I Love Microsoft

Okay, maybe that’s a bit extreme. But I’m pretty chuffed they’ve posted this update to Office 2004 just a day after my trial of e2sync ran out (and before I bought it!)

Both the update (11.2.3) and e2sync enable Entourage to work with OS X sync services. But I’ve found the third party tool a somewhat buggy way to achieve this essential function.

Of course, I don’t actually know Microsoft’s solution will be better, I’m just downloading it now. I’ll post my findings!

Update: It’s beautiful. When you’ve installed the update, go to Preferences in Entourage and you’ll find new Sync Services and Spotlight preference options. For Sync Services, you can choose which Entourage calendars/contacts to sync. I strongly recommend you don’t try and merge these – I got into all sorts of trouble with this because I’d already been syncing them with e2sync so everything got duplicated.

In iCal, Entourage creates a calendar called Entourage, whose description tells you “This calendar is automatically created by Microsoft Entourage”. Any changes in this calendar are reflected in Entourage and visa versa – which is a nice, simple approach – and appear almost straight away, so no messing about with iSync, which is beautiful.

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  1. This will change my life. Or at least my work. Same thing? Occasionally it feels like it. (Only kidding if anyone important’s reading this.)

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