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Old January 4th, 2012, 12:34 PM   #351 (permalink)
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Thanks for the reply, RazzMaTazz. That's good to know about task sync using MyPhoneExplorer. I will keep that in mind, and would love to hear from anyone who has tried it for syncing tasks only. The task part of the android experience is what is most disappointing to me. I really liked having tasks and calendar items together back in the palm days, and am trying to recreate that. In Calengoo there is an agenda widget that lets me see the day's calendar and tasks. I love that except for not being able to see the tasks on my computer in outlook (Calengoo tasks syncs with gmail, which I don't think is helpful to me. Unless I figure out a way for those gmail tasks to also show up in my Outlook).

But, right now I'm distracted by my calendar items completely disappearing. It's really disconcerting. All calendar items from the time I installed the outlook connector in July are gone. I posted a question on it in a microsoft support forum, but haven't received any replies. I wish I knew what the problem was. Is it that I'm using a live.com address instead of a hotmail.com address? Is it some setting on my android? In calengoo? Some combined issue? I just have no idea what the problem is. It's making me think I should maybe pay a fee for an exchange server service. It stresses me out to have my records disappear. Wish it would just work!! Thanks.

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jflower: I'm sure it has nothing to do with Hotmail.com vs. Live.com. That's a cosmetic thing. It all get redirected to the same servers.

I now just keep my tasks as a list in a draft email. That way I can access them from my PC or phone. It's not as nice as really using Outlook's Tasks (which can have deadline properties, etc.) but for me, it's an acceptable workaround. In fact it's good enough that I feel absolutely no need to deal with MyPhoneExplorer.

I don't expect the folks at Microsoft to help you out, but if you can't find a solution, and it's really bugging you, you could always run (free) Google Calendar Sync on your PC and then sync your phone to your gmail calendar.
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Thanks for the reply, RazzMaTazz. That's good to know about task sync using MyPhoneExplorer. I will keep that in mind, and would love to hear from anyone who has tried it for syncing tasks only.
That is how I use MyPhoneExplorer. I do not sync the calendar (I use Google Calendar sync for that) but use MPE to sync contacts and tasks. I prefer to use USB but Wifi and bluetooth are supported.
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Hi Razz,
As others have said, Thanks for your work on this. I was having significant problems with a 3rd party app and syncing via bluetooth when I found your original article.
All went well until I got some sort of "bug" in my DroidX. The Verizon tech people said the solution was to reset my phone, but I would have to reload all my apps. I finally did that, but have been having a problem with syncing my Outlook contacts and calendar info since. (Using Outlook 2003 on my Windows XP computer).
I can not get all my contacts onto my droid, and many of the contacts are repeated, or their fields are repeated within a contact.
I have tried to remove Hotmail from my droid and reinstall it, but still have the same problem.
I have Verizon back up assistant and I thought that might have been the problem so I tried to clean that up but am still having a problem.
Have you heard of this before? And would you have any suggestions?
But thanks again for the BIG idea!
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I have tried to remove Hotmail from my droid and reinstall it, but still have the same problem.... Have you heard of this before? And would you have any suggestions?
I'm not sure that I exactly understand what you're seeing.

1) Were you able to sync Outlook with the Hotmail servers? (If you go to the Hotmail web interface, are all of your Outlook contacts there on Hotmail?)

2) How many of those contacts are there?

3) If you create a new test contact on Outlook or Hotmail, does it sync to the phone within a few minutes (when your phone has a data connection)?

4) If you open one of your duplicate contacts, hit the settings button, select "edit contact" and then scroll up and down the data for that contact, does it say Google Contact (which would be a Gmail-based contact), or Corporate Contact (which would be a Hotmail or Exchange Server based contact) or or Facebook Contact (synchronized with Facebook), or Phone-Only Contact (which would be stored on your phone only and not synchronized with any server)? Usually duplicate contacts stem from having some combination of different sources of contacts. If so, you may need to delete your phone-only contacts, or choose to only sync and/or view your Hotmail contacts. (I touch on that in my original post.)

5) If you open your contacts app, hit the settings button and choose "Display options", under "Choose contacts to display" are there multiple accounts listed? If so, just choose the Hotmail account and then place check marks in the contact groups that you want to sync. Then choose the other account(s) and uncheck any boxes.

6) If you open your contacts app, hit the settings button and choose "Accounts", there should at least be a Gmail account and a Hotmail account. Please open them and make sure that you're syncing your Hotmail account. (You may or may not want to sync your Gmail account.)

7) Are you using the Hotmail app on your phone? I have no experience it.

