About Wayland Bruns

Wayland founded CompanionLink in 1987 as The Jorf Company, a maker of shareware 4gl products. As a leading maker of CRM Add-On products, the company started with Sync Products in 1996 for the PalmPilot. As CEO of CompanionLink, Wayland strives to balance quality customer service, products with good value, low prices, and a positive workplace..

Sync Outlook Contacts, Calendar, Tasks and Notes with your Android and iPhone

DejaOffice is rated 2019 Best Paid Android App for Outlook Sync by Lifewire! The reason is simple.  It is the only App you can download that has Contacts, Calendar, Tasks and Notes, just like Outlook on your PC.

Contacts, Calendar, Tasks and Notes

The Magic of Outlook is that it keeps all your schedule in one place. But on your Phone, some vendors think you should use one app for Calendar and a different app for Tasks. DejaOffice offers a coherent whole so you can easily coordinate your data entry. You can turn a task into a Calendar event, or add a Contact location to a task.

Category Colors, Linked Contacts, SMS History, Caller ID

DejaOffice extends Outlook category colors to all the Apps, so your Contacts and Tasks can be arranged by color. Every task can have a linked contact. There is a system to record SMS text as history. When people in your database call, their contact info is displayed on your phone. DejaOffice is exactly what you need to make your phone an extension of Outlook on your PC.

Sync using USB, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and DejaCloud

Easy sync options include USB, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth* and DejaCloud. (*Bluetooth is only available on Android, not on iPhone due to iOS restrictions). CompanionLink for Outlook gives you easy and automatic two-way sync from any Outlook Folder to your Android and iPhone. For ease of use, use DejaCloud Sync for two-way push sync that is fully automatic.

Free 14-Day Trial

This trial will synchronize all your contacts and calendar just like the paid program. All fields are included.

Click here to Download the Free 14-Day Trial

Check out the CompanionLink for Google Video.

Here are complete Set up Guides

CompanionLink for Outlook
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Sync any version of Outlook, Outlook IMAP, POP3 and Outlook 2010 Folders

CompanionLink will synchronize with any Outlook folder. You do not need Exchange or Office 365 to use it. You can synchronize to any Google account. Works with Office 365, Outlook 2019, Outlook 2016, Outlook 2013 and Outlook 2010. You can synchronize Contacts, Calendar and Tasks.

Telephone Tech Support

We also offer Telephone Tech Support at (503)243-5200 or email us at support@companionlink.com.

Click here for more information about CompanionLink for Outlook.



Sync Outlook with Google Calendar and Contacts

If you use an Android or an iPhone and you have Outlook on your PC, you know there is a bit of challenge getting them connected.

Contacts and Calendar

Synchronize any Outlook Contacts folder to Gmail Contacts. Synchronize any Outlook Calendar folder to Google Calendar. All your events will synchronize including recurring events. You can use a Scheduling tool for Google, that will synchronize to your Outlook Calendar. When people call you, their Outlook name will show on your phone. When you read an SMS text you will see their name at the top.

Fully Automatic Two-Way Sync

CompanionLink for Google gives you easy and automatic two-way sync from any Outlook Folder to Google, and Google will sync to your phone. CompanionLink is the only sync tool that has Push Sync enabled for Google Calendar, so you see changes from Google instantly in your Outlook Calendar.

Free 14-Day Trial

This trial will synchronize all your contacts and calendar just like the paid program. All fields are included.

Click here to Download the Free 14-Day Trial

Check out the CompanionLink for Google Video.

Here is a complete Set up Guide

CompanionLink for Google
Average User Rating:
Average rating: 4.83 out of 5 based on 344 reviews.
Free 14 day trial. Price $14.95 3-Mo Subs - $49.95 One-time License.

Sync Google Calendar to IMAP, POP3 and Outlook 2010 Folders

CompanionLink will synchronize with any Outlook folder. You do not need Exchange or Office 365 to use it. You can synchronize to any Google account. Works with Office 365, Outlook 2019, Outlook 2016, Outlook 2013 and Outlook 2010. You can synchronize Contacts, Calendar and Tasks.

Telephone Tech Support

We also offer Telephone Tech Support at (503)243-5200 or email us at support@companionlink.com.

Click here for more information about CompanionLink for Google.

