The best Google Calendar Sync alternatives to sync Google calendars with Outlook 2010 and 2013 are gSyncit and Outlook4Gmail which also sync multiple Google calendars. For details see the post “Windows 8: Review On Apps Syncing Multiple Google Calendars, Contacts And Tasks With Outlook” about CompanionLink Google Sync, gSyncit, SyncMyCal and Sync 2. In the following I’ll give you more background information and an updated short review on Google Calendar sync alternatives.
Update: Windows Phone 8.1: Setting Up iCloud Email, Calendars And Contacts
Some people like me want to sync the Windows Phone 8 Calendar with Mac iCal. There are two options for Syncing: On the one hand, you can sync the calendars using CalDAV via a Google account both on your Windows Phone 8 (does not work for Windows Phone 7 because CalDAV is not supported there) and on your Mac. On the other hand, you can do it via a iCloud calendar subscription using a Outlook.com account (or Windows Live account). The later one is ‘read only’ on your Windows Phone 8 meaning you cannot change or add events on your Windows Phone 8 (Windows Phone 7 is supported).
That are really excellent news: Yesterday, June 6, 2013, Google announced that it will open Google’s CalDAV and CardDAV APIs for everyone. In contrast to Google’s prior announcement of March 13, 2013, this means that in the near future third party apps are able to communicate with Google calendar via CalDAV and with Google contacts via CardDAV. Syncing contacts and calendars via third party apps will then be possible. Both APIs will be integrated in Google APIs Console and getting OAuth 2.0 authentication.
Syncing Gmail Google calendar with Windows 8 is still an dissatisfactory issue. I’ve already posted about a troubleshooting syncing Google calendar with Outlook via third party apps. Just now, I found a free Windows 8 app called ‘Gmail calendar‘ (Windows Store Link) which was intendedly programmed to get the syncing Google calendar with an Windows 8 tile app resolved.
Update: Google Calendar Sync Alternatives For Outlook
As you well know, Google stopped Support for Microsoft Exchange Active Sync, effective January 30, 2013. I have already posted about a solution to get a Google calendar synced on Windows 8, using the app ‘Google Calendar Sync’. But it is not possible to get multiple calendars synced.
Most of you who would like to sync Google Gmail calendar with windows 8 are annoyed because Google stopped supporting Microsoft Exchange Active Sync protocol. Some days ago I described a possibility to get at least a ‘read only’ syncing back to Windows 8 calendar app. But theres is still a work around to get your Google Gmail calendar really synced in both directions with Windows 8!
Update: How To Sync Google Calendar With Windows 10 Calendar App
Some months ago I describe a solution how to set up iCloud Calendar in Windows 8 Mail App as a ‘read-only’ possibility. Setting up the Google Gmail calendar in Windows 8 calendar app works in the same way: The solution is to subscribe to your own Google Gmail calendar in your outlook.com or Windows Live account. With that you can partly bypass the restriction that Google stopped supporting Microsoft Exchange Active Sync protocol.
I’ve already reported about issues concerning syncing Google mail / Gmail, Google contacts and Google calendar with Windows 8 apps like mail, contacts and calendar. On the one hand it was a little bit tricky to get things running (Syncing Google Gmail mail and contacts works. The later only for customers who connected their Google Gmail account to windows 8 before January 30, 2013), on the other hand it is just not possible because Google stopped Microsoft Exchange Active Sync support for their products.
Yesterday I described how to set up syncing Gmail in Windows 8 and RT mail app because Google cancelled the support of Microsoft Exchange ActiveSync for new subscribers and for new devices on January 30, 2013 (for Windows Phones on July 31, 2013). Now you’ve got to use IMAP for emails, CalDAV for calendars and CardDav for contacts. Right now Microsoft does not support neither the pushing function of IMAP, nor CalDAV and CardDAV.
Google cancelled the support of Microsoft Exchange ActiveSync for new subscribers and for new devices on 30st of January 2013 (for Windows Phones on 1st of July 2013). Now you’ve got to use IMAP for emails, CalDAV for calendars and CardDav for contacts. Therefore, setting up Gmail with Windows 8 Mail App (or Windows RT Mail App) is not as comfortable as it was and, further more, a little bit tricky: You have to set it up correctly to get the sync working properly.
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