Thursday, December 20, 2007

Google Calendar Sync for BlackBerry

I've been testing out the new Google Calendar Sync ap for BlackBerry. Here's what I've found. But first my set-up:

- Windows XP machine with Outlook 2007
- Windows 2003 Server with BlackBerry Enterprise Server
- Blackberry 8800
- Google Aps for Domains, including Google Calendar

It works great, with some key caveats. Essentially, the BlackBerry device is serving as the intermediary between Google Calendar and the Windows Server, completely avoiding Outlook. What this means is that I don't have to ever open up Outlook again!* I use GMail for mail. Now I can use Google Calendar . . . well, at some point in the future I'll be able to do so. Challenge is that events that were already in my system do not sync, except in rare unexplained cases. Events newly added since I installed the Google Sync ap sync fine. But what can you expect with a 0.42 version ap? LINK to the Google Sync page.

*Actually I still do have to use Outlook, for other reasons, such as syncs between Outlook Contacts and Salesforce so I can get my contacts into my BlackBerry. Please, will Salesforce and Google get it together a little bit more?
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