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Old May 25th, 2012, 12:31 PM   #451 (permalink)
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Dear RazzMaTazz,

Thank you so much for this posting. I am a newbie to Android (just bought a Galaxy Tab, having been on Windows Mobile before that!!!). The beauty of your solution, as you say, is that it is simple, straightforward and comprehensive. And if set up properly, it works a treat!

However, I think you may have missed out something in your instructions - perhaps because it was too obvious. It concerns email synchronisation. In addition to moving your calendar and contacts to your new Hotmail-based folder in Outlook, you also have to move your email Inbox there - otherwise, email coming into your Outlook email client will not be replicated onto Hotmail, or from there onto your Android device. It will remain locally on your computer.

Second (and again apologies if this is too obvious to more experienced users), you can copy across to your Hotmail-based account not only your Inbox, but also any sub-folders you have created in Outlook. For me, this is crucial. I have a whole range of folders in which I file by subject/category incoming and outgoing emails. All these can be dragged across to your new Hotmail-based account - and will then appear on your Android device also. Brilliant! Just one warning: folders will not copy across if they contain any 'illegal' characters for Windows. These include: / ? ; " ' and many other you may use. Your best option is to rename all your folders to eliminate these characters before you copy it across.

One final point. If you want your emails to download immediately to your Android device even when you are away from your Outlook-based home computer, you need to set your Hotmail account to "send/receive from other accounts", using your home email account. This means that, even if you are not at your home computer downloading pending messages via Outlook these will download to your Hotmail account - and from there automatically to your Android device.

Apologies again if any of this is obvious to more techie-based people than I. My main point is: RazzMaTazz's solution rocks!!!

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Thanks Az!

You raise some good points, but I didn't think to include them in my original post because they're basic functions of Outlook/Gmail/Hotmail, and they're a matter of personal preference. More detail follows...
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In addition to moving your calendar and contacts to your new Hotmail-based folder in Outlook, you also have to move your email Inbox there - otherwise, email coming into your Outlook email client will not be replicated onto Hotmail, or from there onto your Android device. It will remain locally on your computer.
Good point. But it depends on what kind of mail accounts people are using and how they want to manage them. There are many options. People don't have to use Hotmail for email. They may just use it to sync contacts & calendar. They may not want their POP mail or Gmail in their Hotmail account.

For example, I have multiple accounts (POP, Gmail, & Hotmail) in Outlook & multiple email accounts (POP, Gmail, & Hotmail) on my phone. (I can view each inbox separately or in a merged view.) I like to keep my email accounts separate, therefore I don't want my POP mail or Gmail forwarded (or duplicated) onto my Hotmail account. I think Gmail is the best email service, so I use Gmail as my primary email account.

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Second... you can copy across to your Hotmail-based account not only your Inbox, but also any sub-folders you have created in Outlook. For me, this is crucial. I have a whole range of folders in which I file by subject/category incoming and outgoing emails. All these can be dragged across to your new Hotmail-based account - and will then appear on your Android device also. Brilliant!
Yes. FYI: You can do the same thing with Gmail folders. I primarily use Gmail, so when I first switched from POP mail to Gmail (many years ago), in Outlook, I copied all of my mail folders/subfolders to Gmail. They immediately synchronized with the Gmail "cloud", my PCs, and phone.

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One final point. If you want your emails to download immediately to your Android device even when you are away from your Outlook-based home computer, you need to set your Hotmail account to "send/receive from other accounts", using your home email account. This means that, even if you are not at your home computer downloading pending messages via Outlook these will download to your Hotmail account - and from there automatically to your Android device.
Yes. FYI: You can do the same kind of mail forwarding & retrieval in the web-based Gmail account settings.

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Dear Razz,

First, call me 'Utazo'. It means 'traveller' in Hungarian (a country I have lived in and whose language I speak).

Second, thanks for your considered comments. They show that, as I suspected, I am a newbie to this sychronisation game, so most were obvious to you and other readers. The only thing I would say is that it is often worth stating the obvious and basic - because you want your postings to be of value to everyone, including newbies like me!

I do though have one question - which one of your 'hecklers' raised. If I want to back up my contacts/calendar/email, where do I now find the Outlook pst file? It used to be locally on my computer. Where is it now that my data is basically held in the cloud of my Windows Hotmail account? My worry is that, if my computer for any reason goes belly up, it might replicate its destroyed data to Hotmail and thence to my tab, leaving me with no backup.
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Utazo:

Hotmail stores your data locally on your PC in an ".OST" (not ".PST" ) file. You could create backup copy of your OST file, but (as far as I know, unlike PST files) there is no way easy way to restore an OST file to Outlook.

If you want to backup Hotmail account, you can do so by exporting your Hotmail account to a PST file. You can choose to backup your entire Hotmail account, or you can just backup your contacts or calendar, etc. The instructions for doing exporting to a PST file vary depending on your version of Outlook. You can easily find instructions online. For Outlook 2010, it's under "File/Open/Import/Export to a File/Outlook Data File (.pst)".
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Frist, thank you RazzMaTazz for all your good work here AND your patience. I am astonished at the amount of dialogue surrounding the issue of syncing Outlook with an Android phone. I "upgraded" from a Pantech Duo Windows phone to a Mortorola Atrix 2, only to find that functional elegance has been replaced by techno glitz, and have tried over 15 different "solutions" before stumbling onto your blog. Once I am confortable with the syncing operations, I will initiate another thread asking for help on what crapware I can safely eliminate from my phone. Thanks again!!
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Hi, Just tried the method described in this topic but stumbled upon 2 problems:
- a contact created on the phone does not seem to sync to hotmail
- in the calendar app on the phone I only see the main hotmail calendar, but not the calendars I follow in hotmail. How can I make these extra calendars visible.

This last point was possible when using the Hotmail app, but then when I created an event in the calendar, it did not sync back to Hotmail.
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- a contact created on the phone does not seem to sync to hotmail I.
It should. It does for me and others. Please make sure:
1) When editing the new event on your phone, under the "Calendar" field you select your Hotmail account, not your Gmail account.
2) On your phone, your sync settings include your calendar. (Settings/Accounts & sync/Manage Accounts...")

There was one other person on this thread that complained that they couldn't sync new events from their phone to Hotmail. I can't remember if that person got the issue resolved. There could be some phone-specific, software-specific, OS-specific issue, but I kinda doubt it. It could be related to the issue below...

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- in the calendar app on the phone I only see the main hotmail calendar, but not the calendars I follow in hotmail. How can I make these extra calendars visible.
I'm not sure what you mean by "calendars I follow in hotmail".

1) If you mean that you want to sync the main default calendar (called "Calendar") from multiple Hotmail accounts, that should work and they should be synced to your phone's calendar app.

2) If you mean that you can't sync multiple calendars within a particular Hotmail account (like "Calendar", "Birthday Calendar", "US Holidays", & "Steve's Calendar"), then to my knowledge, that can't be done on the phone. In my original post under "Caveats" I wrote:
Although Outlook and Hotmail support multiple calendars, only the default calendar will be syncrhonized with Android. If you want to maintain multiple calendars on Outlook, then you must create multiple Hotmail accounts and add them to Outlook and the Email app on your Android devices.
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It should. It does for me and others. Please make sure:
1) When editing the new event on your phone, under the "Calendar" field you select your Hotmail account, not your Gmail account.
2) On your phone, your sync settings include your calendar. (Settings/Accounts & sync/Manage Accounts...")

There was one other person on this thread that complained that they couldn't sync new events from their phone to Hotmail. I can't remember if that person got the issue resolved. There could be some phone-specific, software-specific, OS-specific issue, but I kinda doubt it. It could be related to the issue below...
The problem is with contacts, not calender event. Contacts do not sync back from the phone to hotmail.

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I'm not sure what you mean by "calendars I follow in hotmail".

1) If you mean that you want to sync the main default calendar (called "Calendar") from multiple Hotmail accounts, that should work and they should be synced to your phone's calendar app.

