Google Rolls Out Google Apps Sync for Microsoft Outlook
Google takes further steps into enterprise functionality with Google Apps Sync for Microsoft Outlook, designed to integrate Microsoft Outlook with Google Apps Premier and Education editions. Google's other enterprise-friendly steps throughout 2009 have included Gmail offline functionality and full BlackBerry interoperability.Google is rolling out Google Apps Sync for Microsoft Outlook, which integrates Microsoft Outlook into Google Apps Premier and Education editions. It marks yet another step in Google's quest to expand its enterprise functionality. Features in Google Apps Sync for Microsoft Outlook, which was announced June 9, include synchronization between e-mail, calendar and contacts; free/busy lookup and Global Address List functionality; and a two-click data migration tool that allows employees to copy data from Exchange or Outlook into Google Apps.
"Many business users prefer Gmail's interface and features to products they've used in the past," Eric Orth, software engineer for the Google Apps team, wrote in a June 9 corporate blog post. "But sometimes there are people who just love Outlook. For them, we've developed Google Apps Sync for Microsoft Outlook. It enables Outlook users to connect to Google Apps for business e-mail, contacts and calendar."