What is Google Apps Sync for Microsoft Outlook

Google Apps Sync for Microsoft Outlook is a plug in that allows Microsoft Outlook to run on the Google Apps backend rather than Microsoft Exchange Server. End users can continue to use the familiar Microsoft Outlook interface for email, calendar and contacts as they transition to Google Apps.

Editions included:
Premier and Education Editions

Languages included:
Available worldwide with US English interface

How to access what’s new:
You can download Google Apps Sync for Microsoft Outlook at www.google.com/apps/get-outlook-sync.

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Microsoft Outlook Things You Should Know

Add a contact from an e-mail message

To add the sender of an e-mail message to your Contacts, go to the message itself (not the entry in the message list), right-click on the sender’s name, and choose Add to Outlook Contacts.

Add holidays to your Outlook calendar

If your company observes religious holidays, or observes the same holidays honored in a head office in another country, you can add those holidays to the Outlook calendar. Use Tools | Options; on the Preferencestab, click Calendar Options…, then click Add Holidays…, and place check marks next to the national or religious holidays you want marked in your calendar.

Insert calendar data into your e-mail

If your e-mail account is on a Microsoft Exchange server and you’re writing to someone else who uses the same Exchange server, you can insert data from your calendar into an e-mail. In the message-editing window, go to the Message ribbon (selected by default), choose Calendarfrom the Include group, and specify the time period and level of detail that you want to include. This option isn’t available if your account is on a POP or IMAP server.

Use shorthand abbreviations for dates and time

Outlook’s Calendar understands both plain English text and terse abbreviations in its Start Time and End Time fields. For example, instead of typing a date, simply type “next Tue” or “next month” and the Calendar will insert the correct date. (“Next month” becomes the date one month from today.) In the time field, you can enter “now” or an abbreviated time like “4p,” which Outlook will expand to “4:00 p.m.” The same plain text shorthand also works in the Scheduling window, which means that you go to theAppointment Recurrence dialog and enter “next Thursday” as the Start time, and Outlook will specify the right date.

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