Privacy & Productivity: Akruto Sync Software Finally Offers Cloud-Free Synchronization of Outlook Data on Windows Phone
Users have been waiting eagerly for a way to sync their Outlook data without the cloud. Current cloud-based solutions pose privacy concerns and synchronization limitations. Fortunately, the wait is now over. Akruto, Inc., has recently released Akruto Sync, a program that offers direct, cloud-free, complete synchronization of Outlook Contacts, Calendar, and Tasks data between a PC and a Windows Phone.
To ensure complete privacy, the data is stored only on the computer and on the phone, not in the cloud; it is protected using SSL encryption and never passes through Akruto’s servers. Users may choose to synchronize their data over the cellular network or by using a Wi-Fi connection. There is no limit on the number of contacts, tasks, or calendar entries or on the amount of data within each entry that can be synchronized.
A 7-day free trial of Akruto Sync is available. Beyond that, a onetime licensing fee of US$19.95 covers installation on a single PC, which may be synchronized with one or more phones.
For more details on Akruto Sync as well as to view the simple setup guidelines, see a video demo after the break.
In a blog post Microsoft professed surprise at Googleâ€™s move to drop Exchange ActiveSync support, but noted that this was an excellent opportunity to move to a better service, Outlook.com.
Calling POP and IMAP protocols so ancient it was invented before mobile phones, they noted that ActiveSync was only 10 years old and designed for Mobile from the start, meaning better battery life with Direct Push email and conservation of bandwidth.
Microsoft offered the following migration steps:
- Sign up for a new Outlook.com account. If you already have a Hotmail address or other Microsoft account, you can upgrade to Outlook.com without changing your email address. Just sign in to Hotmail, click Options, and then click Upgrade to Outlook.com.
- Tell Gmail to forward your mail to Outlook.com as it arrives. You can also keep a copy in your Gmail inbox if you want to.
- Link your Gmail contacts to Outlook. (Optional)
- To learn more about setting up Outlook.com on your mobile device, see the simple instructions here.
Have any of our readers made the switch yet? Let us know your experience below.
Nokia has updates Nokia Suite, their app for moving photos, videos, music, and more between your phone and PC. Nokia Suite also delivers firmware upgrades and the latest ROMs, andÂ Â backs up important content, download apps, music, and Nokia’s free street maps.
The latest version of Nokia Suite, now out in Nokia’s beta labs brings support for Nokia’s Lumia handsets, and will allow users to sync directly with Microsoft Outlook, copying contacts and Calendar entries, a much requested feature for some years.
The app will also allow uses to copy pictures from their phone without the Zune client.
The v 220.127.116.11 download can be found here.
Press Release: CompanionLink(R) Software announces two-way synchronization with all Windows(R) Phone 7 devices. Sync contacts, calendar, and tasks from Microsoft(R) Outlook(R), Outlook Business Contact Manager, Sage ACT!, IBM(R) Lotus Notes, Novell(R) GroupWise, or Palm(R) Desktop with the latest Windows Phone 7 devices, including Samsung(R) Focus(TM), HTC(R) Surround(TM), HTC HD7(TM), LG(R) Quantum(TM), and Dell(R) Venue Pro(TM).
CompanionLink offers Outlook sync with Windows Phone 7 via Google(R). CompanionLink syncs Outlook contacts, calendar and tasks with any Google, Gmail, or Google Apps account. Google then syncs with Windows Phone 7 devices using their Google Sync service. Changes made on the device will sync back to Google and then to the PC through CompanionLink.
CompanionLink’s sync solutions for Windows Phone 7 are available for a one-time cost starting at $39.95. A 14-day evaluation of the software is available at www.companionlink.com/windowsphone.
I believe there is a free solution available to address the issue of getting your information into the cloud, without the negatives of Outlook Connector for Hotmail. Does anyone recall the product?