How to sync Samsung Galaxy devices on 64-bit Windows

User comments on Android Central claim that Kies does not support Windows 64-bit.  People with devices like Galaxy Note or Galaxy S3 can not update their devices via Kies because they are using Windows 64-bit computers.  This also prevents them from handling basic functions like Outlook sync with Galaxy devices.

It doesn’t have to be so difficult.  While I’m confident Kies will eventually catch up to the world of 64-bit operating systems, you do have some options today.

CompanionLink supports Windows 32-bit and 64-bit. While CompanionLink does not manage operating system updates to Samsung devices or music or videos like Kies, CompanionLink will keep Outlook on a 64-bit Windows computer in sync with any Samsung Galaxy series device.  The CompanionLink package intelligently detects the bitness of your Windows operating system and adjusts accordingly.  No user interaction or separate software to install.

PC synchronization for Google Nexus 7 tablet and Kindle Fire 2

Busy day for tablet news. First, rumor mills spun wild about a Google Nexus 7 tablet coming to Australia in July. Rumored to be $199 with an IPS display, Android OS 4.1 Jelly Bean, and a screaming quad-core processor, the Nexus 7 will compete squarely with Kindle Fire.

Then, a few hours later, Kindle Fire 2 rumors began spreading. Funny how that happened just hours after the Nexus tablet rumors.

Kindle Fire 2 is rumored to hold steady on price ($199) but include upgrades like a better display. This ostensibly means that the first-generation Kindle Fire will either drop in price or disappear.

CompanionLink monitors these rumors closely because we deliver two-way sync compatibility with devices like Nexus 7 and Kindle Fire 2. We fill the gaps these devices have when they launch. For example, the first-generation Kindle Fire did not allow people to synchronize contacts or calendar with their Google/Gmail account. We documented this when the Kindle Fire launched. Let’s hope Kindle Fire 2 fixes this. If not, or if you would like a cloud-free way to sync your data to Kindle Fire 2, CompanionLink can help. CompanionLink can sync popular databases like Microsoft Outlook, Lotus Notes, or even Google using the micro USB cable that comes with the device or using over-the-air technology such as Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, or a hosted sync.

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.

One thing the rumored Facebook phone can do to win business users (it’s not what you think!)

Answer: build into the phone an efficient way to sync with Microsoft Outlook (the most popular contact, calendar, and email software on the planet).

Many small and medium businesses don’t use an Exchange Server.  They can’t afford one or the maintenance costs required to keep the behemoth running. Also, most folks are super-scared to host their data online. They’ve heard the tug-n-war stories between who really owns your data, and who does what with your data. They know any time you put something into the cloud, chances are it will be parsed by some robot or spider. Depending on who the spider’s owner is, that data is often used to sell services, ads, or other things.

All business people want is a phone that plugs into their business tools without having to download apps. Just make it possible out of the box – a simple way to get their email, contacts, and calendar to work in both Outlook and their phone.

Email is easy. Just set up Outlook and your phone to use IMAP. Viola. Done.

Contacts and calendar need a simple solution that’s similar to (dare we say) 15-year-old  called HotSync.

  1. Plug your phone into the PC
  2. Watch your data sync automatically.
  3. Done. As in, “Yes, it is really that simple.”

Now that Facebook is grown up (viz. publicly traded), they need to pay more attention to business users that represent a large (and paying) market.

Take our word for it because we’ve been catering to the business crowd with mobile devices for 20 years – they just want a phone that can manage their data in a simple way without any third-party apps. If Facebook can pull off this magic, they’ll instantly win over the business crowd even though they are shipping a social media phone. How ironic would that be?

DejaOffice update for NOOK Color

We improved DejaOffice for NOOK Color. We will release an update to DejaOffice to the NOOK Apps marketplace.  Please download this update if:

1. You use a NOOK Color device
2. You are having problems synchronizing using the USB cable and CompanionLink

DejaOffice on NOOK is off to a great start with 5-star reviews

We launched DejaOffice for NOOK Color and NOOK Tablet in late April. We’re off to a great start with a 5-star average for reviews. Some of the comments have been very supportive for our cause.

“Best PIM”

“I love being able to color code my activitites and tasks. It is nice to have tasks, memos, contacts and calendar all in the same program!”

“Best Suite for Nook”
“Wish i would’ve found this a long time ago. Works perfectly”

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!

Introducing DejaOffice 1.3 for iOS

The first thing you’ll notice when you open the latest update of DejaOffice for iOS is the crisp new graphics. We’ve refreshed the entire app with Retina graphics, perfect for those with the iPhone 4/4S and the new iPad. Beneath the fresh look, though, there’s even more…

Contact Photos

We’ve added the ability to sync pictures to DejaContacts. Now you’ll always be able to attach a face to the name of your next meeting. Due to the way the iPhone handles USB sync, this feature is only available when syncing via WiFi.

Category Enhancements

We’ve redesigned the categories app to make it faster and more reliable. Category colors will now sync from your computer to DejaOffice. If blue equals “Sales” on your PC, it will equal “Sales” in DejaOffice. A small improvement that makes a big difference!

A Better iPad Workflow

The process of adding or editing data has been streamlined.  We’ve made use of popovers to allow you to quickly and easily edit categories, times, dates, priorities, contact links, and more. This adds up to a more efficient workflow for you. And who doesn’t want that?

Overall Performance Improvements

Buttons are easier to tap, data loads faster, you can swipe between records from the details view, and the search function has been improved. Not only that, we’ve squashed a number of pesky bugs. Check out the full release notes for a list of what’s been fixed.

DejaOffice for iOS gets better with each new release and we’re excited for you to download this latest version! It’s free, and in the App Store today. Let us know what you think in the comments below.

Full Release Notes:
+ all new and updated graphics for Retina displays on iPhone 4/S and new iPad
+ added contacts pictures to DejaContacts (currently only syncs via Wi-Fi)
+ completely redesigned categories app
+ categories now sync from PC to DejaOffice with matching colors
+ enhanced button feedback throughout DejaOffice
+ refreshed list views – load faster and more efficient, especially for large databases
+ completely redesigned search, no longer tries to search until you hit “search”
+ added Sort By Category to DejaTasks
+ add new context menu for DejaToday settings
+ added swiping between records from view/details view
+ all new logging with send database option to help with troubleshooting
+ DejaOffice now opens in landscape view correctly on first run
-fixed an issue where DejaOffice would crash on some screens in non-English localizations
+ fixed an issue where some calendar events prior to 2000 did not sync
+ fixed an issue where weekly recurring events from/to native didn’t sync with DJO
+ fixed an issue where recurring end dates were not synchronized to/from native
+ fixed an issue where tasks sync one day off in some time zones
+ fixed an issue where syncing an ampersand or tab character did not work via Wi-Fi or CLSH
+ fixed an issue where hyperlinks go away when tapping on white space
+ fixed issues syncing Other address between native Apple contacts and DejaContacts
+ fixed an issue where the Office field did not sync
+ fixed an issue where syncing yearly recurring event to native would crash
+ fixed an issue where the SMS button did not work