Android Lounge Reviews CompanionLink for Outlook

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More information about CompanionLink for Outlook can be found at www.companionlink.com/outlook

Tech Tip: How to sync multiple Outlook folders with your phone or Google account

Many users often call us asking how they can sync if they have data in more than one Outlook folder. Using the Category Manager feature in CompanionLink Professional, this can easily be accomplished. The reason we have to use the Category Manager is because most phones do not include support for multiple contact folders, and so instead we tag all the contacts from each folder with a different category. On most phones you can filter your contact list by category for easy separation (or at least view the category so you know what type of contact it is).

For example, say I have two folders in Outlook – Friends and Enemies – that I want to sync with a Google account (or a phone, the procedure is the same). Configure CompanionLink normally with your Google account settings. In the Outlook configuration settings, just choose one of the two folders we’ll be syncing with. When you’ve gone through the initial Outlook setup, hit the Category Manager button.

First, select the conduit you wish to modify (contacts, calendar, etc.), then select the Create New Category button. Name this category however you wish it to appear on the phone/Google account (I’m starting with “Friends”). Be careful when creating a category that you do not give it same name as an existing Outlook category, as this will cause trouble down the road. You will see your custom category listed under the conduit you’ve selected.

Now we have to point this category to the matching Outlook folder. Select your newly created category and tap Application Settings, then click Yes. In the popup window, select Outlook once more, and then you will be given a choice of Outlook folders to sync with. Select the Outlook folder that matches the category you’ve just created (Friends), then hit OK.

You should now be back at the Category Manager window. Tap Create New Category to create your second category (Enemies), then follow the above steps for each additional Outlook folder you wish to sync with. Once you’ve set up two or more categories, it should look something like this:

Hit OK, and you’re ready to sync! Go ahead and tap the Synchronize button to begin syncing with your phone/Google account. If you want to create a new contact from your phone or Google account, just make sure to apply the category that matches the Outlook folder you want them to appear in, and they will happily sync back to Outlook in the correct folder.

To sync with multiple Outlook folders, make sure you are using CompanionLink Professional (download a free trial). The category manager can be a bit tricky, especially if you are dealing with large amounts of data. If you need any help getting things set up, please contact our tech support team and we will be happy to assist.

CompanionLink Announces New Outlook Sync Product

CompanionLink Software releases a new Microsoft Outlook sync product called CompanionLink for Outlook. CompanionLink’s sync software for Microsoft Outlook syncs Outlook contacts, calendar, tasks and notes with Android, iPhone, iPad, BlackBerry, Palm webOS, Windows Mobile, and Google. CompanionLink for Outlook offers four methods to sync:

  1. Direct USB Sync
  2. Local Wi-Fi Sync
  3. Sync via Google
  4. CL Secure Hosted Sync

Direct USB Sync provides a fast and secure method to sync Outlook contacts, calendar, tasks and notes with any Android, BlackBerry, Palm webOS or Windows Mobile device. This method ensures maximum data security because it does not use a cloud-based service to store or exchange data.

Local Wi-Fi Sync allows synchronizing Outlook contacts, calendar, tasks and notes to iPhone, iPad and Android (coming soon) using a home or office Wi-Fi network. The PC and mobile phone are connected to the same network, through which CompanionLink synchronizes data. Users get a secure wireless sync with no monthly fees.

Sync via Google takes Outlook contacts and calendar and syncs them with any Google, Gmail, or Google Apps account. Using the free Google Sync service, Google provides wireless sync of contacts and calendar to any Android, iPhone, iPad, BlackBerry, Palm webOS, or Windows Mobile device.

CL Secure Hosted Sync is a wireless subscription service ($9.95/month) that provides secure and automatic wireless sync of all data types to Android, iPhone, iPad, BlackBerry, and Windows Mobile devices.  Data will sync automatically anywhere the device has a wireless data connection.

