In response to my recent post on syncing Outlook with your Google Calendar, several readers wanted to know how to accomplish the same thing with contacts.
Google's Sync utility doesn't do contacts--not yet, anyway. The company does have a solution called Google Apps Sync, but that requires a Google Apps account (which, horrors, is not free).
The option I found isn't free either, but it's definitely more affordable--and nearly as versatile. It's called gSyncit, and I've yet to find a better way to sync Outlook data with Google's cloud.
Specifically, gSyncit syncs Outlook calendars, contacts, notes, and even tasks with your Google account. (Why bother with calendars when Google Sync already handles that? In part to keep everything under one "roof," and in part because gSyncit supports multiple calendars, which Google Sync does not.)
In my quick and informal tests, gSyncit worked like a charm. Even a particularly messy contact database (with well over 600 entries) landed inside Google Contacts without a hitch.
It's important to note, however, that Google doesn't currently allow synchronization with its rudimentary Tasks app, and doesn't even have a Notes app. Consequently, gSyncit syncs these two items to Google Docs. Not a perfect solution, but it gets the job done.
gSyncit is technically an Outlook add-on, so all the setup and syncing happens inside Outlook proper. It's compatible with all versions of the program (including 2010) and Windows XP, Vista, and 7.
The add-on costs $14.99. You can test-drive it for free, but it'll sync only 20 items.