if you care about synchronizing contacts and calendar events across, Apple’s iOS, Android and Microsoft’s Outlook(s), rejoice.
take note of, http://www.markspace.com.
I’ve been complaining for eighteen months (and bitterly so) to just about anyone within hearing-range about Microsoft completely dropping the ball with importing contacts intact with pictures. Microsoft stiff-arms vCard formats and will only accept .csv files. that essentially means NO contacts pictures.
this is ludicrous in the digital age. and, everyone uses vCards.
I only really care because the deficiency strikes me as shoddy and inefficient. the idea is good, but it’s lacking for polish.
this is an obvious barrier for anyone that might want to move productivity efforts over to Outlook, Outlook.com, and Office365 (they are now essentially the same).
Microsoft appears to set the poor standard for innovation. by the way… what’s very telling is that it’s almost impossible to get Microsoft to answer questions unless you want to buy something. I drove all the way down to Lenox Mall to the windows store to see if someone there had any insight. NO THERE EVEN KNEW ABOUT THE PROBLEM.
…most of them use Gmail.
however, I am coming up with solutions – Gmail just about gets us there, but when contacts go over to anything Microsoft they are stripped of pictures (that csv vs. vCard matter). but, the aforementioned Mark/Space, Inc.’s “MissingSync” makes it all come together.
all that said, a real epiphany occurred today with my discovery that you can sync contacts, calendars (even email) between Macs, Android devices, and the Outlook(s) using the sync tools found on the Linkedin interface!
once logged onto Linked, go to “Contacts” (under “Network”), then “Settings” (look for the cog wheel in the upper right corner).
timing is important. first, link Gmail with Linkedin. you will have some duplicates but Gmail makes it simple to merge them. that then syncs back to Linkedin.
note: I found that I had contacts for some people that I was not Linkedin with. in some cases I realized I was Linkedin with people I did not need to be connected with (more on that later).
with that accomplished, if you have [the] Outlook(s) lined-up you can sync those with both Gmail and/ or Linkedin.
at this point all three platforms should have synchronized contacts (and calendars). it looks like you can now sync all of this with Apple’s iOS (mobility) as well. that means iCloud will indirectly sync with the others.
Diane Poremsky, if you are reading this, I can now get off your case.
this is very cool. well done, Linkedin.
peace be to my Brothers and Sisters.
brian patrick cork