Windows 10, Misery and Magic

Having been in this business 27 years gives me some experience.  But nothing in my experience matches what Microsoft is attempting; a free OS update for more than 500 million computers.

Do I have a prediction?  Can Microsoft handle the server load?  Will everyone be impressed but the support?  I don’t say so.  However, I will predict that whether Microsoft is successful or unsuccessful, we will all remember August 1, 2015 as the date that Windows changed the World, for better or worse.

What I’m anticipating is a combination of people successful in the Windows 10 transition, looking for help with the new OS and how to do things.  I also predict a certain percentage of failed updates.  Even a 1% failure rate means 5 million computers that no longer boot.  So I would predict that more PC hardware will be shipped in August 2015 than in any month of the last four years.

So many people, reinstalling apps, looking up licenses, switching to newer versions.

We also look with some interest at Microsoft’s “Phone Companion” software, which will “magically” keep everything in sync.  Since Windows 10 preview is out, and Phone Companion is not in it, I definitely think magic is what they need now.   I think it will be good for CompanionLink (thank you Microsoft for naming your feature) to continue to do what we do – simple and dependable phone sync.   There’s nothing they will introduce in two weeks that can match the features and dependability of CompanionLink and DejaOffice.

CompanionLink 6 ships with new Sync Dashboard, DejaOffice CRM Live web portal, 12 months of DejaCloud wireless service, and more!

CompanionLink 6 is now available with an optimized sync engine that supports the latest Android, iOS, Windows Phone, and BlackBerry devices with ease. An exciting list of features and services are bundled with CompanionLink 6:

  • Sync Dashboard shows results of your last sync
  • DejaOffice CRM Live web portal. Optional, but this service lets you store and access your data from any PC or mobile browser. It also serves as a convenient backup should you lose your phone or corrupt your database.
  • 1 year of DejaCloud service for automatic push sync between 5 phones, tablets, and PCs.
  • New Setup Wizard with visual feedback about your configuration settings.
  • Direct sync with Office 365 Cloud accounts and Outlook 2013 desktop software
  • Support for Act! v16 and Company records
  • Support for Windows OS 8.1, OS X Mavericks (10.9)
  • Support for Salesforce CRM Team Accounts

 

Sync Dashboard

Get a summary view of your most recent sync when you launch CompanionLink 6. See how many records you are syncing, when the last sync was, and what your configuration is currently like.

Sync Dashboard in CompanionLink 6 shows results of your most recent sync.

DejaOffice CRM Live – access your data from any web browser

DejaOffice is now available as a web-based CRM. If you decide to use our DejaCloud service to sync data, you will get a functional cloud CRM service that automatically integrates with phones, tablets, PCs, Macs, and other web services like Google and Office 365. Use any PC, Mac, or mobile browser to access your data online.

12 months of DejaCloud service for Android, iPhone, iPad, Windows Phone, and BlackBerry

DejaCloud push sync keeps CRM data automatically updated between phones, tablets, and computers. This works for all modern smartphones and tablets. No need to tap or click synchronize – things just work!

Visual Setup Wizard

A new wizard visually guides you through your setup and shows the data security measures available for the different ways you can sync data using CompanionLink.

Act! v16, Office 365, Outlook 2013, Salesforce CRM

CompanionLink supports new Act! v16, Company fields, and direct integration to Office 365 cloud accounts and Outlook 2013 desktop software. Support for Salesforce CRM is now included in all versions of CompanionLink.

CompanionLink provides solution for reluctant Cloud users like Chi Onwurah

CompanionLink is humbled to read about our customer Chi Onwurah, Labour shadow Cabinet Office minister and MP for Newcastle Central, UK.  In her article “Reluctantly and unhappily moving to the cloud,” Ms. Onwurah writes of her experience moving from Palm devices to Apple and Android.

The points raised are valid, and we note two things:

  1. All cloud services rely on passwords stored on the device. Any stored password is subject to loss of the device and hacking into the cloud vendor’s online database.
  2. Cloud vendors may use your stored data for advertising, or they can share your data with outside firms, government agencies, and even foreign governments.  Ms. Onwurah notes that because she is a UK Cabinet Minister, storing her contacts in the cloud may violate national standards since some cloud databases are now known to be sharing information with governments like USA.

CompanionLink urges Ms. Onwurah to continue using the CompanionLink synchronization that she has used for her prior phones.  We continue to support cloud-free synchronization for every new phone and tablet on the market, including new iPhone, Android, BlackBerry and Windows Phone devices.  We supply secure USB sync for these devices, just like the old Palm Hotsync.  With connected sync, your data is not shared or stored with any cloud server, and no password is needed.

In addition to USB Sync, CompanionLink offers two options for encrypted wireless sync.

  1. CompanionLink Wi-Fi sync uses AES-256 bit encryption, the strongest allowed, even for data moving from your PC to your device in the same office.
  2. CompanionLink Secure Wireless Sync transfers data to your device over-the-air without storing your data on a cloud server.

Both of these technologies are password-based, but the password that is used is local to you, and is used solely for passing the data in a stream that discourages decryption.

CompanionLink is a proven provider of synchronization systems, having supported Contact and Calendar devices since in 1988 and Casio BOSS, the first connected organizer.

We thank Ms. Onwurah for using CompanionLink in the past, and we encourage her to continue using CompanionLink with her new phones, whether they are Apple, Android or whatever comes next.  CompanionLink will keep providing secure ways to stay mobile, without forcing anyone to share their contact and calendar information with unknown or unaccountable systems and parties.