2) If you mean that you can't sync multiple calendars within a particular Hotmail account (like "Calendar", "Birthday Calendar", "US Holidays", & "Steve's Calendar"), then to my knowledge, that can't be done on the phone. In my original post under "Caveats" I wrote:
Although Outlook and Hotmail support multiple calendars, only the default calendar will be syncrhonized with Android. If you want to maintain multiple calendars on Outlook, then you must create multiple Hotmail accounts and add them to Outlook and the Email app on your Android devices.
It is item 2 I mean. I follow several calenders in my Hotmail account, one of them is my office calender. So at the moment I don't see that one. A workaround is to also add the hotmail app so that I see all calendars, and then in the hotmail app disable the main calendar. I'll try that today. Should work.
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The problem is with contacts, not calender event. Contacts do not sync back from the phone to hotmail.
It should. It does for me and others. Please make sure:
1) When creating a new contact on your phone, you created it under your Hotmail account as a "Corporate Contact", not under your Gmail account as a "Gmail Contact" or in your phone's memory-only as a "Phone-only Contact". For any contact that you have which isn't synchronizing, you should select it, hit "Edit" and then see what type of "Contact" it is. It needs to be a "Corporate Contact" in order to synchronize with Hotmail.
2) On your phone, set your sync settings for your Hotmail account to include your contacts.(Settings/Accounts & sync/Manage Accounts...")
3) Similar to the multiple calendar issue, you can only sync contacts to the main Contacts folder in Hotmail. Additional folders or subfolders won't sync.
4) In order to troubleshoot, one thing that you may want to see is if the contacts sync from the phone to the Hotmail server by checking Hotmail through a web browser.

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It is item 2 I mean. I follow several calenders in my Hotmail account, one of them is my office calender. So at the moment I don't see that one. A workaround is to also add the hotmail app so that I see all calendars, and then in the hotmail app disable the main calendar. I'll try that today. Should work.
I can't speak to that. Good luck. Let us know if it works.
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Hi there!

This is fantastic and has worked for me flawlessly.. only one problem...

My phone died suddenly and the link to the Microsoft page that discusses how to setup the account on Android Phone only points to a link to download that stupid Hotmail Application.

Does anyone know or have the detailed instructions on how to setup the Corporate Account for an MSN Live account?

It worked before but now I don't know how to set it up again?

Please help.

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Hi there!

This is fantastic and has worked for me flawlessly.. only one problem...

My phone died suddenly and the link to the Microsoft page that discusses how to setup the account on Android Phone only points to a link to download that stupid Hotmail Application.

Does anyone know or have the detailed instructions on how to setup the Corporate Account for an MSN Live account?

It worked before but now I don't know how to set it up again?

Please help.

Thank you.
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It should. It does for me and others. Please make sure:
1) When creating a new contact on your phone, you created it under your Hotmail account as a "Corporate Contact", not under your Gmail account as a "Gmail Contact" or in your phone's memory-only as a "Phone-only Contact". For any contact that you have which isn't synchronizing, you should select it, hit "Edit" and then see what type of "Contact" it is. It needs to be a "Corporate Contact" in order to synchronize with Hotmail.
2) On your phone, set your sync settings for your Hotmail account to include your contacts.(Settings/Accounts & sync/Manage Accounts...")
3) Similar to the multiple calendar issue, you can only sync contacts to the main Contacts folder in Hotmail. Additional folders or subfolders won't sync.
4) In order to troubleshoot, one thing that you may want to see is if the contacts sync from the phone to the Hotmail server by checking Hotmail through a web browser.
This seems to work only under certain conditions. When I create a contact with only phone numbers this works, but when I add an e-mail adres it no longer syncs.

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I can't speak to that. Good luck. Let us know if it works.
I know have all my Hotmail calenders on my phone. I configured the Hotmail exchange account, to get the main Hotmail calender. I can create events in this calender from the phone and it's syncs to the cloud.
For all the other calenders I follow in Hotmail I installed the Hotmail app, and made the main Hotmail calendar invisible there.
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Does anyone know or have the detailed instructions on how to setup the Corporate Account for an MSN Live account?
Step #4 of the original post.
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Dear Razzmatazz,

I have a new problem: on two occasions the synchronisation settings with my Microsoft Exchange account (ie with my Hotmail/Outlook) suddenly disappeared from my Galaxy Tab. One minute they were there and syncing of email, contacts and calendar were working perfectly, the next minute the whole account had disappeared. My other synced accounts (Google Gmail for email only, Skype and WhatsApp) remained intact; only the main sync account disappeared.

I have twice restored it, and of course all the data eventually syncs back to my Tab. But it is a damn nuisance because I then have to recustomise it, especially my contacts (eg adding back photos, joining accounts and so on).

Can you offer any explanation as to why this happens - and how to stop it?
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Utazo: I don't know. I set up my account over a year ago, and it's never deleted itself. Nobody else has reported that problem here.

Do you use Titanium Backup or some other kind of backup software (perhaps maybe even something built-into Android 4.0)? Is it possible that such software is "restoring" your earlier account information and thereby deleting your Hotmail account?

Let me know if you figure it out.
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Update: Looks like a MAJOR server side protocol-caused problem that lots of people are experiencing. Click here to read more about it and the operating systems and devices affected. Looks like I (and anyone else experiencing this problem) am going to have to find another syncing solution until this is addressed, if ever.

I was an early adopter of this wonderful solution to sync Outlook with my phone, and have been pretty happy with ease of it. This morning, however -- 1 year + 1 week after I started syncing this way -- I woke up to find that my calendar and contacts had been wiped out from the phone. They are still present in Outlook and online in my Hotmail account, and continue to sync between those two locations.

I spent much of the day and evening trying to solve the problem, and did everything short of restoring my phone to its factory settings (I have an Atrix 4G):

I stopped mail, calendar and contact apps/services.
I cleared the databases out.
I restarted and cold-booted the phone (battery out, then in).
I deleted and re-created the Corporate Sync account.
I checked that all my account settings were correct.
I repeated all the above steps.

Nothing has worked. The corporate sync account I created is appearing under Accounts, with all the details correctly entered, but when I go to select a calendar to display, it's not even listed. In the Contacts app, it says "You don't have any contacts to display. To add contacts, press Menu and touch Accounts to add or configure an account with contacts you can sync to the phone..." That just brings me back to the Accounts page where everything is correct. It's as if Android is ignoring that account entirely, even though it's appearing under Accounts.

I have no clue as to what is going on. Anyone have any ideas? I thought maybe it was a Hotmail server issue, but as I said, Outlook is syncing fine via the Connector.

Not having my calendar at my fingertips is one thing, but to have NO contacts suddenly on the phone is a disaster.
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Same isse here w/ Droid Razr - - was working fine w/ outlook connector. Stopped June 16. error says incorrect e-mail account.
now what??
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Quidnon, this is what I did to restore sanity to my phone and life:

1. Delete the Hotmail corporate sync account on my Android phone. (No worries, it won't affect data in Outlook or in your Hotmail account.)

2. Go to Google Play Store (Market) and search for Hotmail.

3. Select the free Microsoft + SEVEN app that comes up and install it.

4. Fill in your details and follow the prompts to complete the set up.

5. Your calendar and contacts will reappear.

I've read that making changes to the Contacts on the phone will not update the online web interface of Hotmail (and therefore not Outlook either), but that Calendar changes will update bi-directionally, and changes to Contacts made in Outlook or on the web interface of Hotmail will update on the phone.

It's a stopgap solution, but it's working. I have my contacts back, and all my "Recent" calls repopulated with names, so I'm no longer staring at a bunch of random phone numbers, not knowing whom most of them belong to.

For those who haven't read the posts over on Microsoft, their EAS (basically, Hotmail sync platform) team rolled out a Hotmail server change without doing any cross-platform compatibility testing. When they first rolled it out, it didn't even work with the latest version of Microsoft's own Windows Mobile OS release, but that's since been fixed. I found some of the comments from Microsoft about this unfortunate event peculiar: extremely casual, as if the problem were isolated and not that critical, when in fact it affects all the OS's and phones (below). Note also that it hits users at different times, depending on when, and maybe where, you created your Hotmail account(s), or on what server is being updated on any given day.

NON-WORKING Operating Systems:
Apple OS 5.1.1
Android: 2.2, 2.3.4, 2.3.5, 2.3.6, 4.0.3
Meego PR1.2
WebOS: 1.4.5, 1.4.5.1, 2.1.1, 2.2.4, 3.0.5
Windows Mobile: 6.1, 6.5, 6.5 Pro
Windows Phone: 7

NON-WORKING Devices (partial but confirmed list):
Apple iPhone 4S
Asus: Transformer, Transformer Prime
Defy+
Eten Gloflish X800
HP: Pre 3, TouchPad, VEER
HTC: Arrive, HD2, Touch Diamond, Touch Pro, Rezound
Motorola: Atrix, Atrix 4G, Droid, Droid 2, Droid Bionic, Droid 2 Global, Droid Razr, Droid Razr Maxx, Droid X, Photon 4G
Nokia: N9
Palm: Pixi, Pixi Plus, Pre 2
RIM: Black Berry 8520
Samsung: Galaxy Ace, Galaxy S2, Tablet S 32gb
Verizon Motorola Global 2
ZTE N762

WORKING/REPAIRED Operating Systems:
Windows Mobile: 5.0, 6.0, 6.1
Note Failure of Windows Mobile 6.5 (repaired as of 6/18/12)

Other, possibly connected, faults:
Windows 8 Mail app
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Thanks Crowntown!!
I will give it a try to see if it works for me. I did "bite the bullet" and loaded Google Calendar Sync - at least I cna sync calendar items with Outlook.
Will let you know how it goes!
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Thanks Crowntown. I haven't had a problem (yet) with my contacts disappearing from my phone (an LG Optimus S running Gingerbread). But I just created a contact on my phone and it didn't sync up to Hotmail (and of course to Outlook), whereas it used to sync up to Hotmail, no problem.
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You're welcome, you guys.

The Microsoft + SEVEN Hotmail app is working, though the "time-to-sync" isn't nearly as fast as it was with the original Corporate Sync solution Razz described at the top of this thread. With that, updates took place within seconds of doing a Send/Receive in Outlook. Now it takes up to a half hour for things to sync up. A small but unnerving change.

I will keep checking every couple of days to see if Microsoft has addressed the compatibility problem. Some are saying that it's the developers of the now incompatible phone OS's that should provide the fix.

Meanwhile, this works, at least on my Motorola Atrix 3G running Gingerbread 2.3.6.

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Quidnon, I understand the Google Calendar move was for the sake of convenience. But many of us would sooner use a second device or go back to book-based calendars/contacts than voluntarily give up any more of our personal information to Google. They already have enough information for one company.
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Hi Razz,

Everything is up and running. Working quite smoothly. Thank you again.

One quick minor question. When trying to make an edit in my bosses existing contacts (hotmail contacts w/in outlook), once he has made his changes and clicks "save and close", he will get a pop up that says something like "can't save because another user has entered information. do you want to save in default folder?" he then clicks yes, but the changes aren't saved. THEN he will try to do it again right away, no pop up will appear after he clicks "save and close" the changes ARE saved. What gives? Is there some way to fix this so no pop ups come up and all changes are saved instantly?
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When trying to make an edit in my bosses existing contacts (hotmail contacts w/in outlook), once he has made his changes and clicks "save and close", he will get a pop up that says something like "can't save because another user has entered information. do you want to save in default folder?" he then clicks yes, but the changes aren't saved. THEN he will try to do it again right away, no pop up will appear after he clicks "save and close" the changes ARE saved. What gives? Is there some way to fix this so no pop ups come up and all changes are saved instantly?
Sorry. I have never seen anything like that, so I have no idea how to help. It sounds like an Outlook issue, not an Android issue. I'd suggest copying the EXACT wording of the warning messages and then doing a web search. If that doesn't yield an answer, I'd suggest going to a Microsoft Office forum (like THIS one) and asking the question.
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Hi Crowntown!
Any updates on the staus of the original protocol - - do you think we will ever get it back?
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Any updates on the staus of the original protocol - - do you think we will ever get it back?
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GOOD NEWS!

No official update, but my Corporate Sync setup started working again yesterday! I also checked the the last page of this thread and it seems others are experiencing connectivity again too. Apparently, Microsoft has made some code adjustments so that we can connect again. Quidnon, have you tried setting up your account again?
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Hi Crowntown!
Thanks for the note-been away from this thead - - will check status and get back with you - thanks for the follow up!
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Razz,
Like so many others I want to thank you for your diligence and for sharing this with us all. I am a bit of a dinosaur here. I finally had to part with my HTC touch Pro II after it's last nervous break down. I have been a windows smart phone users since they came out. So ALL of this is new to me and I just realized what a pain it is to sync to Outlook AFTER I received my Evo Lte. My main concern is that I want to sync my personal information without any third party involvement. I want my info kept between me, my pc and my phone. If I use hotmail I would still be using a third party ,correct? Sorry if the question is just stupid, but I want to be sure before I go messing around with things. I have found soft ware that says it will do what I want. But I want some experienced users opinions before I go that route too.
The software I am looking at is here Android-Sync | Sync Android with Outlook via USB it costs, but I would rather pay than put even more of my personal info "out there".
Also, if I should be posting somewhere else please advise...Thanks.
Comments anyone? They would be appreciated.
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I am not experiencing that behavior. When I create a calendar event on on my Android device, or when I change a calendar event on my Android device that was originally created in Outlook, the new or edited event is synchronized back to my Outlook PCs. (I'm using the stock calendar app on an LG Optimus S, with stock Android 2.2.)
I am having the same problem with my calendar. When I create an appointment on Outlook, it syncs perfectly to my Tab. If I change the date, time etc on Outlook, that too syncs over to the Tab. However, if I change the time of an Outlook-created appointment on the Tab, it does not sync across either to Hotmail or hence to Outlook. If I delete the appointment, that does sync across. But minor changes, like the timing, often do not.

On the other hand, if I create the appointment on the Tab, it syncs everything including minor changes.

Can you cast any light on this? Could it be related to the many repeated 'sync error' messages I find on Outlook, when syncing has partly failed (the bulk of the syncing still works perfectly).
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My main concern is that I want to sync my personal information without any third party involvement. I want my info kept between me, my pc and my phone. If I use hotmail I would still be using a third party ,correct?...

The software I am looking at is here Android-Sync | Sync Android with Outlook via USB it costs, but I would rather pay than put even more of my personal info "out there".
If you sync via Hotmail, then your contact info will be on Hotmail's (Microsoft's) servers. If you sync via Gmail (through a program like gSyncIt) then your contact info will be on Gmail's (Google's) servers.

There is a free program called, "My Phone Explorer" by FJ Software that you can use to sync your phone directly with Outlook over USB or WiFi without having to put your contact info on anybody's servers. You have to install an Outlook add-in on your PC and a small app on your phone. You have to manually invoke the synchronization when you get back to your PC.

The nice thing about the Hotmail solution is that it syncs in real time, no matter where you are. I'm not too worried about Microsoft having my contact info. They have publicly stated that they won't use that info to target you with adverstising, etc. Google has publicly stated that they will. Of course, Microsoft could change its policy at some point, but Microsoft has proven itself trustworthy for decades.
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...However, if I change the time of an Outlook-created appointment on the Tab, it does not sync across either to Hotmail or hence to Outlook. If I delete the appointment, that does sync across. But minor changes, like the timing, often do not...

Can you cast any light on this? Could it be related to the many repeated 'sync error' messages I find on Outlook, when syncing has partly failed (the bulk of the syncing still works perfectly).
I thnk it may be related to the recent changes (mentioned above) in the Hotmail servers. Since the problem occurs between the phone and the Hotmail servers, it probably has nothing to do with the Outlook errors. I don't know how to solve the problem, except possibly downloading the Hotmail app.
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I'm running a Samsung Galaxy S2 recently upgraded to ICS. My company's push e-mail solution Smartmail (smartphonesolutions.fi) previously allowed sync of calendar and contacts. Having upgraded to ICS ealier in the week I've just realised that I no longer have the abaility to edit contacts on my phone ("Not editable from this application"). Having searched for a workaround to the problem in this forum I came across RazzMaTazz's excellent solution and followed the instructions. This gave me another possible contacts list to display (Contacts>Contacts list to display) and I chose to display only the Hotmail contacts. This part worked fine. When I try to create a contact I only have the option of creating a SIM, Phone or Google contact. Obviously, any of these newly created contacts will then not sync. The synced Hotmail contacts are not editable (see message above). If I display multiple synced contacts lists - Google, Hotmail and SmartMail - then I can only edit the Google contact.

Has anybody come across this? Am I missing something obvious? Any help would be much appreciated!
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Knockavullig: Hotmail contacts appear as "Corporate Contacts" on my phone. From within my stock Contacts app, if I hit Menu button -> "New Contact" the phone makes me choose whether to create the contact under my Hotmail account, Google Account, etc. I have no problem creating or editing Hotmail contacts.

If you've created a Hotmail account on your phone as detailed in my original post, as a Corporate Account, not as a POP mail account, then you should be able to create and edit contacts. I suspect that you may not have created a Hotmail acccount as a "Corporate Account".

