Sync Contacts between Outlook and Gmail? —— Pre Owners take note!

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As you may or may not be aware, the Palm Pre does NOT sync with Outlook.

It’s simply not built to do “Old School” syncing. This is all very well if you use Exchange or another enterprise email system but if you use a simple POP account and your contacts and calendar  are stored in Outlook then you’re S.O.L.

Palm’s recommendation? Move your email to Gmail. Thanks Palm.

Now to be more helpful…

Yes you can use Gmail, but you don’t have to move your whole email system to it. Just set it up as a conduit to sync Outlook to your Pre, and here’s how you do it;

  • Get a Gmail account if you don’t have one already.
  • Sign up for Gmail Calendar – or rather activate it once you have a Gmail account.
  • Download the Gmail Calendar Sync (from Google)
  • Download the Contacts Sync from WebGear.

Quite why Google gives us a Calendar sync but NOT a Contacts sync remains a mystery, however the nice people at WebGear have been kind enough to provide this tool. It’s still Beta but it’s Open Source so hopefully will improve over time.

Thanks Palm, for not giving us an option to sync with Outlook…

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