Google Sync and Outlook 2013

outlookvsgmailUPDATE 11/22/13: Google has heard our pleas! Google Sync now works with Click to Run versions of Outlook 2013.  Read more on Google’s support site.

Download Google Apps Sync v. 3.5.365.980 with support for Outlook 2013 Click-to-Run edition.

Google Sync is a powerful product for business: it provides complete email, contact, and calendar synchronization between a Google Apps for Business account, mobile devices, and Outlook…or at least it used to.

Recently, Microsoft began distributing its popular Office software via a new method called “Click to Run.” CTR versions of Office software install from the web and seem to operate partially on the user’s desktop and partially in the cloud. This change makes CTR version of Outlook 2013 incompatible with Google Sync, and Google is hinting that a work-around from them is not likely. Continue reading “Google Sync and Outlook 2013”

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The One Thing That Prevents Email Chaos

No Spam!Imagine getting invited to a party and looking forward to meeting a friend you haven’t seen in years. You have so much to catch up on after all that time…it’s going to be great! You plan your discussion subjects thoroughly in your head during the drive there. You pull into the parking lot and walk to the front entrance. Your friend appears across the room, and a smile spreads across your face. You reach out to shake his hand…and nine total strangers suddenly interrupt:

“Hey! How’s your mortgage? Want to refinance?”
“You look like you’re having problems – I have special herbal pills to fix that!”
“I’ve been trying to find you! A prince in Nigeria left you a ton a money!”
“Our store has SALES SALES SALES!”
“Do you want to pursue an online degree?”

All these people are preventing you from speaking with the person you want to reach. This is EXACTLY how email would work if it weren’t for a single technology: Spam Filtering. Continue reading “The One Thing That Prevents Email Chaos”