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Outlook (as installed on PC) synchronization without Exchange

asked 2013-12-30 20:54:24 +0300

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updated 2014-07-25 16:18:17 +0300

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A local Exchange server is too heave an investment (either time and money). A subscription to an Exchange server in the cloud would require me to transfer all my data into the cloud: Not really an option. Please provide a solution for a local synchronization of Contacts and Calendar between Jolla and (local, on PC) Outlook application (as it was easily possible with the N900).

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I'm wondering is anyone working on this issue? Currently attempting to use Jolla for business w/ standalone Outlook 2010, and for various reasons not interested in using online/cloud sync alternatives for syncing calendar with my phone anymore than in starting an exchange account. As a sideissue I'm wondering if Jolla is developing a Nokia-style PC-sync software, which could handle this and other transfer functions? In business clouds or online solutions are often not an option.

OptimistiJolla ( 2014-04-17 10:04:01 +0300 )edit

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answered 2014-01-20 20:18:02 +0300

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updated 2014-01-20 20:23:32 +0300

I think your best bet is to look for a way to sync the Outlook software on your PC with calDAV/cardDAV, as those protocols are going to be supported by Sailfish in the near future

When it comes to the Outlook part your options are unsurprisingly commercial - as the product itself, as you can see by e.g. looking at the client list for davical.

The server part seems to be well covered by free and open source software as you can see on this Wikipedia list of server implementations. A popular one for home use seems to be ownCloud.

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answered 2014-01-04 20:42:51 +0300

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updated 2014-01-04 20:43:27 +0300


if you actually add an Exchange account in Jolla with your Hotmail or Outlook address, it will do what you are looking for. (let Jolla handle the parameters, just give your address, login: address and password and swipe right) Enjoy!

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Ups, I must have missed something: Hotmail and Outlook.com are within my local network and not on the internet? I do not want to pass on my contacts and calendar data to any service provider, and in particular to a provider based in the US!

jgr ( 2014-01-04 23:22:37 +0300 )edit

Well jgr, then you can choose in the settings of the Exchange account to synchronize only the mails, not the calendar and not the contacts. Does it help or can you rephrase your need?

damourti ( 2014-01-05 15:12:49 +0300 )edit

My problem are not the mails (mails received are fetched from a pop3 server, mails sent are transfered via an smtp server and bcc-ed to myself; all servers being run by a company within the EU). My problem are contacts and calendar.

jgr ( 2014-01-05 23:18:52 +0300 )edit

The question is about using a local Outlook (the application) rather than Outlook (the online service). Unfortunately Microsoft called both the same name.

aegis ( 2014-01-16 16:01:58 +0300 )edit

@aegis: Thanks, I amended the question to make this clear.

jgr ( 2014-01-16 16:13:27 +0300 )edit

answered 2014-03-24 23:59:33 +0300

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updated 2014-03-25 03:43:26 +0300

@igr what are the correct parameters to let the outbox folder works (sync error)? i tried both methods (pop3/imap) but it still doesn't work :(

1 - pop3 i tried 654, 25, 587 ssl,tsl (pop3/smtp .live.com)..nope 2 - imap with 587 (imap-/smtp- mail.outlook.com) ports. Both, with password authentication enabled.

thanks for your precious time :)

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answered 2014-05-03 12:53:00 +0300

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Try it with MyPhoneExplorer. I use it to sync to my Android Phone with Outlook 2007 (contacts / calendar) and am very satisfied. Maybe it also works on the Jolla Phone. Please report it!

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I was not able to connect the jolla (it was not found by MyPhoneExplorer). MyPhoneExplorer supports some Sony Ericsson and Android Phones. And we want a Jolla, not a Jaap (Just another Android Phone)

thohe ( 2014-05-17 17:36:07 +0300 )edit

Actually it worked once over the wlan/wifi. I was able to sync calendar both ways. Since the first time it has refused to start or starts but remains blank. Even the reboot doesn't help.

ppvaara ( 2014-09-26 13:09:34 +0300 )edit

answered 2014-09-01 20:36:31 +0300

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I've just installed the trial version of the commercial software AkrutoSync.

This is providing an ActiveSync server on any PC with an Outlook installation. On the Jolla/Sailfish side you need to create a Microsoft Exchange account. The server allows synchronization of Calendar, Contacts, Tasks and Notes, but the Jolla side will only support Calendar and Contacts. I've not tried Contacts, but only Calendar.

Synchronization can be done over any network connection. If you have developer mode enabled, you can use the USB network connection. I have not yet tried SSL, but this is not really required for a USB connection.

This is not a perfect solution as compared to e.g. PC Suite it's slightly more complicated to set up, but for me it's fine. As of today, the software is at 29US$.

My server settings on the Jolla side:

username: as entered in AkrutoSync
password: as entered in AkrutoSync
email: [username]@[server-IP]
server domain: [server-IP]
server address: [server-IP]
server port: 80

[server-IP] is the address of the PC end of the USB connection. In my case its You can find this if you type "ipconfig /all" within a command window. Just hold out for a network device named "Remote NDIS based Internet Sharing Device". During the setup of the server you are asked to point your browser to the primary network address. Just ignore this and use the NDIS address instead.

After server installation, I first was not able to select the contacts for synchronization, but later the option got enabled...

A sync is triggered whenever mail is fetched. So you can manually trigger it from the email application.

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AkrutoSync works on my Jolla excellent for Calender and Contacts. For E-Mails I can use the normal E-Mail-account. Thanks for this answer!!!!! Günther

Rotteveel ( 2014-09-02 23:53:26 +0300 )edit

answered 2014-01-20 20:26:02 +0300

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updated 2014-01-20 21:19:36 +0300

As I recall, Microsoft doesn't offer activeSync (required when using Jolla's Exchange account) for the Outlook program any more. Synching contact/events with Microsoft is impossible without Exchange ActiveSync. Email sync is still possible with imap/pop3 (normal "Email" account on Jolla)

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Please note from a comment by the question author: "My problem are contacts and calendar." Emails are irrelevant to this question.

tbr ( 2014-01-20 20:54:19 +0300 )edit

Sorry for that, editing now (answer actually remains as about the same anyway)

simo ( 2014-01-20 21:18:09 +0300 )edit

I use Outlook 2010 for my emails/calendar/contacts in conjunction with Gmail accounts and I can sync Outlook, Gmail and Jolla just fine.

KYBI ( 2014-03-25 03:26:58 +0300 )edit
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