I also have no experience with the Verizon backup assistant.
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1. When I go the the Hotmail web site, I only have 72 contacts out of 660 that are in Outlook.
3. I did create a test contact and it did show up in a few minutes on my phone. Then a bit later I deleted it and now it is no longer on my phone contact list.
4. About the duplicate contacts, most of them were Backup Assistant contacts. I went to the verizon site and deleted my contacts there (said I had over 2000 contacts). That seems to have cleared the duplicate contact issue as well as most of the corrupted data in contacts.
5. I have selected to not show Backup Assistant items and not show Gmail items. I am only wanting to display the Hotmail items, and my Comcast.net items.
6. I am only syncing Hotmail items.
7. I am using the Android Contact App.
My main concern is that not all of my contacts from Outlook on my computer are showing up on my phone contact list.
I am hoping you might have some helpful suggestions for me.
Thanks!
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RazzMaTazz -

Quite a way back you mentioned something that has me concerned; I hope you have a solution. I don't want to synch my private info using any public method, such as google or Microsoft, since I have a lot of notes in my contacts with confidential info. I'm not as concerned about my calendar. Is there any way to protect the contacts privacy, while still transferring from Outlook to my droid? Thanks for any thoughts!
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I don't want to synch my private info using any public method, such as google or Microsoft, since I have a lot of notes in my contacts with confidential info... Is there any way to protect the contacts privacy, while still transferring from Outlook to my droid?
I think that the chances of your confidential information getting stolen from Google's or Microsoft's servers are infinitesimal. If such a hacking incident occurred, your contact data would be just one of millions of people's data, so the chances of somebody choosing YOUR data to sift through is even more infinitesmial. And the chances that they'd go through every single one of your contacts and find the confidential data is even more infinitesimal. I'd say that it's infinitely more likely that your confidential data would get compromised from you losing your phone, your laptop PC, or your house getting robbed.

If you're really concerned about it, my fist suggestion would be to remove the confidential information from the notes of the contacts and store that information in an encrypted document. There are apps (and PC software) that encrypt documents. Unless you've got a lot of contacts with vitally important information, that would probably be the easiest, safest solution and would prevent your data from being compromised if the phone is lost or your house gets robbed.

But if you don't want your data on anybody's servers, try MyPhoneExplorer. (It's free.) Make sure that you transfer your contacts as "Phone-only" contacts so that they don't get synchronized with Gmail.
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Hi,

Being almost a year later, of course a lot has happened... What seemed really nice, getting a sync feature, now is a sad story since it hasn't evolved or... a bad solution from start.
SmartPhone users has been able to sync their phones for years, through the cable (USB or earlier, serial/parallell). Now sync is made through the all mighty cloud. Either this detour or I have to by an expensive software as an addon to my SEricsson Arc
For about 10-15 years I have been syncing contacts and moving pictures and files as standard ready to go with Ericsson smartphones (most other brands also I imagine).
Moving to Android we have to pay a lot to avoid this stupid made by Google (Apple and Microsoft).
These companies grown to be to big not improving, just hassling and forcing users into their own solutions - good business for the software companies, really bad for customers and integrity.
Might go back to computers and older phones not being ****ed up by Google, Apple or Microsoft (not as much, anyway) :-)

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hey all,

this is my very first use of a forum ever, so i may or may not be putting this in the right thread, etc...but general question:

i am using the Droid Bionic, and just recently cleaned up and organized all my folders in outlook to make them and the program more effective..

i was wondering if anyone knew of an app for android that would allow me to sync the multiple accounts (and folders in each account) to my phone..

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TomKS: Many of us are disappointed the neither Google nor Microsoft provide an easy solution for syncing with Outlook, but they are competitors, in phone OSes and office productivity apps. To the credit of both companies, they enable 3rd party solutions, some of which are free. The free Hotmail solution in my oriiginal post works great.

Android phones offer superior price-performance (including many free money-saving apps, like GPS, free WiFi voice calls through Google Voice, sometimes free WiFi Hotspot, etc) that even if you feel you need to pay $10-$50 for a better 3rd party Outlook syncing solution, you're probably getting a better value than phones with other OSes.
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i was wondering if anyone knew of an app for android that would allow me to sync the multiple accounts (and folders in each account) to my phone..
You don't need an app because that functionality ("ActiveSync") is built-into Android. The Hotmail solution in my original post (combined with say, multiple Gmail accounts for email, if you like) allows you to sync multiple accounts (and folders in each account).

Note however that the POP mail protocol does not enable true synchronization of subfolders, sent mail folders, drafts, deleted items, inbox, etc. IMAP protocol (used by Gmail, et al) or MAPI protocol (used by Hotmail) does enable such mail synchronizaiton. Additionally, Hotmail's MAPI protocol enables contacts and calendar synchronization, so you can synchronize to Hotmial's servers without installing any additional apps.

If you don't like the free Hotmail solution, there are several 3rd-party solutions listed here.
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Hi guys,

I am new here and this is my first post.
I installed Outlook Hotmail Connector and created a Hotmail account in my phone.
It syncs Outlook to Hotmail and to my HTC Sensation.
All good, however when I compose and send a message from Outlook,it then syncs to Hotmail but the Sent folder in Hotmail shows me as the recipient and not the correct one.
If I send the message directly from the Hotmail web account,the Sent folder shows the correct recipient.

I posted this problem on Microsoft Outlook Forum and also Microsoft Hotmail Forum but no one has yet come up with a solution.
I also found out that a like question had been posted on "techsupportforum.com" almost 4 years ago but no one has come up there with a solution.
Can you check it out and tell me if you experience the same issue?
If so, any idea of what to do?
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All good, however when I compose and send a message from Outlook,it then syncs to Hotmail but the Sent folder in Hotmail shows me as the recipient and not the correct one.
If I send the message directly from the Hotmail web account,the Sent folder shows the correct recipient... Can you check it out and tell me if you experience the same issue?... If so, any idea of what to do?
That is REALLY weird. I am not seeing that same problem. It's hard to imagine Outlook not working properly, let alone not working properly with Hotmail. I have no idea how to fix it.

So you're saying that when you send an email from your Hotmail account in Outlook, that both the "To" line and the "From" line show your Hotmail email address (and not the intended recipient's email address), but ONLY for the mails in the "Sent" folder?

Are you saying that the recipients receive the emails just fine, with the correct To & From lines?

Does that happen if you send an email from another email account on Outlook (like a POP mail or IMAP mail account)?

Personally, I mostly use Gmail for mail, and Hotmail for contacts and calendar sync. But I do also have several Hotmail accounts on Outlook, and all of my Hotmail, Gmail, & Yahoo Mail accounts work correctly with the proper To & From lines.
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I might have not explained it clearly.
Go to Outlook and compose a message from an account that syncs with your Hotmail Web Account and send it.
Everything will show as it should be in your Outlook sent folder.
The message you have just sent should sync and show also in your Hotmail Web Account.
Go online, log into that Hotmail account and go to the Sent folder.
Look for the message you have just sent. I suspect that over there you will see your name as the recipient and not the correct one. (The columns are fixed in the web account and you can’t customise them, something you can do in Outlook)
Now, stay at the web account and compose and send a message from there. This time you will see the CORRECT recipient name. This message will of course sync back correctly to your Outlook.

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Go online, log into that Hotmail account and go to the Sent folder.
Look for the message you have just sent. I suspect that over there you will see your name as the recipient and not the correct one. ... Now, stay at the web account and compose and send a message from there. This time you will see the CORRECT recipient name.
I followed your instructions. It works fine. Proper addressee & proper recipient in the inboxes, set mail folders of Outlook and in Hotmail web interface, and in the recipient's inbox. You've got something weird going on. I have no idea why.
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Lucky you for not having the problem.
All people that I know, who use Outlook and sync it with Hotmail using Outlook Hotmail Connector, experience it.
Moreover, this was posted on line by someone already 4 years ago at http://www.techsupportforum.com/forums/f56/problems-with-hotmail-sent-folder-to-field-225889.html.
I also found out that someone had posted it in a Microsoft Forum and some moderators there reproduced the problem.
Add "to"field in Sent Folder
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Based on the links you sent, it looks like you're in the UK. I'm in the US. Perhaps Hotmail's servers are running different software in the two countries. In any event, this seems to be a Hotmail webmail bug and has nothing to do with Android or the Hotmail/Android sync method (which seems to be working for you), so I'm going to close this out. Good luck.
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There goes my problem...

I use Outlook 2003, synced with my Windows Live account via Outlook Connector.
Then I sync my phone (occasionaly ZTE Blade, HTC HD2 running Android, Samsung Galaxy S and, last but not least, Moto Atrix 4G running a CM7 variant) by creating an Exchange (or "corporate") account on it.

Everything works perfect, except...

...except that when I edit a calendar event in Outlook or Windows Live, everything syncs fine. But when I edit an event on my phone, it doesn't "get through" to Live and, of course, Outlook. It stays unchanged.

Anybody has the same problem?
Any way to address it?

P.S.: Demo versions of Touchdown and Moxier Mail dont have this problem...
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I created an event in my HTC Sensation and a few minutes later it has been transferred to both Windoes LIve Hotmail and Outlook.
I use HTC's native calendar. When I open it it shows on top the name of the calendar that I use and there is a drop menu with check boxes to choose which calendar will be displayed. This is because the application supports multi Calendar. It will sync with Hotmail and Outlook only with the Active Sync (exchange) calendar.
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... when I edit a calendar event in Outlook or Windows Live, everything syncs fine. But when I edit an event on my phone, it doesn't "get through" to Live and, of course, Outlook. It stays unchanged.
I don't have that problem. It really makes no sense that calendar items would sync down to the phone, but not up to the Hotmail/Live servers. When you create a calendar event on your phone, are you sure that you're creating it under your Hotmail/Live account? If I create a calendar event with the stock calendar app on my LG Optimus S, by default it's set to create the event in my gmail account, so when editing the new event, I have to manually select my Hotmail account.
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Did you know that hotmail will apparently delete past calendar events with no warning message? Mine were recently deleted and I went searching on the Microsoft Support boards about the issue. I am finding plenty of people posting about the general issue that they want their calendar items kept indefinitely, but that hotmail eventually will delete them. Example of an ongoing thread: http://windowslivehelp.com/thread.aspx?postid=380FD65C-7324-409F-BFA7-D45914CFF072#380FD65C-7324-409F-BFA7-D45914CFF072

I was surprised by this issue - I'd think that my calendar events would be safe in the cloud with hotmail forever, or at least within a stated limit - and I wondered if anyone here knows anything about that.

I still haven't resolved why my recent past (through mid December) was suddenly deleted, but this broader issue makes me think I may have to come up with some other calendar plan. I've been resisting the google calendar, but may need to just bite the bullet and see how google-android-outlook can work. Dreading that.
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RazzMaTazz - I am new here on this forum, but have read a huge amount of the posts since the start of this thread. (From South Africa, an Accountant, 43 years old, and would say fairly comp literate etc - not an expert, but I can help myself and have set up a small network or two in the past. Love to investigate all aspects of a phone before I buy - very happy with my Samsung Galaxy Note that I got just last week...lol)
I just want to express my gratitude and true utmost thanks to you (and some of the other helpful guys as well of course...) The way in which you persevered with this, helping people agross the globe with this issue, is just fantastic and really commendable. If I could take up a collection for you from all the thankful guys, I would really have done that. I hope that you get your rewards for your efforts in some or other way (good carma coming back to you or whatever), and that you will really be blessed in all areas of your life. I think you deserve it.
I was an HTC HD2 user for quite a while, had no syncing problems since it was on Win Mobile, but with my new Galaxy Note, I immediate start searching for the best syncing solution even before I attempted all sorts of funny stuff that other people tried. I am so grateful that I found your advise, and although it also took some hours of reading and understanding and testing and trying, mine is working 100% in all aspects. Yesterday I saw some guy writing something about his reply mails not reflecting in the Send Items on the phone, mine did that also at first, but I got it right as well. (don't know if you already found the solution for that one - didn't search for that post now)
But okay - just again - THANK YOU VERY VERY VERY MUCH !!!!!!
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Razz, i'm new to smartphones & android. I want to say thanks to you and all the other helpful folks who i was able to read on this thread. I'm on a GSII SkyRocket w/ ATT & using Outlook 2010. Everything seems to work receiving email, contacts & calendar on my phone. I've had the phone for 4 days & spent 2 days deciding on how to do the sync. I really appreciate your post as I decided it would do all I need without the 3rd party. I do want to ask if I delete an email/calendar event/contact from my phone will it delete from my outlook? if so how long should i expect this to take place? is there a setting or something to to sync instantly or at least sooner? Any comments would be greatly appreciated. I'm determined to get the most out of this phone.
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Did you know that hotmail will apparently delete past calendar events with no warning message?... I was surprised by this issue - I'd think that my calendar events would be safe in the cloud with hotmail forever, or at least within a stated limit - and I wondered if anyone here knows anything about that.
I am unaware of the issue of Hotmail deleting old calendar events. How old? I've got recurring events going back forever, and I've got one-time events going back at least 2 years. (I can't remember if I copied more than 2 years of history into my Hotmail calendar.)

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I've been resisting the google calendar, but may need to just bite the bullet and see how google-android-outlook can work. Dreading that.
You can always use try using Google Calendar sync (which is free from Google). It's not bad, but you have to run it on your PC to get Outlook to sync with the Gmail servers.
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I just want to express my gratitude and true utmost thanks to you (and some of the other helpful guys as well of course...) The way in which you persevered with this, helping people agross the globe with this issue, is just fantastic and really commendable.
It's nice of you to take the time to thank me. It's great to know that this thread is helping people. I've certainly been helped by others on this forum and elsewhere, and I'm just trying to pay it back. Sitting here geeking out in the US, I never really thought that it might be helping people all over the world. Kinda cool. I had the great pleasure of vacationing in South Africa. It's a lovely place and the people couldn't have been nicer.

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Yesterday I saw some guy writing something about his reply mails not reflecting in the Send Items on the phone, mine did that also at first, but I got it right as well. (don't know if you already found the solution for that one - didn't search for that post now).
I couldn't reproduce that problem. If you remember what you did to solve it, please let us know.
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I really appreciate your post as I decided it would do all I need without the 3rd party. I do want to ask if I delete an email/calendar event/contact from my phone will it delete from my outlook? if so how long should i expect this to take place? is there a setting or something to to sync instantly or at least sooner? Any comments would be greatly appreciated. I'm determined to get the most out of this phone.
I'm glad to hear it's working for you.

You can set the synchonization frequency of your Android device as follows. From the home screen hit the setting button, Settings, Accounts & syn, Select your Hotmail account, Account Settings, Email check frequency. (I select "Push" so that it's almost instantaneous.)

You can set the synchronization frequency of Outlook 2010 as follows. Under the Send/Receive tab, Send/Receive Groups, Define Send/Receive Groups... (I set the offline sync to 5 minutes. Offline means if you're not on an Exchange Server.) You can do a manual send/receive (F9) anytime you want.
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OK, I HAD a really long post here, highlighting all the bizarre problems I had getting this to work... But, after blowing away the connector, downloading a different version, recreating the hotmail account, and fiddling around, it FINALLY started working. I have no idea what I did that got it working, but it's working.......

Problem 1: And it's not an Android problem or a sync problem, it's an Outlook problem! I'm using Outlook 2007, and when I create a contact or calendar entry I do it using the buttons below the folders. There are several (mail, calendar, contacts, tasks...). HOW do I get the contact and calendar buttons to point to the folders in the hotmail section instead of the Outlook section? I tried setting the data file to the .ost file, but it won't let me - it just says the data file for the hotmail account is "not available".

Thanks for this method. It'll help me be where I'm supposed to be when I'm supposed to be there!
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Problem 1: And it's not an Android problem or a sync problem, it's an Outlook problem! I'm using Outlook 2007, and when I create a contact or calendar entry I do it using the buttons below the folders. There are several (mail, calendar, contacts, tasks...). HOW do I get the contact and calendar buttons to point to the folders in the hotmail section instead of the Outlook section? I tried setting the data file to the .ost file, but it won't let me - it just says the data file for the hotmail account is "not available".
I'm not exactly sure what you mean by "point to the folders". Maybe this will help...

1) Personally I always leave Outlook in the "Folder List View" (Ctrl+6). I've been doing that since about 1998. I think it's the best view because it leaves EVERYTHING (mail, contacts, calendar, tasks, etc.) easily viewable and accessible. I don't understand why people choose to spend their time to switching back and forth between the limited "mail view", the limited "contacts view", the lmited "calendar view", etc. It's something you may want to consider, but I understand that old habits die hard, and you may have perfectly good reasons for flipping between the various views. But if you use the "folder list view", you could perhaps just collapse the "Outlook Data File" so that you don't have to see all of it's folders. Of course you would do this by clicking on the little triangle next to it.

2) Personally, when I create a new contact, email, calendar item, etc., I do so by hitting Ctrl+N. For example from within the Gmail Inbox, I hit Ctrl+N to create a new Gmail email, and from within the Hotmail Contacts folder, I hit Ctrl+N to create a new Hotmail contact. To me that's the easiest way to create a new item. I do that all from the "folder list view", and I've been doing it that way since 1998.

3) If for example, you really like "contacts view", to my knowledge you can't choose not to view all of your contacts folders, but you can move them up and down by dragging and dropping them with a left-click-hold of your mouse, so you could move the most-used folders to the top.

4) If you're talking about things like, responding to an email-based calendar invitation and wanting it to end up on the Hotmail calendar, or on the "From:" line of an email doing a "right-click, add to Outlook contacts" maneuver and wanting it to end up in the Hotmail contacts foler, then you need to set your Outlook data file as your default data file. If you go into the Windows Start -> Control Panel -> Mail Setup -> Data Files -> Select your Hotmail data file and click "Set as default". (I'm not exactly sure if that's right for your version of Windows and Office. I'm on Windows 7 & Outlook 2010.)
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Hi Razz, and thanks again for all your work on this.

Yeah, it's most likely just habit - back when I started using Office I'd spend the VAST majority of my time in email. Still do, probably 99% of the time. So, I just hit the mail button to get the convenient mail screen.

Occasionally, I need to put in a calendar appointment, so I'll hit the "Calendar" button and add it. When it's time for me to go, the reminder pops up and tells me... So, I rarely go into Calendar or Contacts.

So, when I hit the Calendar button, and then select a time and fill in the appointment, doesn't that get created in whatever the default place is? Which is presume is the Outlook calendar rather than the hotmail calendar.
I figured I'd need to make a change somewhere so when I hit the Calendar button and create an event it gets stored correctly. BUT, in further playing, I realized there's a list of all the calendars and I just needed to select the hotmail one. So, problem solved...

Now, I'm trying to get the same thing to work on my rooted Nook color/tablet. It wants a Domain/Username so I have to figure that out.
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Hi,
because I didn't find an answer to my problem in german Android Forums, I will now try your comunity :-)
I have a big problem with this Exchange Sync method and my Galaxy S and Galaxy Tab 10.1.
Loging in my hotmail account works great, and my phone syncs all calendar items and my contacts.
But if i change something in an existing contact or an calendar item, like the beginning time or the place, the changes I do on my phone never arrive in my hotmail calender.
Only new contacts or calender items are syncronised to hotmail one time, every further changes doesnt arrive there.
The other direction works fine, if I cange something in my hotmail calender/contacts, the changes are also visible on my phone.

Is there someone with the same Problem? Is there a solution for this problem existing?

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I am setting up a new Razr Droid Maxx tomorrow.

I had a razr droid and the counter person set it up and got it going, then I began to learn how messed up it was the way they set it up Gmail account etc

So I want to do this the simplest way to sync Outlook to the phone

I can reinstall Outlook and make any account my 1st account.
My concern is that the 1st account is forced to be a Pop not allowed to be a MAPI or IMAP. Not sure if this true but as I recall it doesn't give you an option on the 1st one. One account has to be POP with the DELETE Folder and Calendar etc.

So do I want to set it up with Hotmail as my initial account or some other account?

I plan to use a Gmail account as my main email account that I want to sync to my phone.
So should I make the Gmail account the 1st one in Outlook or does it also have to be MAPI to sync everything? I don't really need to use Gmail online so I don't need to sync with Google server for Gmail. Just my phone.

Or do I need a less used email account as my 1st account in Outlook as the Pop then add the Gmail and Hotmail accounts to make the phone sync work?

Which email account should be the main one I enter into the phone to set it up? The gmail or the hotmail account? The phone has to have a Google Account name to set up, is that the same as the Gmail account or just any name?

Currently my gmail account in Outlook is set up as a Mapi and I don't have a Hotmail account. So could I just set up the Hotmail account as an IMAP and leave all alone?

I wasn't real clear on why or how to copy the calendar and contacts over from the gmail account in Outlook to the new Hotmail account since all email accounts in Outlook now seem to show up the same on the calendar and contacts regardless which accounts have checks next to them. The view is the same.
So don't all events go into the Personal Folders Calendar of the 1st account and all contact go in there also regardless which email account is selected as default?
Or is that just because I have the personal folders selected as the default data file since it was the 1st setup when I installed Outlook?

You cannot change the default data file. So I am not sure how I would change the default file to a new Hotmail account when I add it. I can change the email account default to hotmail, but how will that work since I do not want to receive emails into the hotmail account and will not be sending email from the hotmail account but will be using the gmail email account?

Hope this is not all too confusing. Perhaps just an explanation starting from scratch, an ideal setup would be useful here.

Seems like best would be to use hotmail as your main email and then it would be a smooth process.
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...But if i change something in an existing contact or an calendar item, like the beginning time or the place, the changes I do on my phone never arrive in my hotmail calender.
Only new contacts or calender items are syncronised to hotmail one time, every further changes doesnt arrive there....

Is there someone with the same Problem? Is there a solution for this problem existing?
I do not have this problem with Hotmail. Any changes made on my phone are synchronized quickly back to the Hotmail servers (and then down to Outlook upon the next Send/Receive).

I don't know how to help you.
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Wellthmentor:

1) I'm not sure about the "1st" account that you put into Outlook and whether or not that has to be POP. Mine is, but that's a matter of legacy for me (since I've been using Outlook ever since POP was the only option). If I could, I guess I'd make that first account a Hotmail account. But I'm not sure if you could make it a Hotmail (MAPI) account or a Gmail (IMAP) account.

2) Personally I always view Outlook from the Folder List View (Ctrl+6) and I collapse my Outlook data file in Outlook so that I never have to look at it. In Outlook, I also have a Gmail account, which I use as my primary mail account, and I have Hotmail account, which I use as my syncing repository for contacts & calendar. (I also use the Hotmail account as my spammable email account for dealing with corporations.)

3) Your default email account, is just the account from which you will (by default) send your mail from. For example, if you compose a new email (Ctrl+N) it will be sent "from" your defaul email account. (You can overrided that by selecting the preferred account from the top.)

4) Your default data file determines where some things go by default. For example:
* If you get a calendar invitation in an email and your click "Accept", it will go to the calendar in your default data file. (If you want it to go elsewhere there is a workaround posted in my original post.)
* If you get an email and you right-click on the name in the "From" line in order to add that address to your contacts, it will go to the contacts folder in your default data file.
* If you save a draft email, it will be saved to the "Drafts" folder in you default data file.

Personally, I make my Hotmail account my default data file so that all of my contacts and calendar stuff goes there, since it's my repository for contacts & calendar. You can make your Hotmail account your default data file by going into File/Account Settings/Data File tab.

Hope this helps. Good luck. And please let us know how that 1st account thing works.
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With quite a bit of work figured it all out.

1. I set downloaded and installed the Outlook Connector for Hotmail then it asked for the hotmail account info, Great

2. I set the hotmail account as the default data fine but left my Gmail account as the default for email
I wasn't sure where the email would come into but it comes and goes out of Gmail. Love it And the other items you mention above go to the Hotmail calendar Perfect

3. On my phone I installed hotmail account after downloading app Great

4. I set my Gmail to only sync email and not calendars and contacts

5. I set the hotmail to sync the calendar and contacts and not email.

6. I tried to copy the calendar but it would not copy into my new hotmail calendar so I had to make a new calendar.

7. I copied the contacts and tasks and notes over to the hotmail folders had a little trouble with the contacts copying in. Found I had to put them in from phone list and click in the right spot in the window for it to take. Not where it says click here to add new but nearby

8 then all seemed good after a long delay to sync. Had trouble figuring out how to force a sync. But on the phone in account for hotmail then account settings and sync methods I set it for push. Later I found a button at the bottom you have to press the menu pop up to see it that says sync to sync now. There is nothing on the hotmail website.

