How to Connect Outlook 365 to Google for $5 per month, Contacts, Calendar and Tasks, without downloading anything!

Office 365 Outlook is in the Cloud. Google is in the Cloud. So why don’t they connect?

There’s no reason to download software and install it on your computer.  If you need Outlook Cloud connected to Google Cloud, the service should be in the Cloud!

CompanionLink provides an automated connection service from Microsoft Office 365 Outlook to Google. It synchronizes Contacts, Calendar and Tasks.

You can set it up in about five minutes.

It is free to set up. If you have under 400 records, it is free to use. FOREVER.

If you have more records, we charge less than $5 per month. Just select a payment option as you set it up.

Here are the steps:

1. Create an account on DejaOffice CRM Live.

DejaOffice CRM Live Login

Go to DejaOffice CRM Live

DejaOffice CRM Live - Create Acount

Create an Account

 

 

 

 

 

 

2.Select the “Settings” tab (the bottom one)ol-connector-settings-3.

 

 

 

 

 

 

3. Set up your Google and Outlook accounts

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4. If you have more have more than 400 records (contacts plus calendar),you will want to set up a payment option.  Options are $14.95 for three months, or $99.95 for two years.

That’s all!  Once you have set up, your accounts should synchronize within about 15 minutes.  They will continue to sync automatically.

Here’s a link to our setup guide:
How to Connect Google with Office 365 using DejaCloud Connector

If you have any questions, you can call CompanionLink Support.  They’ll help you out.

 

CompanionLink featured in New York Times print edition

The print edition of The New York Times, page 89, featured CompanionLink!  Wow!

The article Keeping Your Android Files in Sync With a Computer mentions CompanionLink along with several free options like Google Sync (which does not sync to your PC) and DropBox which does not synchronize Contacts or Calendar.

“I’m really happy to see our name in print”, says Wayland Bruns, CTO of CompanionLink software.   “We are the only product mentioned that uses a traditional business model.  We offer paid software with associated service like free telephone technical support.”

CompanionLink fully understands that not everyone is a technical genius, able to pull together multiple free solutions to make a seamless solution.  Sometimes the best value in software tools is finding a tool that comes with the service needed to make it smooth and effortless.

Many thanks to D.J. Biersdorfer for recognizing us in print!

How to Sync Samsung Galaxy S7 to Outlook and Office 365

We got our Galaxy S7 Edge today. Nice phone. The graphics are great. The phone is light. The curved edges are awesome.

These large screen phablet phones are perfect for the DejaOffice for Outlook App. There’s a lot of useful space to do important things.

The Google App and Outlook App both waste this space by using lots of white space. Our goal here at CompanionLink is to pack the space with data. The phone list on DejaOffice features your contact name, company name, email, phone number and category, and that’s just on the list. For tasks DejaOffice shows category, completed status, subject, due date, email or location. The Outlook App and Google App don’t even have tasks!

How to Sync Galaxy S7 with Outlook

  1. On your PC or Mac; Download the CompanionLink for Outlook 14-day trial
  2. On your iPhone or Android phone, download DejaOffice for Outlook
  3. Set up USB, Wi-Fi or DejaCloud sync

That’s it!  You’ll have your data on your phone.  For more information here’s our info page for CompanionLink for Outlook.

Call us at 503-243-3400 if you need further help.

CompanionLink provides free technical support to everyone with a Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge phone, regardless of whether you do or do not own a license to CompanionLink . You can also access our setup guides online. If you want an advanced configuration help, we offer a $49 RunStart package where our experts will log in to your PC and Galaxy S7 to configure the sync for you. This gives you the peace of mind that your Galaxy S7 Outlook sync is fine-tuned to match your needs.

Sync Outlook for Mac 2011 – Contacts and Calendar – with El Capitan

CompanionLink has an offer for people who have upgraded to El Capitan.

Apple’s updates always seem to break old things. In this case, there are field reports that Exchange Contact and Calendar sync from Outlook for Mac 2011 is not working with El Capitan, Mac OS X 10.11.

