1. USP45's Avatar
    Hi all -
    Does the To-Do area of the out of the box WP Calendar sync anywhere?

    My test to-do doesn't seem to be going to Windows Live or Google Calendar.

    Thx in advance!
    02-27-2012 03:26 PM
  2. Rodolfo#WP's Avatar
    Nowhere that I know. I've gotten to like the Tasks application (free, robust, live tileable). That doesn't sync either, but I like the color scheme and ability to pin categories, and group category entries by project. It has a reminder section, but I see calendar-related tasks as appointments and get most of what I need from the native calendar -or, I've come to accept what I have.
    02-27-2012 04:06 PM
  3. jmerrey's Avatar
    02-27-2012 07:13 PM
  4. coffeemike's Avatar
    I can sync to-do items either with Exchange (my work) or my Windows Live account calendar.
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    02-27-2012 11:15 PM
  5. USP45's Avatar
    I did notice that a to-do created from Hotmail To-Do *did* sync pretty quickly to the phone. One I created on the WP did not sync quickly back but I think it can be attributed to the Wi-Fi on the phone coincidentally quirking out during my test.

    A restart of the phone fixed it (signal was detected but the phone would not connect to the network - it did after restart).

    In any case, back to the original topic... I'm hoping my company will open up Exchange Activesync soon. Workaround in the past has been a BlackBerry Redirector that allows desktop to be a faux-mail-server. Anything like that in the WP world?
    02-28-2012 10:00 AM
  6. USP45's Avatar
    It looks like the answer for Calendar items is installing Google Calendar Sync for Outlook.
    It still doesn't do tasks though.

    Anything like that in the WP world?
    02-28-2012 02:05 PM
  7. btbam91's Avatar
    Syncs to my Windows Live Calendar
    02-28-2012 03:19 PM
  8. USP45's Avatar
    Syncs to my Windows Live Calendar
    That's a little misleading though because it's no better than iPhone's iCloud.

    iCloud creates a completely separate space in Outlook and everything syncs nicely WITH ITSELF but it has nothing to do with existing or future Outlook calendars and entries.

    Sync with existing Outlook is what 99% of business users or people with jobs need.

    Even after installing Outlook Hotmail connector all I'm getting at Windows Live are things that were created on the phone.

    I think the answer to the question: "What's similar to BlackBerry's redirector?" ----> is the old desktop ActiveSync. Back when I was a PocketPC guy I remember a desktop app that allowed this. Has it been deprecated? I read somewhere that it might be coming back in the form of a Zune Desktop replacement (which is useless except to update media -- no calendar or tasks).
    02-29-2012 08:38 AM
  9. coffeemike's Avatar
    You'll have to give me some more understanding of your calendar and to-do setup today, then. Outlook is a client; it needs a server someplace to do anything more than just local files. WP7 should be able to sync with any server-based service, such as Windows Live, MS Exchange, and I haven't tried Google but I don't think so yet.

    If you mean syncing your WP7 todos with a local Outlook, no, I don't think it does that kind of desktop integration.
    02-29-2012 09:58 AM
  10. jfa1's Avatar
    Supposedly direct sync with outlook will be returning in either tango or Apollo!
    02-29-2012 11:09 AM
  11. USP45's Avatar
    Outlook is a client; it needs a server someplace to do anything more than just local files.
    Hi - the company does use Exchange; however, whatever the setting is that fixes "error 85010004" is apparently not switched on at the server. So my only workaround is to use a desktop re-director or desktop sync.
    02-29-2012 01:59 PM
  12. USP45's Avatar
    A follow-up for anyone who happens to search into this thread in the future.
    I've moved my To-Do items from Outlook to Windows Live and it's a pretty nice experience.

    I like that it's over the air instant update on the phone and that the list itself is accessible on desktop via browser.

    It's better than:
    - wired sync to desktop outlook.

    It's probably not better than:
    - over the air sync with ActiveSync enabled Exchange server.
    03-08-2012 02:40 PM