How to Sync Outlook with Nokia 7.2 without using Exchange or Google

I am a huge fan of Nokia’s line of Android Phones. For decades Nokia dominated the pre-Smartphone market. Then they got sidetracked by Microsoft into the failed Windows Phone effort. Nokia’s hardware is great! The Windows Phone operating system was full of primary colors and awful apps. Not so great.

A few years ago, Nokia got released from Microsoft and have re-built a credible smart phone line. The latest release is the Nokia 7.2. Retailing for about $350 her in the US, this is a phone you can own and use for years, and not feel Samsung Shamed. .

Just like a Nokia is a mid-priced phone, many people use mid-priced Outlook. There’s no need to pay for the expensive Office 365 subscription, which only gets you owned by Microsoft’s in-app ads. Many people use Outlook 2010 and 2013 because you can actually own it, and it does not change randomly in the middle of the night.

CompanionLink provides the ideal solution by providing sync without using Exchange.  When you sync using CompanionLink’s system you get many features that Exchange Sync lacks; Color Categories, Task sync, Notes Sync, and Calendar Events linked to a Contact.

To sync Outlook to Nokia 7.2 without Exchange

  1. From Google Play Store, install DejaOffice on your Nokia 7.2 phone
  2. On your PC, download CompanionLink for Outlook on your PC.
  3. Configure both for DejaCloud Sync
  4. Watch your Outlook Contacts and Calendar appear on your phone.

DejaOffice is a Free for your Nokia phone from the Google Play Store.  CompanionLink runs on a two-week trial. Click here for details about CompanionLink for Outlook.

Click here for more information on Using Microsoft Office without a Subscription.

Special features of DejaOffice:

  • Time zone management, so when you land your Calendar doesn’t go wonky
  • Calendar Colors that match Outlook
  • Templates that save time entering new Appointments and Tasks
  • Persistent alarms to be sure I don’t miss anything.
  • Recurring tasks compatible with Outlook
  • Optional:  Franklin Covey task priorities  A1, B2, C99
  • Works same on Android and iPhone, Phones and Tablets.

Check out https://www.dejaoffice.com for more information.

CompanionLink for Outlook
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Average rating: 4.83 out of 5 based on 344 reviews.
Free 14 day trial. Price $14.95 3-Mo Subs - $49.95 One-time License.

Affordable CRM for Small Business – DejaOffice PC CRM

Why pay monthly for an expensive Cloud-Based CRM when you can own a PC based solution for a one time price? With DejaOffice you can work on PC or Phone even when offline, and then sync when you are back online. Simple Customer Relations that includes History, Follow Ups, Email Forms and more.

Featured in Forbes

Forbes writer Gene Marks has highlighted our product DejaOffice PC CRM in an article titled On CRM: Is A CRM Necessary? And to answer the title question: Yes – as long as you want your business to grow!

DejaOffice PC CRM is an affordable solution for Small Business. It is a PC based Contact manager. You buy it as a one-time perpetual license. There is a Multi-user version available, and also an Outlook Add-In. Make notes, schedule, call and delegate tasks. DejaOffice provides a complete solution for Customer Relations from your PC and your Phone.

Pro – Multi-User

A five-user license for $199.95 one-time purchase; DejaOffice provides everything you need for shared scheduling and contact management. Each of your staff logs in with their individual ID. The Contacts, Calendar, Tasks and Notes can be shared, or be individual per each staff member. Each person can elect to make a Contact or Event Private, in which case no one else can see it. If a staff members changes you can easily re-assign their activities and tasks as a batch. DejaOffice is everything you need for the small office except for the monthly charge. https://www.companionlink.com/pc-crm/pro.

Outlook Add-In

DejaOffice PC CRM for Outlook gives you an Outlook Add-In. This is an action panel that gives you CRM features from inside the Outlook Email window. Whenever you view an Email in Outlook, it shows you the phone number, time zone and history notes for that Contact. You can easily drag and drop an email to create a new contact, calendar event or task. Integrate CRM into your Outlook CRM Experience with DejaOffice. https://www.companionlink.com/pc-crm/outlook/

Standalone

DejaOffice PC CRM Standalone will install your PC and let you import data from Palm Desktop, Outlook, Google, or DejaOffice on your phone. It provides a simple and secure way to track your customers and calls, follow up on tasks, and make notes. The cost is just $49.95. Check out our DejaOffice PC CRM video tour.

If you currently use Palm Desktop you know that Windows 10 is giving some headaches in the file structure. Here is a handy video on How to Migrate Palm Desktop to DejaOffice PC CRM.

