I’ve had my new iPod Touch for a week now, and I love it. It’s small and has tons of great applications available. But I’m up against a problem that I’ve had for years. I’m a Windows user and I hate Outlook.
First, I’ll explain that last sentence, since people frequently ask me about it. I use Windows for many reasons. I know and fully understand all the arguments about using a Mac, and I don’t necessarily disagree with them. All I can say is that I need to keep using Windows for many reasons. As for Outlook, it’s made for a corporate enterprise environment, not a small-town geek from Wisconsin. I just need to keep track of my calendar and my contacts. I don’t need to invite people to meetings. I don’t need to keep track of attendees. I don’t need to sync with a corporate e-mail server. And I don’t need all the extra bloat that comes with Outlook, which makes it much slower than it needs to be. I just need to keep track of my calendar and address book.
So, here I am with my iPod Touch, and I need to sync it with a calendar/contacts application on my PC. For now, I am indeed using Outlook, via the built-in sync capabilities of iTunes. But I need to get out of this overkill mode, and find a new Windows calendar application that I can sync with my iPod Touch.
I do have a couple of ideas that I’m looking into.
One is using Thunderbird/Lightning on my PC, and syncing that to Google Calendar. Then use something like Goosync to sync that data to my Touch (The Goosync app is also available in the iTunes Store). One thing I like about this arrangement is that it’s all wireless. Everything is sync’d over the network. No need to plug my Touch into the PC to sync it. The drawbacks though are that Lightning is still quite young (v0.9) and has a few bugs. Plus the Google contacts capabilities are quite lacking (it’s mostly just an e-mail address book).
Another idea is one that doesn’t actually exist yet. Agendus is a pretty cool Calendar/Contacts application for Windows by Iambic. I used it for a couple years as it syncs very well with Palm devices. Iambic is just getting started in the iPhone/iPod Touch market, so I’m hoping that they’ll soon offer a way to sync a Windows calendar with the iPod.
In the mean time, if you have any ideas on how to sync the iPod Touch Calendar/Contacts with a native Windows application, please leave your comments here.