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After 2 betas I’m glad to announce the release of the Microsoft Outlook Connector 12.1 – the add-in that puts your Windows Live Hotmail data in Outlook. Outlook Connector 12.1 provides a great synchronization experience with e-mail, contacts, and the free Windows Live Calendar service. Download it now!
As part of the 12.1 release, we have also made improvements to the e-mail and contacts synchronization that make this version of the connector faster and more robust. Thank you to everyone who contacted us and gave us feedback and suggestions during the beta period of the release.
What is Windows Live Calendar and how does it interface with Outlook?
For those who are new to the Windows Live Calendar, it 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. Windows Live Calendar supports calendar sharing as well. Shared calendars to which you have access will also synchronize with Outlook.
If you are a user of the Outlook Connector 12.0 it is worth noting that the Outlook Connector 12.0 and the Outlook Connector 12.1 synchronize calendar data against two separate calendaring services.
After installing Outlook Connector 12.1, it will upload your appointments and meetings to your new Windows Live Calendar. At that point the Outlook Connector will no longer synchronize with the MSN Calendar service.
In order to make sure that all of your calendar items on the MSN Calendar service are correctly migrated to the Windows Live Calendar, you should follow these steps:
It is important to note that if you access your Calendar through your web browser, you will be presented the option to choose whether to keep your original calendar or go to Widows Live Calendar:
You should choose the correct version of the Outlook Connector depending on the Calendar you are using.
How do I get the Outlook Connector 12.1?
There are two easy ways you can install the Outlook Connector 12.1.
Outlook Connector 12.1 brings a new level of reliability and stability when viewing and using your Windows Live Hotmail and Windows Live Calendar in Microsoft Outlook. Download it and start using it today!
Alessio Roic Outlook Program Manager
I would like to sync the Local Calendar with the Windows Live Calendar. How can I do that? I don't want to have 2 separate calendars. Google provides the Google Calendar Sync that does this. What's your option?
That's great news guys, thanks for keep on working on that and improving it day by day! : )) I have a question for you, this is my current situation: 1. I have a WM6.1 phone device and I'm currently syncronizing it with my Outlook calendar via either USB cable or bluetooth. 2. On the WM6.1 phone I have Windows Live Mobile installed and I get new emails pushed to the device from my Windows Live Custom Domain account (I use it for my business) using a UMTS data connection. 3. At the same time the Outlook Connector allows me to receive the same emails on Outlook 2007. --> Now my question is: will it be possible to use Windows Live Calendar as the only calendar service, having it syncronized with Outlook via the new Outlook Connector 12.1 and then syncronizing it with the WM6.1 device (either via USB, or bluetooth or *maybe* pushed via Windows Live Mobile)?!? Looking forward to read your advice, best regards.
Will Outlook tasks be synced with Windows Live Calendar tasks? I'll even take basic name/due date info.
I'm trying to install new Outlook Connector, but after installation and restarting Outlook it prompts for upgrade again %)
I think I know, why it prompts me to download new Outlook Connector... That's because link provided above says its version is "12.1", but when you download the file you find out that the real version is "12.0...".
Excellent! Now, a couple of questions. In previous beta versions I always asked here on the blog, never got an answer on these and then had to install the connector myself just to find out that these things did not work and then had to uninstall again. I would much appreciate it if you guys could simply answer these questions this time here on the blog (or maybe even provide answers to these either on the download page or somewhere else). The main question really is: For those folders that are synched by the Connector (mail, calendar and contacts), is ALL information that I might have in Outlook synched to the cloud and back to other clients, or are there bits and pieces that will only stay in Outlook and not go up to the cloud? In particular, I am thinking about: follow up flags, due dates on follow up flags, categories on emails, categories on contacts. This might be incredibly vital information for users(due dates in particular), and Outlook Connector very much gives the impression that your inbox is backuped up to the cloud, but then in the betas it was really only partly synched/backed up and people might experience serious data loss when they find out that actually e.g. due dates are not synched.
Will this sycn option for Windows Live work for those of us using Outlook with Microsoft Exchange? In other words, will my exchange calendar finally be able to sync with my live calendar? Please say yes!
I've upgraded my Outlook Connector to rhe version 12.1 but now I've a problem.
Indeed, now, every time I try to add an Rss Feed, Outlook show me this error:
"You cannot create subfolders in a mailbox for a Web-based account. For more information, go to g.live.com/.../Create"
(moreover this page doesn't exist)
How can I do?
Does this sync (copy over) my appointments from Outlook to Windows Live Calendar or does it only allow me to see my Windows Live Calendar side-by-side in Outlook? I would really like something that can sync my Outlook calendar with the Windows Live one and was hoping this was it but so far it doesn't seem to be. Thanks!
The new version is much better! - many bugs I had with 12.0 have been fixed. Are you planning to support even Tasks synchronization? I can see task list in my Live calendar as well as in Outlook. But they are not synchronizing..
Congratulations for getting the Office Outlook Connector ready! However, there seem to be some nasty sync issues regarding editing contact addresses. 1. Suppose you enter a contact in Outlook 2007 to your live contacts folder, enter a name, phone number and Home address (check the Home address as default). Save the contact, do Send/recieve and the changes are uploaded to the Hotmail cloud and shown there OK after a while
2. On the web, go to hotmail and edit the same contact, and change the home address from let's say "5th Avenue" to "5th Avenue Test". Press the save link. Also edit the Memo/Comments field and put a text like "test" to see when the changes have been propagated.
3. Go to Outlook 2007 and do send/recieve and wait. After a while, the text in the Memo field will be updated. However, the Home address will never be updated!!! This is a fairly easily reproducable bug, and I don't know where to report it, I hope the team can get it from here. As of now, I dare not update any addresses since it seems very uncertain and unclear which address changes get propagated and which does not. Not good.....
I have further investigated the sync issue, and noticed that the address actually gets synchronized, but only if you after the auto sync in Outlook press the "Address..." button left of the address field. So it seems to be an Outlook 2007 issue. However, I truly hope your team can find a solution to this issue, because showing false addresses in the address box unless the user presses Adress... is not a very good sync solution...
Echoing some previous comments, I REALLY wish we would be provided with some detailed info about what changes are made in each version of Outlook Connector. From my point of view, each version offers fewer features than the previous version, and I can't tell which changes are intended, and which are bugs.
Earlier versions synchronized Notes and Tasks between Outlook running on multiple clients. 12.1 appears to do neither.
Earlier versions sometimes (but not always) synchronized master categories applied to e-mails. 12.1 does not. Are these features that are supposed to work but simply don't, features that have temporarily been removed but which may come back in later versions of Connector, or are they features that have been abandoned forever?
Documentation of Outlook Connector appears to be almost non-existent. Is there a source of information I am missing?
Will Microsoft releases Pocket Outlook Connector for Windows Mobile?
First. Connector is a wonderful tool. I've been using it for a long time on both hotmail and gmail. (At last I can sensibly manage my gmail without those dumb labels ;-)) Second. (Sorry I don't know where else to put this) For the last few days I've been receiving an error connecting to one of my hotmail accounts. (The one I've used to join this blog) I didn't pay much attention to it but after the update to 12.1 today I decided to investigate. Tried send and receive several times checked the account settings in Outlook everything seemed OK. I went to my account online in explorer and was shown a hotmail update message instead of the home page. I clicked continue and got to my home page. Checked the account settings in hotmail everything seemed OK. Went back to Connector and tried send receive again. It worked! Conclusion must be that something in hotmail to do with the update message prevented connector from connecting. Thanks again for a great tool.