An iPhone Question for Windows Users

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    Feb 08, 2010 12:22 AM GMT
    I use my iPhone on my Mac, syncing with the native Apple applications iCal and Address Book through iTunes, which works quite well. But I'd like to buy my partner an iPhone of his own, and he prefers to use Microsoft Outlook on Windows.

    Do any of you have experience with this combination? Is it satisfactory and easy? Does all your contact and calendar data sync between the computer and iPhone without a problem? Do you have any trouble with the Windows version of iTunes, which controls the sync operation, and handles the downloads from the Apple Store? Thanks!
  • DCEric

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    Feb 08, 2010 3:50 AM GMT
    I can only speak to the iTunes part of your question directly. No problems at all. As for calendars I use Google Calendar, and that also syncs well, but I know that's different than directly matching up to a Windows based software.
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    Feb 08, 2010 3:57 AM GMT
    DCEric saidI can only speak to the iTunes part of your question directly. No problems at all. As for calendars I use Google Calendar, and that also syncs well, but I know that's different than directly matching up to a Windows based software.

    Thanks for the info about iTunes in Windows. My partner does use Outlook, however, cause that's what his work office shares on their network, and so I put Outlook on his home computer, too. Which in turn can access his office server, so he has consistency of appearance & operation, and all the same data. And that's what I would want to sync to his iPhone. I believe it should, but I hope to hear some actual users relate their experiences and the difficulty/glitch factor.
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    Feb 08, 2010 12:20 PM GMT
    iTunes/Outlook sync works like a charm on Windows (XP, 2003, Windows 7, 2008 so far). There's an option as to how much you want to keep on your iPhone (and I think it appears whether or not you have Exchange backing up Outlook as a server). The only caveat is that iTunes does not support Windows XP 64-bit natively, but there are some hacks to that if you run it and are of a mind.
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    Feb 08, 2010 12:30 PM GMT
    I have an iPod Touch, and Outlook syncing works perfectly fine. It's just as easy as syncing to iCal.
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    Feb 08, 2010 12:40 PM GMT
    I have an iPhone and PC and I haven't had any problems.

    Christian
  • WSUBrad

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    Feb 08, 2010 1:02 PM GMT
    I use an iPhone and my company's Microsoft Exchange Server. It sounds like your hubby's company also uses MES. The iPhone has a built in wizard for accessing MES through the settings on the device. Just make sure you know the server address (His remote desktop address like remote.companyname.com) and his name and password he uses at work. With all that information, the wizard will guide you through the connection. Once that it made, it will wirelessly sync his contacts, calendar, and email immediately when they are changed (called PUSH) or at a specific timed interval.

    If you have troubles setting it up, the company IT person should be able to help.

    Good luck!
  • WSUBrad

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    Feb 08, 2010 1:02 PM GMT
    I use an iPhone and my company's Microsoft Exchange Server. It sounds like your hubby's company also uses MES. The iPhone has a built in wizard for accessing MES through the settings on the device. Just make sure you know the server address (His remote desktop address like remote.companyname.com) and his name and password he uses at work. With all that information, the wizard will guide you through the connection. Once that it made, it will wirelessly sync his contacts, calendar, and email immediately when they are changed (called PUSH) or at a specific timed interval.

    If you have troubles setting it up, the company IT person should be able to help.

    Good luck!
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    Feb 08, 2010 1:30 PM GMT
    Thanks guys, this is exactly what I wanted to know. Yes, his office does use MES, and that's the address I set up from home here to sync his 2 Outlooks. And the organization does have a full-time IT guy I can consult, who had previously helped me accessing MES from home.

    But nobody there is using the iPhone with their MES and Outlook. The VPs and other senior managers are given subsidized Blackberry's, which I know are compatible. But since my partner is just part-time, and I'm an unpaid volunteer (though also major donors to this non-profit HIV/AIDS agency), we supply our own phones, plus I think for our other purposes my partner would be happier an iPhone like mine, over a Blackberry. BTW, although I have an Office account there, too, I never use it, and I don't run Office on my home Mac, either, so I've never tried this for myself.

    So now, armed with your good info, I will talk to the IT guy Tuesday to make sure he sees no problem from his end. Finally, I need to convince my partner he can handle an iPhone. I know my approach seems backwards, but I didn't want to approach him seriously on the matter until I had all my facts, and could guarantee him the results he requires. He's kinda tech-shy, but his present cell phone is going bad and needs replacing, so an iPhone is a possibility. Thanks again!