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So I've been looking for a long time for a good outlook iphone sync solution.  My work uses exchange, and does not expose the appropriate ports outside the firewall to allow for good syncing.

Some alternatives

1) Forwarding, gets the email there, but now I have to delete 2x

2) xpressmail or other carrier provided forwarding solutions - works great, but not offered on iphone or android!

3) 3rd party forwarding solutions - most not supported by iphone, and $$

4) normal exchange - 100% solution, if your company has the ports open!

The solution : gmail imap.

 

1) setup exchange account normally in outlook

2) Create a gmail account and turn on imap support

3) Add an IMAP account to your outlook pointed to gmail

3.a) If your company ahs locked down adding new email accounts to outlook, there is a registry setting you can change to turn them back on. Google it. If you dont have admin access to run regedit you are probably out of luck

3.b) If your company has locked down the IMAP ports outbound, look into SSH tunneling. Bitvise SSH tunnelier works great for bypassing corporate firewalls (but requires you to have a server at home)

4) create a new outlook rule to copy/move incoming messages into the IMAP folder.

 

With this solution, email shows up in gmail almost instantly, and most importantly, you only have to delete once (from phone, gmail, or outlook) and everyone is updated. If you have a push solution for gmail to your phone, its instant updates.

Replying from the phone might send the email as your gmail account tho, so be careful (you may be able to control this in your phone account settings)

If the connection to gmail is lost/unavailable, email stays in the original inbox folder, so nothing is lost.

Also,l this is a client side outlook rule, so stuff will only show up in your phone when outlook is running (leave your computer on at work). The forwarding/redirect rules can work from the exchange server, so may be a better solution if you dont have outlook running all the time at work.

Posted on Monday, November 30, 2009 4:59 AM gadgets | Back to top


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The best thing in this article is With this solution, email shows up in gmail almost instantly, and most importantly, you only have to delete once (from phone, gmail, or outlook) and everyone is updated. If you have a push solution for gmail to your phone, its instant updates.
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