Google Apps Sync for Microsoft Outlook works with Premier and Education editions only

Google offers a free plug-in for Google Apps Premier and Google Apps Education users.  The former requires you to pay an annual fee for the Google service.  The latter is for schools, universities, and other educational institutions.

What do users with free Google or Gmail accounts use to sync their data with Outlook?

If you’re looking to sync just your default calendar, Google offers a free solution called Google Calendar Sync.  If you’re looking to sync calendar and contacts, CompanionLink has a solution called CompanionLink for Google.  It also supports multiple calendars, sync to separate Outlook categories, and the ability to exclude personal data from syncing with business data.

Here’s a video on how to configure CompanionLink for Google to sync Outlook with Google in less than 4 minutes.

Comparing Google Apps Sync with CompanionLink

One June 9, 2009, Google announced a tool that can sync Microsoft Outlook contacts, calendar, and emails with Google Apps Premier edition and Google Apps Education edition. (Source)

But how can people with free Google or Gmail accounts sync with Outlook?  And what about support?

Google says that the Google Apps Sync for Microsoft Outlook is for Premier and Education edition customers.  So you can’t use that.

CompanionLink has a solution for everyone using a free Google account.  It’s called CompanionLink for Google.  It syncs Outlook contacts, calendar and tasks (no email) with any Google, Gmail, or Google Apps account.  CompanionLink works with all editions of Google Apps (Standard, Premier, Education, Government, Non-profits, etc.).  The one-time purchase also comes with free email and phone support for as long as you own the product.