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Google Calendar Sync & API for Contacts



Two related announcements today regarding Google’s Gmail/Apps offering.

First up. After providing the very useful Google Calendar Sync for the Blackberry, Google’s giving users what they really want: Google Calendar Sync for Outlook.

Product Manager Shirin Oskooi explains how it works

When I add an event to the Outlook calendar on my laptop, Google Calendar Sync syncs it to my Google Calendar — and since I also have Google Calendar Sync running on my desktop, the event then syncs from Google Calendar to Outlook calendar on my desktop. All of my calendar views are always up to date, and I can choose whichever one I want to use.

Ah, bliss. That’s assuming you can ever reach a state of "bliss" using Microsoft’s Outlook. ;-)

Here’s how it looks:

Second announcement. Google has release a Contacts Data API which will allow developers to build applications that access and export your GMail/Apps contacts.

In particular:

  • Synchronize Google contacts with contacts on a mobile device
  • Maintain relationships between people in social applications
  • Give users the ability to communicate directly with their friends from external applications using phone, email, and IM

I was only yesterday wishing there was a way to get the contacts from my Google Apps email to my Blackberry and KRZR–so someone please hurry-up and build something. Thanks for that!

  • http://www.hotproductsplus.com Mike Montague

    That god they’ve finally synched google calendar to outlook. That is exactly the functionality I’ve been looking for. I’ve really tried not to use google calendar as much for the fact that I’m so deep in Outlook.

  • http://www.getkigoo.com Ariel Di Stefano

    We just launched KiGoo, a free tool that allows Google users to fully manage (create, read, update and delete) their Calendar and Contacts from MS Outlook.

    Also KiGoo manage the Free Busy information of your Gmail contacts for appointments if they shared their FB status.

    Currently we support Windows XP and office 2007.

    You could download it from http://www.getkigoo.com