Outlook on Microsoft Surface

Microsoft Surface is a business device out of the box.  This is because of one key difference between the Surface and other tablets – Surface runs a full operating system.  The Surface isn’t Windows 8 compatible; it is Windows 8!  It blurs the line between tablets and ultrabooks. I can almost hear business professionals letting out a sigh of relief during Microsoft’s announcement of the Surface, as if to say, “Finally, a tablet form factor that lets me run all the business software I’ve paid for.”

Microsoft Surface will come in two flavors: 1) Surface for Windows RT, and 2) Surface for Windows 8 Pro.  While their hardware specs differ, both flavors seem to ship with Office 15 pre-installed.  This instantly gives business people access to their email, contacts, appointments, tasks and notes.  People and companies that rely on Microsoft Outlook for managing professional relationships are open for business as soon as they open the box.

Road warriors who carry a Surface + mobile device of their choice (ie – Android, iPhone) will demand a way to keep data current across both devices.  Sitting in an airport lounge, the last thing they want is clumsy cables wrapped around their legs, connecting both devices.

Larger companies running Exchange can just set up Surface with their Exchange account.  However, smaller companies and individuals running standalone Oultook (no Exchange), will need a tool to sync data.  CompanionLink will offer a way to keep Microsoft Surface, Android, and iPhone synchronized in a wireless, hands-free manner.  No buttons to push; no clumsy cables. CompanionLink supports full hands-free sync with the Surface.

Outlook sync for Windows Phone 8

Microsoft’s announcement of Windows Phone 8 had some great news for hardware enthusiasts. Announced features include NFC, mobile payment capabilities, high resolution graphics, multi-core processors, and removable storage options like SD card. Also mentioned was tight(er) integration with the Windows 8 platform.

Two things stuck out to us – file system and device drives – that Windows Phone 8 will share with big brother Windows 8. Will this tighter integration between WP8 and Windows 8 mean something new for business professionals who rely on Microsoft Outlook to manage relationships, schedules, task lists, and business notes?  Will they finally get an “lite” version of Outlook on their WP8?  Will this finally lead to a cloud-free solution for standalone Outlook users (those who don’t use Microsoft Exchange) to get their Outlook contacts, calendar, tasks and notes on Windows Phone 8 devices?

CompanionLink continues to research these and other options.  We won’t know for sure until we get our hands on the WP8 SDK. Ideally, standalone Outlook users really want a way to sync to WP8 directly over a USB cable; just like they used to do with the ActiveSync software on their PC from years past. You can sign up on our list to be kept current of our findings in our endeavor to provide USB sync for Outlook and Windows Phone.

How to sync Samsung Galaxy S III with Microsoft Office Outlook

Update: Click here for Galaxy S5 Outlook sync

We want to show you how easy it is to sync Samsung Galaxy SIII with Microsoft Outlook. There appears to be a lot of confusion by S3 owners about how to do this. CompanionLink can automate the sync process with a few simple configuration steps.

CompanionLink is right for you if you are looking for:

  1. Plug-and-play sync experience. Connect your Galaxy S3 to the computer and the sync will begin automatically.
  2. Reliable sync. No fussing around with hard resets, switching to Mass Storage Mode, or lost data during the sync.
  3. Data security. We offer both USB sync and encrypted Cloud sync. Furthermore, our Outlook-like app for Android encrypts all the data you sync so no one can break into it even if your phone is lost.
  4. Complete Outlook data. We sync all your data – contacts, calendar, tasks, notes, journal, categories, and contact photos.

Samsung devices ship with free software to sync Galaxy S 3 with Outlook. Many users report that it is a very complicated process that often destroys their data. Your mileage may vary. If you don’t want to deal with this, CompanionLink is for you and others who value their data and time. We even offer free US-based phone support to stand behind our software.

Steps for Outlook to Galaxy S3 sync:

  1. Install CompanionLink for Outlook to your computer. It is free to download and try for 14 days.
  2. Download the DejaOffice CRM app on your S3 for free from the Google Play store. The app gives you contacts, calendar, tasks, notes, journal and categories just like Microsoft Outlook.
  3. Synchronize using CompanionLink. Choose from DejaConnect USB sync or DejaCloud sync. Both are secure.

Yes, it’s really that simple to sync Microsoft Outlook to Galaxy S3. Give it a try and please share your feedback below.

Syncing the Samsung Galaxy S III

If you’re in the market for a new smartphone these days, odds are you’ve heard about the upcoming Samsung Galaxy S III. If not, I’d encourage you to go read about it here.

Go ahead. We’ll wait.

The Galaxy S III’s predecessor, aptly name the Galaxy S II, has been one of the most popular Android phones among our customers over the past year. And based on what we’ve heard about the new Galaxy S III, we’re expecting it to be quite popular as well.

While we don’t have an S III in-house to test just yet, we do know enough about it to say with a high degree of confidence that CompanionLink will be able to sync with the S III right out of the box. Of course, once we get our hands on one, we’ll confirm this.