CompanionLink supports mobile sync on Windows 8

CompanionLink fully supports data synchronization on the new Windows 8 operating system and Metro UI.  CompanionLink will sync Android, iPhone, iPad, iPad Mini, and Google web-based accounts to Windows 8.

All CompanionLink version 5 products have built-in support for Windows 8.  CompanionLink install as a Tile in Metro UI.  Customers with older versions CompanionLink can upgrade to version 5 at a discount in order for complete support for Windows 8 and future Microsoft service packs.

CompanionLink installs as a Tile in Windows 8 Metro UI

CompanionLink installs as Tile in Metro UI

The full line of desktop products that we support in previous Windows versions are also supported in Windows 8:

  • Microsoft Outlook, including the new Outlook 2013
  • Microsoft Outlook Business Contact Manager
  • Palm Desktop
  • ACT!
  • Lotus Notes
  • GroupWise
  • GoldMine
  • Time & Chaos

 

CompanionLink supports two-way sync with Microsoft Office Outlook 2013

Early word from our R&D team is that CompanionLink will fully support Outlook 2013 Preview in our next software update. This means people can sync Outlook 2013 People (formerly known as Contacts), Calendar, Tasks, and Notes with the latest Android, iOS, Windows Phone, BlackBerry and webOS devices.  You can also sync Office 2013 with Google, Gmail, and Windows Live accounts.

We’re excited about Microsoft’s initiatives to merge the cloud with desktop platforms. CompanionLink is looking into ways to sync directly with Office 365.  Please bookmark this blog post and we’ll update it as we learn more. There is lots more to come.

DejaOffice 2.2 arrives with amazing new mobile CRM features

We’re getting close to a public launch of the next version of DejaOffice for Android devices.  There are a ton of new features, visual enhancements, security measures, and mobile CRM functions built into this version.  In the next few days leading up to the public launch, we will highlight one feature at a time.

  • New tabbed interface for notes, history, and details related to a contact
  • New app icons and navigation that complements Ice Cream Sandwich (Android 4.0)
  • Record-level swipe actions for quick actions
  • Encrypt and password-lock of the entire DejaOffice database
  • New DejaJournal app to track every interaction with a contact
  • Linkage of Calendar, Tasks, Memos, and Journal to Contacts
  • Contact photos in the contact list view (see photos as you scroll!)
  • Contextual search that is specific to the DejaOffice app you are in
  • DejaOffice installs as an Account on your phone (this eliminates the perception of duplicates)
  • Free/Busy/Out-of-Office status now synchronizes to DejaCalendar

How to sync Samsung Galaxy devices on 64-bit Windows

User comments on Android Central claim that Kies does not support Windows 64-bit.  People with devices like Galaxy Note or Galaxy S3 can not update their devices via Kies because they are using Windows 64-bit computers.  This also prevents them from handling basic functions like Outlook sync with Galaxy devices.

It doesn’t have to be so difficult.  While I’m confident Kies will eventually catch up to the world of 64-bit operating systems, you do have some options today.

CompanionLink supports Windows 32-bit and 64-bit. While CompanionLink does not manage operating system updates to Samsung devices or music or videos like Kies, CompanionLink will keep Outlook on a 64-bit Windows computer in sync with any Samsung Galaxy series device.  The CompanionLink package intelligently detects the bitness of your Windows operating system and adjusts accordingly.  No user interaction or separate software to install.

CompanionLink Build 5008 Is Now Available

With over 25 changes, CompanionLink build 5008 is a big update. We have been hard at work improving the software to bring you an even better sync. Our latest update focuses on refining the process, eliminating duplicates, and adding a few new features. Read on to learn what we’ve done.  Continue reading

Sync Outlook to Windows Phone via Windows Live

 

Sync via Windows LiveGreat news for those of you using Windows Live and Outlook: Sync via Windows Live is now in beta!  As you might expect, it works like our Sync via Google option: just put in your Windows Live credentials and we’ll wirelessly sync Contacts, Calendars, and Tasks from Outlook to Windows Live. From there, the data syncs down to your Windows Phone 7 or any other device configured with your Windows Live account.

This feature is currently in beta, but you can try it for yourself today by downloading the latest build of CompanionLink 5 (build 5004). When you select Windows Phone 7 as your device, you’ll see Sync via Windows Live as one of the sync options. Just follow the prompts from there and you’ll be set to begin syncing with Outlook or any other CRM system we support.

I should note that you can also opt to sync directly to Windows Live by selecting “No Device – Sync with Windows Live – BETA”. This allows you to sync Outlook to any device that your Windows Live account is set up on. And it’s not just Outlook – you can sync ACT!, Lotus Notes, Salesforce, and more with our new Sync via Windows Live option! So go ahead and get started today.

We’d love to get your feedback on Windows Live sync! Send us a message at marketing@companionlink.com or leave a comment below!

What is DejaOffice?

If you’re new to CompanionLink, you’ve probably noticed several references to DejaOffice by now. In fact, you may be wondering what exactly DejaOffice is.  Well, I’m glad you asked.

In short, DejaOffice is our free Android and iOS app that helps you get the most out of your data when syncing with CompanionLink! But it’s actually a lot more than that. Instead of reading through a long post describing the app, however, why not sit back and discover DejaOffice in just 90 seconds: