Ambitious, right? And if it hadn’t been because our secretaries wanted us to schedule meetings etc. in Microsoft %&€##! Outlook, I probably wouldn’t have tried getting this to work, but as we all know, secretaries rule the world.
The problem was – and is – that I use a couple of Macs as my main computers and with the aid of MissingSync and some tweaks in iSync, I’ve also managed to keep a Palm (!) and a mobile phone updated. Crossing the Mac-Windows line is a bit more complicated – I know, I know: I could splash out some money for the latest edition of MS Office/Mac which in some versions should (finally) offer full compatibility with Exchange (or whatever) servers – which is where Google (the company which wants to hold every possible bit of information about you) enters the field. Going all-web would be okay, if you (I) was online all the time, but then there would still be the issue of bridging two different calendar systems.
Anyway, I’ve tried out Google’s version of the Swiss army knife: Synchronisation applications for iCal/Mac and Outlook/Windows. The result? The good news is that I seem to be able to synchronise my office desktop (Outloook/Win) with Google Calendar, even if I received some odd warnings. The iCal/Google C link was a bit more tricky as a) I could get my Google Calendars onto iCal, but I couldn’t synchronise my existing iCal calendars onto Google.
And as a special message for Nick Aylott: No, I can’t see a to-do list in all of this. Which is kind of strange and which limits the usability quite a bit.