At a Glance
- Easily synchronizes data between Google and Outlook; Can be used as an intermediary to sync to Android phones
Synchronize contacts, calendar information, and tasks between Outlook and Google.
If you use Microsoft Outlook as well as Gmail or Google
Calendar, you are no stranger to pain. Outlook doesn’t talk to
Google, and Google doesn’t talk to Outlook…so you have two sets
of contacts, two different calendars, two sets of to-dos, and more.
There’s no simple way to synchronize them. That’s bad enough, but
if you also use an Android
phone, there’s no way to synchronize your contacts between your
phone and Outlook. CompanionLink for Outlook (formerly
CompanionLink for Google) solves both problems handily.
This desktop app synchronizes your contacts, calendars, to-dos,
and more between Outlook and Google, and does it with ease. Give it
your Google log-in information, tell it how you want
synchronization performed (both ways or just one-way in either
direction), and let CompanionLink for Outlook do its work. The
first time it synchronizes it may take ten minutes or more if you
have a lot of contacts, but after that, synchronization happens
much more quickly.
The newest version of the CompanionLink for Outlook software,
4.0, offers considerable improvements over the previous
version. Most important is that the interface has been
completely rewritten, and it’s easier than ever to create and
customize syncing, to schedule syncing, and to gain access to
advanced settings such as map fields between Outlook and Google
data. In addition to being easier to use, the interface is far more
pleasing as well.
Synchronizing is faster in CompanionLink for Outlook than it was
in CompanionLink for Google, and it now supports Outlook 2010. New
data fields have also been added, so that you can more easily
CompanionLink for Windows is a boon not just for those who use
Outlook and Google data, but for owners of Android Phones as well.
Out of the box, there’s no way to directly sync Outlook data with
data on an Android phone. CompanionLink solves the problem by
serving as an intermediary. First use CompanionLink to sync data
between Outlook and Google. Then sync Android to Google as you do
normally. In that way, your Outlook information is sent to your
Android phone–and data from your Android phone ends up in Google
as well because information synched back to Google from Android can
then be synched to Outlook. It’s not the most elegant of solutions,
but it works, and it’s better than being frozen out of syncing
Outlook to an Android phone at all.
CompanionLink for Outlook lets you choose your syncing method,
and gives you a great deal of control within those synchs. You can
schedule synchronization, or instead tell it to synchronize each
time, for example. And you can set up separate syncing profiles as
well. You can filter out categories, choose a date range for
calendar synchronization, determine whether to alphabetize contacts
by first or last name, and much more.
Anyone who has been frustrated by Gmail and Google Calendar’s
inability to synchronize with Outlook will want to take a look at
CompanionLink for Outlook. If previous versions appeared daunting,
version 4.0’s improved interface and ease of use will be a welcome
Note: This link takes you to the vendor’s site,
where you must register to download the software. The price of this
software will go up to $50 on June 1, 2011.