Following our earlier blog post offering some initial background on support for Sync Services in Outlook 2011, we heard customer feedback here, as well as on Facebook, Twitter and our product forums and wanted to provide an update on one of the top questions we continue to see come through – where is Calendar sync support in Outlook for Mac? We understand that calendar syncing across devices and applications is very important and hope this post will add more clarity to where we are headed with calendar syncing across devices (via Sync Services), applications and web calendars.
We built Outlook for Mac as a personal information manager for users to manage their email, tasks, contacts and calendar. In the development of Outlook for Mac our goal was to make it the most reliable client for Exchange users and we feel we have done that. We still have work to do for customers not on Exchange and encourage you to read on for details.
I have Outlook 2011, but am not on Exchange. Can I sync my calendar to my iPhone (iPad, Mobile Me)?
Not today. We recognize that there are customers who are not on Exchange and we are working on adding additional sync support to make your experience better. We will add calendar sync support through Sync Services in the first half of 2011 (background on why it isn’t available today here).This update will solve for customers looking not running Exchange to sync their Outlook calendar across devices such as iPhone or Mobile Me.
What if I try to sync to my Windows Live or Google Calendar with Outlook for Mac?
At this time, Outlook for Mac does not sync with web-based calendars such as Windows Live Calendar or Google Calendar. While we recognize that for some this is an important part of their workflow, we don’t have any information to share on potential future updates to enable web-based calendar syncing. We realize that for non-Exchange customers heavily dependent upon calendar syncing across multiple devices, applications and services, Outlook for Mac may not be ideal.
What are my other options?
If you’re not running Exchange, we do want to point out that you have the option of continuing to use Entourage 2008 with Word2011, Excel 2011, PPT 2011. As we continue to make Office for Mac the best productivity suite on the Mac we hope you will continue to submit your feedback, comments, suggestions, frustrations here. It is this feedback that keeps us in touch with your needs and helps us prioritize fixes and updates moving forward.
Here is a chart of some common scenarios to and the level of sync support today:
|Exchange (across devices include iPhone)||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|No, Outlook 2011 does not support Google Calendars at this time||Yes, Outlook 2011 will sync with Gmail through IMAP||Yes, you can sync contacts from your Google account if enabled in your Address Book app||No, Outlook 2011 does not support Google tasks at this time|
|iPhone/iPad||No. Expected resolution in first half of 2011||Yes||Yes||No|
|MobileMe||No, Outlook 2011 does not support MobileMe calendars at this time. Expected resolution in the first half of 2011||Yes, Outlook 2011 will sync with MobileMe e-mail accounts through IMAP||Yes, you can sync your MobileMe contacts if it’s enabled in Mobile Me preferences||No, Outlook 2011 does not sync with MobileMe tasks at this time|
|Windows Live||No||Yes, Outlook 2011 will sync with Windows Live e-mail accounts through POP||No||No|
|Yahoo!||No, Outlook 2011 does not support Yahoo! calendars at this time. Currently, there is no timetable for adding this support.||Yes, Outlook 2011 will sync with you Yahoo! e-mail accounts through POP/IMAP||Yes, you can sync your Yahoo! contacts if enabled in your Address Book app||No, Outlook 2011 does not sync with Yahoo! tasks at this time|
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