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Google announced today a new Google Apps feature that enables syncing with Microsoft Outlook mail, calendar and contacts data, giving Outlook users a way to use Google Apps without changing their behavior. It will launch worldwide this afternoon (but only available in English; Google said other […]

Google announced today a new Google Apps feature that enables syncing with Microsoft Outlook mail, calendar and contacts data, giving Outlook users a way to use Google Apps without changing their behavior. It will launch worldwide this afternoon (but only available in English; Google said other languages will come later) for Google Apps Premiere Edition subscribers.

Luring loyal Outlook users into using Google Apps — in turn, putting pressure on Microsoft — is a smart move on Google’s part. The Outlook sync will only be available on Windows for now.

At the Google-hosted event this morning, Google Senior Product Manager Chris Vander Mey demonstrated the feature by showing how users can schedule a lunch meeting in Outlook and the appointment will simultaneously sync up in Google Apps. “We spent a long time making Outlook work really well,” he said. “That should tell you how committed we are.”

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  1. Question is – will this work seamlessly with Mac Snow Leopard’s just announced “Exchange Support” for Mail, iCal, Address Book?

    That would be HUGE for Mac users, especially ones with iPhones. Right now I have to choose whether I want Google Contacts to sync to the iPhone OR Address Book, but not both.

    Also, while your at it Google, can you let me sync contacts between 2 Gmail / Google Apps accounts? Would be so easy, but a big win.

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    1. Deano

      It seems like they are not supporting anything buy Windows. I was hoping this would work well on Entourage but alas it doesn’t seem so.

      Regardless, I think it is a pretty big development in the coming together of web-and-desktop mail.

      I am going to try this one out on my test windows machine.

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  2. The main benefit for me would be the ability to sync my work calendar (Outlook) with my personal calendar (Google), which would mean my partner would finally be able to plan around the evenings when I’m working or at events!

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  3. Roger Weeks Tuesday, June 9, 2009

    Actually it just seems like Google made it possible for every corporate Outlook user to break their internal corporate security policies (which usually prohibit moving corporate data including email outside the corporate network).

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  4. i really want the opposite. i want Google sync to connect gmail/gcal/gcontacts with MS Exchange server.

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    1. Bijan

      I know why :-D. You want to get rid of your iPhone and use Blackberry 8900 all the time.

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  5. @OM: Still happy with the 8900 or is the 3GS too tempting to skip? ;)

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    1. still thrilled with the 8900. :-D

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  6. I Just set this up with my hosted Google domain with a 2-way sync to my work exchange 2003 server and it worked perfect, added a test event via the Google web interface to my personal calendar and a few minutes after a sync it showed up on my work Blackberry (final leg of that syn happens through a BES at work)

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  8. @Roger – but hasn’t this also made it possible for every corporate IT department to break their MS server dependency and move all of their corporate mail into the cloud (for free or does Goog charge corps for domain email) without affecting end-users desktop experience? Maybe I’m missing something here…

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  9. I like Office, but I don’t like the price. I stopped using Outlook a couple years ago and never looked back.

    I guess this is a good bridge for those who are not comfortable with cloud computing, but from my experience; it is safer than having data stored on my PC.

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  10. Robert Spencer Thursday, June 11, 2009

    Anyone know if Outlook Notes can be synced with the Android?

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