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October 28, 2014 Leave your thoughts

AkrutoSync Launches Outlook to iPhone Sync with Contacts, Calendar, Notes and Reminders

Only software to sync iPhone with Outlook that uses Apple-included apps without iTunes or iCloud

Sync iPhone and Outlook

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

Akruto, Inc. Press Release

Newton, Mass. – October 28, 2014 – Akruto, Inc., developers of AkrutoSync™, Windows® PC software that syncs Outlook Calendars, Contacts, Tasks, and Notes across unlimited mobile devices, today announces official support for iOS devices, including all iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch devices.

Users now can directly and effortlessly sync iPhone with Outlook because AkrutoSync syncs data from Outlook’s contacts, calendar, tasks and notes directly with the iOS’s own calendar, contact, reminder and notes apps. This lets users continue to use the phone’s apps like they always have, without having to learn a new app. Furthermore, this integration works with all of the iPhone’s features, such as sharing a contact or accessing a contact when dialing.

“Using iTunes or iCloud to sync Outlook doesn’t work well. For example, Microsoft Outlook 2013 simply will not sync with iCloud,” says George Tatar, founder and CEO of Akruto, Inc. “Add to that the 5 million Gmail passwords leaked and the iCloud hack, more owners of iOS devices want a way to automatically sync their private information without going through the cloud.”

With AkrutoSync, rather than using iTunes or iCloud, devices connect directly to the user’s computer over an SSL-encrypted Wi-Fi or Internet connection. The customer’s data isn’t shared with cloud services or Akruto. As long as the computer is connected to the network, this setup automatically and continuously syncs contacts, calendar, reminders and notes automatic while — at the same time — providing privacy. Users can also synchronize Outlook with all their other compatible devices including Android devices and Windows Phone.

“Our customers who have been using AkrutoSync with their Android and Windows Phone devices had been asking to sync Outlook calendar with iPhone because they valued the privacy, simplicity and accuracy they’ve come to expect from Akruto,” says Tatar. “Although earlier versions of AkrutoSync worked with the iOS, they weren’t documented. This new version includes 24/7 support and documentation.”

People who need an automatic, seamless, private and complete way to sync personal information from Outlook with unlimited iOS, Android and Windows Phone devices can try a full version of AkrutoSync for Windows PC free for seven days. The trial version is available for download at http://www.akruto.com/get-akruto-sync/.

To purchase a license, customers pay a one-time fee of $29.95 to receive the registration code. After receiving the code, customers enter the code into the software. One license allows users to install AkrutoSync on a Windows PC and use it to sync iPhone with Outlook with unlimited compatible tablets, handsets and smartphones.

About Akruto, Inc.

Akruto develops software for individuals and small businesses that want to synchronize Microsoft Outlook with smartphones and other mobile devices. Its engineers have extensive experience in data management and share a strong commitment to protecting data privacy. The company’s solutions offer a reliable way to sync smartphones with Outlook contacts, calendar, notes and tasks without using the cloud, delivering a higher level of privacy. The company’s flagship product, AkrutoSync, includes support for Android, iOS and Windows phone platforms. Founded in 2010 and headquartered in Newton, Mass., the company maintains a website at http://www.akruto.com. Media inquiries should be directed to media@akruto.com.

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George Tatar, 617-299-0094
george(dot)tatar(at)akruto(dot)com
Meryl K. Evans
meryl(at)akruto(dot)com

October 16, 2014 Leave your thoughts

How to Sync Outlook Notes with Android

One of the more popular questions we get is: “How do I sync Outlook notes with my Android?” It sounds like a simple one, but it isn’t. Many Androids don’t come with a notes app like Microsoft Outlook does.

How to Sync Outlook Notes with Android

What you need to sync Outlook Notes with Android

The first part of the equation requires installing a third party app from Google Play. This lets you open and create Outlook notes on your Android. The second part is to use AkrutoSync, which is Windows PC software that syncs Outlook Notes with Android devices. It has two-way sync, so all changes to your notes will be updated on Windows PC and across your connected devices.

AkrutoSync uses Wi-Fi or SSL-encrypted Internet to sync Outlook Notes with Android devices and your Windows PC. This setup has two advantages: it does not share anything in the cloud to keep your information private and it offers the convenience of not needing a USB cable to sync.

I love using Microsoft Outlook Notes to keep track of my life. One way they’ve come in handy is for tracking medical notes. Each time I see a doctor, I enter the date, doctor’s name and nature of the visit. A lot of times, a doctor will ask about my relevant medical history. I search notes and it pulls it right up.

These notes can get long. Because I use AkrutoSync (what else?), all of the notes sync completely and accurately. No information is cut off or missing. When I attended a professional conference, I took lengthy notes on my laptop using Outlook notes. The long notes show up in all my Android devices.

Installing a Notes App on Android

Back to the first equation. Here are two notes apps our users like that work well with AkrutoSync: Tasks & Notes for MS Exchange and Touchdown. Before you install either one, install AkrutoSync first. Here are the steps to sync Android with Outlook. Once you’re done, then you can follow these steps.

Using Tasks & Notes for MS Exchange to sync Microsoft Outlook Notes

Tasks & Notes for MS Exchange: Like its name, this app includes both notes and tasks with support for GTD. For security, the app supports SSL/TLS and client certificate. A 14-day trial is available. It currently costs $4.99 to use with multiple devices, but the website says it will change to $9.99 in the future. So if this catches your eye, try it soon to take advantage of the cheaper rate.

Here are the steps to set up Tasks & Notes to work with AkrutoSync:

  1. Open Tasks & Notes for MS Exchange on your Android.
  2. Go to settings > manage accounts > add an account.
  3. Enter the following account settings:
    • Email address: Use the email address that’s in the AkrutoSync window.
    • Account Type: Exchange.
    • Password: Use the password you created when you set up AkrutoSync.
    • Server: Use the info from the AkrutoSync window.
    • Domain: Leave this blank.
    • Use SSL: YES.
    • Port: 443.
    • Trust all SSL Certificates: You might need to set to YES if you did not import the certificate.

And you should be set.

Using Touchdown to sync Android with Microsoft Outlook

Touchdown: This powerful app has more than 80 percent of Outlook functionality. It supports Exchange, Information Rights Management (IRM) and Data Loss Protection policies. Touchdown also adds an extra layer of security with AES-256 encryption. Touchdown has a 30-day trial available. If you like it, a license is $19.99.

Here are the steps to set up Touchdown to work with AkrutoSync:

  1. Open Touchdown on your Android.
  2. Go to settings > account.
  3. Enter the following account settings:
    • Connection Mode: ActiveSync ONLY.
    • Login ID: Enter the user name that appears in the AkrutoSync window.
    • This is my email address: Make sure this is not selected.
    • Reply-To addresses: Leave this blank.
    • Email address: Use the email address that’s in the AkrutoSync window.
    • Password: Use the password you created when you set up AkrutoSync.
    • Domain: Leave this blank.

And your part is done. AkrutoSync will take care of the rest.

Whichever app you choose, AkrutoSync will automatically sync Outlook Notes with Android. If you have a Windows Phone, here are instructions to sync Outlook Notes with Windows Phone.

Learn more:

Does your Android phone or tablet come with notes? Let us know in the comments.

October 8, 2014 2 Comments

Four Ways to Move off the Cloud to Protect Your Privacy

Hacking reports aren’t new. However, events like the hacking of celebrity accounts on iCloud, NSA surveillance and Facebook’s (Finally!) changing the default for new posts from “public” to “friends” have people re-thinking the storing of private and confidential information in the cloud. Believe it or not, the younger generation is concerned about privacy and looking to moving off the cloud.

Moving data off the cloud

Although Millennials have grown up in a digital world, The New York Times reports they care about protecting their privacy as shown in the popularity of apps that erase messages like Snapchat. The article has several interesting quotes from Justin Brookman, director of the Consumer Privacy Project at the Center for Democracy and Technology.

“Previously there had been a sort of undue trust in the magic of cloud services. People are starting to reconsider that.”

“For some people, the results will be that we don’t have any privacy and we should get over that. But I don’t think people want that. We’ve seen the younger generation search out tools that let them communicate in more private ways.”

For most people, it’s not realistic to have complete control over the information shared in the cloud. Still you can take steps to limit what you share and store in the cloud.

Here are four ways that can help you moving away from the cloud.

1. Use computer email software.

Web-based email clients like Gmail, Yahoo Mail and Outlook.com may be convenient because you can access your emails from any connected device. Considering researchers have found that Gmail can be hacked with a 92 percent success rate, you might want to switch from web-based emails to a local email client like Microsoft Outlook (not that same as Outlook.com), Thunderbird or Apple Mail.

As a compromise, you can set up your phone to download emails while keeping messages on the server. This way you can still check the latest emails when you’re away from your computer. Then when you get back to your computer, it downloads the emails off the server.

If you want to boost email security, you can install encryption software to encrypt your messages. This will make it difficult for surveillance agents to read your emails. Email Self-Defense provides instructions to install encryption for Mac OS, GNU/Linux and Windows.

2. Save confidential files and photos on your local hard drive.

Saving files in the cloud with services like Dropbox and Google Drive makes it easy to share and access the files. Unfortunately, these files can be hacked or accidentally accessed. Should you need to store documents in the cloud, limit it to non-confidential files. When you save the files in the cloud, be sure to review and set its privacy settings. Many cloud-based services tend to default to the “public” setting.

For the files you already have in the cloud that need updated privacy settings, delete them. Then upload the files again with the proper privacy setting.

As for photos, the old-fashioned approach of storing photos on your computer protects them from being tracked online. Rather than storing every photo taken with your phone in the cloud, you can be selective about what you share in social media and online elsewhere.

The same goes for word processors, spreadsheets and presentations. Rather than typing them up online using Google Docs or Office 365, keep the documents private by doing the work locally on your computer using old-fashioned Microsoft Office (not 365) or Apache OpenOffice.

3. Sync your information across devices with cloudless sync software.

We all make appointments and exchange phone numbers on the go. Most of us also store this information on a computer using Microsoft Outlook contacts and calendar. It’d be a waste of time to enter a new event in your phone and then enter it again it on your computer when you return home.

Instead, use third party sync software like AkrutoSync to automatically sync Outlook with Android, Windows Phone and iOS devices. It has the convenience of the cloud — being able to sync and access information from anywhere — without risking your privacy because AkrutoSync does not sync your information through the cloud.

Next time you schedule an appointment on your phone, it’ll show up on your computer as soon as you get home. You don’t have to get out the USB cable or manually start the sync process.

4. Share files with an encrypted USB flash drive.

Since you want to limit using Dropbox and other online file sharing services, you need a way to share and move files between computers and devices. An encrypted USB thumb drive provides extra security.

These four ways cover the most common computing activities that can easily be done off the cloud to protect your privacy. What other ways can you protect your privacy in today’s very connected world? Post your thoughts in the comments.

September 18, 2014 5 Comments

Is Akruto Safe to Sync Outlook?

The recent hacking of private iCloud accounts may have you asking: Is Akruto safe to sync Outlook? We developed Akruto with safety and privacy in mind. With Akruto, you have complete control over your own data. No company — including Akruto — can access your personal information when you sync Outlook devices using Akruto.

Akruto is Safe to Sync Outlook

Your data does not sync through the cloud

The first thing we did was make sure your information doesn’t go through the cloud when you sync Outlook contacts with Android or Windows Phone.

Now you may be thinking that one of the benefits of the cloud is that it retains your data even if a device breaks or loses all its data. Although Akruto sync software doesn’t use the cloud, you won’t have to worry about losing your data.

We added the sync history feature to cover that. It saves all your information including deleted data, whether or not it was accidental. You can review changes, additions and deletions anytime to restore deleted data or undo any changes.

We hear from many people that cloud services are notorious for cutting off data like entries with long notes and photos of contacts. In one of our videos, we pasted Shakespeare’s sonnets into a note and the entire thing transfers.

Your data syncs through a secure network

Your updates are directly entered on your device or computer. Akruto updates the information on the other device or computer through your secure wireless network. Top European computer magazine, C’t Magazin (not a typo), likes Akruto as a secure option to sync Outlook data.

To achieve this, Akruto syncs your data one of two ways:

  • Wi-Fi: Sync Outlook Windows Phone and Android devices whenever your device connects to your Wi-Fi network.
  • Internet: Sync Outlook devices with your computer through SSL-encrypted Internet connection that’s private and secure.

We want to protect your privacy and, at the same time, ensure that you can automatically, effortlessly and accurately sync with Outlook calendar with Android and Windows Phones. So Akruto skips the cloud, connects securely and forgoes the hassle of using USB to sync.

So whenever you leave your Wi-Fi or Internet zone, you can rest easy knowing that all of your data is with you on your devices. (One license covers unlimited compatible devices.)

How to move off the cloud

By default, Android devices sync your information through Google. And this process saves your information in the cloud. Outlook.com and Office365 do the same thing. If you use Google or Outlook.com and want to move off the cloud, you can switch to Outlook on your Windows PC. To make this happen, use POP to download Gmail emails to Outlook.

That’ll take care of the emails. Next, you can import Android contacts into Outlook. You can do the same to transfer Google Calendar to Outlook. Then you can delete everything off your Google account.

Samsung Kies alternative

If you want to sync Samsung Galaxy S5 with Outlook (or any other Samsung phone), you may have used or heard about Kies. It doesn’t take much effort to find many reports of Samsung Kies problems and Kies not connecting to a computer or phone.

