Multiple reports starting the afternoon of Monday, August 5 confirm the much-rumored demise of the Google Calendar Sync utility. People who were able to sync Monday morning report getting Error 2016 later in the day. It appears Google has left the building for MS Outlook Calendar sync for free Gmail accounts.
People are turning to 3rd-party apps to fill the void. The right app for you depends on which specifics you value and the total cost of ownership.
Some things to factor in your decision:
- will one license purchase allow install on all of your PCs
- CompanionLink allows install on 3 PCs
- what are the support options (forum, email, phone, chat) in case you need help
- CompanionLink offers phone and email support no cost
- how long has the company been in business
- CompanionLink has supported Google Calendar sync since 2006 and in business since 1988
- is there a free trial
- CompanionLink offers a free 14-day trial
- is there a no-questions-asked refund policy
- CompanionLink has a 90-day no-questions-asked policy
- what is the software update policy
- CompanionLink offers free software updates
- what other fields are synced
- CompanionLink sync Google calendar, categories, contacts, tasks, and contact photos
- CompanionLink is $39.95 after discount code ALTGCS is applied
Update: Click here for the latest on Google Calendar Sync
Google discontinued distribution of their free Google Calendar Sync tool last week. This affects people who need to sync Outlook calendar with Google calendar. Google’s announcement left many people clamoring for a Google Calendar Sync alternative.
CompanionLink has a Google Calendar Sync alternative for $14.95, CompanionLink for Google synchronizes Outlook calendars, contacts, tasks, categories, and contact photos with Gmail and Google Apps accounts. You can install CompanionLink on three computers for $14.95. Free US-based phone support and software updates are included.
Like a true Google Calendar Sync alternative, CompanionLink can be set up for automatic sync between Outlook and Google on a 5-minute timer. CompanionLink runs in your system tray on your PC desktop and will synchronize changes between Outlook and Google. Outlook 2000, 2003, 2007, 2010, and 2013 are fully supported, in addition to Outlook Business Contact Manager 2007 and 2010.
CompanionLink for Google has the ability to sync tasks from the PC as calendar entries into the Google Calendar. If the tasks have a due date associated with them, those will map into the Google Calendar at the appropriate time and date. However, many users have been asking, “What happens to overdue tasks?”
CompanionLink syncs all overdue tasks into a single all-day entry on the Google Calendar. This makes it easy to quickly view a summary of all overdue tasks. When that task is completed on the PC, CompanionLink will sync changes and remove that task from the list of overdue tasks.
CompanionLink for Google retails for $39.95, a 14-day free trial is available here.
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.