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So I have an ipad, and I have my gmail account there configured via Microsoft Exchange... I don't know a lot about the underlying technologies, but using exchange is mind blowingly awesome... I mean, I receive mail INSTANTLY, and to be able to sync things like my calendars and my contacts at the same time, its just amazing...

So enough gloating, and onwards to the real problem...

How do I do the same thing on my Mac? Any email client will do... I've tried both, the built in Mac Mail (4.5) app, as well as Outlook for Mac 2011... And I can't get it to work on either...

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Do you want to sync your gmail account with outlook on your desktop? –  slotishtype Jun 29 '11 at 16:14
    
Thunderbird can interface with google calendar? maybe? –  DKGasser Jun 29 '11 at 16:17
    
Yes, you could say that I want to sync with outlook (I'd prefer staying native though - Mac Mail 4.5), but it has to be an exchange connection, as on the iPhone and iPad... I don't want an IMAP or a POP connection, and I don't want three separate connections for Mail, Contacts and Calendars... –  Abhishek Jun 29 '11 at 16:22
    
For instant email, use Gmail IMAP and enable the IMAP IDLE feature in Mail.app. –  grawity Jun 29 '11 at 19:47
    
@grawity - can you please post this as an answer...? I think it solved my problem... –  Abhishek Jun 30 '11 at 4:28

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For instant mail updates, use Gmail IMAP and enable the IMAP IDLE feature:

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Activesync (the mobile Exchange protocol) is different from the desktop Exchange protocol used natively by Outlook.

Gmail only offers ActiveSync. It does not offer desktop Exchange. If you have the paid version of Google Apps, they do have a MAPI backend for the Windows version of Outlook, which syncs using Google's own protocols. This is not yet available for the Mac version of Outlook.

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