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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