Simple Utility to Keep iCloud and Outlook in Sync
Working with a client this week I came across the challenge of being able to sync 100s of contacts and months of calendar dates that were located on Apple’s iCloud with the contacts and the calendar located in Outlook. The client uses both and iPhone and iPad to create emails, store contact information, and manage his calendars, but has a need when in the office to also access that information from Outlook (2007 in his case). iCloud has an add-in for Outlook that lets you see your calendar and contacts, however because Apple and Microsoft use 2 different file types for their contacts and calendars, so you can’t set iCloud to be the default for either calendar or contacts in Outlook for Windows (Outlook for Mac does let you do it). What happens is that if you want to add/edit a calendar or contact while in Outlook, you basically have to do it 2 times.
This is where iCloud Sync from CodeTwo comes in. What iCloud Sync does (in a very simple way) is allow you to autosync the files between the 2 formats automatically. The install of iCloud is simple, the configuration of the sync is designed so even someone with no tech knowledge can do it, and for a one time cost of $20 the price is very reasonable (the program does have a 30 day full trial for FREE to make sure it will work for you).
The following information comes from the iCloud website (http://www NULL.codetwo NULL.com/sync-for-icloud/)
How it works
Apple’s iCloud feature lets you share your calendars, contacts and tasks across your devices and Outlook. The iCloud add-in for Outlook and Windows, called iCloud Control Panel, adds an additional tree of folders to Outlook, which requires you either to move all your folders to the iCloud tree or to manually copy new or edited items to iCloud whenever you need it.
This is where CodeTwo Sync for iCloud comes in. This easy to use Outlook add-in will let you automatically synchronize your personal or public folders in Outlook with iCloud folders.
CodeTwo Sync for iCloud installs as an Outlook add-in and can be accessed from the ribbon. Simply click on its icon to select Outlook folders you want to sync with iCloud folders.
Alternatively, you can also right-click on a desired folder in Outlook and select Sync with iCloud from the context menu. It will let you choose folders for synchronization and select one of the sync types.
Once your pairs of folders are in sync, you can finally view and edit them on any of your Apple® devices and sync them back to your Outlook wirelessly no matter where you are.
Sync Outlook folders with iCloud folders – this Microsoft Outlook add-in will let you automatically synchronize your Outlook contacts, calendars and tasks with your iCloud data file in Outlook, which will then sync those folders with iCloud and across your iPhone, iPad and other Apple® devices.
No need to save or move items to iCloud tree in Outlook anymore – once you install iCloud Control Panel for Windows, a new tree of folders is added to Outlook, but your existing Outlook folders are somewhere else. CodeTwo Sync for iCloud will let you keep these folders in sync, so you can finally forget about jumping between the folders and manually copying items to iCloud and back.
One-way and two-way sync – pick up one of the three sync methods for each of your folders. Sync from Outlook to iCloud, from iCloud to Outlook, or in both directions.
Syncing iCloud with Public Folders supported – the program will also let you sync CodeTwo Public Folders with iCloud folders, which means that you can now share Outlook with other PCs and with your iPhone and iPad as well.
Automatically sync up your folders in real-time – Outlook folders are synced automatically and immediately in the background. Note! iCloud synchronization with your handhelds depends on iCloud performance and your internet connection speed.
Easy to install and use – the add-in is seamless. Just install it on your PC and follow the wizard. You’ll see how easy and quick it is.
Installation and configuration
Here’s what you have to do to sync Outlook calendars, tasks, and contacts with iCloud and your iPhone, iPad or Mac.
- Make sure you have iCloud Control Panel for Windows (http://support NULL.apple NULL.com/kb/DL1455) installed on your PC equipped with Outlook.
- Make sure your Apple® devices are configured to work with iCloud. Learn more… (http://www NULL.apple NULL.com/icloud/setup/)
- Download and install CodeTwo Sync for iCloud on your PC equipped with Outlook.
- Take a look at the Quick Tour that pops up right after the installation.
- Launch Outlook and start syncing your folders with iCloud!
To download iCloud Sync – click here to visit the CodeTwo website (http://www NULL.codetwo NULL.com/sync-for-icloud/)
*Disclaimer – Tech Geek and More has NO affiliation with CodeTwo or the iCloud software. We share this information as we have found the program to be useful to us.