CompanionLink for Mac is working fine.  So if you need your Contacts and Calendar updated in a jiffy, maybe it’s time to switch from Exchange sync to CompanionLink.

We have two routes to do this.  One is to install CompanionLink for Mac, and synchronize to Google, and set your iPhone, iPad or Android phone to sync with Google.  This is a great solution if you only need Contacts and Calendar.  As you can see, Calendar colors are supported by CompanionLink’s Google Sync.

The better method is to download the DejaOffice for Outlook App onto your phone, and synchronize using DejaCloud sync.  This is a direct sync from your Outlook for Mac 2011, and Outlook for Mac 2016 to DejaCloud and instantly to DejaOffice on your phone.  DejaCloud sync handles Contacts, Calendar, Tasks and Notes.  It handles your calendar colors.  It has a lot of advanced features like templates that make adding new events and tasks ultra easy, and mapping capabilities to map nearby contacts and map your calendar events.  Check it out!

CompanionLink for Mac runs $49.95 and has a two week free trial.  You can save $10 today by using the code “BLOG” in the Affinity Code field of your purchase, making CompanionLink for Mac just $39.95.  Or for free, you can just start with the trial.  Who knows, maybe Apple will fix the El Capitan problem in the next two weeks!

 

Palm Desktop on Windows 10 – Works great, less filling, lighting fast

I have to admit it.  I’m a closet Palm Desktop user.  Long ago I was seduced by the fast load time, and the fact that it has everything I need for my daily contact, calendar and task needs.  I really like the memos.  I love to collect quotes that include mixed metaphors.  So my memos are full of silly things that people really said.  My favorite:  “I’ll jump off that bridge when I get to it.”

Palm Desktop is licensed to use in conjunction with a Palm Device, so I always keep my venerable Palm Razor close by when I use my computer.  Palm itself was sold years ago to ACCESS in Japan.  Later, HandSpring renamed themselves Palm (to confuse everyone) and released the Palm Pre, a Palm phone that didn’t run like a Palm phone.  After that miserable failure (I’m looking at you BlackBerry), the second Palm company sold themselves to HP which rightly shut them down.

Recently, HP has scrubbed the Palm taint from their web pages.  However, Palm Desktop v6.2 is still available from CNET.  Palm Desktop v4.1.4 is available from Softonic, albeit with some adware added to the installer. Unfortunately, HotSync drivers stopped working back with Windows Vista.  So you can’t actually use Palm HotSync for anything.

I have Palm Desktop set to a hotkey, Ctrl-Shift-P for me.  So i hit the hotkey, make an appointment, set the alarm, and close it.  I can get all that done all before Outlook even loads.  Speed and effectiveness is what I value with my PC. I care little for zoom effects, or colorful screens.  CompanionLink Sync with Palm Desktop is also lighting fast.  Sometimes I don’t even see the icon turn.  With DejaCloud sync, my new appointment is already on my phone.

Our setup guide is here:  http://www.companionlink.com/support/kb/How_To_Set_Up_Palm_Desktop_On_Windows_10

More information here:  http://www.companionlink.com/palmdesktop/

May all our adventures in Contact and Calendar management be as fast and robust as the venerable Palm Desktop.

 

 

CompanionLink Solves Galaxy S6 Kies Sync Problems

I got the Galaxy S6 and it is AMAZING.  We put it side-by-side with an iPhone 6.  It is immediately apparent that the screen is a lot bigger.  The Samsung phone is thinner.  And it it lighter. I think we’ve seen the end of tiny phone screens.  The Galaxy S6 screen is large and easy to work with, but the overall phone is lighter than anything I’ve ever carried, and easy to hold and talk with.

CompanionLink Sync provides Outlook sync to Galaxy S6.  It works great!  You can download today and have your Outlook data on your phone in minutes.  CompanionLink has a two week trial period so you can try for free.  If you buy it, we have a 90 day money back guarantee and we really do give your money back; no questions asked so don’t worry about that!

