How to have icloud tasks appear in Outlook Startup screen

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My icloud task are not appearing in my startup page of Outlook.  I have iCloud add-in and apps installed, I have Task selected in my iPhone (iPhone >> Setting >> Reminders >> Default list =  Tasks).  I do get my iphone reminder in my outlook  reminders window (they pop up as expected), but now that I want to havce my Outlook Startup screen appear when I open Outlook, the reminders are not there.  The curious thing is that if I go to Tasks (Outlook >> Tasks), iCloud reminders & tasks are ther and my task items are all there.

What am I missing to fix this?
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Jackie Man IT Manager
Top Expert 2010

Commented:
I am afraid that you cannot do want you as the Outlook Startup screen will only show the content from your primary email account.

Your iCloud tasks are only displayed in the Task tab of MS Outlook  (Outlook >> Tasks) and they are and will never sync to the tasks in your primary email account.

Which email service you are using? Office 365 Exchange Online?

If yes, there is paid sync service for your Office 365 and iCloud account like the one below.

https://www.codetwo.com/sync-for-icloud/

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Not Office 365 Exchange Online, rather a GoDaddy email plan.

As for Outlook Startup screen , there is a Task column - when I click on it, it display the tasks.
 OL startup with tasks
I go to Outlook >> Tasks and i don't see my iCloud task.

Something I have wrong?
Jackie Man IT Manager
Top Expert 2010

Commented:
Something I have wrong?

No. It is normal as the tasks you saw are only the ones from your primary email account, not the tasks from iCloud.com.

The tasks from iCloud.com are not and will not be synced to the tasks from your primary email account and there is nothing wrong with your MS Outlook.

You can try to manually copy a task listed in iCloud.com group in Tasks tab and paste the same to the default group (which is empty) in Tasks tab, and you will see that task in Outlook Startup screen.
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I don't have task primary email account, I only have them in iCloud.

I also understand that "tasks from iCloud.com are not and will not be synced to the tasks from your primary email account", I just want them displayed in my outlook.

When you said "Your iCloud tasks are only displayed in the Task tab of MS Outlook  (Outlook >> Tasks) and they are and will never sync to the tasks in your primary email account." - that's why I sent u the screen.  If it was displayed, it would be in the task area at least.
Jackie Man IT Manager
Top Expert 2010

Commented:
I don't have task primary email account, I only have them in iCloud.

You can try to copy and paste one or create a new one to your task in your primary email account.

I just want them displayed in my outlook.

You just cannot as Outlook Startup screen will only display tasks from your primary email account.

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also when I was troubleshooting this problem prior placing question, I cam up with this apple link: https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT204571.

Where it says:
task
So it seems that there is some sort of communication between the two.
Jackie Man IT Manager
Top Expert 2010

Commented:
So it seems that there is some sort of communication between the two.

No communication at all. The tasks / reminders are just sitting in iCloud section in Tasks tab, not in the main section in Tasks tab (primary email account).

Author

Commented:
I am with u in all your entries, what I am saying is that they are not there, in my outlook.
Jackie Man IT Manager
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https://www.technipages.com/outlook-today-startup

Have a look of the above link. You will know where Outlook Today startup is from your main (i.e. primary) email account.

Apple and Microsoft are two different firms and you will never see a true sync between iCloud.com and MS Outlook.

Apple thinks that their products and services are the centre of the World and everyone should own an iPhone or iPad.

Microsoft thinks that MS Office and Office 365 Exchange Online are the universal productivity tool/service of the World and every service provider should integrate with their product. But, Apple does not think so.

Google thinks that their Google services will work on every device on the World and they will try the best to integrate with all devices.

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Yet calendars and emails syncs perfectly! No problem there (and I used this everyday throughout all my devices - all syncs)! The only thing not syncing is Task/Reminders... also there is tons of links relating to stating that task/reminders sync as my link in today's entry.

So I have to conclude, there is something wrong in my outlook or iCloud or something.
Jackie Man IT Manager
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The curious thing is that if I go to Tasks (Outlook >> Tasks), iCloud reminders & tasks are there and my task items are all there.

The above means that iCloud is working.

Tasks from iCloud will not be displayed in the Tasks session of the primary email account.

Please try to create a new task in the primary email account of MS Outlook and you will see like my screens below.

Outlook Startup Screen
Outlook Startup Screen
Tasks in MS Outlook
Tasks in MS Outlook
Do you see ICloud word in the above picture? Tasks inside iCloud are separated from the Tasks inside your primary email account.

To conclude, I am sure that there is nothing wrong with your Outlook or iCloud or something. You need to pay for third-party Outlook add-in like the one below to do it what you want.

CodeTwo Sync for iCloud
https://www.codetwo.com/sync-for-icloud/

https://www.experts-exchange.com/questions/29025380/How-to-sync-iPhone-reminders-and-tasks-with-outlook.html

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"Please try to create a new task in the primary email account of MS Outlook and you will see like my screens below"
 - that works with no problem, I get what u mean (my problem is not 'primary email account of MS Outlook' is iCloud).

Like I said, there lots of sites that say that iCloud and Outlook syncs emails, tasks, contacts, etc. (in my case only tasks are not sync)

I don't want to buy a third-party apps.

As for the 2017 Expert Exchange link, thanx, but that was another person working with the account; read your link but it says the same recommendation, CodeTwoSync.
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Like I said, there lots of sites that say that iCloud and Outlook syncs emails, tasks, contacts, etc. (in my case only tasks are not sync)

Tasks are synced to the iCloud section (separate container) of the Tasks tab only. But you cannot select the iCloud section in your Outlook Startup screen.

Emails are synced to iCloud folder (separate container) inside Mail tab but you can select the iCloud folder in your Outlook Startup screen.

Contacts are synced to iCloud folder (separate container) inside People tab.

If you still think that you have a problem, you can try to install iCloud for Windows in another Windows PC and I guarantee you will get the same result

Your misunderstanding is on the sync concept as you think iCloud will be fully integrated with your primary email account. But, why Microsoft will let Apple to do it on their flagship MS Outlook app.

Apple can only sync the iCloud data as a separate container and link the container to MS Outlook and data from iCloud and data from your primary email account is separated and you need a third-party tools or cloud service if you want to integrate both data in a single container.

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Commented:
Well, seeing the post of 2017 and this entry, I must conclude there is no sync on Task unless a 3rd party.

Ok, thank u.

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