From the home screen, if you press the settings button, then go to Settings-> Accounts & Sync, and you tap on your Hotmail account, at the top it should list it as a "Corporate" account. If it's a "Corporate" account it will have a square symbol in front of it (but the square has a break in the middle of each side). Is it a "Corporate Account"?
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Hi Crowntown!
Sorry for the tardy response - several things going on, but the Outlook Exchange now works again - - Thanks!
A couple of items to pass along...
1. Trying to "re-establish" the original link by the process in the first post here repeatedly gave the error "invalid e-mail account" (despite the fact that it worked fine the first time???)
2. I loaded an updated MS outlook connector (new version -07/12/2012)
3. Despite this updated connector, still the same error message
4. Closed outlook 2010, went to control panel, e-mail settings and MANUALLY set up the exchange account - - this time it worked fine!!!

Syncing e-mail, calendar and contacts as before - life is good!! (Go to H*** Google Sync)

btw...
using Droid Razr - - just updated to ICS from verizon download. The new OS did not appear to make any difference in sovling the connectivity problem - I think it was configuring the e-mail account with Outlook closed.

Thanks to all for the replies and help - hope this helps someone also!
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perhaps premature - elation here
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still trying to see what the issue here is - - - can't sync outlook entires to droid, but droid to outlook seems to work...

too complex....
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Hi RazzMaTazz,

I had created the account as a corporate (Exchange ActiveSync) account. I decided to carry out a reinstall of the ICE 4.03 update and now all the issues I was having have disappeared. I've set my hotmail contacts as the primary contacts in Outlook and all is well with my syncing world once more.

Many thanks.
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Worked fine till 2 days ago. Then all my contact and calender entries had disappeared. When I synced the account, it only took a second and nothing reappeared.
Deleted and recreated the account and things where fine, until the next day. Again contacts and calender entries gone.

Switched to the Hotmail app now. It's far for perfect, but better than having no contacts.
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Hi all,

I can really use some help here... I've been beating my head against a wall for two days over this issue. So here's my situation:

1. I'm an IT Admin and we're running Exchange 2010 on Server 2008. Fully patched and updated.

2. Activesync is configured using a non-default policy. The policy has only the minimum settings including non-provisionable devices allowed.

3. I had previously been using a 'Berry and purchased a brand-spankin' new Razr Maxx

4. In the Droid I added the Exchange account without a problem. Email and contacts sync'd without a problem. That's quite a statement given my 1,900 contacts!

5. The problem is in the calendar. On the Razr my calendar does not display anything from Exchange/Outlook

6. I have checked in the Razr to make sure the Exchange calendar is set as default and is set to sync.

7. In addition to the Exchange Calendar not Syncing if I create an event on the Razr when the sync occurs a few seconds later, the event disappears from the Razr and is never displayed in Outlook.

8. The Razr is running Android 4.0.4 and the calendar version is 4.0.4-37

9. Several forums suggest clearing the data for the Calendar App and re-syncing. Tried it, it didn't work.

10. I have gone so far as removing the Exchange Account, going into the Calendar App and clearing all data, rebooting the device, and recreating the Exchange account all to no avail.

ANY help will be greatly appreciated!
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It seems that emails in the Inbox sync fine with my phone. However, sub-folders in the Inbox do not sync. They show up in my hotmail account, but never show up on the phone. Any idea what the problems may be?
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No idea. It works for me.
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Good news!
The new Outlook 2013 works even better with the HOTMAIL account and Android Phones.
For once, Outlook-Hotmail Connector is not required; it is already embedded into it.
Moreover, it also syncs Tasks to Hotmail and to the phone!
On the down side, Outlook 2013 looks very ugly, just black and white colours, vey dull.
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This thread is pretty old. Has there been any new developments?

I have a couple of questions:
1. Has there been any improvements in methods to synchronize Outlook with Android?
2. I have a Gmail account already linked to my phone. Can I use the Gmail account instead of setting up a Hotmail account?

Comment: I wonder if my life would be this complicated if I have bought an iphone.
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I have used gsyncit for several months now to sync my google calendar, tasks and contacts with my outlook account. No problems at all.
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This thread is pretty old. Has there been any new developments?
Not to my knowledge. Still works. Not sure what new developments you want.

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1. Has there been any improvements in methods to synchronize Outlook with Android?
There are still the same working solutions available. You can find them at syncdroid.net.

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I have a Gmail account already linked to my phone. Can I use the Gmail account instead of setting up a Hotmail account?
As described in my original post, you can use Gmail for email instead of Hotmail, but you can't use Gmail to sync your contacts & calendar with Outlook, unless you use a 3rd party program like Gsyncit. I primarily use Gmail for email, but Hotmail to sync contacts & calendar.

