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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
Does this new update still have the extremely inconvenient CAPTCHA when attempting to send an e-mail through Outlook?
I am glad for the calendar synchronization support, it works perfect! But I have a problem:
I used previous version of the Outlook Connector more than 1 year without any problem, yesterday it stopped working so I downloaded this 12.1 Beta. Yesterday the mail synchronization worked well, new incoming messages appeared in my Outlok, but today it does not work again. I am getting this error: Time: 26.7.2008 11:10:42
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. I have Czech version of Windows Vista Ultimate 64bit and English version of Microsoft Outlook 2007. Is there any chance to get it work?
BIG BUG! After installing Outlook Connector 12.1 Beta, I am not able to sync my smartphone calendar to Outlook anymore! This is very annoying! I use windows live for mobile to sync emails and contacts, but since wlfm can't sync the calendar, I sync the calendar to outlook using Outlook Connector, then sync Outlook to the smartphone (Calendar only).
Since this beta calendar syncing between Outlook and the phone does not work anymore, maybe because the calendar names in outlook have changed? This is very annoying, I'm quite dependent on my calendar in my phone!
I cannot uninstall properly either. After uninstall and restart computer, launching Outlook will always pop up the message which says that the Outlook Connector Extensions (msncon32.dll) cannot be loaded and has been disabled by Outlook. Please verify it. Thanks in advance. sheeeng (at) gmail dot com
I have 2 @live.nl accounts.
I have 1 @live.com account.
I have 2 @hotmail.com accounts.
All of them except 1 hotmail account synchronizes fine in OL 2007 + Connector It won't sync on:
- vista business
- outlook (OL) 2007
- OL connector 12.0.4518.1068 or 12.0.6237.1003
- SINCE after (multiple times) re-installing vista and of course outlook also. that hotmail account synchronizes fine on:
- XP pro
- outlook 2007
- OL connector 12.0.4518.1068 details of the hotmail account:
- free hotmail account (5GB storage)
- 1.3GB emaildata
- used since before 2001 Does anyone have a solution for my problem?
It really starting to frustrate me.. BTW: I totally agree with Davidacoder. You should really start communicating with us users.
The "Contact Us" menu option sends you to a support web page that eventually wants a product id. Entering the product id for Outlook Connector fails with an "invalid product id". I know this is a beta, but it doesn't seem like there is any way to log feedback. Everyplace I go just seems to point back to other web pages.
got it working ok, after discovering i had to resave all my recurring appointments to avoid a calendar synch error. but what what about "Tasks" and "Notes" these used to synch with the old hotmail calendar, when will we see this available again? I really need Tasks as I use them regularly. Cheers
Why can't we use task requests and also the flag to-do option on the outlook connector? It's very important to have these flags uploaded to my office live account. When will these simple features be available in the outlook connector?
Do you have similar tool for synchronization with Gmail?
I believe MS will earn points if does such a tool.
After reinstalling the connector for the second time it seems to work. It syncs my inbox fine but only some folder contain all my emails and some are empty. I have this will be reslove in the release.
I used the old Outlook Connector for months just fine on Windows XP SP3 system with Ultimate Office 2007/ Outlook 2007 Business Addition. A couple days ago I noticed my email wasn't synchronizing between my paid Hotmail accounts and Outlook 2007. I looked around and saw your new Beta and installed it. The system synched one time and then it told me that Outlook 2007 had a problem and needed to restart. It did that repeatedly until I removed all Outlook Connector programs. I then reinstalled last year outlook connector program and my accounts and emails came back but it still would not synch. I reinstalled your new beta program and outlook 2007 synched with hotmail once and then started giving me errors again. I uninstalled your new connector beta program and now I am back to square one. Thank you for screwing up my time. I love to waste hours trying to figure out what someone else did wrong. Everything was working until it stopped working without any changes on my machine so I believe there is a serious problem between hotmail and both versions of the Outlook 2007 connector. Please figure it out and get back to us. Thank you!
Several comments on a few sites indicate the same problem that I am having: Status shows to be connecting but no data is transmitted. Details are: Outlook Connector Version 12.0.4518.1068 Account: email@example.com Signed in successfully at 7/30/2008 11:46:49 AM Mail: Calendar: Contacts:
Installed the new beta, and now though 'server status' report shows it logs in, no emails are ever detected and downloaded, next to 'mail' etc. it just says 'connecting' forever. Downgraded back to current non-beta version and same result. this is true with hotmail.com, live.com, and live.co.uk any ideas?
I was using Connector quite happily until July 21st when it stopped delivering mail to me. I tried reinstalling and now I keep getting the same error message about 5-6 times every time I try to reconnect:
"The Network Connection has interrupted.Please try again later." And this message doesn't stop!!! It is so annoying having a product that worked stop working and then send numerous redundant messages. I am simply trying to reestablish the connection between my Live.com account and Outlook using Connector. Can somebody help me here?
I have a custom domain windows live account, and contact sync just doesn't work.