And if you just can’t wait another month or so for the S III to launch, we’re pretty big fans of the HTC One X too. And, of course, it syncs with CompanionLink!

Seasons greetings from Microsoft to NOOK

Microsoft’s cash infusion into the NOOK platform ensures the device family will be around for holiday season 2012. Great news for people looking for a tablet that’s not married to the Amazon or Apple ecosystems. It also ensures the price wars for tablets continue, and the consumer is able to get a tablet-form device for a fraction of the cost of more expensive systems that do just one thing well (e.g., gaming systems).

The NOOK Color is really a well-made device. With a few 3rd party apps, you can outfit NOOK to be your all-in-one tool for reading, entertainment, and business productivity.  Self-plug: we just released our DejaOffice mobile CRM app for the NOOK.  It transforms your NOOK into a business tool that carries your address book, appointments, tasks and notes – all in one integrated app.  You can even sync the NOOK to Micrsoft Outlook on your computer.

Integrated CRM and PIM capabilities arrive for NOOK Tablet and NOOK Color

Great news for NOOK Tablet and NOOK Color owners: you can now download DejaOffice from the NOOK App store. Not familiar with DejaOffice? Read on!

DejaOffice brings a complete CRM productivity suite to the NOOK Tablet and Color. With contacts, calendar, tasks and notes in one app, you can uncover the full potential of your data with color-coded categories, the ability to link contacts to calendar events and tasks, and advanced sort, view, and search options. And, of course, it all syncs with your existing CRM data via CompanionLink

Put simply, DejaOffice is the most powerful PIM available for NOOK. So go get it – it’s free!

Sync the HTC One S with Outlook

Need to sync your new HTC One S with Outlook? We’ve got you covered.

Sync the HTC One S with Outlook

CompanionLink lets you sync your Outlook contacts, calendars, tasks, memos, and more to the One S. And you can customize this sync to your liking – from filtering specific categories to the direction each data type syncs. You can even choose from a variety of sync methods, including USB and WiFi.

Getting started is easy. We have a 14-day free trial, which you can download here. From there, just follow our simple setup guide for your preferred sync method and you’ll have your data on your new phone before you know it.

Questions? Comments? Shout them out in the comments below.

Sync the Nokia Lumia 900 with Outlook

 

Is the Nokia Lumia 900 the latest must-have Windows Phone? All signs point to yes.

Image Credit: PC WorldPositioned as a flagship Windows Phone, the Lumia 900 has been making a big impression among many early reviewers. And with its 4.3″ display, snappy 1.4GHz processor, 8MP camera, and beautiful form factor, these positive reviews seem to be well-earned. The Lumia 900 is, by all means, a solid phone at a great price.

Despite the positive reviews, however, the Lumia 900 is lacking in one big area. Many business users want to know how to sync the Nokia Lumia 900 with Outlook. It will support Exchange sync out of the box, but standalone Outlook users must look elsewhere. CompanionLink offers two methods to sync Outlook contacts, calendar and tasks with the Lumia 900 – via Google or via Window Live.

CompanionLink works by syncing Outlook data to a Google account or Windows Live account. From there the Lumia can be configured to automatically sync with either account over its wireless data connection. For more information on how CompanionLink syncs Windows Phone devices like the Lumia 900, visit www.companionlink.com/windowsphone/.

Sync the HTC One X with Outlook

The HTC One X has made its official debut, and it’s earning its fair share of favorable reviews. In fact, it is quickly becoming a top contender for being the best Android smartphone on the market today.

The One X features a large 4.7” screen, yet maintains a rather slim profile and, as such,HTC One X doesn’t feel abnormally large. It’s a good size, overall. The 1280×720 display is also one of the best smartphone displays currently available, making interacting with the device a pleasure. It’s also loaded with a quad-core (or dual-core, if you’re in the US) processor, 1GB of RAM, and 4G LTE. In short, the One X is a big, beautiful, and lighting fast smartphone. No wonder the reviewers love it.

Of course, when it comes to syncing the HTC One X with Outlook, or any other personal or professional CRM, look no further than CompanionLink. Our sync solution is primed and ready for the HTC One X. We offer a variety of sync methods, including a revamped USB sync called DejaConnect created specifically with Ice Cream Sandwich in mind.

CompanionLink works by syncing Outlook data to our free Android app, DejaOffice. DejaOffice offers powerful, business-class contacts, calendars, tasks, memos, and more, making it ideal for those who need to get work done on the go. And when you’re back at the computer, syncing any changes back to Outlook is quick and easy.

For more information on how CompanionLink syncs the HTC One X, visit www.companionlink.com/phones/htc-one.html. And for our friends in the US, we can’t wait for the One X to land here as well!

DejaOffice On The New iPad

We’ve had our new iPad in the office for a few days now and have put it through its paces with DejaOffice and CompanionLink. I’m happy to report that everything is performing as expected. So don’t hesitate to download DejaOffice and start syncing that new iPad of yours.

On a related note, we are in the process of updating DejaOffice to take advantage of the new iPad’s Retina display. Expect a new version with crisp graphics soon!