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From what I can tell, the iPhone also doesn't play nice with Outlook. (Google & Apple want everyone to use their office software solutions instead of Microsoft Office, so they don't want to make it easy to stay synced with Outlook.) For the iPhone I think you have to plug into your PC/Mac and sync through iTunes or use 3rd party software for true cloud-based sync (like this Hotmail solution enables).
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From what I can tell, the iPhone also doesn't play nice with Outlook. (Google & Apple want everyone to use their office software solutions instead of Microsoft Office, so they don't want to make it easy to stay synced with Outlook.) For the iPhone I think you have to plug into your PC/Mac and sync through iTunes or use 3rd party software for true cloud-based sync (like this Hotmail solution enables).
True that - I worked with a client through my small tech service and we eventually ended up with an iPhone sync that used the following for her Gmail account:
Email - setting up accounts on phone and computer works already
Calendar - Google Calendar Sync
Contacts - plug in and sync through iTunes (with proper boxes checked - Contacts only)
It seems to work fine, with a little lag on the calendar.

Razz - I've used your suggestion for almost a year and it's worked quite well. I saw the Hotmail App, and tried to use that, but it was a mess - and it wouldn't sync contacts from phone to Outlook after a while, and didn't seem to sync read and deleted emails either.

Here's some tips for what it's worth - some important steps to follow after adding the hotmail email account as a Microsoft Exchange ActiveSync account. (Example using Samsung Galaxy S 4G on Android 2.3.6)
In Contacts, go to Menu - More - Settings - Save new contacts to: - select Microsoft Exchange ActiveSync here. (This is so they'll sync with Outlook)
In Calendar go to Menu - Settings - Calendars and make sure Hotmail is checked (and has the Exchange icon). Then create a new Event by going to Menu - Create, and scroll down to Calendar and tap the arrow and select Hotmail and save. This should stay that way on all new Events, so it will be saved to the correct calendar and sync with Outlook seamlessly.
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I have found a small PC program which will sync my android with thunderbird and others without the net. Sync with a USB/bluetooth cable nothing else. Anyway have a look at

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FJ Software's MyPhoneExplorer (MPE) has been discussed here several times. It has pros and cons. I prefer the Hotmail solution because, once it's set up, it works automatically, forever anywhere in the world that you have a data connection between all Outlook PCs and mobile devices, without any phone app or any PC software. MyPhone requires an app, a PC program, and invoking syncrhonization from the same LAN as your one Outlook-based PC.
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OK, I also noticed sometime during the summer that my calendar was no longer updating. Then I had all my Outlook contacts disappear from my phone in August only to return hours later. This week I received a replacement for my failed SGSII. I came back to this thread and redid my setup from the first post, but days later I have yet to see anything from Outlook sync with the phone. When I try to force sync on the phone the icon spins for less than a second and disappears. Reading about the server issues above it appears they have been corrected and this should still be working. This had been working flawlessly for me for over a year. Any ideas?

UPDATE: I finally got sync working again. After following the instructions on page 1 about half a dozen times with no success I decided that instead of creating the Exchange account from within the e-mail app on the phone I would do it through the Settings>Accounts and Sync area. This was the charm and my Outlook contacts and calendar are now syncing as before.
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Razz...I hope you are still monitering this thread. I have moved into a new computer! I installed MS Outlook and sucessfully moved my PST file with previous emails/contact from old computer to the new. All email accounts are set up properly, etc. In Outlook, I have the calendar (hotmail) that I can 'check to view'; but when I do, I'm getting an error...'folder not found'.

I'm sure there is something fairly simple here that I have missed. Send/Receives run properly, I just can't seem to view the calendar on the outlook side (android is still ok as there were no changes on that side)..

Plz Help!

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In Outlook, I have the calendar (hotmail) that I can 'check to view'; but when I do, I'm getting an error...'folder not found'.
I don't know. When you set up a Hotmail account on Outlook, it should just work. Are there multiple calendars? Maybe just delete the Hotmail accound and reinstall it.
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Help! I have just lost my Outlook folders on my Android Tablet (other than Inbox, Sent, Deleted Items etc). These folders have all been there for the past year. Now they have suddenly disappeared. They are still there on Outlook on my desktop, and on my Hotmail account, but not on my tablet. Could this be because I recently updated from Honeycomb to ICS? (But the folders stayed all right for a day under ICS.)
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