Express

If you currently use Act! or GoldMine, you can integrate DejaOffice into your current CRM database. Use the express version as an Act! Add-on to quickly handle history and activities, and also integrate with Outlook and DejaOffice Mobile CRM. Act! does 1000 things that DejaOffice will not do. But if you want to quickly add notes, activities and sync to Mobile, DejaOffice provides a great way to handle basic CRM functions on your PC Desktop. https://www.companionlink.com/pc-crm/express/.

Free trial

Download a free trial today. As a part of this trial we will email you setup guides and we will help you get started. There is no risk. See how productive your day can be when you put Customer Relations back on your PC where it belongs!

DejaOffice PC CRM Pro
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DejaOffice changes for Mapping and Location

In March 2019, Google announced a new policy for Geocoding – Map Lookup. We use Google Geocoding for the Address Lookup feature in our PC, Android and iPhone Apps.

The change is significant. After providing us this service for free, Google is now proposing to charge $0.05c per lookup. There are complexities in the lookup on whether it is just text, or whether we download the map picture and the location picture. Overall, our DejaOffice users do about 50,000 lookups per month.

Not wishing to get a $2500 bill, we are moving to other options. For DejaOffice for iPhone we have switched to Apple maps which are being supplied for free.

For DejaOffice for Android we tried using Bing Maps, but they wanted to give us a $5000 bill because they count lookups differently than Google. Also their Geocoding library is not nearly as complete. We have moved to OpenMaps, but they immediately issued us a warning that we have too many customers trying to map at the same time.

So we are now playing with a hybrid solution. We feel the real culprit for us is just a few people who are mapping their whole database on a regular basis. So we have slowed down that process and shunted it to OpenMaps. You can still do it, but the Map process is slowed to one lookup per second, so a 3000 record database will now take more than an hour to look up.

We have reverted Contact and Calendar location mapping to Google – because it’s just a much better service – as long as you do it one at a time.

We still expect a bill from Google. But we are hoping it is small enough to just absorb so we don’t have to create a billing system.

New in 2019: DejaOffice PC CRM featured in Forbes

Forbes article highlights DejaOffice multi-user CRM

Author Gene Marks has highlighted our product DejaOffice PC CRM in an article titled On CRM: Is A CRM Necessary?

To answer the title question – Yes, a CRM is absolutely necessary for every small business. The only question a business should have is how much to pay on a one-time, monthly or annual basis.

CRM Stands for Customer Relations Management and it is the primary system a business has to track its prospects and customers. Every time a customer calls, emails, texts or visits a business, the nature of that interaction should be recorded in company records. Later, this information can be used for marketing new products, or renewing agreements, or engaging the core sales cycle of the business.

Without a CRM you are blind. Every customer interaction is done without context, or understanding the past relationship. This leaves your customers open to your competitors, and you lose your niche.

With a CRM you have effective communication. Your customer remembers you, and you can do the courtesy of remembering the customer. If your business can survive on 300 customers, how much better will it be with 600 customers or 900 customers. The purpose of computer automation is to delegate the responsibility for remembering the details to a proper database and not just carry it in your head.

Gene concludes with the question: “Wouldn’t just a simple, inexpensive system that enables your group to share accurate contact, history, notes and calendar information take be sufficient?” and answers with ” For many, it just may. And for $200 (and a few bucks extra for support), it could be worth the try.”

Click Here to try out DejaOffice PC CRM for Free

Thank you Gene Marks and Forbes!

DejaOffice PC CRM Pro
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Average rating: 4.82 out of 5 based on 22 reviews.
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Galaxy Note 10-Plus – First impressions from an Android App Developer

I’ve been using it for a week now as my personal phone. I have always been a great fan of Galaxy Note phones, and have used Note, 2, 3, 4, 7, 9 and now 10. The Kindle App is my primary library now, and also I read a lot of news stories. I have several investment apps that show charts. I like the larger screen size for that.

Here’s my first week’s impressions:

Size

Not a problem at all – same width and height as Galaxy Note 9-Plus, and slightly thinner. The screen is huge, but the phone itself is the same size.

Moving Apps

Samsung SmartSwitch moved nearly all of my apps and settings. It is really mysterious what it moves and what it does not move. My pictures and documents move fine, and the app icons, and some of the app settings. A couple of my Critical Apps did not come up and I had to reinstall, notably Investing.Com, Fidelity, Worden and Kindle just needed a new login. My morning wake up up alarm moved, but did not turn on or have the right tune – two days to fix that.

