Synchronize Outlook with Others
Collaboration is the next big thing for software. Not that people aren’t trying, but I’ve not yet come across something that really solves the problem of people working together, needing to be able to see the same information etc. Here’s a new and quite simple offering that will synchronize your Outlook folders with other internet users:
OLFolderSync can synchronize any Microsoft Outlook folder with anyone else’s (except Drafts, Outbox, Sent Items and Deleted Items). The folders you allow to be synchronized will do so in the background by e-mail. You can easily synchronize Outlook folders through the internet without the need for both parties to be online at the same time.
If you have private data elements on Outlook you can exclude them from the synchronization process. It is also possible to synchronize only objects of a user defined category.
The German company that does this, Somebytes Software, suggests this would be useful for letting your
PA add and amend appointments, tasks or other Outlook objects while on the other side of the world.
Synchronize birthday dates with friends and family.
Work with a synchronized Outlook calendar, tasks and other documents across your team.
Synchronize Outlook data on your laptop with your desktop.
Check appointments with those of colleagues on the road.
Check club/association schedules with that of other members.
Facilitate schedules to team members.
All pretty useful stuff, though a little steep at $72 for a two person license. The web site is not easily navigable, but there seem to be other products that focus on synchronizing particular parts of Outlook, such as the Calendar, Tasks, or Contacts.