Sync Outlook with Android Through the Cloud

If you use an Android device as your PDA, you can sync your Outlook calendar events and appointments to your Android device. You can do this using software provided by your device maker or third party sync software, or you can sync through the cloud.

There are a few options for cloud-syncing your Outlook calendar with Android. The most obvious one is through Google Calendar with the Google Sync client. However, if Google Calendar is your main personal calendar, you may not want to mix your work calendar with your personal calendar. The Google Sync client also has a few nasty bugs and one of it is that it will not sync all your Outlook events to Google Calendar. The best non-Free option I have tried is gSyncit but obviously, it’s not free.

Enters Funambol. It’s free and it works! Follow these steps to start syncing.

  1. Search for Funambol in the Android Market and install it.
  2. Open Funambol in your Android device and sign up for free account.
  3. Using the browser on your PC, navigate to myFunambol and log in. You can see a Windows/Outlook sync client download on the right side of the myFunambol Portal page.
  4. Download the Windows client and install on your PC.
  5. Configure the Funambol to start automatically and sync your Outlook Calendar at a set interval. The lowest interval is 30 minutes but you can edit it elsewhere.
  6. When you have set it up, click Calendar in the Funambol Windows Sync Client.
  7. After the first sync is complete, you can close the Funambol window. You do not need the window to run all the time as Funambol uses the Scheduled Task of Windows to run the scheduled sync.

If you want to make exact changes to the sync schedule, use Windows Scheduled Task.

Funambol free account gives your 150Mb of storage — enough for your Calendar. If you want to also sync other stuffs like pictures, files, etc., upgrade to their other packages.

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