Sync Salesforce CRM with Google and Your phone – Android, iPhone & iPad, BlackBerry, Palm webOS, Windows Mobile and Windows Phone 7

Sync with SalesforceCompanionLink now supports sync with Salesforce! Sync your Salesforce CRM contacts, calendar and tasks with any Google, Gmail, or Google Apps account. Google then provides free wireless sync to most popular smartphone platforms, including Android, iPhone, iPad, BlackBerry, Palm webOS, Windows Phone 7, Windows Mobile and Nokia Symbian.

CompanionLink gives Salesforce users an easy way to sync their crucial CRM data to their phones with no monthly fees. Because Google supports a wide range of platforms, CompanionLink can offer Salesforce sync with the most popular phones currently available, including the Motorola DROID 2 and DROID Pro, HTC EVO 4G, HTC Incredible, Samsung Galaxy S, Apple iPhone and iPad, BlackBerry Torch, and Palm Pre and Pixi. Two-way sync is fully supported so that changes made from the phone or Google account will sync back to Salesforce.

To try it out, you’ll need:

  • A Google, Gmail, or Google Apps account
  • A Salesforce Professional, Enterprise, or Unlimited account
  • CompanionLink Professional

You can find more info and a 14-day free trial of CompanionLink Professional at www.companionlink.com/salesforce/

How to sync the DROID Pro with Outlook

Sync the DROID Pro with Outlook

The DROID Pro, released today on Verizon, is a business-oriented Android device that is targeted squarely at the BlackBerry market. The DROID Pro features a physical keyboard tacked on to a portrait-oriented candybar form factor. The DROID Pro also features universal GSM and UMTS bands for global roaming. For a device that clearly caters to the business crowd, it lacks some crucial functionality –  there is no easy way to sync the DROID Pro with Outlook.

That’s where CompanionLink comes in. Like many Android phones, the DROID Pro will automatically sync with a Google account, and Google does provide a free calendar sync tool for Outlook. But what about contacts, tasks and notes? CompanionLink offers three ways to fully sync Outlook contacts, calendar, tasks and notes with the DROID Pro:

Direct USB Sync provides a fast and secure method to sync Outlook contacts, calendar, tasks and notes with the DROID Pro. 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 DROID Pro using a home or office Wi-Fi network. The PC and DROID Pro are connected to the same network, through which CompanionLink synchronizes data. This method offers a secure wireless sync with no monthly fees.

CL Secure Hosted Sync is a wireless subscription service ($9.95/month) that provides secure and automatic sync of all data types to the phone.  Data will sync automatically anywhere the DROID Pro has a wireless data connection.

CompanionLink’s sync software for DROID Pro works in tandem with an Android app called DejaOffice. DejaOffice is a robust suite of contacts, calendar, tasks and notes apps that support Outlook features such as color-coded categories, sort by company name, and task priorities. CompanionLink and DejaOffice provide a tightly integrated solution for managing Outlook data on the DROID Pro.

CompanionLink’s sync solutions for DROID Pro start at $39.95. More information and a 14-day free trial can be found at www.companionlink.com/droidpro

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/

Android Lounge Reviews CompanionLink for Outlook

Android Lounge just posted a review of the new CompnionLink for Outlook – Read the full review (Google Translate link)

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

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/

Windows Phone 7 and Outlook

As the Windows Phone 7 US release date creeps closer (and UK fans begin to get their hands on the new devices), more info is coming to light regarding how Windows Phone 7 will sync with Outlook. Windows Phone 7 is a radical shift from the business-oriented Windows Mobile 6.5, and has clearly adopted a more consumer-friendly style (courtesy of Zune). While the user-interface enhancements are sure to please most users, Microsoft’s core mobile competency has always been tight integration with its Office suite, including Microsoft Outlook.

Windows Phone 7 includes support for Exchange Active Sync, allowing large companies with an Exchange server to easily adopt the new platform. However, what options exist for standalone Outlook users who do not have access to an Exchange server?

In the past, Microsoft has allowed its Windows Mobile devices to sync direct with the PC over a USB cable using Windows Mobile Device Center. In a puzzling move, Microsoft has announced that standalone Outlook users must use the Microsoft Office Outlook Hotmail Connector to sync their contacts and calendar with Windows Live Hotmail. Hotmail offers Exchange Active Sync support to push contacts, calendar and email to Windows Phone 7. While this solution may work for some, there will be many passionate Outlook users who do not want their data “in the cloud” because of security and privacy concerns.

Why didn’t Microsoft update Windows Mobile Device Center to include support for Windows Phone 7? It’s hard to believe that Microsoft made this decision on purpose, especially since their largest competitor – the Apple iPhone – provides direct Outlook sync through iTunes.

Reports  have been coming in (see Sascha Segan’s PCMag review and Walt Mossberg’s WSJ piece) that Windows Phone 7 does sync with Google/Gmail, as Google also provides contacts and calendar sync through Exchange ActiveSync. This means that CompanionLink will tentatively support Windows Phone 7 from day 1 with our Google sync solutions, extending support for WP7 sync to users of ACT!, Lotus Notes, Palm Desktop, GroupWise and other PC software. Many users are already expressing their frustration at the lack of a direct Outlook to Windows Phone 7 sync solution, and CompanionLink will continue to evaluate alternate sync methods as more information becomes available.

How to Sync Windows Phone 7 with Outlook

Consolidate business and personal phones

Reports show people want to chuck one of their two devices. They want to establish a system that separates business and personal data on their (one) phone. Today’s smartphones are completely capable of mixing email, contact, schedule and task-management  functions with social media, browsing, and multimedia demands. All from one powerful and secure smartphone or tablet.

RIM is in the fight for their life to hang on to their business audience. It was no surprise that they focused their BlackBerry Playbook on business productivity. That’s traditionally been their stomping grounds. However, without the plethora of apps that Android and Apple have for their audience, RIM faces an uphill climb to gain the consumer audience. This poses a problem for people who are looking to consolidate devices.

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

Sync with the BlackBerry Playbook?

Yesterday, RIM announced their foray into tablet computing by introducing the BlackBerry Playbook. RIM’s new tablet will run an entirely new operating system: BlackBerry Tablet OS.

BlackBerry PlayBook

With any new mobile operating system, we here at CompanionLink immediately begin evaluating its sync capabilities. We currently know from RIM’s announcement that the BlackBerry Playbook will sync with a BlackBerry Enterprise Server, much like the current generation of BlackBerry phones. For standalone or small business users without access to a BES server, we can stipulate that the Playbook will sync directly with the PC using the BlackBerry Desktop Software (again, much like the current BlackBerry devices). If this indeed is the case, then CompanionLink may offer two-way sync with the BlackBerry Playbook from day 1, as CompanionLink works as an add-in within the BlackBerry Desktop Software to sync PC data.

It is currently unknown if Google will support sync with BlackBerry Tablet OS, but given Google’s track record of support for most popular mobile platforms, we would be surprised if Google didn’t have an offering for RIM’s tablets. CompanionLink supports sync of contacts and calendar from the PC to any Google, Gmail, or Google Apps account. Pending Google’s support for BlackBerry Tablet OS, CompanionLink will be able to provide an additional sync option for Playbook owners.

For now, this is all speculation. As we get closer to the launch date for the Playbook, more details will certainly emerge. An official announcement regarding CompanionLink’s sync support for the BlackBerry Playbook will be made as soon as we can confirm compatibility. Details on CompanionLink’s support for BlackBerry devices can be found at www.companionlink.com/blackberry