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I had been using Plaxo to Synchronize my Google Contacts and Calendar with Outlook 2007. But just found out that is will start costing $59 a year to use that feature, so I'm looking for a replacement.

I know about Google Calendar Sync, but need a way to sync the contacts as well. I'd prefer to have a single tool that does both.

Any suggestions?

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In my case I had gmail on my PDA and synced that with Outlook. Did the trick, but not as easy as what your asking –  Ivo Flipse Jul 27 '09 at 19:28

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It's not free, but cheap

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  • $29.95 per user - one-time.
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This looks good. I'll give it a try. –  spaetzel Jul 28 '09 at 13:43

Not the easiest solution, but still free!

Sync Gmail Contacts and Google Calendar with Outlook

Google Calendar Sync Download page:


  • Read through the Google Calendar Sync Terms of Service, and click I Agree.
  • Follow through the Installation Options and click Install to finish the set-up process.
  • Once Google Calendar Sync is installed on your computer, the Google Calendar Sync Settings window will appear:

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Just enter your email/password and click Save. If you don’t want to sync back to Google Calendar choose “1 way: Google Calendar to Microsoft Outlook”

You are now syncing Google Calendar with Outlook!

Go Contact Sync Download page:

As the name says this is the plugin that’s gonna sync your Gmail Contacts. It supports contact categories and contact photos so your contacts will look exactly the same.


Follow the setup instructions.. After installed, choose Start > All Programs > GO Contact Sync

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Just enter your email/password, make sure Sync Profile is not empty (enter any text, the program doesn’t allow it to be empty) and click Sync. Also check “Run program at startup“ .

You may be prompted by Outlook that a program is trying to access it. Grant permission to it for 5 minutes.

You are now syncing Gmail Contacts with Outlook!


Because Go Contact is still in beta you may some notices from the program that an error has ocurred. I found that a restart to the program solves it. I don’t know what the error means but a future release should correct the bug.

Also you are not limited to Outlook. With your Outlook synced you can keep your mobile also synced without spending money; I keep my Nokia N70 synced by bluetooth (maybe a future blog post). I just tell Nokia Suite to sync Outlook with my Nokia everytime its in range and now I have Google Calendar and Gmail Contacts on my pocket 24/7.

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GCalDaemon from a Lifehacker post

Two-way update and sync between your desktop and the web is the ultimate golden ticket; it gives you offline access, local backup and the rich desktop experience while dealing with data stored in the cloud. With GCalDaemon running, you can view and update your Google Calendar from any desktop calendar program - even if you're offline. Additionally, you can access your Gmail contacts list in a desktop email program or address book like Thunderbird or Outlook Express.

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Do you have experience using it with Outlook 2007? I see the instructions for Outlook Express, but not the full version. –  spaetzel Jul 28 '09 at 13:43

Google Apps Sync for Microsoft Outlook

From another Lifehacker post

Windows only: Google Apps Sync is a new free utility from Google that syncs your Google Apps (Premier or Education edition) email, contacts, and calendar directly with Microsoft Outlook.

With this move, Google's looking to compete more directly with Microsoft Exchange, the business standard for syncing Outlook's email, calendar, and contacts via the web. Features include:

  • Email, calendar, and contacts synchronization. For email, the plug-in uses the offline Gmail protocol, which is much faster than IMAP or other methods.
  • Free/Busy lookup and Global Address List functionality, which makes it easy to schedule meetings with your colleagues, regardless of whether they use Outlook's calendar or Google Calendar.
  • A simple, two-click data migration tool which allows employees to easily copy existing data from Exchange or Outlook into Google Apps.
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For some other interesting info on syncing: engtech.wordpress.com/2006/08/11/… –  Ivo Flipse Jul 27 '09 at 19:48
This would be the golden ticket if they opened it up to free Google accounts. I'm not using Google Apps, so this won't work. –  spaetzel Jul 28 '09 at 13:41
Ill see if I can find a solution –  Ivo Flipse Jul 28 '09 at 14:27
If you don't want to pay, but can't find an app: export the contacts from Gmail and import them into Outlook –  Ivo Flipse Jul 28 '09 at 14:35
Google Apps Sync neither supports x64 nor proxies :( –  Thomas Freudenberg Aug 3 '09 at 9:52

Wouldn't Google sync work? It is for mobile devices, but it appears to use the Exchange protocols. Would be worth trying out.

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Google sync only syncs to your phone, I want to sync to outlook on my desktop. –  spaetzel Jul 28 '09 at 13:40

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