Here are instructions to move DejaOffice. It took me less than a minute.

Bloatware

Samsung removed a lot of the bloatware that interfere with Galaxy Note 9. That’s good. But then they added even more. After an OS update the old phone goes through optimizing 144 aps, and the new phone does 265 apps. so it looks like they added 120 background apps. It takes about an hour to turn off and disable things like “Ant” which I guess is a radio, Flipboard, Samsung Pay. The Samsung browser now had bloatware in the browser to tell you to sign up for Samsung Pay. More and more I use the Duck Duck Go security browser on my phone. I’ll do a blog post on that soon.

On-Off Button and Bixby

After forcing Bixby on us in Galaxy Note 9, Samsung is allow you to turn it completely off in Galaxy Note 10. So it’s off for me. Mysteriously Samsung now use the old left-side Bixby button as the on-off button. After 6 years of turning on the phone on the right side, I still think this was a “wrong decision”. The right side button worked great. Why move it? I find many old habits will have to change. When I view the phone in landscape mode in my holder, on/off was on the top and easy to hit. Now it is on the bottom and I have to remove my phone from the holder to turn it off.

Cost

For me cost is a factor, but it is required that we have each of the newest phones i the office for tech support purposes. I pay $41 per month for T-Mobile jump plan, plus $11 per month for insurance, and the Jump cost for this phone was about $250, so figure $75 per month for the newest phone for me.

I do not believe 5g will really change how we use phones, so I would not recommend the cost for 5g, at least not yet. Maybe not ever. I’m a big fan of Mid-Tier phones like Nokia 7.1, OnePlus, and the mid-tier Galaxy line. I think this is a better use of money. A top tier phone is like a new car – the resale drops 40% of your investment in the first six months – so it hovers halfway between luxury and waste of money. But if you want the leading edge of phone design, Galaxy S10-Plus is the best 2019 will have to offer – At least until iPhone 10 comes out.

Special features of DejaOffice:

  • Time zone management, so when you land your Calendar doesn’t go wonky
  • Calendar Colors that match Outlook
  • Templates that save time entering new Appointments and Tasks
  • Persistent alarms to be sure I don’t miss anything.
  • Recurring tasks compatible with Outlook
  • Optional:  Franklin Covey task priorities  A1, B2, C99
  • Works same on Android and iPhone, Phones and Tablets.

How to Sync Outlook Contacts with Android: Use CompanionLink for easy and secure sync from Outlook to your Pixel 3a phone. This is a better system than Google, who sells your data, or Microsoft who hosts your data on their exchange server. Here are some setup guides for CompanionLink sync:

CompanionLink for Outlook
Average User Rating:
Average rating: 4.83 out of 5 based on 344 reviews.
Free 14 day trial. Price $14.95 3-Mo Subs - $49.95 One-time License.

Sync Galaxy Note 10+ with Microsoft Outlook

The Best Sync system for Galaxy Note 10+ and Outlook Calendar, Contacts, Tasks and Notes.

My Galaxy Note 10-plus arrived today. Very nice phone. Here’s some first impressions:

Size

It is actually the same size as Galaxy Note 9 so don’t get scared by size. And yes, the screen is a whopping .4 inches bigger, in the same size phone. They did this by basically eliminating the top and bottom bezels. Say goodbye to Bezels forever.

Headphones

Actually I use my bluetooth earpiece as a headphone now. It’s not for music, just for convenience. I listen to audio-books and phone calls. Been using the New Bee headset which works great.

DejaOffice for Android

This app really takes advantage of the screen real estate. I can view my contacts easier than ever and move around the screens very easily. DejaOffice CRM features are getting beefed up. There’s a new capability to condense SMS messages into Contact History. This lets me easily read back on past messages using DejaOffice PC CRM (DPC).

Outlook Calendar Sync

DejaOffice CRM works like Outlook for your phone. It keeps your Contacts, Calendar, Tasks and Notes all together. It remains the only Phone App that fully supports Outlook colors. For people who haven’t color coded your day yet, this is a real treat. It really helps the glance view to see whether a day is green or red, or contains any special items. Outlook supported Calendar Colors 20 years ago. Why doesn’t the Outlook App do it?

