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Microsoft has just released a new Beta version of the Outlook Connector – an add-in that puts your Windows Live Hotmail data in Outlook. Previous versions of the Connector synchronized e-mail and contacts for free, but required a subscription to premium services to synchronize your Hotmail calendar. With the new 12.1 Beta, calendar synchronization is free and what’s more, it synchronizes to the new Windows Live Calendar Beta service! You can now take advantage of Outlook’s great calendar and time management features and still access your schedule on the web anytime, anywhere… for free!
The Windows Live Calendar Beta features a fast and functional Ajax user interface that provides a rich experience on the web (visit http://calendar.live.com and check it out for yourself). It also supports some great new features that make the experience in Outlook even better. For example, you can have multiple calendars on Windows Live Calendar and each of them will synchronize to Outlook with the Outlook Connector 12.1 Beta. Windows Live Calendar supports calendar sharing as well and guess what? Shared calendars to which you have access will also synchronize with Outlook!
If you already use the Outlook Connector 12.0 and keep your calendar data in Outlook, the new Outlook Connector 12.1 Beta will upload your appointments and meetings to your new Windows Live Calendar when you upgrade.One thing to note is that if you currently use the classic Hotmail calendar and do not subscribe to a service that allows you to synchronize your data to Outlook, your new Windows Live Calendar won’t have your old classic Hotmail calendar data. Not to worry though, with the Outlook Connector 12.1 Beta, you can create your appointments in Outlook quickly and easily and those items will synchronize to Windows Live Calendar.
We’ve also made improvements to the e-mail and contacts synchronization that makes the 12.1 Beta version of the connector faster and more reliable. Give it a try and let us know what you think.
With the new Outlook Connector 12.1 Beta, everyone can get the best of Windows Live Hotmail including the new Windows Live Calendar Beta and Microsoft Office Outlook, so Download it Today!
Alessio Roic Outlook Program Manager
Is it possible to synchronize the Windows Live Calendar with Windows Mobile devices yet?
Just downloaded this version of the connector, however when i try and change the default e-mail account i am seeing the following: "MIcrosoft Office Outlook, An unknown error occurred, error code 0x8004010b" Please provide steps to change default account. Thanks.
I'd like to see the ability to synchronise a default PST Calendar with this one.
Do you fix issue with business Contact manager for Outlook 2007? Previous version have isues with Hotmail Connector.
It is good to see an update, and some communication on this. I just tried it, and it seems that many previously reported problems remain. Like: - Due dates of follow up flags aren't synched - Master category lists aren't synched - Categories on contacts aren't synched - Tasks seem not to synch at all. This is in particular problematic, since they DID sync with the previous version of the connector if you had a premium subscription, right? If I understand it correctly, the new connector automatically switches you to Live Calendar, and with that takes task synchs away. Correct? If yes, you should ASAP put a warning up on the download page and here that this version will cut features for some people of previous versions - Same for notes - For people that don't have premium subscription, in previous version a warning came up that tasks and notes aren't synched. That seems to be gone, which is really bad, because it will most likely lead to data loss I have one major peace of advice for the Connector team: Please communicate more about what you do. Connector is in such an immature state that you really need to provide precise change logs for updates. Why do I have to try it out myself, just to find out that all the things listed above don't work? These things have been reported before. I understand that you cannot fix everything soon, but you can certainly let us know what you have and what you haven't fixed. Also, it is great to have calendar synch now, but the story of how we got there was a disaster. People were asking questions about this (which plan do you need for calendar synch? does hotmail plus have it? which office live version ?) since september, and there was NEVER any useful answer from MS. I applaud you to releasing it now, but please do not cover in your cave for another year without answering questions of users etc.
Do I need to uninstall the previous version of Outlook connector first, or will this beta install over the top?
What is the full version string for this version? I have 12.0.6237.1003 - is that the version being called 12.1??
We just moved to Outlook at work and I was about to set up a workaround using a Office Live Workspace calendar to synchronize between my wife's calendar at home to my Outlook at work. Now I can use my hotmail account and share her calendar, works great so far.
Windows Live Calendar Beta doesn't seem to allow entry or display of tasks, although the Hotmail calendar does support tasks. If we switch to Windows Live Calendar Beta, then how can we manage our tasks?
Sounds awesome! I've installed Outlook Connector but for some reason Outlook crashes everytime I go to Contacts and try to print out a Directory list of my contacts. After some troubleshooting I've found Outlook Connector to be the cause of it.
For the past two days I have not been able to download anything from my Hotmail account with version 12. Now that I try to download it, I keep getting an error message that "OutlookConnector.exe is not a valid Win32 application." How can I fix this problem?
Calendar sync works great, thanks!
Aren't Tasks and Notes synced in the background? I know that Windows Live Calendar doesn't have interface for task and notes but why not allow syncing then between multiple Outlook clients at least until Live Calendar gets the UI?
Also I am frequently getting the following error: Error in Mail
There is an error synchronizing your mail account. Please verify your account has been configured correctly by first accessing your mail on the web.
Error: 4102. Client. Unable to convert a string value using the given charset. But this issue was present in the previous release too. I am able to temporarily solve it by deleting the account and setting it up again but the issue keeps comming back
The oulook connector being download is still version 12, there is no 12.1beta!
Just installed it but no data comes through. I've disable firewalls, reinstalled, etc. It says it's connected but no data syncs. Just got google set-up in outlook, took ten minutes. What is interesting is that I can send out of outlook using the connector, just can't see any of my contacts or past e-mails. Any ideas?