how to get outlook mails and contacts to sync on android device and 2nd pc (laptop)

I have an email account/address working through outlook (2007) on my pc (windows 7) – contacts and emails (work).  I also have gmail accounts and gmail contacts (personal).

I want to be able to access the outlook emails and contacts from laptop and phone, but not to blend the contacts and mails. They should remain separate.

It is perfectly possible that i have setup IMAP wrongly.  Emails received on my laptop stay on the laptop without showing up on the PC.  But emails that I've picked up on the phone DO show up on the outlook screen of the pc.  But I don't know how to access the outlook contacts on the android. I've imported them onto the laptop, but they don't update automatically.

My question is how to set up my business emails AND CONTACTS (I'm not committed to outlook, at all) so that I can access them from laptop and/or android phone, but keep them as separate entities (business v personal), while being able to see on desktop all the email exchanges etc that have been done on laptop/phone and vice versa – including any new contacts.

or should I dump outlook and use another programme - perhaps gmail itself?

many thanks,

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It sound to me that you are connected to an ISP account and not to an exchange account therefore you will have to select on you setting to leave a copy of your emails on the server to be able to have all emails on all of your devices when you open the account.

If you want to sync all your emails without this option, all your accounts should be configured using the IMAP version in all your devices.

Contacts, should be created using the IMAP account and not the local device only personal ones should be on the device, as per how to do it on each device... well it will dramatically changes with the device. In an Android environment, you should choose where to save the contact info when you create the contact, etc...

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