Yet another Google strike at the Microsoft jugular...
In an attempt to encourage more businesses to deploy Google Apps the search giant has now launched 'Google Apps Sync for Microsoft Outlook' for Premium and Education editions. As the rather descriptive title explains, this is a free application which allows small and large businesses alike to seamlessly synchronise content between the two services.
"Many business users prefer Gmail's interface and features to products they've used in the past," said Google Apps engineer Eric Orth. "But sometimes there are people who just love Outlook. For them, we've developed Google Apps Sync for Microsoft Outlook. It enables Outlook users to connect to Google Apps for business email, contacts and calendar. And they can always use Gmail's web interface to access their information when they're not on their work computer."
Key points of GASMO (yes, I did dare to abbreviate) include:
- Email, calendar, and contacts synchronization. For email, the plug-in uses the offline Gmail protocol which should be considerably faster than IMAP.
- Free/Busy lookup and Global Address List functionality to schedule meetings with colleagues, regardless of whether they use Outlook or Google's Calendar.
- A two-click data migration tool which allows employees to easily copy existing data from Exchange or Outlook into Google Apps.