9. all going well but I had 3 of every appointment on my calendar. I turned of birthdays calendar and Phone calendar and and later saw I had to turn off the personal folder calendar because it was syncing from gmail. And I had the copy calendar which after bringing both of them up at the same time, they copied over to the main undeletable calendar in hotmail. Cool, tried for ever to get that to happen.
Then learned to click the check box on the hotmail website for the calendar I want to sync and work on live
Then turned off all other calendars. But then lost lots of data and all upcoming meetings in the calendar on the Droid.
So I did a refresh in the hotmail account settings and clear all the calendar and reloaded all appointments which got rid of duplicates and loaded fine, but so far still not upcoming meetings show up in the scroll page of the calendar as it is an icon on the phone.

So that is the only thing not working yet. I went back and set the phone to sync by push because I had changed it to manual after the refresh.

So the push should load new events. I will see. Maybe only newly added from now on.. Not sure how to get upcoming meetings to show again. May have to reinstall. ??

Anyway doing well after a day of work. Hope this detail is helpful for others who try this. I will soon delete my second calendar and hope the copied info stays on the static one.

Not sure how they synced, I think it was in hotmail online I checked both boxes at the same time or it was in Outlook when I showed both calendars at the same time and then they coped. I did both at near same time when I saw it populate the My Calendar finally.

Also have an error message because my verizon backup assistant hasn't installed right as I forgot the logon password there so it gives and error icon on the top of screen. I called tech support they said with what I was doing I didn't want to backup anyway, so they dod nto reset it or fix it. I will go into a store and get someone to.

And then there is how to get rid of Motocast off my computer. Ugghh
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Also is it only a one way sync. That if you make changes to contacts or calendar on the phone it will not send the changes back to hotmail on the web or into outlook? That is what seems to be happening. All changes must be made online hotmail or in outlook. Another Caveat.
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It works for me w/o any problem. Any calendar event and/or contact that I create in Outlook/online Hotmail/Android phone, automatically syncs to all other platforms!
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Wellthementor: It works for me too, whether I create or edit on the phone, Outlook, or the Hotmail web interface

When you create a calendar event on your Android device, be sure that you do so under you Hotmail account. For example, on my stock calendar app, if I create a new event, there is a category inside the event editing screen called "Calendar" which has a drop-down menu that lets me pick my Gmail account or Hotmail account.
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One problem is I have several long Distribution lists in Outlook Contacts. I have to remove them because Hotmail instead of just ignoring them, it opens them up and makes each email address a new contact then sends all of them to the phone also. Fortunately when I delete the dist files it also deleted them from hotmail and the phone. So it is clean again but I have to keep a second contact list in under another non hotmail email address list with my distribution lists. Then I have to open a second contact list to search for the one I want to send to in an email.
Not sure if Hotmail sends to all in the list anyway when I do it.

Love the rest of how it works.

That may be it, not always do I have the opportunity to save under hotmail. Some don't let me. They are google contacts and some hotmail contacts only let me see a name and no place to add an email or phone number so I have to enter it in outlook.



Now just need a way to sync tasks and notes.
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Yes I got a call. When done I went to recent calls selected the number. It gives me options to call or text or add contact. So I select add contact, then I create new and it only allows me to select a new hotmail contact and that only shows name and doesn't enter the number

Then I go back select the number again, and select add to contacts and I select her contact name and it won't add it.
So then I go to Outlook fine her new contact with no number that synced, I add her number in there and then after a while it finally syncs the number into her contact on the phone.

So why can't I add a new phone number that comes on a call t my phone into an existing contact or make a new hotmail contact and add it?
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Razz..Thank you for the post. I'm learning a lot the more I read.

Two questions:

1) My companies IT group are real security freaks. Are there Outlook settings or things they can do that will not allow the Hotmail connector to function properly?

2) If all I am concerned about is e-mail would syncing with gmail be easier? I thought I saw you say this several times during my research on this post.
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Yes I got a call. When done I went to recent calls selected the number. It gives me options to call or text or add contact. So I select add contact, then I create new and it only allows me to select a new hotmail contact and that only shows name and doesn't enter the number

Then I go back select the number again, and select add to contacts and I select her contact name and it won't add it.
So then I go to Outlook fine her new contact with no number that synced, I add her number in there and then after a while it finally syncs the number into her contact on the phone.

So why can't I add a new phone number that comes on a call t my phone into an existing contact or make a new hotmail contact and add it?
It depends on which phone you are using. I am on HTC Sensation. When I get a call and want to add that number to Contacts, I press and hold the number and then select ädd to contacts"."When the next screen comes up it lets me select to which list to add the contact. I then select "exchange Contacts" ( The Hotmail account ) and that's it. It is then in the phone's contacts and syncs back to web hotmail and Outlook.

For Tasks and Notes I use VCO ( VECAL)
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I am not using Exchange, just Hotmail Connector.

