8.12.2008

Official Google Blog: Google Calendar Sync


Official Google Blog: Google Calendar Sync
Though this application has been out since March 2008, I've only just downloaded and installed this app (its the middle of August 2008).

First Thoughts
My initial reaction was: "Great! Now I can finally have my Outlook calendar events from work show up on my Google calendar on my laptop, and I can manipulate my work calendar from my Google calendar. Woo hoo!"

This is still an early application so its functionality is limited to syncing only your primary Google calendar with your Outlook calendar. If you're like me, you have a few secondary and even tertiary calendars in Google. None of those events will sync - yet. I hope the creators at Google are working on a fix for that. But, even still this application is helpful and welcome!

Install: easy, Options: few
After the initial download and install (quick and painless), then you can select your sync options (2-way, or 1-way), as well as the sync frequencies (1o min. minimum, 120 min. avg.). I thought I'd choose 30 minutes as my sync frequency.

Then I performed the initial sync and waited... and waited... and waited as Google synced all of my Outlook calendar events to my Google calendar. (Note: if you have a lot of Outlook events like I do, then this will take a little while and may drive you crazy! My iPAQ using Active Sync allows me to choose between "all", 2 weeks, 1 month, 3 or 6 months - this would be a welcome upgrade for Google to implement!).

Sync: All events, Every time
Next, I put a test calendar event on my Google calendar and performed another sync. And waited... and waited... again. Here's when I learned that this Google application will sync all your Outlook events every time it syncs. (Note to Google creators: updating only changed or new events would be much better!)

I decided to change my sync frequency option back to the default of 120 minutes since it takes so long to sync (because I have so many Outlook events).

Conclusion
I'm certainly happy that this Google app is now live. I have some suggestions for improvement, but I'm not complaining! Finally, my calendars have a chance to be unified. Thanks Google creators!

9 comments:

cammie said...

Have you had trouble with your Outlook crashing when the GoogleSync is set to sync every 120 minutes? This is a problem I've had...and just wondering if you've found a solution...

everdream said...

cammie - I haven't had any trouble with the syncing process... yet. I am using Outlook 2003 with Service Pack 3 installed. Everything seems to be just fine so far.

Silly questions: which version of Outlook are you running? Have you looked at the Google Calendar Help Center?

http://www.google.com/support/calendar/bin/static.py?page=known_issues.cs

Sorry I can't be more helpful than that, but I hope you can find a solution to your issue.

Anonymous said...

Agree with all of everdream's conclusions, what would be really nice is the option to sync more calendars - I'm currently using five calendars on Google, some of which are maintained by others.

Anonymous said...

has anyone had problems with a blackberry update?  I haven't been able to sync my blackberry for almost a week

everdream said...

Now that I'm not the Administrator of my PC (I used to be in the IT Dept), I have had issues syncing. I have uninstalled the Google Calendar Sync app. Bummer.

As for Blackberries? I don't have one so I can't comment on it. Sorry.

Mark said...

Is there anyway to tell, in Google calendar if a calendar entry was entered into Google calendar directly, or synched in from Outlook?

Bob said...

I find I need to re-install Google Calendar Sync almost daily as the icons disappear ... and when I go to start>programs>Google calendar sync, it doesn't work. I am using XP Prof, and Outlook 2007.
What am I doing wrong?

everdream said...

UPDATE: I have updated to MS Office 2007, BUT have removed the Google calendar sync between Office and Google. AND I now have a Blackberry. The tool that works for me (free) is called CalGoo. It is a mediator conduit between Outlook and Google - and works beautifully! Then, use Google Sync to sync from Google to the Blackberry. All of it works wirelessly, OTA (over the air) and for free! Too cool, eh?!

Bob said...

I went to the CalGoo site and could not download ... link was to never-never land. Does this SW sync the iPhone calendar with Google calendar?

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