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bogus36 Calculating status...
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Apr 13, 2011 10:30 AM
The service pack finally came out that is supposed to allow Outlook 2011 to sync with ICal (for those of us not using exchange). However, I have no idea how to get it to do this. I have turned on "sync services" on Outlook. But, I can't find anything on ICal that will allow me to import from Outlook.

Can someone help?
IMac, Mac OS X (10.6.2)
  • macmrkt Calculating status...
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    Apr 13, 2011 11:00 AM (in response to bogus36)
    Me too. If anyone has a hint, it would be much appreciated!

    Message was edited by: macmrkt
    iMac 27" 2.93GHz i7, Mac OS X (10.6.7), Lots more Apple...
  • Bob_N Calculating status...
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    Apr 13, 2011 10:54 PM (in response to macmrkt)
    I'm having this problem too. There's another discussion in the Office for Mac forum and here’s what the product specialist suggested:

    +Try deleting these files in your User’s Library/Preferences folder:+

    com.microsoft.Outlook.SyncServicesPreferences.plist
    com.microsoft.SyncservicesAgent.plist

    +You will need to reactivate Sync Services in the Outlook Preferences pane.+

    +Tip: I suggest that you export only your calendar events as .olm file under File > Export as a backup in case there are problems with your sync. I've seen all wiped or duplicated when syncing. Outlook does not have the option to overwrite iCal. It only merges.+

    This did not work for me. I was able to import my calendar events from Entourage 2008 to Outlook 2011, and those events successfully synced with both iCal and my iPhone, but I am not able to get new events created in Outlook to sync. I am able to get my notes to sync perfectly so I think there’s a problem with the iCal integration.

    Here’s the link to the thread I mentioned above:
    http://officeformac.com/ms/ProductForums/Office/8082/2?@800.v9sMaYnRAbT@
    MacBookPro 5,5
  • LilyLC Level 4 Level 4 (2,620 points)
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    May 2, 2011 10:20 AM (in response to bogus36)

    bogus36 wrote:

     

    The service pack finally came out that is supposed to allow Outlook 2011 to sync with ICal (for those of us not using exchange). However, I have no idea how to get it to do this. I have turned on "sync services" on Outlook. But, I can't find anything on ICal that will allow me to import from Outlook.

    Did you sync some other app, for example Entourage, before?  If not, then try going back to Outlook and turn OFF Sync Services. Launch iSync (in your Applications folder) and in Preferences, check the box next to Enable syncing on this computer. Quit. Return to Outlook Sync Services and select the items you want to sync.

     

    HTH

  • SH IT Services Calculating status...
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    Sep 9, 2011 5:15 PM (in response to bogus36)

    The correct way to initiate the sync is through the Outlook 2011 program.

     

    Navigate to Outlook, then to Preferences.

     

    In the following pop-up window, select the option for Sync (it might be labeled Sync Services)

     

    When selecting what to sync in your Outlook (in the left side column) make sure to check both your exchange account and the ...(on my computer) accounts (in the right side column)

     

    Once these settings are complete, in a few minutes, your computer will be syncing between Outlook and iCal.

     

    _________________________________________________________________________

    **** Services (...hehehehehe..... I can't help it, the first two letters are my initials)

  • kthersh Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Nov 18, 2011 9:33 AM (in response to SH IT Services)

    Has anyone gotten this sync to work, I just ended up with multiple occurences of all day events in my outlook 2011 calendar, I gave up and am going back to Entourage 2008, hopefully Microsoft will get it fixed some day!

  • AshrAKA Calculating status...
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    Nov 26, 2011 4:38 PM (in response to Bob_N)

    Finally!  This worked for me!

     

    +Try deleting these files in your User’s Library/Preferences folder:+

     

    com.microsoft.Outlook.SyncServicesPreferences.plist

    com.microsoft.SyncservicesAgent.plist

     

    +You will need to reactivate Sync Services in the Outlook Preferences pane.+

     

    Thanks.

  • Miggy Calculating status...
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    Feb 29, 2012 12:20 PM (in response to bogus36)

    When I try to go to 

     

    Tools

     

    Sync Services

     

    A box comes up with nothing inside it   It says select the accouncts to Sync but there is no options the box is blank and there is not even text in there !   Plz someone help

  • heather0804 Calculating status...
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    Feb 29, 2012 6:39 PM (in response to SH IT Services)

    Thanks heaps - this worked for me I know have all my events etc in iCal from Outlook - very simple solution

    cheers

    heather

  • mtstoll3 Calculating status...
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    Mar 12, 2012 1:52 PM (in response to bogus36)

    I have tried to do the aforementioned solutions, but there are no files in my user/library/preferences folder titled

    com.microsoft.Outlook.SyncServicesPreferences.plist

    com.microsoft.SyncservicesAgent.plist

    (There are lots of other files with the com., but not these)


  • GuidoCM Calculating status...
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    Mar 21, 2012 2:42 AM (in response to mtstoll3)

    Same here, cant get it to work either. Using Google calendar, synchs with iCal and Blackberry perfectly...

    Mentioned files are not in there in my install either.

     

    Have the latest SP installed, Synch window is all set correctly. Nothing in Outlook Calendar
    Its just unbelievable that 1,5 years down the road they still have not implemented the CalDEV...
    I am at the point to move back to Apple Mail, iCal... unless someone knows a wroking solution for this...

  • 4940863492 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Jul 17, 2012 8:08 AM (in response to GuidoCM)

    Guido.  You said  "I am at the point to move back to Apple Mail, iCal... unless someone knows a wroking solution for this..." - well be careful.

     

    I too was completely exasperated by the poor functionality of Outlook 2011 and decided to go native - i.e. only use Mac mail and calendar.  Here are the problems I had:

     

    - Mac iCal isn't compatible with most of the known world.  If you invite people to meetings then  most of them (those who use Outlook) won't be able to respond to your invitations nor process your acceptance/rejections.  The net result is that it's impossible to manage a business calendar with iCal.

     

    - if you are lucky,  and all your contacts use Macs, iCal will still annoy you by sending updates to all attendees no matter how small a change you make to an entry - e.g. changing category.  You never get an option to just send it to one person, or not send it at all.

     

    - no ToDo list in Mac:  strictly speaking this isn't true, but if you want to synch ToDos with mobile devices (iPhone) then you'll have to buy an app to do this.

     

    - Mac Mail.... not bad, but no distribution lists.  You can create a category, but it's not really a distribution list and if you are easiy annoyed then they will annoy you.

     

    I tried, I really did, for about 3 months to use the Mac mail and calendar but in the end, after missing client meetings and annoying people by sending them up to 20 invitations for the same meeting, I've gone back to Outlook 2011.

     

    It's unbelievable that Apple's native mail and calendar apps are so poor, but I don't think they'll ever  change. 

  • rpduval Level 1 Level 1 (50 points)
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    Jul 26, 2012 8:31 AM (in response to bogus36)

    I'm in the same boat. I went through the steps to sync, but nothing shows up in my Outlook calendar. Kinda lame, really. I usually love Apple but staying with CalDEV AND not having an integrated Outlook-type program is just hubris.

  • eddietheteddy Calculating status...
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    Sep 1, 2012 10:09 AM (in response to bogus36)

    This is completely ridiculous. iCloud, iCal, iSync, Sync Services, etc. Both Microsoft and Apple have failed miserably with creating a sharable calendar for business that works seamlessly across all devices. All I want to do is get my old calendar from my PC to my Macbook and then share it with people who are non-Mac users in my business and also allow them to creat events. Evidently neither is possible with Outlook and Mountain Lion.

     

    If anyone knows of a third party software that would allow me to do this I would appeciate any suggestions.

  • Julian Wright Level 7 Level 7 (34,835 points)
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    Sep 3, 2012 2:10 AM (in response to eddietheteddy)

    Apple uses the same industry standard, cross-platform calendar protocol (CalDAV) as most of the rest of the online calendar industry. Only Microsoft are dragging their feet by not supporting CalDAV in their products.

     

    See: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Microsoft_Outlook#Calendar_compatibility

     

    CalDAV support is built-in to OS X, iOS, Android and other mobile OSs. There may be alternative Windows based calendar applications that also support CalDAV.

     

    Microsoft would prefer you use their own proprietary Exchange system, which Apple has built support for into OS X and iOS.

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