Best Way To Sync Outlook Calendar?

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    What's the best way to sync my MS Outlook calendar at my office with my Droid? We don't use Exchange and I would like to sync my desktop to my Droid wirelessly if possible. What do you say? Your help is appreciated.
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    I don't know of any wireless way to 'sync' with your Droid... syncing with standalone Outlook isn't really even supported.

    I think there's a few 3rd party programs (some that cost $$, I believe, but I don't know the names of these programs... sorry) that will help. You could export your calendar & contacts, save to your desktop, then upload to Gmail... and just use Outlook as your master list. However, I'm not sure how to solve the problem of if you add a contact into your phone...

    If I were you, I'd replace your Outlook with gmail. As long as you have an internet connection, gmail and google calendar do pretty much everything you could want and it syncs with your Droid wirelessly.

    Sorry if I can't be more help.
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    Best way I've found is to use Google Calendar Sync. It's a free app from Google that runs on your Outlook PC and syncs to and from your Gmail calendars. I like it because I get meeting notifications on my droid, and any meetings I add from the droid gets synced back to my work PC.
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    Yep, I run the GCS too and it works great. The only thing is I have to set up a dummy gmail account to sync it with then use my real gmail account to import the calendar to a different calendar other than my default. GCS syncs only to your default google calendar.
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    +1 I also used this. I use exchange at work and the emails and contacts synced with exchange, but my Outlook calendar would not sync. I used the above link to sync my Outlook calendar to my Droid. It works.
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    GCS doesn't work with outlook 2002 or earlier.
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    The best way to do this is to buy the new Samsung Omnia 2 that's released today. That's what I am going to do!

    I've had a lot of issues with my droid, from call quality to outlook incompatibility to pop email issues... I've had enough! I saw a 19 minute view on the new Omnia 2 that is very similar to the Droid but runs on Windows Mobile 6.5 with same size screen, widget and camera. However, the Omnia will work flawlessly with your Outlook and POP emails.

    Although the droid has a lot of cool functions, I need something that's reliable for my business.

    Good luck to you all!
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    Touchdown....9.99 Worth every cent!
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    I agree with Backnblack. Try Touchdown. Absolutely fabulous.
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    GSC for me too. Works great, thanks!

    I am using Outlook 2003, but not using Exchange.
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    Google Calendar Sync works great- try google Docs too

    While at first bummed to think that my calendar would be out there on the web, instead of a more data-secure cabled sync from my pc through a USB to my Droid. But now I'm getting to love it. I don't even have to remember to sync. I have it set to automatic, although I can always click in the tray to get it to sync on demand, if I just made some changes and want to turn off the computer soon.
    I just wish you could also sync the Notes from Outlook. CompanionLink (I believe) will do that via syncing to the Google Contacts, with each note prefaced by the word Note...
    Google Docs can be used as the repository for Outlook Notes thru an app that costs some $$ called gSyncIt. I have the trial, and it works fine, but for only 20 notes. I have been hoping to find a free alternative, but I may have to buy the whole thing.
    Love the Google Calendar, though. Even has the weather forecast for each day in it. Recurring events that you delete work even better than in Outlook, because in Google Cal you can say to delete any future events, whereas in Outlook if you delete it's one or all. I like having the history of completed events stay in the calendar. Try it!
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    Deleting recurring appointment on phone

    Has anybody else had any trouble deleting ONE occurrence of a recurring appointment on their phone (NOT on the computer)? When I try to do it, I get a radio button prompt that is selected to delete all recurrences, but I'm not able to unselect it so that only one occurrence is deleted. I hope it's something I'm doing wrong, because to allow the phone to create recurring appointments, but then not include a way to delete one at a time would be just plain STUPID! Thanks in advance for any help!

    CAN'T WAIT for a better calendar app for this phone!
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    I use gSyncIt...I purchased off the web and installed on my laptop - it syncs my calendar and my contacts with google and with outlook...it syncs both ways so I can make edits / adds on my phone and it syncs both. I had some issues at first but it was configuration error on my part - I am pleased with it so far. If you do a GOOGLE search for gSyncIt, you will find it and I think it was around $15 at the time I bought it and it was worth it to me...
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    I may check that out, but I don't think my problem is a syncing problem. I just can't edit the event on my phone the way I'd like to. I wouldn't think that a different syncing software would change that. Thanks for the suggestion though.
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    I have noticed that there are not as many "entry fields" on the phone as in either the google calendar or the outlook calendar....I input as much info as I need and then update my calendar via laptop as necessary. The software I am using is for syncing purposes only - I needed both my contacts and my calendar to sync with outlook and I did not desire to constantly update a .csv file. I should have also noted that I used the google calendar sync as well prior to finding gSyncIt...
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    From phone to Outlook

    I'm not getting calendar appointments back to Outlook if I enter it in my Droid. It goes to Google Calendar but not to the Outlook.

    I'm using Google Calendar sync and it's set for 2way synching. Help??!!
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    Actually i also think it is the google sync software. it is stated as a known issue that syncing recurring appoints is a problem. if the event was created in outlook as a recurring appt it may not sync properly to calendar. I can't confirm of this is still the case now, but this is one of the reasons i stopped using google calendar sync a while ago, because my recurring appointments did not sync right and because i just couldn't stand having a gazillion deleted appointments going into my deleted items folder. just makes searching a pain, as if outlook doesn't already complicate that enough.

    i have (and had) no problem deleting/editing a single occurence of a recurring appt created using google calendar, but plenty of issues when the appt was created in outlooked and synced to google.
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    shelfee: Not sure if it is related or anything, but I've had to re-load Google Sync in the past because it wasn't working. I haven't had to do it lately (couple of months) and all seems well with updates going back and forth between Outlook and Google.
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