Prevent Windows Phone from Syncing Outlook Data to the Cloud

Will soon get a new Win Phone.

Don't want my Outlook data synced to the cloud.

Want only local sync between  phone & my PC.

Years back, when Microsoft started to require Sync-to-the-Cloud-by-default for Outlook on PC & Winphone folks realized a workaround.

"If I go to settings->email+accounts and change the server to 127.0.0.1 (local host) contacts etc. aren't synced, and stored on the handset. " 
http://forums.windowscentral.com/windows-phone-8/279833-how-stop-automatic-syncing-contacts-calendar-notes.html#post2502489

Is this still true?  What I want to do is sync the data in my PC Outlook with ONLY the phone.  So that, my Outlook information isn't in the cloud, or passed to the cloud.  Move the data from my PC to the phone via a plain old USB cable.  Seems like this strategy above says that's possible?  

Need an answer from someone who's successfully tried this, or any other workaround that achieves the same thing.

Thanks!!

OT
oaktreesAsked:
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Jackie ManConnect With a Mentor Commented:
Definitely need my Outlook data on my phone - Contacts, Calendar, Tasks.  Seems like, to sync a Windows phone to my Outlook requires a Hotmail / Microsoft account?  Doing so then also syncs that info to the Hotmail / Microsoft account in the cloud.  Am I right?

Yes. You need a MS account and copy data to the cloud if you want to sync data with your windows phone.

OR

You need a third party software like the one below.

akruto sync
http://www.akruto.com/get-akruto-sync/
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David Johnson, CD, MVPConnect With a Mentor OwnerCommented:
It doesn't sync your data to the cloud by default. Create a separate Microsoft Account if you are paranoid.
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oaktreesAuthor Commented:
Hi,

I'm confused.  Definitely need my Outlook data on my phone - Contacts, Calendar, Tasks.  Seems like, to sync a Windows phone to my Outlook requires a Hotmail / Microsoft account?  Doing so then also syncs that info to the Hotmail / Microsoft account in the cloud.  Am I right?

Thanks!

OT
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Jackie ManCommented:
Interesting question and the comments are likely to be a solution.
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