Update August 22, 2006 – Jake Ludington has a post on how to accomplish Google Calendar/Outlook two way sync using RemoteCalendars, but it’s not working for me. I get the RemoteCalendars toolbar in Outlook, but none of the buttons do anything when clicked. Post a comment if you have any ideas on fixing this, or if you got it working.
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I can’t be the only one dreaming about this functionality. I’m anchored to MS Outlook because 100,000+ employees at Intel all use it for email, and most importantly, calendar scheduling. So moving to a non-Exchange calendar isn’t going to happen, as long as I’m employed by Intel.
Also, because I’m a big Windows Mobile fan, I need to be able to sync my calendar easily to my Pocket PC phone or other WM device. I know there are non-MS solutions to this part, but my dependency on Windows Mobile coupled with the corporate foothold Exchange has means that I’m not likely to be free of Outlook any time soon.
Wouldn’t it be great if there was a workable two-way sync solution between Outlook and Google Calendar? I’d love to be able to access and update my calendar from anywhere, in my browser, rather than have to fire up Outlook. And syncing gCal with Outlook would keep my Windows Mobile devices up to date.
The pieces seem like they’re all there. Google Calendar emits both iCal and Atom. It can import CSV from Outlook. What’s missing is the “glue” piece, that enables two way syncronization to happen. I predict that the first product/company to reallly nail this will be very popular and successful.
Some companies are already working on it, it seems – RSS Popper for one. Do you think the solution will come from an established software company, or an enterprising hacker geek who whipped it up, just because he can?