Is there a good App to SYNC directly with Microsoft Outlook (contacts and calendar)?

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    I am considering the Droid to replace my blackberry. Does anyone know if a good app that will SYNC outlook directly with Microsoft Outlook?

    If there is not a good app, what about the upgraded version of Google Apps.....Is the contact manager better than the standard? I keep a lot of info for each contact, and do not want it messed up when bringing it into the Droid.
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    Google Android sync | Sync Droid, Nexus One, and CLIQ with PC software like Outlook for syncing outlook.

    Contacts are all handled by Google. If you have a gmail account already you should be able to see what it looks like. Contacts are also backed up by Google.

    I can't guarantee that Gmail will work better for you then blackberry, but I can guarantee that Droid will kick *** on Blackberry. :)
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    I am impressed with what I see with the phone, but if I have to 'wash' my contacts, and other info through GMAIL/Google Docs it may be a deal breaker. I have seen that with the upgraded version of Google Docs there is an Outlook Sync. Has anyone used that, and how intact does it leave your data?
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    If you are a very tied to Outlook/Office for work or life activities, then the DROID (or other Android phone) may not be a very good choice. If you're used to the sort of MS ActiveSync synchronization, you'll be disappointed. The DROID, in particular, really does push you to the Google method of doing things, and syncing your calendar and contacts is possible, but a bit tricky, and there's often an assumption that you'll doing things through Google online as the proxy to your phone.

    The info the other posts have is helpful - it give you an idea of where things are currently. But you might want to consider a Windows Mobile phone, since that will allow you to sync much more tightly.

    If you want an Android phone, be prepared to work at bit right now at getting the sync the way you want/need it, and be open to compromise on some of your desires in order to get things done.
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    Outlook calendar and contacts sync really well through the standard Gmail. As far as i know it has to go through Gmail. But that is not an issue for me. I put an appointment on an Outlook calendar, and it wirelessly syncs to my phone and appointments on my phone sync to Outlook.
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    I couldn't disagree more and I have only just moved over to the Milestone from an E90 I have used for the past three years. Using either the software I mentioned above or, if you have access to a Exchange server then it is even easier with the built in software.
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    One of the first things I did whenever I got my phone was sync to Exchange...with no extra apps. It was very simple and has been working flawlessly and also pulled my calendar over as well. It asked me if I wanted to sync my contacts during the initial set up...very easy...
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    Thank you for the update on the Exchange info.....I am not using Outlook on an Exchange server. This is Outlook 2007 on a PC.

    Google really missed the boat on this. There are millions of small businesses who do not use an exchange server, and they have told them that they do not need to purchase a phone using their operating system. Using gmail as an alternative to Outlook is like going back to Outlook Express or MS Mail. Outlook is an business app, where the others are not!!!
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    Oh, I see your problem now. Hope you find a solution!
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    Disagree that the DROID may be a bad fit for the original poster, or with my advice to expect compromise in getting his sync to work between Outlook and the DROID? I'm not knocking the DROID, but it's not the phone for everyone. He's not the only guy who's been carping in forums about sync issues with Microsoft Outlook. Some people need that ActiveSync tight coupling, and when evaluating requirements for a new phone, need to consider that. He's probably going to be happier in the long run with a WinMo phone as his tool of choice, than a DROID with all its other cool goodnesses, but not the tight sync interaction he's used to.

    I have an HP iPaq PDA. Its native sync with Outlook and Office far surpasses the current sync situation I have with the DROID, and the iPaq is a much dumber machine. But it was built with sync in mind, and the DROID/Android isn't.

    So we need to run extra apps to sync to the Google Calendar, and do some dances to get contacts to move back and forth between Outlook, Google in the cloud, and the DROID. I'm fine with that, for my situation.

    If I had to sync with my work computer, there's no way I'd get a DROID. We use *shudder* Lotus Notes at work. But I got my DROID for a bunch of different reasons, and I knew that sync would be a bit of a challenge.
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    I came from a Windows Mobile phone and had the same concerns. CompanionLink was the answer for me. I can USB sync with my standalone Outlook 2003 and the contacts came to the Droid intact and fully functional. Google does not see my contacts through GMail. I do prefer to use Google Sync for the Outlook calendar. I prefer that to be more immediate, but can easily let a wired sync handle the contacts.

    clcto is the username for the CTO of CompanionLink. Do check out that linked video review of CompanionLink. They have a nice product and it just keeps getting better.
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    I wouldn't use the missing sync because it cost too much money and my past experience with it showed that it did not do all the things it claimed to do.
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    Why is everyone ignoring this post? Companion link? Touchdown, is by the far the best Outlook sync availible, Calendar, ALL mail folders, Contacts even Global addresses. I came from a BB and until I found this app I was not that impressed with the Droid as a business phone. Now my phone smokes any BB on the market, the only thing I miss is group email. I have not found a good app for that yet.
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    Because the question was about Stand alone Outlook and not Exchange.
    Last edited: Mar 9, 2010
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    It's a tricky situation. They really want Android to sync wirelessly and there's not a good way to do so with a stand-alone Outlook install. You're really stuck using sync solutions like CompanionLink. I do agree, however, that it seems like quite an oversight on their part.

    Really? I'm using my Droid with an Exchange account and ActiveSync (with Touchdown). Not germane to the OP, but...

    ActiveSync is supported. It is not, however, relevant to a Outlook without Exchange. Outlook != Exchange.

    Touchdown does not sync with Outlook (client). It syncs with Exchange (server). Again, Outlook != Exchange.
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    Speaking as a mail admin, synching with a Stand alone installation of Outlook is a bit pointless. Basically what you are looking at is the old PDA in the cradle functionality. That's not what smart phones are intended for.

    If you trully want to be mobile you have to have your data (no matter what it is) on an Internet facing server. Gmail provides that functionality free of charge. You don't have to use your Gmail address, you can have it pull your "other" email and get instant notification on your phone. Pretty sure you setup your Outlook to pull from Gmail too. That way you'd have the best of both worlds.

    I second the call for Touchdown for Exchange by the way, it's a great app and really inexpensive.
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    Not what you are looking for since you run a standalone Outlook client, but for me I had to use K-9 email app for my work Outlook sync. This was the only email client that let me use secure IMAP and SSL since I work for a large company with strict security.
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