CompanionLink 4.0 improves PC to smartphone sync

CompanionLink 4.0 is now available. The new version improves on CompanionLink’s best-selling product line by adding:

– new visual interface
– refined de-duplication engine that works with data fields on the latest devices
– Microsoft Outlook 2010 support (both 32-bit and 64-bit)
– new licensing system based on email address; allows easy switching between PCs

CompanionLink for Google 4.0 — $39.95
Allows sync from Outlook or Palm Desktop to any Google, Gmail or Google Apps account. Sync happens over-the-air.

CompanionLink USB 4.0 — $39.95
Allows sync from Outlook or Palm Desktop directly to Android or Palm webOS devices using USB cable. Secure and fast exchange of data without going through Google.

CompanionLink Express 4.0 — $69.95
Allows sync from ACT!, Lotus Notes, GoldMine, and GroupWise to phones or Google.

CompanionLink Pro 4.0 — $129.95
Includes everything the Express version has plus advanced CRM-like features such as Opportunity sync, support for multiple data sources, and an optional wireless sync subscription.

All prices are one-time charges. Technical support by phone and email are included at no extra cost.

BlackBerry Desktop Manager support for Outlook 2010 32/64-bit

RIM announced they will support Outlook 2010 32-bit some time in August 2010.  They will release support for Outlook 2010 64-bit in 2011.

BlackBerry owners who need to sync their Outlook contacts, calendar, tasks and notes rely on BlackBerry Desktop Manager to do this.  People looking for an immediate solution can use CompanionLink Express.  It supports both Outlook 2010 32 and 64 bit.  In addition to Outlook, CompanionLink can sync from other PC software like Palm Desktop, Lotus Notes, GroupWise, ACT! by Sage and Goldmine.  CompanionLink Express costs $49.95, one-time, and comes with free phone support.

Alternatively, CompanionLink also develops a $9.99 product called O2g, which will sync Outlook to your Google account.  The Google Sync service (offered by Google) will then sync Google Contacts and Calendar over-the-air with BlackBerry devices.

Sync the iPhone 4 with Outlook and your PC

Hot on the heels of the launch of the new Apple iPhone 4 with iOS 4, CompanionLink announces full support for synchronization with the iPhone 4. CompanionLink allows you to sync contacts, calendar, tasks and notes with the iPhone 4 from PC software such as Microsoft Outlook, Lotus Notes, ACT! by Sage, Palm Desktop, GoldMine, GroupWise and more. CompanionLink is also compatible with previous-generation iPhones running the new iOS 4.

Sync the iPhone 4 with your PC

CompanionLink offers four ways to sync to the iPhone 4:

  1. Local Wi-Fi sync
  2. Wireless sync through Google
  3. CL Wireless Sync using the phone’s data connection
  4. USB sync using Outlook and iTunes

Two-way sync is fully supported with the native contacts and calendar apps on iPhone 4, allowing users to create and edit data from their iPhone 4 and sync back to their PC.  Advanced contact management functionality for iPhone 4 is available through DejaOffice, suite of contacts, calendar, tasks and notes apps for iPhone 4.

CompanionLink’s synchronization solutions for the iPhone 4 are available for a one-time cost starting at $39.95. Free telephone support is included. More details and a free 14-day evaluation are available at www.companionlink.com/iphone

Apple iOS 4 to introduce 1500 new developer features

During Apple’s recent keynote event, Steve Jobs announced the newest version of the iPhone’s operating system, dubbed iOS 4. The new iOS 4 will add some hotly-anticipated features to the iPhone, such as application multitasking. In addition to new user features, iOS 4 opens a whole slew of new APIs for developers to use in their applications.

DejaOffice is our super-charged suite of contacts, calendar, tasks and notes apps for iPhone. The new iOS 4 will allow us to introduce new features that haven’t been possible in previous versions of the mobile operating system. We are especially excited about the new calendar APIs. This will allow us to better integrate the DejaOffice calendar with the iPhone’s native calendar. Apple is also opening up developer access to the iPhone’s notification system, which will allow DejaOffice to use audible calendar notifications (don’t miss that appointment!). To see a roadmap of planned features, as well as general information about DejaOffice, visit www.dejaoffice.com.

BlackBerry, webOS and iPhone deflectors going to HTC EVO 4G

AndroidCentral.com ran a poll on who was planning to buy the EVO 4G (for which CompanionLink provides complete two-way sync).  Turns out that most of the folks are coming from the BlackBerry platform.  The EVO 4G arrives June 4 on Sprint’s network.

iPhone, webOS and Windows Mobile all tie for a distant second place.  The surprising element to the poll is the number of people buying their first smartphone (roughly the same number as those migrating away from other existing smartphones).

There seems to be a lot of people still sitting on the sidelines, waiting for just the right smartphone before buying their first one.  AT&T’s new (lower) pricing for data plans may help bring these people into the smartphone world.  The cost of entry is now just $15/month.  If history is any indication, other carriers will follow AT&T’s price shuffle to attract new customers.

DejaOffice is Bump-compatible

DejaOffice is fully compatible with the Bump app for iPhone, iPad and Android devices.  If you store contacts in DejaOffice, you can exchange them with others using Bump.  It works great!

We are working to integrate the Bump API to exchange other DejaOffice data like calendar appointments, tasks and notes.  For example, a manager can use this as a great tool to delegate tasks to an assistant.

1. Create a task in DejaOffice

2. Every morning, walk into the office and bump fists with your assistant to transfer the tasks.  (Plus, you’ll actually look more sociable!)