Although Kies syncs other media besides Outlook calendar, contacts, tasks and notes, it’s fraught with problems. If you search the Internet for “Samsung Kies problems,” you’ll see many forums with Samsung Kies troubleshooting advice. You’ll discover that most of the steps are tedious and don’t work or cause more problems.

Akruto is a smart Samsung Kies alternative for your synchronization needs.

So yes, Akruto is safe to sync Outlook with Android and Windows Phone. And, unlike Samsung Kies, it just works. You set it and forget it. You can try Akruto free for seven days to find out for yourself.

You might also be interested in articles and videos that cover specific phones:

September 10, 2014 Leave your thoughts

Do This to Protect Your Online Privacy

The trend of decreasing cloud use and increasing privacy and security are expected to grow as cloud hacking continues making the news. First, we heard about the celebrity photo thefts, which were stolen from private iCloud accounts (and some were deleted!). Then, we saw proof that Gmail can be hacked with 92 percent success rate. And now we come across this story by Mashable writer Christina Warren who hacked her own iCloud account.

Mobile phones online privacy

The scary part? She did it despite having two-factor authentication (2FA) on the iCloud account. Apple’s 2FA is misleading. At first glance, it sounds like it protects iCloud account and information. The reality is that iCloud’s two-factor authentication doesn’t protect your privacy — only your wallet.

If you have an iPhone or iPad, you might want to reconsider backing it up to the iCloud and switch it to backing up to a computer or laptop. It’s easy to keep everything backed up and in sync as iTunes can do that through Wi-Fi.

The move away from the cloud

All signs point to U.S. customers concerns about privacy will be catching up with Europe where they’re very serious about protecting their privacy. According to the European Commission, 72 percent of Europeans want more control over their online data.

That’s why the European Commission issued the new General Data Protection Regulation, which goes into effect next year. The purpose of this regulation is to ensure the privacy of its citizens’ data.

Evidence proving Americans are taking steps to protect their privacy is starting to trickle in. In an interview with The New York Times, Director of the Consumer Privacy Project at the Center for Democracy and Technology Justin Brookman said, “Previously there had been a sort of undue trust in the magic of cloud services. People are starting to reconsider that.”

Furthermore, a Pew Research Internet Project survey on anonymity, privacy, and security online has found that “86 percent of internet users have taken steps online to remove or mask their digital footprints.”

Sync private information without the cloud

You can do all the right things — create stronger passwords, use 2FA and so on — to protect your information, but it’s been established these can be hacked. One thing you can do is avoid storing personal information in the cloud. Don’t store confidential information in Dropbox, Gmail, Outlook.com and other cloud-services.

Address books also contain important information that you want to keep private. Like most people, you want to have your contacts’ information and your schedule with you on your mobile device when you’re on the go. Who wants to take the extra step of entering new appointments multiple times: once on the mobile device, once on the computer when you return home and again on tablets?

You can sync Outlook contacts, calendar, notes and tasks without going through the cloud. With AkrutoSync, synchronization is automatic and effortless. You won’t need to open iTunes or take out your USB cable to sync the information. All you need to do is be in your Wi-Fi zone and Akruto will do the rest.

AkrutoSync will officially support iOS devices soon. This will make it easier to backup Outlook contacts and calendar as using iTunes’ is tedious. For one, you won’t need to open iTunes to sync. (Unofficially, some of our customers already sync Outlook with their iOS devices.)

Go ahead and update your appointments while you’re out and about. As soon as you return to your computer’s Wi-Fi connection, AkrutoSync will sync and update all your Outlook information on your computer and all your devices. Start protecting your privacy now, try AkrutoSync free for seven days.

September 3, 2014 Leave your thoughts

For Privacy and Security, Keep the Personal Data Out of the Cloud

To bolster the protection of its citizen’s private information, the new EU General Data Protection Regulation goes into effect next year. Yet ComputerWeekly reports that only 1 in 100 cloud providers meet the requirements in the new directive.

Privacy and Security

University of California researchers say that Gmail can be hacked with a 92 percent success rate — regardless of phone model or software platform.

No doubt, you’ve heard about the photos of Jennifer Lawrence, Mary Elizabeth Winstead and other celebrities being hacked from their personal online accounts on iCloud.

Not only was Winstead’s photos in the iCloud, but also the photos were deleted, or so the actress thought. Yet someone, somewhere out there managed to grab them and share them.

Beware that once something is in the cloud, it may be hard or impossible to delete it for good. And there’s no way to check if it’s gone. The best way to protect yourself when posting anything in the cloud is to ask: If I put this in the cloud and someone discovers it, is it OK or not?

Clearly, we’re seeing more headlines on the invasion of privacy and security. While most of us may not be celebrities — much less have inappropriate photos of ourselves posted somewhere — we wouldn’t want our private information to spill out on the Internet. Despite this, many people sync their address books, photos, docs, spreadsheets and personal notes with Google’s cloud services.

This isn’t to say you should avoid the cloud altogether. Instead, be selective about what you upload and sync in the cloud. Take photos with your phone that you absolutely don’t want leaking anywhere? Maybe it’s time to disconnect it from the cloud service or change the phone’s privacy and sync settings.

Another avenue to explore is turning on two-step authentication. Google, iCloud, Facebook, Dropbox and other services offer this. You can also take steps to keep Google from tracking you on the web.

Still you probably want to enter new appointments, write emails to people whose email address you haven’t memorized and update contact information on your phone. And you want the updates to show up on your computers and devices without having to re-enter it.

One way to do this is to use sync software that doesn’t sync through the cloud like AkrutoSync, which syncs Outlook calendar, contacts, tasks and notes with Android devices and Windows Phones. You don’t even need a cable to sync and secure your data. AkrutoSync gives you the option to sync over Wi-Fi or through an encrypted Internet connection. Try the full version of AkrutoSync free for seven days.

Keep that information private and secure by taking the cloud out of the equation.

August 27, 2014 3 Comments

Sync Outlook with Android Devices

Are you looking for an easy but secure and automatic way to sync your Android phone with your Outlook calendars, contacts, notes and tasks?

AkrutSync is a top-selling, rich-featured application that will sync Outlook with Android and Windows mobile devices. It’s easy, automatic, and secure.

Sync Android to Outlook

AkrutSync Syncs Automatically

There’s no need to worry if that appointment made it to your phone or computer. AkrutSync will sync your Android with Outlook automatically, over your home wireless network; or over the Internet, wherever you are (using your data plan), through an encrypted, direct connection between your computer and your mobile device.

AkrutSync is Secure

Your confidential data never leaves your personal devices. At home, AkrutSync uses your own, secure wireless network to sync your Outlook data. If you choose to sync over the Internet, your connection is encrypted. Your personal information is never backed up to a public, Cloud server, and there is never any risk of it being shared or breached through the Cloud.

AkrutSync is Reliable

AkrutoSync makes sure all your appointments, contacts, tasks, and notes are on all your devices, without having to switch Contact, Calendar, or Note apps. You can continue to use the same mobile apps that came with your Android phone.

AkrutoSync Syncs Everything

There is no limit to the number of contacts, appointments, and tasks you can synchronize. You can synchronize both past and future appointments. You can also keep track of your synchronization history, and restore older versions of your contacts and other items.

AkrutSync is Easy to Setup

Setting up AkrutSync is quick and easy. AkrutoSync is downloaded and installed on the PC where Outlook is installed. All Android devices are software-ready to sync with AkrutSync. No additional software download is required.

Start your free, 7-day trial today.

 

August 19, 2014 Leave your thoughts

Sync Outlook Calendar and Contacts with Phone

You have many third party software options to help you sync Outlook calendar and contacts with your phone. The synchronization solution that best meets your needs depends on what you want to sync and what method you use to sync. The method is a big one for many people, as some don’t want to go through the cloud. Some want to use cables and some don’t.

Sync Outlook Calendar and Contacts width Phone

Sync Outlook Calendar Features

Start by figuring out what features you need and your tech requirements. Once you have your list of features, jump to sync Outlook Calendar with Phone software.

Question Options
What information do you want to sync?
  • Outlook calendar
  • Google calendar
  • Outlook calendar, contacts, tasks and notes
  • Google and Outlook calendars
  • Google and Outlook contacts
What operating system do your device(s) have?
  • Android
  • BlackBerry
  • iOS
  • Windows Phone
  • Multiple
What type of device(s) do you want to sync?
  • Phone
  • Tablet
  • Computer
  • All of the above
What’s your computer’s operating system?
  • Mac
  • Windows
  • Both
How do you want to sync? What are your privacy needs?
  • Bluetooth
  • Cloud (Beware: Sync with Google is always through the cloud)
  • Secure, encrypted Internet
  • USB cable
  • Wi-Fi
Which way do you want to sync?
  • One-way.
  • Two-way.
Do you want automatic or manual sync?
What type of license do you need?
  • Run on multiple computers.
  • Run on one computer with multiple devices.
  • Run on multiple computers and devices.
Do you want to sync with device’s native apps? Some apps install their own calendar, contacts, tasks and notes apps on phone.
What is the policy for software updates?
  • License includes free updates for one year.
  • License includes free unlimited updates.
What language do you want supported?
What are you willing to spend on features?
Is there a money back guarantee?
What are the support options?
  • Online chat
  • Phone
  • Email
  • Forums
Is there a free trial? What are its limitations?
  • Some free trials give you full access to the software for a set time.
  • Some free trials limit how much you can sync.

When you have a short list of sync Outlook calendar software options, search the Internet for impartial reviews. For some users, customer service is important. A good way to gauge that is to check the companies’ social media accounts and forums to see how responsive they are to questions and feedback.

Sync Outlook Calendar with Phone Software

We hope the features list has helped you narrow your needs so that you find one or two potential sync software solutions to try.

Software Price Outlook Google Device OS Computer OS Sync method Use cloud Automatic or manual sync Sync with phone’s native apps Installation Trial option License
AkrutoSync $29.95 Calendar, Contacts, Tasks, Notes No Android, Windows Phone (iOS in the works) Win PC SSL-encrypted Internet, Wi-fi No Automatic Yes Win PC Full software for 7 days 1 Win PC, unlimited devices
AndroidSync $29.95 (personal)
$49.95 (business)
Calendar, Contacts, Tasks, Notes No Android Win PC USB No Manual emailed Win PC Limited features Depends on edition
CompanionLink $49.95 Calendar, Contacts, Tasks, Notes Yes Android, BlackBerry, iOS, Windows Phone Win PC or Mac Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, USB Yes and no Both No Mac or Win PC Full software for 14 days 3 computers
gSyncit $19.99 Calendar, Contacts, Tasks, Notes Yes Android, iOS Win PC Google cloud Yes Automatic Depends on sync with Google Add-in for Outlook on Windows PC Limited features 1 Win PC, unlimited devices
Outlook4Gmail $19.99 Calendar, Contacts Yes Google compatible devices Win PC Google cloud Yes Automatic Depends on sync with Google Add-in for Outlook on Windows PC Limited features 1 Win PC
Sync2 $39.95 Calendar, Contacts Yes Android, BlackBerry, iOS, Windows Phone Win PC FTP, LAN, USB Yes Automatic Depends on sync with Google Win PC Full software for 14 days 1 Win PC
The Missing Sync $19.95 (iOS)
$29.95 (Android)
Calendar (Android), Contacts (Android), Tasks (iOS, Android), Notes (iOS, Android) No Android, iOS Win PC, Mac Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, USB No Manual Contacts only (Android) Mac or Win PC None 1 computer

Please leave a comment telling us what solution you use to sync Outlook Calendar and other personal information with your phone and why you chose it.

August 18, 2014 Leave your thoughts

Android Wear Review: Living with the Samsung Gear Live



If you’re into tech cool, you’ll want an Android Wear watch as soon as you get to experience a demo model. As I look at my wrist, I see a colorful and detailed, Star Trek-style, clock display (provided free by a third-party developer). Swiping down over the watch’s face brings up a long line of miniature Google Now cards.

Samsung Gear: Beige

The cards might display snippets of weather, stocks, and updates generated from your most frequent search topics as well as heart rate and step data (depending on features of the Wear hardware that is connected to your Android phone through Bluetooth 4.0 LE.)

Swiping from right to left on any card may bring up further information such as history or details. On this first set of watches, a simple swipe to the right can bring up a (add-on, third-party) launcher displaying all the mini-apps on the device.

Out of the box, the first watches to carry the Android Wear banner are not breakthrough products in terms of hardware. The Samsung Gear Live (reviewed here) and LG G Watch are on a par with the previously available Samsung Neo 2, but unlike its Tizen-based platform, the Wear watches have attracted a strong community of very fast-working developers who may see a gold mine in Wear.

They have been putting out an average of over 10 apps a day since launch. Most of these cannot be found in the official Google Play Wear Store (link), but are easily accessed through social media (especially a Google+ Android Wear group) or third-party listings (search for Android Wear .apk for a current list) which are helpful, but at this stage too ephemeral to provide permanent links here.

At this writing, there are almost 300 watch faces and mini-apps available, with almost a dozen new ones appearing somewhere on the Web daily. Most require some searching to uncover. The official Google Play marketplace remains anemic, since Wear’s API is still in official flux at Google and apps that make assumptions about what it will contain are unwelcome in the Play store.

Without the addition of unapproved apps, the initial Wear watches are uninspiring to use. They require too many steps to access apps or other features and are more or less a Google Now platform. It may not be enough in a competitive market with a presumed Apple “iTime” looming in the near future. But the robust Android developer community is pressing the limits and the Samsung, LG and Motorola watches are capable of doing much more than Google intended and will bring bliss to gearheads around the world.

Conclusion: Early adopters will enjoy any of the three Android Wear watch options and be able to use any of them interchangeably. They will be able to add widgets and other apps to make these truly useful for the active business person, (unless they labor outdoors where Wear’s colorful displays are generally unreadable)
Those not accustomed to living on the cutting edge of tech may want to wait for devices with longer battery life and more fashionable sizes and options.

Samsung Gear Live-Pros and Cons:

Pros:

  • Bright, colorful high-resolution display
  • Works with Google Now and most phone notifications right out of the box
  • Controls most audio and music players
  • With third-party apps, can display many widgets, perform control functions (lights, etc.) and more
  • Microphone is sensitive and accurate
  • “OK Google” offers a robust list of voice commands

Cons:

  • Not readable in bright sunlight
  • Battery life is less than two full, active days
  • Charger is fragile and spare or replacement chargers are not yet available
  • Band is uncomfortable and hard to fasten, but replaceable
  • Non-voice entry of texts is not recommended, though micro-keyboard apps are available
  • No speaker on watch for alarms or phone calls, vibration is the only option for notifications
  • Voice-control and entry is required for most functions. This can lead to socially awkward situations where the user appears to be emulating Captain Kirk—sans his starship.

What can you do with additional apps for Android Wear?

  • See remote, live images from your phone’s camera and trigger photos or videos from the watch
  • Ditto for voice recordings
  • Browse the Web or control your PC (neither are recommended)
  • See your Outlook calendar
  • Trigger items linked to Tasker which will allow remote control of smart locks, smart light bulbs and other devices that speak WiFi
  • Control your phone’s hardware: WiFi, volume, battery status, ringer condition, etc.
August 13, 2014 2 Comments

Top German Magazine Features AkrutoSync

C’t Magazin, a top German magazine for computer technology, recommended AkrutoSync in its August 9, 2014 issue. You’ll find the mention in the 30-year-old magazine’s special Windows 8.1 section titled “Sync without cloud.”

AkrutoSync recommended by C’t Magazin

In the article, writer Jörg Wirtgen discusses the disadvantage of synchronizing through cloud servers. He also explains the process of how AkrutoSync syncs Outlook and Windows Phone 8.1. The software syncs Outlook calendar, contacts, tasks and notes.

Wirtgen says that when the phone is connected with the home network-connected PC, synchronizing Outlook and Windows Phone 8.1 using AkrutoSync works well. We’re honored to have our software mentioned in C’t Magazin, which has a circulation of more than 300,000.

You can try the full version of the software free for seven days to see if it’s a good fit for you. Get AkrutoSync here. One license covers one Windows PC and unlimited devices. The software also syncs Outlook calendar and Android devices. Phone support and support for the German language and iOS are in the works.

August 11, 2014 5 Comments

Sync Outlook Calendar with Android

A friend told the story of how she spent too much time updating her calendar in multiple places to keep the information in sync with Outlook and her Android devices. She and her husband share a Google calendar while each has a personal Outlook calendar.

Sync Outlook Calendar with Android

If she entered a new event on her Android, it’d show up in her shared calendar, but not Outlook. So she’d have to re-enter all events when she went back to her computer. A simpler solution to sync Outlook calendar with Android devices would be to use third party software like AkrutoSync. Doing this prevents the need to re-enter information on the phone or computer.

The problem with Google Calendar

Now what about synchronizing her family’s shared Google calendar? Google Calendar Sync is no longer available to sync calendars. Importing a calendar from Google into Outlook is static and won’t update the other calendar when you make changes on one. And vice versa. Exporting Outlook calendar to import it into Google calendar won’t update.

This is a common problem as most people can’t share their business calendars, which uses Outlook. So they use Google to share. Whichever solution you choose, remember that synchronizing with Google calendar uses the cloud.

Sync Google and Outlook Calendars with Android

Still need to sync Google calendar with Outlook? Beware this syncs your information with the cloud, which means less privacy. Try Outlook-Google Calendar Sync, a free app that does that. This with AkrutoSync will sync Outlook Calendar with Android devices. You will never have to enter an event twice.

Update: We’ve heard reports that Outlook-Google Calendar Sync can cause problems. Instead, see Microsoft’s instructions to transfer calendars between Outlook and Google Calendar or a GO Contact Sync Mod from Sourceforge. (Please note that we haven’t tested GoogleSyncMod. It’s only a suggestion.)

Just remember this isn’t a cloudless process. But it allows you to keep your data automatically updated in all places without any effort on your part. The two software programs ensure Outlook calendar syncs with Android devices.

AkrutoSync makes things easier as it syncs Outlook calendar with your Android’s native calendar app. Some third party sync applications add their own software to your Android leaving you with two calendar apps to clutter your screen. Akruto also uses your Android’s native contact, tasks and notes apps.

Gain more control over data with history

Sometimes working with a phone, we accidentally delete information. Akruto has a sync history feature that allows you to review additions, changes and deletions. You can restore deleted information or save all the data.

Cloud vs. cloudless option

If you want to sync Outlook calendar with Android devices, AkrutoSync does the job wirelessly, automatically, securely and cloudlessly. Leave it at that, and you won’t have to go through the cloud.

However, some people want to sync Google calendar with Outlook and Android devices. In this case, Outlook-Google Calendar Sync will take care of it for you. Since both products are downloadable software, you don’t have to worry about the service going away like Google Calendar Sync did.

You can try the full version of AkrutoSync free for seven days. If you like it and purchase a license, we’ll send you a registration code to enter in the software. No downloading or reconfiguring anything again. A license covers one Windows PC and unlimited devices. (The software supports Windows Phone with an iOS option in the works.)

August 5, 2014 2 Comments

5 Samsung Kies Alternatives to Sync Outlook with Androids

Samsung Kies Alternative

These comments come from many Android smartphone and tablet forums. Leaving many simply looking for a Samsung Kies alternative.

“Samsung Kies not working.” (This shows up a lot.)

“I am having problem Samsung Kies not connecting.”

“Can’t get Kies firmware upgrade working.”

“I have the latest version of Kies, but it won’t connect to my phone. I get the message ‘Your device does not support Kies v2.0.’”

These comments come from many Android smartphone and tablet forums. Users report Kies problems, request help to fix it or ask for alternatives. Often the fixes don’t take care of the problems.

Samsung Kies is an app that syncs Outlook, music and photos and updates software on Samsung phones. There are two versions: Kies 3 is for devices running Android 4.3 and Android 4.4 and Kies 2.6 for smartphones and tablets manufactured prior to September 2013 running older versions of Android. Both versions contain problems.

These are some of the reported issues with Samsung Kies not working:

  • Won’t sync.
  • Doesn’t recognize Android device.
  • Fails to install.
  • Shows Kies not connecting to phone or computer.
  • Spits out error messages.
  • Claims there’s no default email client.
  • Won’t run.
  • Disconnects Wi-Fi.
  • Syncs part of the data or none at all.

The posted workarounds are often lengthy and cumbersome. Unfortunately, they don’t always solve the problem or cause new one like Kies not connecting or in one case where disconnecting Wi-Fi caused Windows Update to stop working. (That’s a biggie.)

Searching For A Samsung Kies Alternative

Here are some Samsung Kies alternatives that can sync Outlook calendar, contacts, tasks and notes with all Android phones including the popular Galaxy S4, Galaxy S5, Galaxy Note 3, Google Nexus 3, HTC One and Motorola Droid RAZR.

As always, before you install any of the software, be sure to back up your Android device and Outlook.

AkrutoSync

Alternative To Kies

www.akruto.com
Sync method(s): SSL-encrypted Internet or Wi-Fi
Installation: Windows PC
Features: Automatically syncs with Android native apps and cloudless
Trial option: Full version for seven days
Price: $29.95

AkrutoSync is Windows PC software that syncs Outlook calendar, contacts, tasks and notes with Androids. It syncs Outlook with Android directly through Wi-Fi or an SSL-encrypted Internet connection. Both options are cloudless and allow you to automatically sync Outlook with unlimited Android devices. C’t magazin, Europe’s top computer magazine, has recommended AkrutoSync in two of its recent issues.

Your Outlook calendar events appear in your Android’s native calendar app. This also applies to Outlook contacts, tasks and notes. You can use your phone’s built-in contact and calendar apps. Even the phone numbers from your phone’s contacts show up in the dialer, so it all works together seamlessly. The software accurately syncs everything including long notes. Should something be accidentally deleted or changed, it can be recovered with the sync history feature.

To see how Akruto works, you can watch the How to Sync Android phones with Outlook video. The full version of the software is free to try for seven days. To keep using AkrutoSync after buying a license, just enter the registration code. One license supports one PC and unlimited devices. We vote for this one, but then you know we’re biased.

Android-Sync

http://www.android-sync.com/
Sync method(s): USB
Installation: Windows PC
Features: Syncs directly through USB cable and cloudless
Trial option: Limits sync to 20 entries
Price: $29.95 for personal and $49.95 for business

Android-Sync uses a USB cable to sync Outlook calendar, contacts, tasks and notes with most Android devices. Since it directly syncs through USB, none of the information goes through the cloud.

After you download the software on a Windows PC, the app will walk you through installing the USB drivers for your Android. It has a power saving mode to help extend the device’s battery life.

The trial limits your sync to 20 entries. Those installing Android Sync in a corporate, government or business environment will need to opt for the Business License. Purchasing a license activates the full software and includes a lifetime of free updates and upgrades.

Sync2

Kies Alternative

http://www.sync2.com/
Sync method(s): FTP, LAN and USB device
Installation: Install on Windows PC
Features: One- and two-way sync and syncs Outlook Exchange Folders (.OST file)
Trial option: Full version for 14 days
Price: $39.95

Sync2 can sync Outlook calendar, contacts, email, journal, notes and tasks with multiple PCs. It can be done through USB, shared network folder or file transfer protocol (FTP). It also syncs Outlook Exchange Folders (.OST file) without going through a company’s exchange server.

To sync Outlook with Android devices requires using Sync2 with both Outlook and Google. Androids sync through a Google account, which uses the cloud. Sync2 provides instructions on how to sync Outlook with Androids.

Sync2 offers one-way synchronization between Outlook and Google, which can work in either direction: Google to Outlook or Outlook to Google. You can try the full version of the software for 14 days. Discounts are available for multiple licenses. A license covers installing the software on one PC as well as one year of updates and support.

SyncMate

www.sync-mac.com
Sync method(s): Bluetooth, USB cable and Wi-Fi
Installation: Install on Mac
Features: Works with Macs
Trial option: Free edition available with limited features
Price: $39.95 for Expert edition installed on two Macs

SyncMate offers those using a Mac computer a way to sync data between a Mac and multiple Android devices. It can do three-way sync: Mac to device, device to Mac and both ways. SyncMate also works with cloud services including Dropbox, Google account and iCloud.

The Free edition only syncs calendar and contacts. The Expert edition offers more features such as automatic sync based on a user-selected interval, SMS backup, media and call history. The number of Macs that can run SyncMate depends on the type of license purchased. For a personal license, SyncMate can be installed on two Macs.

We hope this helps you find a solution that works for you. Please share this article with your friends and anyone who wants to sync Outlook calendar and contacts with Android devices or is dealing with Samsung Kies problems.

The Missing Sync

Samsung Kies Not Working

www.markspace.com
Sync method(s): Bluetooth, USB cable and Wi-Fi
Installation: Install on Mac or Windows PC
Features: Syncs media
Trial option: None
Price: $19.95 for iOS and $29.95 for Android

In addition to calendar and contacts, The Missing Sync synchronizes photos, music, videos, text messages, call logs and playlists. If you still have a Palm OS device, The Missing Sync works with that too.

The app requires Fliq Notes, Fliq Tasks and Fliq Docs to sync between the Android or iPhone and Windows PC or Mac. The Android version includes a podcast plug-in, call log app and an SMS log app. The personal edition can sync with one computer, either Mac or Windows PC.

We hope this helps you find a solution that works for you.

Please share this article with your friends and anyone who wants to sync Outlook calendar and contacts with Android devices or is dealing with Samsung Kies problems.

July 30, 2014 Leave your thoughts

Google Calendar Sync Alternatives for Smartphones and Devices

Those who sync calendars and contacts with their phone through Google Calendar Sync need to find an alternative solution as it sunsets on August 1, 2014. We split the alternatives into two options:

  • Sync Outlook calendar and contacts.
  • Sync Google calendar and contacts.

Sync Outlook Calendar and Contacts

Those using Windows Phone and Android devices can use AkrutoSync to automatically, directly and securely sync Outlook calendar, contacts, tasks and notes with their devices. Some sync solutions install a separate calendar and contacts app on the phone.

AkrutoSync uses your device’s native apps, so you won’t see two different apps doing the same thing. That means less clutter and confusion on which app to use.

AkrutoSync is Windows PC software that uses Wi-Fi or an SSL-encrypted Internet connection to sync Outlook with your devices. Your information is secure as Akruto does not go through the cloud at all. You also don’t need to use USB or any cables to sync.

While we plan to support iOS in the near future, users have reported they have AkrutoSync working with their iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch. If you prefer an official solution now, you can sync your iOS device with Outlook through iTunes following Apple’s instructions.

Sync Google Calendar and Contacts

Android devices don’t require workarounds because it automatically syncs with Google calendar and contacts.

Windows Phone users will have the ability to sync with Google calendar and contacts when they update to Windows Phone 8.1. If you can’t wait that long, see Sync Google email, contacts, and calendar FAQ for more information.

For iOS, do the following steps on your device to sync with Google:

  1. Select Settings.
  2. Select Mail, Contacts, Calendars.
  3. Select Add Account.
  4. Select Google.
  5. Follow the steps to enter your Gmail credentials.
  6. Enable the services you want to use. Choices: Mail, Contacts, Calendar and Notes.

Any new info you add in your iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch will sync with your Google account.

July 28, 2014 1 Comment

Google Calendar Sync Replacement for Outlook Offers More Options

Google has announced that its Google Calendar Sync will no longer work as of August 1, 2014. No doubt, it’s frustrating to be forced to find another solution to sync Outlook with your devices and change how you work. Fortunately, AkrutoSync makes it easy as it syncs Outlook calendar, contacts, tasks and notes with all your devices. It’s automatic, secure and cloudless.

Google Calendar Sync Replacement for Outlook

Finally a Google Calendar Sync That Works

Just install the software on your Windows PC and it works.

This change is an opportunity to switch to a more secure solution that keeps your personal information out of the cloud. You also won’t need to USB or any other cables because the software syncs over Wi-Fi or through an SSL-encrypted Internet connection.

Your personal and confidential information directly syncs Outlook with Windows Phone and Android devices and vice versa. No information is shared with Akruto or any cloud services.

Here are more AkrutoSync benefits:

  • Pay one time and that’s it. No recurring or upgrade fees.
  • Use with Windows Phone and Android devices. Although it unofficially works with iOS devices, we’re working to add official support for iOS.
  • Track all additions, changes and deletions with sync history feature.
  • Ensure you have all your information as nothing disappears or gets cut off. Yes, AkrutoSync transfers 96,000 characters of the complete Sonnets by William Shakespeare. Want proof? Watch How to Sync Windows Phone with Outlook video. (Go to 1:30 in the video.)
  • Set it and forget it.

We could go on all day about how it’ll help you, but we’d rather let the software do the talking.

Want to see how it works before you invest? You can try a full blown version of AkrutoSync free for seven days.

If you like it, you won’t have to download anything again. Just pay a one-time fee of $29.95 $24.95 (special price good through August 15, 2014) and we’ll send you the license information to enter into the software. And it’s all yours. You won’t ever have to shell out more money or worry about losing another service like Google Calendar Sync.

The license covers installing AkrutoSync on one Windows PC and using it with all the compatible handsets, smartphones and devices you could want.

We extended the $5 discount for another two weeks. But this is it. No more extensions. Go get AkrutoSync to give yourself time to try it and see how it syncs Outlook calendar and contacts with your devices. We think you’ll like it. Check out the reviews and customer testimonials

July 23, 2014 Leave your thoughts

Google Calendar Sync End-of-Life Prompts Users to Find New Solution

AkrutoSync automatically, cloudlessly and securely syncs Outlook on a Windows PC with Windows Phone and Android devices.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

Akruto, Inc. Press Release

Newton, Mass. – July 22, 2014 – According to Google, Google Calendar Sync will no longer sync events on August 1, 2014. Users who switch to AkrutoSync™ will not only be able to sync Outlook calendar across all of their devices, but also contacts, tasks and notes.
Google Calendar Sync Replacement

This move removes personal data from Google’s cloud because they’ll be able to directly sync between Outlook and their Windows Phone or Android devices. Synchronization occurs through Wi-Fi or the Internet’s SSL-encrypted connection. All data synchronized through AkrutoSync is never shared with Akruto or any cloud services.

“Customers today carry their data everywhere they go, but they’re also concerned about privacy,” says George Tatar, founder and CEO of Akruto, Inc. “Using AkrutoSync, Google Calendar Sync and Outlook users can continue to automatically, cloudlessly and securely sync calendars, contacts and tasks with all their devices.”

A full version of AkrutoSync for Windows PC is available to try for seven days at no cost from http://www.akruto.com/get-akruto-sync/. The company is offering $5 off the regular price of $29.95 for AkrutoSync through August 15, 2014 to help ease the changeover.

To continue using the software, customers just pay a one-time cost of $24.95 and enter the license. A license includes installing AkrutoSync on one Windows PC and using it with unlimited compatible tablets, handsets and smartphones.

Akruto in social media
Twitter: @akruto
Facebook: AkrutoSync
Google+: AkrutoSync

About Akruto Based in Newton, Mass. and founded in 2010, Akruto, Inc. aims to provide customers with full control of their personal information. Its engineers have extensive experience in data management and share a strong commitment to protecting data privacy. Akruto provides a reliable two-way synchronization solution that does not use the cloud, keeping highly personal information away from storage and scrutiny by anyone other than yourself. The company offers support for Android and Windows Phone platforms with an iOS version planned. To learn more about the company and AkrutoSync, please visit http://www.akruto.com/. Please send press inquiries and review requests to media(at)akruto(dot)com.

July 18, 2014 4 Comments

Google Calendar Forces Users To An Alternative Sync Solution

Automatically sync Outlook Contacts, Calendar, and Tasks between PC and Android. Direct, reliable, cloud-free.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

Akruto, Inc. Press Release

Newton, Mass. – July 16, 2014 – Google has announced that Google Calendar Sync, an application that syncs events between Google Calendar and Microsoft Outlook Calendar, will no longer be supported as of August 1, 2014. AkrutoSync™ from Akruto, Inc. comes to the rescue by offering a cloudless, seamless and automatic way to synchronize Outlook Contacts, Calendars, Tasks, and Notes across all Android and Windows Phone devices.

Google Calendar Sync Alternative

Users won’t have to keep Outlook updated through Google’s cloud. Instead, they can use AkrutoSync to automatically sync Outlook directly to Android or Windows Phone devices through Wi-Fi or the Internet. Because of this, users don’t need USB cables and they won’t have to worry about personal and confidential information leaking in the cloud.

Even with the Internet option, users’ phones and tablets connect directly to their computer using an SSL-encrypted connection. The data does not pass through Akruto’s servers or any cloud service.

“Today’s connected users want and need their data everywhere they go,” says George Tatar, founder and CEO of Akruto, Inc. “With AkrutoSync, Google Calendar Sync users will be able to effortlessly sync their personal information across devices. They’ll also enjoy more privacy as the information won’t go through the cloud.”

Users can try a fully functional version of AkrutoSync for seven days at no cost from http://www.akruto.com/get-akruto-sync/. To ease the transition from Google Calendar Sync to AkrutoSync, users can get $5 off the regular price of $29.95. A license to continue using the software is available for a one-time cost of only $24.95. (Special price good through August 15, 2014.) This includes installing AkrutoSync on a single PC and using it with unlimited compatible handsets, smartphones and tablets.

Connect with Akruto on Twitter @akruto and Google+.

About Akruto
Based in Newton, Mass. and founded in 2010, Akruto, Inc. aims to provide customers with full control of their personal information. Its engineers have extensive experience in data management and share a strong commitment to protecting data privacy. Akruto provides a reliable two-way synchronization solution that does not use the cloud, keeping highly personal information away from storage and scrutiny by anyone other than yourself. The company offers support for Android and Windows Phone platforms with an iOS version planned. To learn more about the company and AkrutoSync, please visit http://www.akruto.com/. Please send press inquiries and review requests to media(at)akruto(dot)com.

July 15, 2014 7 Comments

Google Calendar Sync Alternative

Google has announced that its Google Calendar Sync will no longer work as of August 1, 2014. No doubt, it’s frustrating to be forced to find another solution and change how you work. Fortunately, AkrutoSync makes it easy as it syncs Outlook calendar, contacts, tasks and notes with all your devices. It’s automatic, secure and cloudless.

Google Calendar Sync Alternative AkrutoSync is a secure alternative for Google Calendar Sync

Just install the software on your Windows PC and it works.

This change is an opportunity to switch to a more secure solution that keeps your personal information out of the cloud. You also won’t need to USB or any other cables because the software syncs over Wi-Fi or through an SSL-encrypted Internet connection.

Your personal and confidential information directly syncs Outlook with Windows Phone and Android devices and vice versa. No information is shared with Akruto or any cloud services.

Here are more AkrutoSync benefits:

  • Pay one time and that’s it. No recurring or upgrade fees.
  • Use with Windows Phone and Android devices. Although it unofficially works with iOS devices, we’re working to add official support for iOS.
  • Track all additions, changes and deletions with sync history feature.
  • Ensure you have all your information as nothing disappears or gets cut off. Yes, AkrutoSync transfers 96,000 characters of the complete Sonnets by William Shakespeare. Want proof? Watch How to Sync Windows Phone with Outlook video. (Go to 1:30 in the video.)
  • Set it and forget it.

We could go on all day about how it’ll help you, but we’d rather let the software do the talking.

Want to see how it works before you invest? You can try a full blown version of AkrutoSync free for seven days.

If you like it, you won’t have to download anything again. Just pay a one-time fee of $29.95 $24.95 (special price good through August 15, 2014) and we’ll send you the license information to enter into the software. And it’s all yours. You won’t ever shell out more money or worry about losing another service like Google Calendar Sync.

The license covers installing AkrutoSync on one Windows PC and using it with all the compatible handsets, smartphones and devices you could want.

We extended the $5 discount for another two weeks. But this is it. No more extensions. Go get AkrutoSync to give yourself time to try it. We think you’ll like it. Check out the reviews and customer testimonials.

July 15, 2014 Leave your thoughts

Sync History: Avoid or Restore Accidental Deletions

 

I was working with an app in which I could update notes on any computer or device and it’d sync across the board. When there’s a conflict, the app lets me know. Not this time. Long story short, I lost half of the information in one of the notes.

There was no getting it back. My brain — overwhelmed with remembering many things — couldn’t recall most of the missing items.

Thankfully, the list wasn’t critical to my personal or professional life. The same can’t be said for my Outlook contacts and calendar. I’ve seen events I *know* I put in Outlook calendar disappear. I’ve noticed cell phones and email addresses missing from contacts on my Android phone. I’m 100 percent sure I had the information at some point.

I’d enter events on my Android that would later disappear. This happened one too many times. I also noticed missing cell phone numbers and email addresses. I’m positive I entered the information.

Fed up with losing data, I looked for another solution to sync Android with Outlook. AkrutoSync did the trick. I especially like the history feature as it meant no more disappearing data.

No longer have I run into situations when I think: “I *know* I had a different email address for this person” or “I’m positive I had this person’s cell phone.”

AkrutoSync keeps a history of all changes across devices and PCs. It shows which device made changes and when. Sync history also lists what data was added, deleted or changed for each contact, appointment and task.

Akruto Sync: Added Contact Shown in Sync History

Figure 1: Added Contact Shown in Sync History

You can look at history by contact, calendar or task. Figure 1 shows the list of contacts that have been changed, added or deleted. Since Renee Allison has a plus sign by her name, she is a new contact. Select her name to see the added information. The minus sign indicates a deletion and the pencil represents a change.

Figure 2 shows that Colleen Wheeler’s information was changed. A mobile phone number and an email address were added to the contact. The business phone number was changed.

Akruto Sync: Added Contact Shown in Sync History

Figure 2: Modified Contact Shown in Sync History

AkrutoSync can save all versions of the data in history. I haven’t lost data again. Knock on wood. I also like AkrutoSync for the following:

  • Keep data secure by not synchronizing through the cloud.
  • Pay one time. Not a fan of recurring fees.
  • Retain all data. Nothing disappears or gets cut off.
  • Work with Android devices. I have an Android tablet. Unofficially, it works with iPad.
  • Sync automatically. Set it and forget it.

I also appreciated being able to try the full version of AkrutoSync free. This way I could make sure everything worked before I shelled out the bucks. When I decided to buy it, I didn’t have to download AkrutoSync again. After payment, Akruto sent me the code to enter and that was the last thing I had to do. It just works.

July 11, 2014 2 Comments

Sync Outlook with Windows Phone 8.1

Microsoft has started rolling out the Windows Phone 8.1 OS upgrade in select countries. Even with the update, Windows Phone still doesn’t natively sync with Outlook. No worries! AkrutoSync will automatically sync Outlook with Windows Phone 8.1.


Sync Outlook with Windows Phone 8.1

Supposedly, the Windows Phone will receive two general distribution release updates in 2014: GDR 1 in July and GDR 2 in November. This, however, doesn’t mean you’ll see the update in July. These are the dates Microsoft expects to send it to carriers and OEMs.

Windows Phone Central is tracking the rollout by country and phone. The site is updating the page as soon as the news comes in, so watch it to find out when it’s coming to your country.

Currently, the phones that come with Windows Phone 8.1 are the new Nokia Lumia phones:

  • Lumia 630
  • Lumia 635
  • Lumia 930

Here are the new features in the Windows Phone 8.1:

  • Cortana: Microsoft’s answer to Siri.
  • Live Tiles will let you choose a photo for your Start Screen background.
  • Camera improvements: Burst mode for capturing multiple photos in quick succession and collections that automatically organize your photos by date, location and activity.
  • Word Flow Keyboard: Microsoft’s answer to Swype.
  • Action Center: See email, texts and social media updates within one swipe.
  • Wi-Fi Sense: Automatically connect to Wi-Fi hotspots.

You may have heard about the folder creation ability. This won’t be available until Update 1.

Sync Outlook contacts, calendar and tasks with AkrutoSync. You can try the full-feature software for seven days before you buy to see how it works for you. Download AkrutoSync here. If you decide to continue using it, you won’t have to download it again. Just enter your license code and you’re set.