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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
I can't sync my subfolders with the 12.1 version. pls fix it as soon as possible. I need it for work. why is the old version not working anymore..it was perfect. no probs at all. thank you. michael
On 7/22/2008 my Outlook Connector stopped working with my OLSB account. I have since updated to OC 12.1, but it seems to have trouble syncing all of my messages I have online. Is there is a reason why I would not be able to sync all my folders and e-mails from my web-based account? Any comments are appreciated. Thank you.
God awful beta update - countless people around the web are having problems with their outlook connector no longer working - with this one of many, many blogs on the topic... All I receive is either a message stating that Outlook Connector is only available to subscribers (of which I am an unhappy paying one) or just endlessly 'connecting' with no connection ever being made... Makes it really easy in deciding whether or not to renew my subscription - the premium account is providing less and less value every day, no reason to give more money to Microsoft for something that doesn't even remotely work...
I think I am having the same problem as several others here. I have multiple hotmail and live.com accounts and all but one are syncing perfectly. Unfortunately the one that is not syncing is my main account. I'm wondering if the size has anything to do with it. I have over 350mb of saved emails in there. The other accounts all have fewer then 10mb of saved information. I'm trying to get a friend to use outlook and I want their experience to be good so if there is a fix please let me know.
Has anyone been able to sync the Live calendar with the iPhone 3G 2.0.1 (itunes 7.7.1) over the Outlook Connector 12.1 beta? I am quite annoyed that in true tradition Microsoft and Apple have decided not to play nicely with each other. After all, its only the customer who suffers and who cares about customers! Having said that I am too much of a Microsoft-phile to care about little toy doohickeys from a fruity company. If the iphone doesnt work in the next few does - it will go meet its maker.
my question is very basic, i've not used connector at all before. Just downloaded and installed followed all instructions, added hotmail account etc. Yet it still won't work. 'Unable to open folder' is all it keeps saying when i click on my hotmail account name. I have winxp sp3 and outlook 2003.
Any help at all? because there isnt even the help option under the outlook connector menu
p.s the version i have is 12.0.6237.1003
There seems to be a problem in accepting calendars in Live Mail web-app (www.hotmail.com). Doing so doesn't update my new (beta) calendar, it actually enters the meeting invite on my old MSN calendar. Is there a way to fix this? I am having a helluva time as I use both the outlook and web client throughout the day.
I am having the same problem as Jason P. It was working fine in Outlook 2007 and now it is not. On my second machine where I use Outlook 2003 I have no problems at all. I think I may just get a gmail account and unsubscribe to a service that does not work!
Could not longer connect and retrieve mail after installing Beta. After uninstalling OC Beta Outlook 2003 still would not go online and connect for mail. Could not delete the hotmail and outlook connector store service folders. Could not access Tools/EMail accounts to remove email additions made by OC Beta. Uninstalled Office 2003 and Oulook 2003, reinstalled, same problem.
I still get FIVE annoying messages boxes, at each outlook startup, which ask me for my Live ID/password. :|
The Live ID and passwords from all 5 accounts are stored, i must only click on "OK", but it's annoying.
Same as a prior poster - I tried to sync my iPhone 3G with both iTunes and mobileMe and both fail with Outlook 2007 using MS Outlook Connector 12.x. Regards, /tlmc
For about the last 12-15 hours I have not been able to retrieve my e-mail from my windows live account. The calendar syncs fine though. Are there network problems? Is there a forum to discuss this further?
I have installed Outlook 2007 and the 12.1 outlook connector. I have added my Windoes Live Mail, hotmail acct to outlook using the connector. I see the folders in outlook but no mail is displayed. No contacts, no calendar, nothing. What am I doing wrong. This seems too simple to mess up.
Good day Now I have come to why is not functional calendar and synchronize mail connector and Outlook 2007 ceases to download e-mail to Outlook 2007. All are on the conscience of the color category. If any mail or event in the calendar marked with color categories přestne Connector to synchronize data. Unfortunately, I have thus come to some e-mail which is the worst case. :-( I am from the Czech Republic and the categories are hooks and commas (punctuation) b maybe there could be a problem. I do not know but if it is not possible to use.