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IanR

join:2001-03-22
Fort Mill, SC
reply to Alpha Phoenix

Re: Best way to sync MS Outlook to Android

I have actually done this already.
The problem I have is that Outlook is my master file for contacts etc. But now I have separate datafiles to try to keep manually pdated!



Hall
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join:2000-04-28
Germantown, OH
kudos:2

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said by IanR:

The problem I have is that Outlook is my master file for contacts etc. But now I have separate datafiles to try to keep manually pdated!

How/where do you back up your Outlook data ? Consider switching to the method I mentioned earlier. Put ALL of your data on the Google side. Outlook will just READ it and your contacts, calendars, email, etc will not appear any different. The difference is, your PC, your Android phone, and so on will always be in sync. You can create calendar events or new contacts in Outlook still, but they'll be pushed/sync'd to Google and immediately available through a web browser, your phone, and so on.

You asked for the "best way to sync MS Outlook to Android" and I don't think you'll find a simple one. If you want the "best way to sync MS Outlook and Android", I've explained it.


jvmorris
I Am The Man Who Was Not There.
Premium,MVM
join:2001-04-03
Reston, VA

I think that some people may be reluctant to dump all their contacts into a Google repository, especially given Google's inclination to harvest any information you share with it.

As it is, I already have enough problems with all the e-mail contacts harvested by Xobni and Smartr. Indeed, I didn't realize just how bad it was until I noticed that I now have fairly complete contact lists that are actually maintained by people with who I occasionally (very occasionally!) communicate. I have some e-mail contacts that are supposed to be close held and it's now extremely difficult to maintain their privacy.
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Joseph V. Morris



Hall
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join:2000-04-28
Germantown, OH
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I do understand that, but figure it's a trade-off that at least I am willing to accept in return for the convenience it offers. There's ALWAYS a price for convenience, yes ?


IanR

join:2001-03-22
Fort Mill, SC
reply to jvmorris

I got around the issue of privacy for some contact lists by creating "sub accounts" in Outlook. I actually didn't do this on purpose but when I started using Outlook years ago I thought this was the only way to create separate lists and I stuck with it.
When I sync to a windows program or first created a list on Google (which is now out of date) the transfer was done by a csv file creation and it ignored the sub accounts.

Whne Microsoft started their Smart Glass approoach I was initially hopeful that they would include syncing databases like Outlook to Android etc..! Silly of me;)



jvmorris
I Am The Man Who Was Not There.
Premium,MVM
join:2001-04-03
Reston, VA
reply to Hall

said by Hall:

I do understand that, but figure it's a trade-off that at least I am willing to accept in return for the convenience it offers. There's ALWAYS a price for convenience, yes ?

Well, I get the convenience with MyPhoneExplorer using either Wi-Fi or Bluetooth connectivity, whereas with using Google I actually have to be connected to the Internet. And I get this 'convenience' without possibly 'inconveniencing' any of the people who have been kind enough to share their e-mail contact information with me.
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Regards,
Joseph V. Morris


jvmorris
I Am The Man Who Was Not There.
Premium,MVM
join:2001-04-03
Reston, VA
reply to IanR

Yes, I also use sub-accounts, one for my homeowners association (of which I was recently President) and also another one for contacts that I normally only use when I'm in England. So far, that seems to have worked.
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Regards,
Joseph V. Morris