A lot of other sync products, like Samsung Kies, seem to break with every new phone.  Sometimes they fix it if you wait.  But with CompanionLink, there’s never a need to wait.  We’ve been spot-on compatible with every Android OS update, and every new phone, since the dawn of Android (and iPhone, and more).

CompanionLink is a great Kies alternative because it synchronizes more Outlook fields like Outlook Notes, Tasks, Journal, Birthdays, and Meeting Invites, and supports Outlook Categories with matching colors. You can also work with multiple Outlook Calendar and Contacts Folders.

CompanionLink is backed by US-based telephone support at no cost. CompanionLink never pushes updates on their customers, so the software you purchase is guaranteed to be the same unless you change it.

If you really want some quick help, order Runstart or Premium support.  Our tech will log into your computer and set everything up for you.  Hand’s free setup with a minimum of time.

Read our special quick guide for specific instructions on how two switch from Kies 3 to CompanionLink for Outlook on your Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge phone.

http://www.companionlink.com/support/kb/How_to_Switch_From_Samsung_Kies_2_or_Kies_3_to_Companionlink_for_Outlook

Read more about CompanionLink for Outlook here. A full license costs $49.95, one-time. We really have sympathy for people switching over from Keys.  Here’s a special $10 off just for reading this page.  Enter code K3ALT in the Affinity Code field on our order form to save $10.  And Happy S6’ing.

 

 

9 ways to Synchronize Standalone Outlook to your Android Kitkat Phone

If you are like me, you depend on your PC Outlook for email, contact list and calendar.  It’s the only tool that does a decent job of meeting invites, colored categories and name lookups.  I’m not a big fan of online calendars because they are too slow!  When I need to schedule something, or make a task from an email, I just drag and drop it in Outlook and it creates almost by itself.  I’m not a fan of Office 365 because it slows down the load time of my Outlook.  My work day is for business, not for waiting for a slow loading app, or web site to feeds nibbles to my PC.

I love my Galaxy Note II phone.  It updated this spring to Android 4.4, and so I think it has almost all the features of a Galaxy Note III.  The larger screen size is great because I use it for my Kindle, and for browsing news and technology articles on the web.

CompanionLink provides nine different ways to move data from Standalone Outlook to your Android Phone.  Here is a rundown with some of the advantages and disadvantages.  CompanionLink has created an Outlook Style App for Android called DejaOffice.  This App is the only one on the market that supports Colored Categories just like Outlook.  This App is the only one that supports Tasks linked to your Outlook Contacts list.  Five of our seven system use DejaOffice as a destination, to make your Android phone more powerful.

