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Outlook contacts on an ipad and keeping them in sync wirelessly?

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I have outlook contacts on my win 7 PC. I got them onto the ipad by connecting the ipad to pc, open itunes, go to ipad, info tab, check the sync contacts box.  good.  now they will synch when I connect ipad to PC, but is there a way to keep them in synch wirelessly (this ipad doesn't have cellular, but would that matter?).

thanks!
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I am assuming you do not have an Exchange Server?  If not, here is a third party software to do what you want.

http://www.companionlink.com/ipad/outlook/
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You can also use Icloud if you have it.

https://discussions.apple.com/thread/3437380?start=0&tstart=0
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by:BeGentleWithMe-INeedHelp
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no exchange server.

rtay: I don't understand that link - that seems to be an issue with outlook 2003.  I have outlook 2010.
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Here is how to set up Icloud.  It is free and works well for non exchange.  it requires apple IOS 5, so you may need to run updates on your device.  After that you will not need to connect to your computer to sync.

http://www.apple.com/icloud/setup/
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by:BeGentleWithMe-INeedHelp
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yeah, I found this link:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L1a-KHQG0n4

so that first way that I set up -= from inside itunes, sync contacts is the older / wired way?

you need the icould control panel on each windows machine or can you only sync 1 windows machine?

what happens when you get above 5 GB in the cloud?

is there a comparable google version? but likely doesn't work well with apple?
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by:rtay
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They will charge $25 a year.  If you are worried, maybe don't sync music and videos in Icloud.  I do not know anything about the Google version.
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I think Apple's iCloud is the best solution.

Google version is called Google Apps. There is a free one but it does not sync with Outlook. Google Apps for Business syncs with Outlook and iPhone/iPad and costs $50/year.
http://www.google.com/apps/intl/en/business/features.html
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by:BeGentleWithMe-INeedHelp
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ok, I installed the icloud control panel on my pc, unchecked 'sync contacts with outlook' in itunes

then in the icloud control panel on PC, I said sync contacts and calendar.

took a while and there were some 'conflicts' for contacts and calendar... but those are minimal issues.

the real issue is that outlook is SLOW now. if I go from mail to contacts or mail to calendar, it takes 10s of seconds to display things.  And now I have 4 calendars?! and 2 more contact folders - icloud and icloud conflicts.

it says I still have 4.6GB of 5GB, so I don't have too many contacts / calendar items. is this typical?

is there a way to tell it not to deal with calendar items more than x months old in icloud? I like them all in 1 calendar in outlook because it's easier to see and doesn't affect outlook performance.

oh, I went into icloud control panel, unchecked contacts and calendar and then opened outlook.  much faster / normal now.

I am moving contacts from the icloud folder to my regular contacts folder... in total, I have about 5000 contacts. is that a lot?
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5000 contacts is not a lot. Make sure your Windows and Outlook are up-to-date.
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