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Free tool to sync up Microsoft Outlook Calendar and Google Calendar?

July 17th, 2013 · No Comments

My work calendar is on Microsoft Outlook. I use Google Calendar for personal use.

I want to have one combined calendars to have visibility into both my work and personal schedule. In other words, I want to do one-way sync between Google Calendar and Microsoft Outlook (the data will always be synced from Outlook to Google.)

It’s excruciatingly painful to find a FREE tool to allow me to do this.

1) Google used to have a Calendar sync tool but it recently discontinued it. Mind boggling decision.

2) I started looking into sync Outlook calendar with other calendars.

3) Yahoo had a calendar sync tool but it’s no where to find. I actually find a page for “beta version” of the sync tool but the software didn’t seem to work.

4) I opened a new Outlook.com account – I want to give Microsoft a shot. If their web calendar can easily sync with their desktop Outlook calendar, I will happily to switch to Outlook.com. Well, as you could imagine, Microsoft is great at upsetting consumers! Their free sync tool can only sync from Outlook.com to Outlook desktop but not the other way around.

5) I’m back to square one. Fortunately, I found a version of the old Google Calendar tool saved on a server somewhere in Australia. For the time being, the software still works.

I still don’t understand why Google, Yahoo and particularly Microsoft make it so hard to sync calendars? There is a golden opportunity for Yahoo or Microsoft to steal some market share if they do this right.

Is anyone at Yahoo or Microsoft listening? Hello!

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