CompanionLink for Outlook is available for $39.95. More information and a 14-day free trial of the software are available at www.companionlink.com/outlook/

Sprint launches Samsung Transform and Sanyo Zio; CompanionLink provides Outlook sync

Sync the Sanyo Zio with OutlookYesterday, Sprint launched two new mid-range Android handsets: The Samsung Transform and the Sanyo Zio. The Zio is a lightweight candybar with surprisingly powerful specs at an affordable price point. The Samsung Transform, featuring a slide-out keyboard, is a smaller more modest version of the Epic 4G. Both phones run Android 2.1.

Sync the Samsung Transform with OutlookThe Transform and the Zio feature Sprint ID, a new service from Sprint that allows users to download pre-compiled packs of apps that fit different needs. For example, the Sprint ID Business Pro pack includes many applications suited for business use, such as a business card reader and currency converter app. However, even with the extra apps, these phones do not offer a way to sync contacts, calendar, tasks and notes with Outlook. That’s where CompanionLink comes in.

CompanionLink offers two methods to sync the Samsung Transform and the Sanyo Zio with Outlook – wired USB sync and wireless sync via Google. USB sync works in conjunction with DejaOffice, a powerful suite of calendar, contacts, tasks and notes apps for Android devices. Two way sync is supported in both methods so that changes made on the phone will sync to the PC. For more info on how to sync Android devices with Outlook, and to download a 14-day free trial, visit www.companionlink.com/android

How to sync the T-Mobile G2 with Outlook

The T-Mobile G2 is a new Android slider, released today on (you get one guess) T-Mobile. Many new G2 owners are migrating from older BlackBerrys or Windows Mobile devices, and will be looking for a way to sync the G2 with Outlook. Google provides the free Google Calendar Sync tool to sync the primary Outlook calendar with any Google account. The T-Mobile G2 can automatically sync contacts and calendar with a Google account through its wireless data connection. However, Google provides no support to sync contacts or other data types, such as tasks and notes.

CompanionLink offers two ways to sync the G2 with Outlook – wired USB sync and wireless sync through Google. CompanionLink’s wireless sync via Google supports two-way sync of contacts and calendar, and offers the ability to sync with any Outlook folder. CompanionLink can also sync Outlook tasks to the Google calendar as untimed entries.

CompanionLink’s USB sync with the G2 works in tandem with an Android app called DejaOffice. DejaOffice is an integrated suite of calendar, contacts, tasks and notes apps for Android with support for advanced Outlook features such as color-coded categories and custom fields. Outlook data will sync to the DejaOffice business apps on the G2.

CompanionLink is free for 14 days. For more information and to download the free trial, visit www.companionlink.com/g2

Forbes and NY Times Recommend CompanionLink’s BlackBerry Sync with Outlook 2010

Not so long ago, RIM updated their Desktop Software package to support Microsoft Outlook 2010. However, they only offered support for the 32-bit edition of Outlook 2010, not the 64-bit edition. CompanionLink announced compatibility with both the 32-bit and 64-bit editions of Microsoft Outlook 2010 with BlackBerry and other mobile devices. Recently, popular publications Forbes and the New York Times reviewed CompanionLink’s sync solution for BlackBerry with Outlook 2010.

In the New York Times Personal Tech Q&A section, columnist J. D. Biersdorfer mentions that official support documents from BlackBerry indicate that BlackBerry Desktop Software 6.0 is not compatible with Microsoft Outlook 2010 64-bit. Biersdorfer suggests CompanionLink as a solution for synchronizing with BlackBerry devices.

A post on the Forbes Investor blog by writer Marc Gerstein highlights his frustrating experience spending hours trying to sync his BlackBerry Tour with Outlook 2010. Gerstein points out that his frustrations are shared with many BlackBerry owners facing similar sync problems. Gerstein then turned to CompanionLink to solve his BlackBerry to Outlook 2010 sync issues. CompanionLink was able to sync Gerstein’s data within a few minutes.

