As of this August 1st, 2014, the Google Calendar Sync app will not sync your Outlook Calendar items with your Google Calendar

So what are my alternatives?

Google has me a little discouraged with their simple “We will no longer support” attitude. Just when you find a program or app that works for a particular application, it becomes obsolete, unsupported or discontinued. The fate of Google Buzz, Google Picasa (its coming) and now Google Calendar Sync.

I have used Google Calendar Sync for years to sync my Android phone to Outlook which I use on my laptop. It just worked. New calendar entries in either location automatically appeared on the other calendar. Now, with Google’s announcement earlier this month, I needed to find a solution ASAP.

After doing some research, there appears to be 6 options (7 if you include signing up for a $5 monthly subscription to Google Apps for Business). Here are the options, in descending order of preference based on my research.

Google Calendar Sync Replacements

  • gSyncit | Fieldston Software, $19.95 single License.
    • gSyncit is a Microsoft Outlook add-in that allows for the synchronization of Outlook calendars, contacts, notes, and tasks with your Google account. In addition, gSyncit also supports synchronization between Outlook and Toodledo, Pocket Informant Online, Evernote, Dropbox, Simplenote and Nozbe.
  • Sync2 | 4 Team Corporation, $59.95 single license.
    • Share and sync Outlook Calendar, Contacts and Tasks folders with Google services.
  • Ogg Sync | OggSync, $29.95 single license.
    • Outlook 2003, 2007, 2010, 2013 Support. Full 2 Way Sync with Google Calendar. You will need to purchase and install the correct version of OggSync depending upon your Outlook Version (2003, 2007, 2010 or 2013.
  • Outlook4Gmail | Scand Ltd, $19.95 single license.
    • The add-in supports synchronizing of Outlook and Google contacts with maximum details
  • Calendar Sync Pro for Outlook | PPP Infotech Ltd. $9.95 for pro, Free for calendar only
    • Software to sync Outlook Calendar appointments with Google Calendar events. Allows you to sync one-way with either Outlook or Google as master as well as 2way sync by last changed appointments/events. Option to schedule a sync at regular intervals.
  • SyncMyCal Synchronization Technologies Inc. Free as of this writing
    • Although this is free technology, I am a little leary of using a product that has not been updated on over two years. Support also seems limited.

After reviewing all of the options out there, I purchased and installed gSyncit. There is a discount for multiple licenses, so the two that I needed cost me $32. The install was simple. What gSyncit does is create a Microsoft add-on with a tool bar button so synchronization can easily be configured while in Outlook. I was up and running in little over 5 minutes.

I also synced my Outlook and Gmail contact lists, which I had never done before – This was really nice.

gSyncit also offers lot’s of sync options, including setting the timing on sync intervals.

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