Outlook and OsaSync
Outlook all Outlook items are stored in one .pst file and
this file cannot be shared. The .pst file also cannot be
synchronized on Windows by making it an offline file.
To go beyond these restrictions we developed
OsaSync enables the synchronizing of Outlook items
between two or more .pst files on different computers.
Keeping an exact copy of your contacts on all machines. Every change to
a contact is carried through on the other machines.
This is very useful when you alternate working on a desktop computer
and a laptop computer or when you work in a small office and want to use
the same customer contacts folder as your colleagues.
Synchronization in OsaSync works fully automatically. Contrary to
sharing a contact you do not have to tell OsaSync explicitly to
synchronize a contact because all contacts in a folder are synchronized
by default if you have configured that folder for
You only need to prepare the folder once when you start
synchronizing for the first time.
Perhaps you have heard of communication server programs like Microsoft's
Exchange server or IBM's Lotus Domino. As the name already suggests
these programs act as a server, servicing multiple client computers. In
this case the server is a powerful computer that remains permanent up and
running. If the server is down no client computer can communicate
Peer-to-peer means that every computer is equal to each other
computer, they act as 'peers'. There is no central server. Computers in
a peer-to-peer network can be shut down, they do not have to remain up
and running continuously.
Chances are that you do not have a permanent server up and running at
home or at your small office. This is why OsaSync has been designed to
work without a central server and according to the peer-to-peer principle.
OsaSync PRO also supports the configuration of OsaSync
in a Client-Server mode. This makes it more
easy to configure OsaSync, especially with larger networks
Syncing over the internet
With OsaSync PRO configured in Client-Server mode it is possible to
sync computers over the internet via a FTP server account.
- When you are traveling with your laptop you can stay synced whenever you
can connect your laptop to the internet.
- When your company has more office locations you can keep all your
computers synced regardless of there location.
Note: you can use your FTP account offered by your Internet Service
Provider so you do not have to run your own FTP server!
Microsoft has removed the Net Folders feature from Outlook XP (and
OsaSync fully replaces Net Folders and works easier.
Easy installation and configuration
Ever tried to install, configure and deploy Microsoft's Exchange
server or IBM's lotus Domino? Then you are probably an IT-pro or someone
with a high IQ and a lot of time...
A major design goal of OsaSync was to create a solution that is
simple to install and configure. Everybody with a basic computer
software understanding should be able to do this.
After OsaSync has been downloaded to your computer it's enough to
double click the executable file 'OsaSync_Setup.exe' and follow the steps
of the installation wizard. This works the same as 99% of other
Because using OsaSync involves the use of 2 or more computers OsaSync
has to be 'told' about the other computers to communicate with.
For this purpose we created the 'OsaSync connection wizard', a
wizard that will guide you through the steps necessary for configuring OsaSync
to share or synchronize outlook items with other computers.
This wizard can be run from within Outlook (from the 'OsaSync' -
'Options' menu) or as a standalone application from an icon on your
desktop or from the windows start menu.
Supports all windows versions
If Outlook 2000, 2002, 2003, 2007, 2010 or 2013 is running on your windows version,
OsaSync can also run. Outlook 2000 however should be installed in
C/W mode and not in IMO mode (if necessary you can easily switch modes).
OsaSync runs on all Windows versions. However OsaSync does NOT run
in 64 bit Outlook versions. If you are running a 64 bit Windows version
install the 32 bit Office in order to be able to use OsaSync.
You can use OsaSync together with your
PDA or cell phone syncing software.
The Frequently Asked Questions page answers
questions in the sections:
- General questions
- Synchronizing and Comparing
- Installation, configuration and uninstalling
If you have a specific question not answered on the FAQ page you can
write to firstname.lastname@example.org