  1. USB Sync from Outlook to DejaOffice App on Android:  If you liked Palm Hotsync, USB Sync is the way to go.  Download DejaOffice on your device, and CompanionLink on your PC.  Set up a USB link.  Both programs have setup wizards to help you out.  The sync will run whenever you connect your phone to your PC.  This is a fully secure sync.  There is no stored data on the web.  As such it is fully HIPAA compliant.  With DejaOffice you will see your Outlook Contacts, Calendar, Tasks, Notes and Journal all in one handy Android App!
  2. Bluetooth Sync from Outlook to DejaOffice App on Android:  Just like Palm, CompanionLink offers the option to Bluetooth sync from Android to your PC.  Your PC will need a Bluetooth connection.  Most laptops have them built-in.  For desktops you can buy a USB dongle for just a few dollars.
  3. WiFi Sync from Outlook to DejaOffice App on Android:  Wi-Fi uses your local Wi-Fi router to mediate a sync connection to your Android phone.  This is handy if you don’t like plugging your phone in all day, and don’t have a Bluetooth connection.  All you need here is a local Wi-Fi router that both your PC and your Phone are connected to.  CompanionLink’s Wi-Fi sync is fully encrypted, so even though the sync goes through an unsecured router, it is protected using a password and AES256 level encryption (very strong).  Most people consider this to be HIPAA compliant, but check with your compliance team to be sure.
  4. DejaCloud Sync from Outlook to DejaOffice App on Android:  CompanionLink offers a very fast cloud sync system called DejaCloud.  There is an online app called DejaOffice CRM Live.  With this system, your PC and your phone both synchronizes to the online database.  With this system, you can be in-sync even when you are traveling away from your office.  Everything is live, so if you enter a note, and the drop your phone into Disneyland’s Tom Sawyer lagoon,  the note will be safely stored on your Outlook PC.  DejaCloud supports simultaneous sync to multiple phones and PCs, and is the perfect solution if you use a phone and tablet, or a PC and Mac.
  5. CompanionLink Secure Hosted Wireless to DejaOffice App on Android:  CompanionLink offers a HIPAA compliant secure system.  This system does not store your data online.  Think of it like an email system, when the email is received, it is no longer on the server.  In this case, when your phone gets the contact and calendar data, the server is wiped clean and empty.  Because the server is clean, each device needs a separate account.  So this is a point-to-point wireless system.
  6. CompanionLink to Google, with Google Sync to your Android Phone:  If you don’t need categories or tasks to sync, then you can use Google Sync for Contacts and Calendar.  This is a lightweight solution for people who find the Android Contacts and Android Calendar sufficient for their Outlook needs.  Just set up CompanionLink to go to Google, and use Google’s onboard synchronization for the rest.  The best advantage here is that if you find you need your Categories or your Tasks, you can switch to one of the other methods for Free!
  7. Office 365 Cloud to DejaOffice App on your Android Phone via USB, WI-Fi, DejaCloud or Google:  If you don’t use Outlook on the PC, but only use Office 365 Cloud (formerly called Hotmail), you still have a number of options to synchronize.  The advantage here is that DejaOffice acts just like Outlook on your Android phones.  You have access to your Contacts, Calendar and Tasks, and you can easily create a Task from a Calendar event or Contact just as you would in Outlook.
  8. Use DejaOffice Live to connect from Office 365 to DejaOffice App on Android:  You can set up DejaCloud Sync for your device (item 4 above) but connect it directly to your Office 365 Cloud data.  This sync run without any software on your PC.  So you can turn your PC off, make a change in Office 365, and see it on your phone within seconds.  DejaCloud Connectors work for other Cloud Apps like SalesForce and InfusionSoft.
  9. Use DejaOffice Live to connect from Office 365 to Google:  A quick and easy Cloud-to-Cloud connector automates sync from Office 365 to your Google Android account.  Setup is entirely online, so you don’t even need to run CompanionLink on your PC.  It’s completely automatic, so you never have to think about hitting a button or connecting a cable.

CompanionLink works with any version of Outlook, including Outlook 2013, Outlook 2010 and Outlook 2007.  For all of these solutions, you can get a two week free trial from CompanionLink to try it out.  If you choose to purchase the service it costs just $14.95 per quarter for a subscription, or $49.95 for a one-time  purchase.  Type in the Affinity code BLOG to get $10 off the one-time purchase, just for reading to the end of this blog.  Once you purchase, you can install CompanionLink on up to three of  your computers, and call our live US based telephone technical support.  CompanionLink also offers Premium Support (dedicated phone line and expert tech, for people with sophisticated synchronizing needs) and a RunStart service where a technician logs onto your computer the set up what you need.

How To: Sync Galaxy S5 with Microsoft Outlook

Turn the Samsung Galaxy S5 into an extension of your office by installing the DejaOffice app (free) and integrating with Outlook. Choose our cloud push sync for an automatic approach to updating data. Or, use our USB or Wi-Fi options to sync between Galaxy S5 and Outlook contacts, calendar, notes, tasks, categories, and journal entries.  This is a cost-effective and secure alternative to hosting data in Microsoft or Google’s cloud.

Why you need a Kies alternative

Many people try to configure Samsung Kies to sync with Galaxy S5.  Users have recently reported missing sync options, missing data, and general connectivity trouble when trying to synchronize. You can read about these problems here, here, and here. You can also read about one USATODAY.com editor’s experience using Kies.

If you value your Outlook data, sanity, or just need a solution that works out of the box with the new Galaxy phone, try CompanionLink. It’s been downloaded more than 1.2 million times and is the #1 independent PC suite for Android sync with Outlook.

