If you use Microsoft Outlook on more than one PC, you’re an
unlucky soul. Trying to keep your Outlook e-mail synchronized
between more than one computer is an exceedingly difficult task,
fraught with potential pitfalls, notably overwriting a new version
of your e-mail stored in a .pst file with an older version.
Syncing.net does an excellent job of solving the problem. It
automatically synchronizes any changes made to any of your Outlook
installations across multiple PCs. Let’s say you use Outlook on a
laptop and desktop. When you use it on your laptop, it synchronizes
the changes back to your desktop in the background. If your desktop
isn’t running at the moment, it performs the synchronization when
you turn it back on. The initial file transfer of an entire large
folder from one computer to another can take half an hour or more,
depending on the size of the folder. After that, though,
synchronization rarely takes more than a few minutes. You can
choose which Outlook folders you want to synchronize, so that you
can synchronize just one or many of them.
Installation may take only minutes, or it may take hours. It
depends on the size of your Outlook folders and your Internet
connection speed, because Syncing.net needs to copy your Outlook
data. You’ll need to pay careful attention during installation to
make sure that you set your synchronization options correctly,
particularly whether you want to combine the Outlook folders of the
two PCs into one folder, or else create new folders. Once you do
that, though, you’ll be all set, and your Outlook data will
automatically synchronize in the background.
The software is pricey at $150 for use by one person on three
PCs for home use or for very small businesses. Larger businesses
can pay on a per PC basis for more powerful versions of the
software suited for business use–either $119 per PC or $199 per PC
depending on the number of Outlook folders that need to be
synchronized, the number of PCs per Outlook group, and other
But if you need to use Outlook on more than one PC regularly,
you’ll find Syncing.net is well worth the price.
Note: This file is for the Professional
edition, which is the only download available. The vendor
asserts that it is possible to register and downgrade to Home in
the same install, with a few caveats. To downgrade from
Professional to Home, a user either must either not exceed the Home
Edition limitations, or must pare down Groups to 100 or
fewerOutlook folders and Sync Folders to five or fewer.