CompanionLink announces Outlook sync for Windows Phone 7

Sync with Windows Phone 7CompanionLink is happy to announce sync support for Windows Phone 7 devices like the Samsung Focus, HTC Surround, HTC HD7, LG Quantum, and Dell Venue Pro.

CompanionLink syncs Outlook contacts, calendar and tasks to any Google, Gmail, or Google Apps account. Google provides wireless contact and calendar sync to Windows Phone 7 through the Exchange ActiveSync protocol. In addition to Microsoft Outlook, CompanionLink supports sync with Outlook Business Contact Manager, Sage ACT!, Palm Desktop, Novell GroupWise, and Time & Chaos.

CompanionLink’s sync solutions for Windows Phone 7 start at $39.95. More information and a 14-day free trial can be found at www.companionlink.com/windowsphone/

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

Initial impressions on sync support for Windows Phone 7

Windows Phone 7, expected to release next month, is the next major smartphone platform from Microsoft. Windows Phone 7 is a complete operating system re-design, borrowing more from their Zune media players than their existing Windows Mobile 6.5 platform. The big question that we have here at CompanionLink is how Windows Phone 7 will sync with the PC.

A recent post from pocketnow.com details the current situation for Outlook sync with Windows Phone 7. Unlike the previous Windows Mobile 6.5 platform, Windows Phone 7 will not use Windows Mobile Device Center/Active Sync for direct PC-to-phone sync. Windows Phone 7 will use the Zune PC software to sync media, but for Outlook contacts, calendar and tasks, an Exchange server is required. While this presents no problem to large organizations with dedicated Exchange servers, standalone Outlook users are left out in the cold.

Both Gmail and Hotmail now offer free Exchange Active Sync support for most popular smartphone platforms. Thus, Windows Phone 7 should be compatible with both these services to sync contacts and calendar via Exchange (since Windows Phone 7 has not yet been released, this is educated speculation).

CompanionLink offers a solution that will sync Outlook contacts and calendar with any Gmail, Google, or Google Apps account. Once the data is synced with Google, supported smartphones can easily be configured to sync wirelessly with that Google account using the Exchange protocol. If Windows Phone 7 can sync with Google, as indicated by initial impressions, then CompanionLink will be able to offer support for Windows Phone 7 upon launch.

An official announcement regarding CompanionLink’s support for Windows Phone 7 will be released soon pending our testing of the platform. Look for announcements on our homepage at www.companionlink.com

How will Symbian 3 devices sync with the PC?

Nokia announced three more phones based on their new Symbian 3 platform.  The phones cater to both business and social media users.  The big question that remains for business users is, “How will these Symbian 3 phones sync with my PC?”.

Google Sync has supported over-the-air sync with devices running the Symbian S60 operating system.  They sync contacts and calendar data two-ways.  Will Google Sync also support two-way sync with Symbian 3 devices?  If they do, CompanionLink can has a way for people to sync PC contacts and calendar data with Symbian 3 devices.

PC <> CompanionLink <> Google account <> Google Sync <> Symbian 3 device

CompanionLink for Google is a product that will sync PC software like Outlook to any Google or Gmail account.  If Google Sync will support sync with Symbian 3 devices, this data will then transfer over-the-air with the Symbian 3 device.  Any changes made on the device will sync back to the Google account, which will sync back to the PC courtesy of CompanionLink.

Let’s hope Google Sync supports Symbian 3.

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

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.

Sync the Dell Aero with your PC

The latest Android phone to launch in the US is the lightweight Dell Aero. The Aero offers business professionals a compact device that’s easy to carry anywhere. With CompanionLink, users can sync the Dell Aero with Outlook, Palm Desktop, Lotus Notes, ACT!, and other PC contact managers. CompanionLink’s sync with the Aero allows users to sync, view and edit contacts, calendar, tasks and notes right from the device. Changes made on the Aero will sync back to the PC.

Sync the Dell Aero with your PC

CompanionLink offers two methods to sync with the Dell Aero – direct USB sync and wireless sync through Google. USB sync with the Aero works with DejaOffice, CompanionLink’s suite of contacts, calendar, tasks and notes apps for Android. For more info on CompanionLink’s sync solutions for the Dell Aero, and to download a 14-day free trial, visit www.companionlink.com/phones/dell-aero.html

CompanionLink supports sync with the BlackBerry Torch 9800 and other BlackBerry 6 OS devices

Last week, RIM launched the BlackBerry Torch 9800 with the newest revision of the BlackBerry platform, BlackBerry 6 OS. CompanionLink supports sync with the BlackBerry Torch using one of three methods: direct USB sync, wireless sync through Google, and automatic handsfree sync using CompanionLink’s secure wireless service.Visit www.companionlink.com/torch for more info on how to sync the BlackBerry Torch 9800 with ACT!, Lotus Notes, Outlook Business Contacts Manager, GoldMine, Palm Desktop and more.

Sync the Blackberry Torch

USB sync with the BlackBerry Torch works in tandem with RIM’s BlackBerry Desktop Software. With the Torch launch last week, RIM also launched a new version of the desktop software, BlackBerry Desktop 6. The new Blackberry Desktop 6 changed some underlying core functionality, which caused most 3rd party add-ins, including CompanionLink, to break. We scrambled to quickly find a fix, and our awesome development team got things quickly working again for all our BlackBerry users. If you use CompanionLink with any BlackBerry, visit www.companionlink.com/bb6 for the latest information regarding BlackBerry Desktop 6.

The Motorola DROID 2 is here – Sync the DROID 2 with Outlook using CompanionLink

The Motorola DROID 2, available today, is the next big Android phone to land here in the US. It follows on the heels of the original Motorola DROID, one of the top selling Android devices thus far. New owners looking to sync the DROID 2 with their PCs have few options. Google provides the free Google Calendar Sync tool to sync the primary Outlook calendar with any Google account. The Motorola DROID 2 has built-in support to sync contacts and calendar with a Google account through its wireless data connection. However, this solution is limited to only the primary Outlook calendar, and no support for contacts or other data types, such as tasks and notes.

Sync the DROID 2 with Outlook

CompanionLink offers two ways to sync the DROID 2 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 multiple Outlook folders. CompanionLink can also sync Outlook tasks to the Google calendar as untimed entries. CompanionLink’s USB sync with DROID 2 works in conjuction with an Android app called DejaOffice. DejaOffice is a contact manager application suite with modules for contacts, calendar, tasks and notes, with support for advanced features such as categories. Outlook data will sync to the DejaOffice business apps for the DROID 2.

CompanionLink’s sync solutions for the DROID 2 start at $39.95. Free technical support is included. More information, along with a 14-day free trial of the software can be found at www.companionlink.com/droid2