took me several tries, but I finally got the calendar (even repeating events) and contacts synced.
I realize there are limitations with this fix. I haven't spent enough time figuring out the best way to sync my email. (I need to work on this more.) I currently get all my messages on the Droid and in Outlook and if I respond on the Droid, this is not shown in Outlook. However, the volume of messages that I deal with is not large enough for this to be a problem. But the calendar and contact sync has worked well so far.
I struggled too. Been with my X since 01/05. Tried them all. I have settled on Companion Link. It works and works well after you get Google and Outlook on the same page. It is way too expensive for the masses though.