So far I have been told that Hotmail absolutely will not sync from phone to hotmail or Outlook Contacts. It is one way only. This is what I have found. There is not even a place to enter a phone or email in the contacts for hotmail on the phone.

I have Google sync for contacts unchecked. So any time I go to create aa contact or add one, there is no choice except hotmail. So contacts I set up on the phone only accept a name input and do not sync.

I have to do them in Outlook then contacts sync up with the Droid.

I have Google sync for contacts unchecked. This may be the reason I only get Hotmail as a choice to add contacts to.

Can I turn on google sync for contacts and hotmail sync both at the same time? Or will I get 2 of all contacts in my name list?

I don't mind having two contacts pop up in one name, like a hotmail account and Gmail account and skype account, but I don't want the name twice in the contact list.
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Has anyone tried this one. Sounds Great
If it works I can get rid of this stupid hotmail and go back to using google that doesn't prevent me having Distribution lists and this will sync everything else in Outlook and gives you a notes program that isn't on the droid.

Currently only $9.99 for one PC to droids and sync both ways
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I am not using Exchange, just Hotmail Connector.
I am also not using exchange, just Hotmail Connector.
However, when I set up the mail account on my phone, I set it as if it was Exchange (MAPI). On my HTC Sensation it is easy to set up. When I go to "new email account", the next screen shows various options such as "Ëxchange Active Sync" or "Gmail" or "Other (pop3/IMAP)" I select the first option and all I need to do is to specify my hotmail username and password. That's it. Now my Outlook syncs automatically with Web-Hotmail and my phone.
Calendar and Contacts sync without any problem and any change in one of the three disciplines syncs within minutes to all other two.
I do have some problems with syncing the Outlook folders:
1. When I compose emails in Outlook (and only then) the same mail shows my name in the "sent" folder in web-hotmail and not the name of the recipient. It syncs correctly to the phone
2.In some cases when I delete or remove an email from one of the Outlook folders, it stays in the same folder in web-hotmail and I have to remove it manually.
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Has anyone tried this one.
What do you mean by "this one"?
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Wellthementor: The behavior of your phone seems odd. When I add contact to my phone (whether that's from the log of an incoming call, or I just outright create a new contact from scratch) I have the choice of adding the contact under my Hotmail account or Gmail account. Either account will sync both directions. I have a feeling that something isn't set up properly on your phone. It seems like maybe your contacts are getting added as "phone-only" contacts.
1) Are you using the Hotmail app on your phone? (I don't use that.)
2) If you open up one of these non-syncing contacts that you created on your phone and if you hit "edit", at the top does it say "Google Contact" or "Corporate Contact" (Hotmail), or "Phone-only Contact", or something else? (Phone-only contacts don't sync.) If you're syncing multiple accounts you should scroll down the the contact because you might see multiple types of contacts (Google, Corporate, Phone-only, Facebook, etc).

If you sync the same contact through Gmail and Hotmail, Android will display the contact only once. If you go to edit that contact, you'll see it as both a "Google Contact" and a "Corporate Contact" (for the Hotmail contact).

My email distribution list name appear under the display options but they didn't seem to appear in my contacts. I don't really care and haven't played with distribution lists from the phone side. (On the phone I'm more of an email reader than writer.) I'm not sure if there's any way to make them work.

What's "this one"?
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1) My companies IT group are real security freaks. Are there Outlook settings or things they can do that will not allow the Hotmail connector to function properly?
I'm not an expert on Exchange but it's very flexible. It wouldn't surprise me if, technically, your IT guys could implement such a restriction-- no matter how pointless that restriction might be since I imagine you could access the web, including Hotmail webmail.

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2) If all I am concerned about is e-mail would syncing with gmail be easier?
Yes. In my opinion, Gmail is better for mail, but it doesn't seamlessly sync contacts & calendar with Outlook. The Hotmail solution in my original post was largely intended as a syncing solution for contacts & calendar.
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Hi everyone, I am in the process of trying to set up this synching for my bosses phone. When you add the hotmail account onto outlook, do you do it by going to tools/email accounts/add email, or do you click on outlook connector/add new account? We have Outlook 2003. Corporate email is POP.

Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thank you.
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Old March 27th, 2012, 09:52 PM   #400 (permalink)
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...When you add the hotmail account onto outlook, do you do it by going to tools/email accounts/add email, or do you click on outlook connector/add new account? We have Outlook 2003...
It's been a long time since I've added a Hotmail account to Outllook 2003 but I'm pretty sure that it doesn't matter which way you add it. (Heck even my old, pre-existing Hotmail/Outlook accounts got handled correctly after I added Outlook Connector to Outlook 2003.) If I had to choose, I'd recommend adding a new account through Outlook Connector. That's what Microsoft recommends.

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Corporate email is POP.
FYI: I'm not sure that's relevant if you're using Hotmail for contacts & calendar sync since you'll be accessing your corporate mail (or gmail, etc) through a separate account/Inbox.
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