3. Your assistant can work off the list on their device, or use CompanionLink to sync that list from DejaOffice to PC software like Microsoft Outlook.

40% of iPhone purchases by business users

A CNET blog post cites AT&T’s Business Solutions unit claiming 4 out of 10 sales of the iPhone are made to “enterprise users”. The iPhone has come a long way since its inception as a consumer-centric device.

Not surprisingly, CompanionLink is witnessing similar trends.

More and more business professionals are asking how they can make their iPhones and Android-based smartphones work more like business-friendly devices. They recognize these devices are powerful mini-computers, but they need help leveraging that power so it works for their business.

The DejaOffice app does just that. DejaOffice transforms iPhone, iPad and and any Android device into a business-friendly tool. The app makes the phone work more like your PC software.

For example:

– contacts, calendar, tasks and notes can be organized into categories that match and link with your PC

– appointments can be created with people from your address book

– view company name right next to each name in your address book

– create custom fields and label them whatever you want

– search functionality works even with your custom fields

The mobile world has moved on since the first PalmPilot devices arrived in the 90s.  However, the timeless business productivity principles are still in effect today.  CompanionLink and DejaOffice lets mobile professionals have a suite of tools on their phones and tablets to be as productive as they are when using their PCs.

Sync BlackBerry with Outlook 2010 64-bit

Sync Outlook 2010 64-bit with BlackBerry

Microsoft recently released Outlook 2010 to all Microsoft Volume Licensing customers, with full 64-bit compatibility being offered in core Office 2010 applications. One of the hitches about running Outlook 2010 64-bit is that 3rd-party add-ins generally must be written specifically for 64-bit.

Since Outlook 2010 has become available, some users have been reporting that they’re having trouble syncing BlackBerry to Outlook 2010 64-bit. CompanionLink has developed proprietary x64 sync technology which allows us to fully support sync with Outlook 2010 64-bit. CompanionLink is proud to offer three solutions to sync BlackBerry with Outlook 64-bit.

1. Sync BlackBerry with Outlook 2010 via USB

This method offers a simple secure sync of contacts, calendar, tasks and notes between Outlook and BlackBerry via the USB cable. Download Now

2. Sync BlackBerry with Outlook 2010 wireless via Google

This method syncs Outlook contacts and calendar to any Google account. The free Google Sync service can be used to wireless sync with BlackBerry. Download Now

3. Sync BlackBerry with Outlook 2010 using the CompanionLink Wireless Sync Service.

This method offers complete two-way sync of contacts, calendar and tasks between Outlook and BlackBerry using CompanionLink’s automatic wireless sync service for $9.95/month. Download Now

CompanionLink supports Outlook 2010 64-bit sync with BlackBerry, along with a wide variety of phones including Apple iPhone, Palm Pre, Android and Windows Mobile devices. For a full list of supported phones, and to download a free 14-day trial, visit www.companionlink.com/phones

Introducing DejaOffice for Android

CompanionLink is proud to announce DejaOffice for Android, a mobile office application suite for Android-powered devices.

DejaOffice for Android

DejaOffice contains robust contacts, calendar, tasks and notes apps that allow users to efficiently view, enter, update and manage contact and schedule information from their phone. Advanced features such as categories, custom fields, search across all data types, sort options, expense tracking, and linking of contacts to calendar items are included in the app. DejaOffice augments the Android contacts and calendar databases with enhanced functionality, and also offers robust tasks and notes apps originally missing from the Android platform.

Many business professionals are upgrading to the latest smartphones only to find that they are becoming increasingly consumer-oriented, and lack required business functionality. Many users, especially those coming from old Palm phones like the Treo or Centro, are dismayed when they upgrade to a newer platform and lose features and functions. DejaOffice is a solution to fill that gap, and bring Android devices more in line with how PC business software works.

DejaOffice works seamlessly with CompanionLink’s PC desktop synchronization and backup software. This allows two-way sync with applications such as Microsoft Outlook, Lotus Notes, GoldMine, GroupWise, ACT! by Sage and Palm Desktop. The DejaOffice app is currently available at no charge from the Android Market. More information is available at www.dejaoffice.com.

 

Update: For additional information on the latest version of DejaOffice for Android, check out the following posts:

CompanionLink launches O2g, a simple app to sync Outlook with Google

CompanionLink is proud to announce O2g, a fast, simple and affordable solution to synchronize Microsoft Outlook with any Google account. O2g delivers complete synchronization of calendar, contacts and tasks between any Google, Gmail, or Google Apps account and Microsoft Outlook 2000 and higher. O2g supports synchronization with the new Outlook 2010 64-bit, in addition to all versions of Palm Desktop.

O2g supports advanced functions such as mapping Outlook contact categories to Google Groups in Google Contacts. If the Google Groups don’t already exist, O2g will automatically create them to match the Outlook categories on the PC. In addition, Outlook tasks can be synchronized to Google Calendar as untimed calendar entries.

Using the free Google Sync service, O2g can synchronize Microsoft Outlook with many popular smartphones, including the Apple iPhone and iPad, BlackBerry, Android, Palm webOS, and Windows Mobile devices. O2g synchronizes Outlook calendar and contact data with Google, and then using Google sync, automatically updates the phone with the latest sync data.

O2g is now available for a one-time cost of $9.99, with a full 90 day guarantee. Support is offered via the official O2g forums, monitored by O2g personnel. For more information on O2g, visit www.o2gsync.com