[Update December 20th 2008: In the comments, Scott told me that Outlook 2002 is now compatible with Vista! I now have my data synced between my PPC, Outlook, and my iPod Touch! It took many steps to get here, but that's OK, it works now. To read about the steps I took, please read the comments below this post.]
[Update March 3rd 2008: I’ve found a solution which I start testing today. It’s described here!]
[Update Jan 12: I've got myself a nice new Asus notebook, and Office Home and Student. No Outlook. I really hope to find someone in my neighbourhood who has a spare copy of Outlook 2003 (or 2007) for me to install!]
Lately I’ve been looking at some notebooks, and I’ve seen that all of them come with Windows Vista (Home Premium mostly) and a 60 trial of Microsoft Office Home & Students edition. This means, NO OUTLOOK to sync with, NO Word, Excel and Powerpoint by default after those 60 days. This is annoying since I got my previous laptop with Office fully installed, but okay, let’s say I decide that I want the Microsoft Office Home & Students edition. $150. Then I get Word, Excel, Powerpoint, and OneNote. Still no Outlook! That would cost me an additional $110! This will cost me $260 in total.
And then let’s compare it to Office Standard, which includes Word, Excel, Powerpoint and Outlook. So there’s no OneNote, but it does cost $400! Would someone pay $140 more to NOT have OneNote included in the package??
Okay these are just some very basic observations (but still, if you can make sense out of them, please explain to me). My problem is here: if I purchase Office Home & Student edition which trial comes pre-installed, and then want to use the Outlook 2002 that came on the Getting Started disc of my HTC Wizard, that is not going to work! Windows Mobile Device Centre seems to need Outlook 2003 at least and afaik that didn’t came with many PPC Getting Started discs. Now I do have Outlook 2003 on my current laptop, but I can only get Outlook 2002 onto my new one (from that Getting Started disc).
These are US/English facts by the way, in the Netherlands Office Home & Students costs 130 euros, Standard costs 480 or 500 depending on the language, and there’s no possibility to purchase Outlook seperately. So this means that I’d have to pay at least 350 euro’s in order to have Outlook 2007 instead of OneNote 2007. I don’t plan on spending that just for syncing my PPC. But the alternative, relying only on Sprite Backup for PIM data as well, isn’t optimal either.
There are some discussions about this online but not that much, and that surprises me a bit. I guess that there is no solution for this other than getting Outlook 2007 or stop syncing, so this is a very unfortunate situation. Any comments or suggestions (or compaints) are welcome.