Want to know more? Visit www.companionlink.com/blackberry

How to Sync the Samsung Fascinate with Outlook

Sync the Samsung Fascinate

The Android-powered Samsung Fascinate is the last of the Galaxy S Series phones to launch in the US, and is available now on Verizon.

Many new owners will be looking for ways to sync the Samsung Fascinate with Outlook and other PC contact-managers. Google provides the free Google Calendar Sync tool to sync the primary Outlook calendar with a Google account. The Fascinate can then be easily configured to automatically keep its calendar in sync with the Google account.

For users looking for a more powerful sync solution for the Samsung Fascinate, CompanionLink offers two options: Direct USB sync and wireless sync through Google.

CompanionLink’s Google sync software can sync Outlook contacts, calendar and tasks to any Google, Gmail, or Google Apps account, which then automatically syncs with the Fascinate. For an even more powerful sync option, CompanionLink’s USB sync with the Fascinate can sync contacts, calendar, tasks and notes from Outlook, Lotus Notes, ACT!, Palm Desktop, and other PC software. USB Sync works in conjunction with DejaOffice, a contact-management app suite that loads on the Samsung Fascinate. DejaOffice provides powerful features such as color-coded categories, advanced search & sort options, and multiple contacts and calendar display types.

CompanionLink’s sync solutions for the Samsung Fascinate start at $49.95. More information, and a 14-day free trial of the software are available at www.companionlink.com/galaxy

CompanionLink Supports Sync with Sage ACT! 2011

Sync with Sage ACT! 2011CompanionLink supports two-way sync of Sage ACT! 2011 contacts, calendar activities, opportunities, to-dos, contact notes and histories with the latest smartphones and tablet devices. For a one-time cost of $69.95, you can a have complete, two-way sync system set up for your ACT! database.

Sage ACT! 2011 introduces a built-in sync feature with Outlook contacts and calendar. We encourage you to try that. If your needs for Outlook sync demand more, CompanionLink has offered a solution for the past 10 years — supporting Outlook 2000 and higher (including Outlook 2010 32- and 64-bit). CompanionLink can handle many fringe cases — recurring appointments, appointments with exceptions, etc.

Plus, CompanionLink offers free technical support. For more information and to download a free 14-day trial, visit www.companionlink.com/act

Sync the Samsung Epic 4G with Outlook

The Samsung Epic 4G, a Galaxy S series phone running Android 2.1, is available today on Sprint. CompanionLink supports two-way sync of Microsoft Outlook calendar, contacts, tasks and notes with the Samsung Epic 4G direct via USB. CompanionLink also supports Samsung Epic 4G sync with other PC applications, such as IBM Lotus Notes, Palm Desktop, and Sage ACT!.

USB Sync with the Epic 4G works in conjunction with DejaOffice, a contact manager apps suite for Android. DejaOffice provides the Epic 4G with robust contacts, calendar, tasks and notes apps to manage appointments and schedules on the go. Changes made on the phone will sync back to the PC with CompanionLink. CompanionLink’s sync software for the Samsung Epic 4G starts at $39.95. More information and a 14-day free trial of the software is available at www.companionlink.com/galaxy.

Use CompanionLink with Gmail's new phone call features

Gmail now has voice calling functionality. You can call any standard telephone number right within Gmail. If you have your contact information stored in Gmail, calling a contact is as easy as just clicking on their Contact record. Small businesses can save hundreds on their phone bills if they use this feature to place calls to people in their Contact List.

The catch is that managing Contacts in Gmail can be cumbersome. Many small businesses use PC software like Microsoft Outlook to manage their contacts and phone numbers. If only there were a way to continue managing contacts on the PC, while having Gmail automatically receive those changes.

Wait – that’s the whole point of CompanionLink for Google!  It will keep your PC software (like Outlook) in sync with your Gmail Contacts. Update a phone number in Outlook and it will automatically update in Gmail.

This tool allows small businesses to take full advantage of their PC contact management software along with Gmail’s new phone call features. For more info on how it all works, and to try it free for 14 days, visit www.companionlink.com/google