Your options for S5 Outlook sync

CompanionLink’s configuration lets you choose which Outlook data to sync. Toggle Contacts, Calendar, Tasks, Notes, and Journal. Advanced data such as Categories will also sync so you have the same data sets and view options on your Galaxy as you do in Outlook. Choose from two-way sync or limit it to just one-way transfer. You can even select the sync direction (Outlook > S5, or S5 > Outlook).

If you have multiple Outlook PST files and folders, you can select which to sync. Let’s say you have an iPad and use iCloud to keep it synchronized with Outlook. Your Outlook client will have your default Outlook Contacts/Calendar folder (PST file) as well as a separate iCloud Contacts/Calendar folder (PST file). The iCloud folder is installed by default when you install the iCloud software from Apple. It’s important that you are able to choose the right Outlook folders to sync with Galaxy S5 so you do not accidentally mix data (such as personal data with business data).

You can choose which specific Outlook Categories to sync with S5. Many professionals store leads and clients in the same Outlook Contacts file under different categories. Or, they store Personal and Business data under two categories. It’s important to use a PC sync suite with the flexibility to select which Categories to synchronize with your Galaxy S5.

You can pick how you want to synchronize. CompanionLink allows sync to Galaxy S5 over USB, WiFi, DejaCloud, and using a Gmail account. Each sync method has its merits; click here for a complete discussion on this. No other Android Outlook app offers this breadth of sync options to fit the needs for security and convenience.

Someone to call in case you need help

CompanionLink extends free phone support and email support to Galaxy S5 owners. Visit this page for help if you need to speak with us.

CompanionLink also has step-by-step guides to configure each type of synchronization:

You can also purchase a $49 RunStart package that schedules time with a CompanionLink technician who will log into your PC and set up the synchronization. This guarantees a correctly configured Galaxy S5 to PC sync and the peace of mind knowing your Outlook database isn’t being accidentally corrupted.

CompanionLink and DejaOffice 2014 Plans; DejaVoice, Galaxy S5, Galaxy Gear Watch, iWatch, iPad, Google Glass

Here is a roundup of our current projects and how they relate to upcoming products:

For Galaxy S5 – we are excited to see the announcement of the next Galaxy series phone.  I carry one, and I hope you do too.  The S5 has a slightly larger screen that is a lot higher resolution, latest KitKat Android, fingerprint scanner, better battery.  Here’s Samsung’s official page.

Look for CompanionLink 6.0 to fully support Office 365 and Outlook 2013 sync to Galaxy S5 and all related Samsung phones; Active, Zoom, Mini, Mega, Light.

Before April, DejaOffice will support the fingerprint unlock, particularly for our encrypted mode which uses high level encryption to lock your contact and calendar data.

Also before April DejaOffice will be getting some new usability features; a side-menu for quicker app switching, and better integration with KitKat notifications.  Some of these require KitKat or higher OS version.  Some features will also be available for lower versions.  The new release will get a new version number DejaOffice 3.0.

We are about to release DejaVoice.  This is a voice dictation system that is intended for voice command, and voice readback.  DejaVoice is a standalone system.  You can use it like a dictation machine where you speak what you would like to write.  DejaVoice is suited to voice editing, where it automatically reads back content, and you can modify it on the fly.  Also coming in March is DejaVoice Translate, where you speak in one language, and it reads back in another.  This is to assist in communication while traveling.  Finally, DejaVoice is also suited for communication for hearing impaired and speaking impaired.  Using the dictation and readback systems separately gives touch based controls to create verbal input and output to assist people to function more smoothly.

With DejaVoice launched as a standalone product, look for it to be integrated into DejaOffice.  This is the promise (and failure) of Siri to be a verbal IO system for a CRM product.  Look for a command engine to handle “what are my tasks today?” and also the ability to add, change, delete records, to sent notices to attendees, to quickly map the next appointment and launch directions.

