Windows Phone gets new Google Sync features

Microsoft and Google are sometimes bitter rivals. On Thursday, Microsoft even posted up word on its Windows Live blog site on how to transfer a Gmail account over to Microsoft's Hotmail service. However, Google sometimes comes through for users of Microsoft-based platforms.

On Thursday, Google announced via a Google+ post that it had given users of Windows Phone 7.5-based smartphones some added Google Sync features . One of them is the ability to pick which of a user's Google Calendars can be synced to your Windows Phone device. As Google's Li Yin writes:

Just navigate to m.google.com/sync on your phone’s browser and configure the calendars you would like to see. From that page, you can also configure which addresses you send mail as if you have custom addresses in Gmail.

Windows Phone owners can now sync up to 25 Google Calendars with the Calendar app thanks to this new feature update. In addition, Windows Phone users can now use the search feature to look for Gmail messages that have yet to be downloaded to the phone itself. That added feature should be quite helpful for heavy Gmail users.

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SpyderCanopus said,
Compared to running your own Exchange server, Google Apps is like a god-send. It just works, all the time.

What Apps are you refering to?

Again, why are people still using GMail?

"Search non-downloaded email"
Why not have your entire 4GB inbox on your phone and not need to be online to search anything? I know Android doesn't allow this, but WP7 does.

thenetavenger said,
Again, why are people still using GMail?

"Search non-downloaded email"
Why not have your entire 4GB inbox on your phone and not need to be online to search anything? I know Android doesn't allow this, but WP7 does.

4gb of email on your phone? 0.o.... I wouldn't waste my phone space like this. As if you will read 4gb of mails... It already took some time to load all on Outlook on my laptop. (14778 mails) How long will it take to load on a phone?

thenetavenger said,
Again, why are people still using GMail?

"Search non-downloaded email"
Why not have your entire 4GB inbox on your phone and not need to be online to search anything? I know Android doesn't allow this, but WP7 does.

Gmail just happens to be by far the best free email service their is. What would you suggest?

And why would you want all old mail stored on your phone?

And yet, Microsoft Windows Phones are unable to sync directly with Microsoft Outlook on a Microsoft Windows laptop with Bluetooth or USB or such, you have to use the cloud or 3rd party apps. Am tired of these companies controlling our information so tightly, taking our data flexibility away and then dripping it slowly back to us as "new features".

I had to jump ship from Windows Mobile 6.5 to Blackberry (which allows a direct Outlook sync) because I'm away from reliable internet for long periods with my job. Being forced to rely on the cloud for sync causes my Mobile and Outlook calendars to grow more and more different from each other until I manage to get my next internet access.

Meanwhile, Windows Phone 7 and Outlook 2010 and Windows 7 all sit there right next to each other, unable to sync directly (which Windows Mobile 6.5 did so easily) despite them all using the same information and all being latest equipment from Microsoft.

Couldn't even sync tasks and notes through the cloud until Windows Phone 7.5...

Sorry, just venting. A lot of people were inconvenienced when Microsoft tried to force them to sync with the cloud.

movieapple said,
.....

And for those of us who drank the kool-aid, Oh Yeah!
Love the online, but more is needed. I'm not paying for unlimited data for nothing.

movieapple said,
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You can use IMAP in both Outlook and your phone. I thought that "lack of sync" between the phones and Outlook were a major miss until I bought a Windows Phone when they launched and I never looked back on that feature. I always have the same emails, contacts, calendars and everything in both.

I check 5 email addresses, including Hotmail, Personal domain ones and Gmail. All via IMAP in all the email clients I use (my phone, Outlook on several computers and Thunderbird in a laptop).

Awesome side effect of this: Now when I delete emails on my phone, they actually get deleted on Gmail instead of archived.

xTdub said,
Awesome side effect of this: Now when I delete emails on my phone, they actually get deleted on Gmail instead of archived.

You can change that behaviour from Mail Settings > Forwarding and POP\IMAP settings (in gmail).

rijp said,
Someone once said "variety is the spice of life". I believe that is dramatically changed, it's not variety but contradiction... and Irony..

so google allows windows users to connect.. yet.. MS:

http://www.neowin.net/news/mic...-users-to-switch-to-hotmail

Wants to make Gmail users switch to hotmail.. maybe not force, but certainly "encourage" people to use more hotmail...

I don't get what you're saying. You don't think Google wants Hotmail users to switch to Gmail? Microsoft can't 'make' anyone switch. It's not like Microsoft is the only one that will "encourage" people to switch...any business wants you to use their service/products over a competitor's.

PaulCabby said,
Just need a proper Google app for WP7 now ;_;

Don't you actually READ anything? m.google.com.

What ELSE do you need.. that is a MOBILE site. In order for you to get data you NEED to be online, with an app it's just contained within the app, you can still do the same thing with a mobile site. so why you REALLY need to wait for "proper" app??

PaulCabby said,
Just need a proper Google app for WP7 now ;_;

There is a Google Search app in the market. It's just a search box granted, but whatevs. I would like to see a Google Music and a real YouTube app however. I miss my Google Music!!

rijp said,

Don't you actually READ anything? m.google.com.

What ELSE do you need.. that is a MOBILE site. In order for you to get data you NEED to be online, with an app it's just contained within the app, you can still do the same thing with a mobile site. so why you REALLY need to wait for "proper" app??

People don't realize most "apps" were there to make up for poor delivery/organization of mobile sites (or complete lack thereof). As we see more sites make very slick mobile versions of their sites, and use more HTML5 content, the need for most "app shells" is negated.

dtboos said,

People don't realize most "apps" were there to make up for poor delivery/organization of mobile sites (or complete lack thereof). As we see more sites make very slick mobile versions of their sites, and use more HTML5 content, the need for most "app shells" is negated.

Applications just seem to work better still.

seebaran said,

There is a Google Search app in the market. It's just a search box granted, but whatevs. I would like to see a Google Music and a real YouTube app however. I miss my Google Music!!

You have SkyDrive, PC/Wifi Sync, and the Zune Market and you miss Google Music?
Next you will be complaining about your expensive sports car and missing your ford pinto from 1978...