Special features of DejaOffice:

  • Time zone management, so when you land your Calendar doesn’t go wonky
  • Calendar Colors that match Outlook
  • Templates that save time entering new Appointments and Tasks
  • Persistent alarms to be sure I don’t miss anything.
  • Recurring tasks compatible with Outlook
  • Optional:  Franklin Covey task priorities  A1, B2, C99
  • Works same on Android and iPhone, Phones and Tablets.

How to Sync Outlook Contacts with Android: Use CompanionLink for easy and secure sync from Outlook to your Pixel 3a phone. This is a better system than Google, who sells your data, or Microsoft who hosts your data on their exchange server. Here are some setup guides for CompanionLink sync:

CompanionLink for Outlook
Average User Rating:
Average rating: 4.83 out of 5 based on 344 reviews.
Free 14 day trial. Price $14.95 3-Mo Subs - $49.95 One-time License.

CompanionLink and DejaOffice Social Media (Facebook, Twitter, Linkedin)

I have a Love/Hate relationship with Social Media. Well, mostly Hate. My personal preferences are definitely toward having a quiet security based on using public information sources carefully. I don’t really like the idea of having a personal billboard that broadcasts my info to anyone whether I know them or not.

It has become strategic for CompanionLink Software to begin advertising on Social Media networks. It has become the case that business people use Facebook and Twitter and this is a great platform to get the word out about our products. So it is important for us to make this into a platform that is useful to our customers for ongoing communication.

We definitely want our platform to be useful. It is not our mission to do nothing but promote product sales. We want to convey our process in building our products, in using them, and relate any information that helps our customers. If we make a feed that is useful to our subscribers, then this will be a great landing page for our advertisements. At least that is the goal.

CompanionLink – Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn

CompanionLink’s media pages are: Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn. For the most part we post identical content on these, and so you only need to subscribe to one of them. Our goal is to start posting about twice a week. Posts will be centered on our PC Sync products; Sync Outlook Calendar to Android, Sync Outlook Calendar to iPhone, Sync Google Calendar with Outlook. Since DejaOffice CRM on Android and iPhone is part of this, we will add some tips and tricks for that. We will highlight program updates and appropriate videos.

DejaOffice – Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn

DejaOffice has a parallel presence, and we will use this to promote our new DejaOffice PC CRM product (DPC). Some of the articles will line up with the CompanionLink content. But our focus for DejaOffice is for people who are moving toward using DejaOffice CRM on PC, Android and iPhone.

Tech Support and Comments

As always, our best tech support response is from using our normal tech channels. We come in every day and respond to about 100 emails and 80 phone calls. This is a lot of work. Unfortunately it adds to our work the numerous other ways people use to contact us. For DejaOffice, don’t forget the DejaOffice Forum which is open 24×7 and is customer supported. For CompanionLink and DejaOffice email and phone support our hours are 7am-3:30pm Pacific Time Monday through Friday.

Reserve Galaxy Note 10 for Sync from Outlook, Act!, Goldmine, and Palm Desktop

Samsung has now made available a reservation system for Galaxy Note 10.

Here is sign up form for marketing emails from Samsung. It looks like there is no obligation to actually purchase, you do not need to submit a credit card. Check it out:

https://www.samsung.com/us/mobile/reserve/

I have carried a Note phone since the very first. I really like the larger screen size. Galaxy Note 10 will be the latest flagship from the world leader of Smartphones. Apparently there will be two versions; Galaxy Note 10 which has a very large screen, and Galaxy Note 10 Plus, with an even larger screen. Both phones are expected to have 5G support and be thinner and lighter than their predecessors.

For the best Contact and Calendar Management on Galaxy Note 10, check out DejaOffice CRM for Android. You can download this free from the Google Play Store.

Special features of DejaOffice:

  • Time zone management, so when you land your Calendar doesn’t go wonky
  • Calendar Colors that match Outlook
  • Templates that save time entering new Appointments and Tasks
  • Persistent alarms to be sure I don’t miss anything.
  • Recurring tasks compatible with Outlook
  • Optional:  Franklin Covey task priorities  A1, B2, C99
  • Works same on Android and iPhone, Phones and Tablets.

How to Sync Outlook Contacts with Android: Use CompanionLink for easy and secure sync from Outlook to your Pixel 3a phone. This is a better system than Google, who sells your data, or Microsoft who hosts your data on their exchange server. Here are some setup guides for CompanionLink sync:

CompanionLink for Outlook
Average User Rating:
Average rating: 4.83 out of 5 based on 344 reviews.
Free 14 day trial. Price $14.95 3-Mo Subs - $49.95 One-time License.