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Is there a good alternative on Windows for Outlook that can sync with Android phones?

I know about EssentialPIM, but would like to check if there are other solutions I should know about.


  • Good search engine. I had to install Looken to Outlook
  • Good UI. I find Outlook's interface slow and ugly
  • Hierarchical tasks, so I can divide a main task into sub-tasks, each with start/due date, etc.

Thank you.

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You may want to take a look at Evolution (package evolution), which was installed by default in previous Ubuntu versions but now got replaced by Thunderbird. If you sync your Android with your Google account, Evolution can integrate Calendars and contacts from there. Otherwise, there's also SyncEvolution (no warranties -- I didn't try the latter). Not sure what else you want to have (synced) in there... Evolution provides you with Mail, Contacts, Calendar, Todo... Basically it even looks like "Outlook on Linux".

As I've mentioned Thunderbird: That would also be a possibility. It has a calendar addon called Lightning, there's a Provider for Google Calendar as well as Google Contacts Addon. As you probably know, the main functionality of Thunderbird is Mail, and it does a good job there.

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Sorry, I'm looking for a Windows application. –  OverTheRainbow Jul 4 '12 at 22:59
In that case I may add MyPhoneExplorer, which is available on Windows only. It comes with a desktop version (which you can download on the linked page), plus an Android Client app, which is available in the play store and has top ranking. Beside the syncing, it allows you a lot of maintenance for your Android device, including Backups, sending SMS from the Windows client, and more. Thunderbird (mentioned in my answer) is available on Windows, too. –  Izzy Jul 5 '12 at 5:41
Thanks for the tip. I already use MPE to send SMS from my PC, but I don't find it a good alternative to Outlook. I don't see how Thunderbird can sync with Android through MPE. –  OverTheRainbow Jul 5 '12 at 9:17
Thunderbird must not do the sync. As far as I understood, that part is handled by MyPhoneExplorer -- but I may be wrong here, as I have no Windows (except those for light and fresh air), and thus cannot use MyPhoneExplorer. –  Izzy Jul 5 '12 at 11:32
Thanks, I'll see if MPE can simply be used as the glue between PIMs like Thunderbird and an Androphone. –  OverTheRainbow Jul 5 '12 at 13:34

The simplest answer is that Android phones support both Gmail and IMAP -- using either one will give you full real-time sync between your PC and Android device.

In the case of Gmail, you can enable its IMAP support to use any IMAP capable E-mail client on your desktop to check your mail if you don't like the web interface (although it offers an excellent search feature).

With IMAP E-mail service (which is offered by any decent E-mail provider), you simply configure the imap server on both your Android phone (I recommend K-9 mail rather than the built-in client) and your E-mail software of choice on your PC. Your E-mail is then stored on the server and sync'd to the device in real-time, meaning your folders and E-mails are visible from all devices you've configured simultaneously.

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I forgot to say I want my data to stay on my PC, not go through Google or any other online site. –  OverTheRainbow Jul 4 '12 at 22:59
Fully understandable. And as for mail, with IMAP nobody needs a "sync" as mails stay on the server :) Take a look at MyPhoneExplorer as I mentioned above, that should do the trick for you. –  Izzy Jul 5 '12 at 5:43
As izzy says, understandable. I use IMAP with my own hosted E-mail domain because I both want control and instant sync without having to go home and to work to sync up my inboxes. Good luck. –  mikebabcock Jul 5 '12 at 13:34
@mikebabcock: not to forget, "without some other big company having access to all my (confident) mail". And yes, I'm also running my own server ;) –  Izzy Jul 5 '12 at 13:45
@OverTheRainbow: Can you please edit the question and add what you forgot to say? –  Jan Hudec Oct 16 '13 at 9:02

I would suggest, if you have your own server, is to have a look at OwnCloud (http://www.owncloud.org) as it has a large feature set and may likely serve you well.

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