Voice commands and CRM together speak a lot to Google Glass, Ford Sync, and other automobile and wearable systems.  The integration of your own contact list and schedules make it natural to want to send out messages, reorganize tasks, dictate letters, and make project notes all while sitting in traffic with both your hands on the steering wheel.  This is our main goal for 2014 is to integrate all these systems with our realtime DejaCloud Sync which supports PC and Cloud destinations like Salesforce, Outlook, Lotus Notes, Act! and Goldmine.

 

 

 

 

Predictions for 2014, Wearable Computers, iPhone 6, Google Glass and Voice CRM

Happy New Year all!  I’m not the only one that is happy to put 2013 behind us.  Another year of budget sequesters, government gridlock and grinding recession behind us.

My Predictions for 2014.

1. 2014 will be better!  People will feel more secure about work, the economy and technology in our lives.  The wonder of camera resolution, ease of UI, and ever lower network costs will amaze and confound us.   “Wearable” will be the “Watch-word” for 2014, even though no one knows what it means, or how it will appear. Don’t worry, no one really cares, but phones will get cheaper and better, and people ever more glued to the device in their hand.

2. CES 2014 will be useless.  No one will go there but the news reporters, and they will report on virtually nothing.  However, virtually nothing is useful these days, and virtually nobody will watch virtually nothing on their mobile device.

3. Over the year Samsung will release Galaxy S5, with variations; Mini, Active, Note, Light, Heavy, Super, Ultra, Modern, Watch, Catch, Pitch and Visionary.  Covering every size in half inch increments from 3-inches to 110-inches, some people will starve in Verizon stores trying to figure out which one is best.  Someone will write an app to remove crapware from Samsung phones, sell it for $5, and make more money than Angry Birds.

4. In March, Microsoft will purchase Nokia’s Devices and Services business (roughly half of Nokia) with the Lumia line of phones becoming Microsoft products.  Microsoft will promptly announce Windows Phone 9 for Spring, and then delay release for 2 years.  In the mean time Microsoft will include a $25 Windows 8 RT Tablet (remember they still have 2 million unsold tablets) with every Lumia phone they sell.  Microsoft will end the year declaring lack of ripple water effects the Achilles heel of their device line

5. In April, Nokia – minus it’s products and services division – will release the first Nokia Android phone.  By August the new Nokia will be double market share from prior to the Microsoft sale.

6. In May, Google Glass will be released to consumers.  At $595 they will require you have a current Smartphone ($500 plus $80 per month for 2 years).  So this means every Glass user will have a $3000 investment for a device that goes from purchase to drawer in a record 48 hours.  Meanwhile, Bluetooth headsets, microphones and accessories will drop by half in price, becoming 4 times more effective.  Glass is not useless.  Just in it’s first year.  Remember the Google G1 Android?

7. In June HTC will introduce a new phone, called the HTC One.  (Nowithstanding that their 2013 phone was the HTC One, and their 2012 phone the HTC One X).  A CNet reviewer will accidentally buy a two year old HTC One X on eBay and declare it the best phone of 2014.

8. In October, Apple will release iPhone 6, which will feature a new water ripple effect and come in tropical colors.  On the $700 iPhone 6LX the water ripples will make the case glow.  People will line up for hours to buy the new phone, proclaiming that ripples will change their lives.

9. BlackBerry/Palm comparisons are epic.  Consider Palm Treo compared to BlackBerry Classic, and Palm Pre compared to BlackBerry 10.  BlackBerry has said they will abandon their hardware business to focus on Enterprise Secure Software (sounds like Palm focusing on webOS in the last 9 months of Palm).  After September earnings BlackBerry will sell to Lenovo for $1.8b, with the Chinese Government a silent partner and ultra secure BBM network will be used by the Chinese Army to spy on the NSA.

10. Voice CRM is on the horizon.  Look for App makers to increasingly include voice as part of their applications.  Voice Dial was one of the most powerful features of BlackBerry 7, but BlackBerry has abandon that technology in their new focus.  Look for other vendors to capitalize on business use of voice applications.

There you have it!  Have a happy new year.