Editor's Note: The following is a guest post by Windows Phone MVP Trent McMurray as part of the MVP Award Program Blog's "MVPs for Windows Phone 7" series. Trent is the owner of LAMARCOMM, LLC, a
mobile solutions company that provides everything from Mobile Proximity
Application solutions to a National Online Retailer for all the major
wireless carriers in the United States. Trent was an early evangelist of the
Windows Mobile Platform helping customers and users with solutions and
applications for their Windows Mobile devices. Trent contributes to the
community through the Windows VIP forum and has recently taken on the project
of his newest website http://windowsphoneconcierge.com
. Which helps uses with "How To's" and FAQ's dedicated to Windows
Being in the mobile retail business for over 10 yrs.,
helping customers and clients stay connected with their mobile devices became
the way I do business to this day. But things are changing swiftly in the
smartphone space. And when it comes to syncing with a Windows Phone, it’s a
brand new game! And when it comes to syncing Outlook 2010 with Windows Phone it
couldn’t get any easier! We all remember the days of active sync. Well when it
comes to Window s Phone there is no more active sync when syncing Outlook 2010
with your Windows Phone.
Syncing your Windows Phone with Outlook 2010 is as easy as
creating a Hotmail account and letting the “cloud” deliver your mail, and appointments
to your Windows Phone. But before your
up and running you will need to stall Microsoft’s “Outlook Connector”
software, available here:
After installing the connector for Hotmail/Live, now you
simply just need to add the account to Outlook 2010. Basically these are the
steps needed to add the account and move on to have your mail and calendar sync
to your Windows Phone.
Now that everything is setup the way you want it to be and it is all syncing
correctly and in order you can now make the Live folders the Default
Personal folders in Outlook, so that they are pre-selected each time you start
Outlook. (Optional – some choose this option some don’t)
created your Windows Live account on your Windows Phone and your email and
contacts should begin to show up!
If you have Outlook installed on other PCs, like your laptop or netbook,
install the Outlook Connector and sign in to the Live account with those PCs,
and your Outlook data will sync between all of your connected PCs and
devices. If they don’t have Outlook, you can download the free Windows
Live Mail software for those PCs instead, and access your Outlook data on
would like to thank my fellow Windows Phone MVP Todd A. who addressed this same
topic (with graphics and all) on my website http://www.windowsphoneconcierge.com , where you can find many How-To’s and
FAQ’s for Windows Phone.
I just want to say two this:
You need internet to sync and the sync with hotmail using the outlook connector is not encrypted. We would like to see a professional solution, a USB sync soon.
Will the next update Apollo finally have a USB sync direct to Outlook? Why isnt there a full blown Outlook app on the phone for every field in desktop outlook.
It is unbelievable that MS have produced this stupid, difficult, expensive and insecure method of replacing Activesync. Why? I have used secure, free, USB synching every day since I bought my first Ipaq - must have been in the late 1990s. I tried synching via the cloud with my new Nokia. Firstly it failed. Secondly I got a £30 bill for transferring data in excess of my allowance from my phone provider. Never again. Goodbye Microsoft.
MS must develop a usb sync software for this. Many of work in parts of the world where there is often no internet access for days at a time. No internet=no sync
I agree with the many other commenters, about the bone-headedness of not supporting local Outlook sync. I think I see the marketing logic behind the decision, (trying to push everyone into the cloud), but I can assure you that it's misguided and will make it very difficult for Windows Phone to make headway in the smartphone marketplace. I am personally evaluating new phones, and as long as there is no local Outlook sync, Windows Phone won't be on the list of candidates. This is a deal-breaker for me, and it looks like for a lot of other people as well. I hope MSFT will fix this soon, otherwise things look grim for their mobile initiative.
I am dumbfounded that MS have abandoned USB sync.
Microsoft obviously have not considered people who live in countries ruled by oppressive regimes.
In these circumstances syncing to an insecure Windows Live account is likely to see you end up in gaol or dead.
This is the most moronic backward thing Microsoft have ever done.
It is a disgrace.
Windows Phone deserves to fail!
There is an interesting flaw I have found after a couple of days troubleshooting. I have c450 contacts and only 300 synced with hotmail using the latest connector and Outlook 2007, even though you could see the counter incrementing the uploads to the 450 mark.
I have discovered that if the MessageClass is anything other than IPM.Contact then the contacts stay on the outlook client. Resetting the message classes to the standard solved the problem.
I can see this being a huge issue for anyone that uses custom forms in Outlook.
Very disappointing that Microsoft not able or wanting to sync their own mobile devices (wp7) via their own the mobile device center (windows7). I have one HTC Radar with WP7 for sale!
This really dumb,no matter MS has only 1.9% of the market. I always was a MS guy, but this way I'm also going to Android. This is really a stupid move. I sure hope you guys at MS will introducethe syncing between Outlook 20xx and Windows Mango really soon in an update
Hi everyone, I am with you on your frustration, but i recently stumbled upon Akruto Sync. It is a piece of software that will allow you to synchronize your outlook contacts, tasks and calendar with your Windows phone wirelessly either via your WiFi connection or over the Internet. It is a direct two-way sync, by-passing using the cloud. It worked out really well for me. Check this out: