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Google Calendar Sync gets discontinued

January 18, 2013


Quietly, with little fanfare, Google discontinues Calendar Sync.

For those of you who don’t know what it is, Google Sync synchronizes your Google calendar with your Microsoft Outlook installation on your desktop. It’s a nifty little utility that many people use to aggregate their various calendars into one single reference.

However, if you want that functionality starting January 30, you’ll have to pay 5$/month for Google Apps for business. Google Sync for Apps will continue to function, but only for paid subscribers of the Google Apps online service.

For now, though, if you hurry, you could still install Google Calendar Sync if you have the installer, and it will continue to function past January 30, once you’ve set it up. Unfortunately Google thoughtfully removed the installer from their servers on December 14 2012.

I’m not surprised that in these tough economic times companies try to wring the last possible dollar out of their customers, but Google made their business through free, ad-supported, services. If this is a sign of things to come, I may start to bet against Google in the long term. So much for the much touted informal slogan: Don’t be Evil. In their defence, though, it says nothing about not being a jackass. If they wanted to save some money they could have discontinued Google +. No one’s using that anyway.

If you want to add Sync, you’ll have to download the torrent here: http://ow.ly/gVK1p

You may also need a torrent downloader: http://www.bittorrent.com/

If you really need help but you can’t figure all this out, email me. I may be able to help.

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    Donald Smith Feb 08, 2015

    As a Windows Outlook user, I had been bothered when Google Calendar Sync discontinued services 8/1/2014. Your solution of using Google Calendar Sync is a no-go now. Then I found a blog that discusses about another add-in called EVO Collaborator for Outlook which you can google it. Why I recommend it is that this add-in is able to sync more than a handful of cloud services including gmail, icloud, yahoo, fruux plus on-premises servers like zimbra, owncloud and baikal. It does not matter what kind of service you use; you can sync them all with Outlook in two-way fashion.

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