Friday, December 1, 2006

Google Calendar kicks some serious butt. Unfortunately, being a web application, it doesn't natively synchronize with mobile devices like Pocket PCs, Palm devices, or cell phones. If you want to do that, you'll need a 3rd-party application, like GooSync. GooSync is a little application that actually lives on your mobile device, and can synchronize to Google Calendar "over the air". This means that in the case of phones, it will connect to the internet and perform a synchronization, while Pocket PCs and Palm devices can use either a WiFi or phone data connection (if available), or the pass-through internet connection provided by ActiveSync or HotSync, respectively.

This concept is wonderful, and by many accounts works flawlessly. Unfortunately, after importing my massive Outlook calendar into Google Calendar, it turns out my Google Calendar account is somewhat of a challenge for synchronization tools. GooSync fails about 80% through the synchronization, but I'm not willing to pin that problem on them. I've also tried other applications that claim to be able to synchronize Google Calendar to tools like Outlook, and they fail as well.

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