Newer, Better Faster – CompanionLink 10 Released

CompanionLink Software has launched version 10 with its new and improved features such as sync speed improvements for Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and all Outlook sync. This version contains new logic for 64-bit Outlook Sync, FMCID for better Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connection, and new drivers for iCloud and Microsoft Graph API. As the online Contact and Calendar world moves to 2 Factor Authentication, CompanionLink leads the way to advanced Sync with your PC.

New in CompanionLink 10 is Sync to Apple’s iCloud ecosystem. This allows you to sync directly from Outlook, Act!, GoldMine and Palm Desktop to iCloud – which will populate Contact and Calendar data for any iPhone and iPad.  This sync is not reliant on any Outlook folder type and so it adds important functionality to corporations with secure Outlook folders. 

Other changes in CompanionLink Version 10:

  • Wifi sync and Bluetooth sync now have an FCMID stored when you pair the device. If DJOA is closed on the mobile or the IP has changed the Mobile will now show a DJO Notification, if you tap it, DJO will launch and start the sync.
  • There is a new Sync option for Microsoft Graph. This is the OAuth Method for logging into Outlook.com\Office 365 online which does not need an App Password for 2FA accounts.
  • Removed some older Database options (Highrise, Lotus Notes, Salesforce, Sugar\Suit CRM, and Zoho). These are still available in CompanionLink for Apps.
  • CompanionLink Time and Chaos is now in CompanionLink Express and CompanionLink for Windows Live is now just CompanionLink for Outlook.
  • The Registration menu has been simplified, now only Name and Email are Visible. If you need the Computer ID or the Purchase ID, click the Advanced button on the bottom right of the Registration menu.

One-Time Purchase Price

CompanionLink Software is committed to offering a one-time purchase price to its users rather than the expensive subscription services offered by competitors. On May 1, CompanionLink announced its first price increase since 2008. This roughly restores the pricing that was available at that time adjusted for inflation.

Why You Should Upgrade

Support CompanionLink developers by upgrading to version 10. CompanionLink is constantly working to provide you with the fastest and most efficient software to sync your data between all your devices. CompanionLink is one of the few companies to offer free US-based email and telephone tech support.

What’s New with 5G in 2022?

5G is the wave of the future — and the future is now. Long heralded as a new era of outstanding connectivity, high performance, and unprecedented technological capability, it’s finally here, and it’s becoming increasingly ubiquitous.

While 5G is largely confined to densely populated areas at the moment, its increasing rate of adoption by the general public and across a wide variety of industries, from retail to manufacturing to healthcare, indicates that it will enter a new phase in the coming year.

In fact, 2022 will be a pivotal year for 5G. It’s highly likely that the vast majority of mobile phones and tablets sold in the next year will support 5G. And the top carriers have all announced their plans for rollout — a rollout that is coming sooner rather than later.

Are you ready for the 5G revolution? Here’s what you can anticipate in 2022.

Adoption Will Skyrocket

Global adoption of 5G will reach — and, in fact, surpass — one billion devices in 2022, Ericsson projects. Its June 2021 Mobility Report notes that it is overtaking the world at a far higher speed than that of 4G. In fact, Ericsson anticipates that there will be more than half a billion 5G users by the end of 2021 alone.

This isn’t true across all regions, though. It will inevitably take longer for some regions to adopt and deploy 5G than others.

3G Will No Longer Work

3G made its debut roughly 20 years ago. At the time, it represented a new era of internet connectivity. But that era is coming to an end. In 2022, all of the major mobile carriers in the U.S. plan to retire 3G. AT&T, T-Mobile, and Verizon, the 3 top carriers, have announced dates at which this service will end in the coming year.

This should affect very few users since most people have moved onto 4G devices. However, anyone who still relies on a 3G device should be aware that they will long longer be able to make or receive calls and send or receive text messages in early 2022, although wifi service will still work.

New Players Will Join the Game

All the major players have invested in the 5G Infrastructure Market. Apple entered the game in fall 2020, with its iPhone 12 debut, which has 5G capabilities. Samsung started even earlier, back in 2019. But even smaller players are getting in on the action, too.

For example, Nokia will serve as the supplier of UScellular’s standalone 5G network. The carrier serves a relatively low number of customers, despite being the fourth-largest carrier in the U.S., but its deployment of 5G, expected to be completed by the end of 2022, could increase its popularity — as well as that of Nokia.

Some Rollouts Are Slightly Delayed

AT&T and Verizon had originally planned to roll out their new 5G frequency band on December 5, 2021. However, concerns about interference with cockpit safety systems have led them to delay their rollouts until January 5, 2022. Now, they are working closely with the Federal Aviation Administration to hear their warnings about these potential dangers so they can assess and address the safety concerns.

5G Is Going to Be Faster — But Perhaps Not as Fast as Expected

Ultra-fast download speeds are one of 5G’s main claims to fame. And for the most part, it is proving to live up to the hype — to an extent. According to an analysis by RootMetrics, 5G speeds were higher than 4G speeds for each carrier they assessed. For AT&T, T-Mobile, and Verizon, the speeds were higher than those of the previous year’s 5G results.

However, RootMetrics also reports that these speeds aren’t necessarily as fast as anticipated. Service isn’t equal across the board and, in some cases, download speeds aren’t even that much faster than those of 4G.

It Will Increase and Improve Connectivity

5G has a number of benefits, including lower latency, increased bandwidth, and greater capacity. One sometimes-ignored advantage is the fact that it could improve connectivity for underserved populations.

Communities that rely on wired broadband connections can now enjoy better connectivity, after having been overlooked in the past. Thanks to the performance and super-high speed of 5G, rural communities and areas with low populations now have access to better internet connections.

What’s new with 5G in 2022? As you can see, the answer is quite a bit. 5G certainly had a moment in 2021, with an increased rollout and new benefits emerging. But next year we will see this standard take its capabilities and features to even greater heights. It’s time for the world to adjust to make way for the next era of broadband cellular networks — and technology itself.

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.

CompanionLink Express updated for Salesforce Outlook Sync

CompanionLink has updated CompanionLink Express for to better support Outlook Sync with Salesforce. Salesforce recently discontinued Salesforce for Outlook Sync. CompanionLink Express is a drop-in replacement for the discontinued product. The new solution from Salesforce is to use their Office 365 and Lightning Integration, which is not an option for people who use POP3, IMAP, or Standalone Outlook folders or who use a private Exchange server that cannot connect to Salesforce.

CompanionLink Express – Sync Salesforce with Outlook on your PC

CompanionLink has long supported Outlook to Salesforce Sync using our CompanionLink Professional product. Today we are moving this capability to our lower priced CompanionLink Express product, and re-launching our landing page for this product.

CompanionLink Express can synchronize Outlook 2007, 2010, 2013, 2016, 2019 and Office 365 with Salesforce. Contacts, Calendar and Tasks are synchronized. CompanionLink also synchronizes Salesforce Accounts to the Outlook Contact list (with the notation “Acct”) and Salesforce Opportunities to the Outlook Task list (with the notation “Oppt”). More information can be found in the setup guide.

This product is needed by people who use Outlook folders that are on Exchange, like POP3 and IMAP folders, or where the Exchange permissions on the folder are such that Salesforce cannot access it. In these cases, a PC side program is required.

CompanionLink Express costs $79.95 for a one-time purchase, or if you like a recurring charge $19.95 once every three months. You can download a 14 day trial from this page: https://www.companionlink.com/salesforce/outlook/

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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