PPC synchronization without Outlook 2007 – solution!
Posted by Stefan on March 3, 2008
A few weeks ago I blogged about syncing my HTC TyTn II with my Windows Vista laptop, which doesn’t have Outlook 2007 on it. Since I didn’t have a copy of Outlook 2003, and Outlook 2002 (which I do have) doesn’t work on Vista, I had to find another solution.
I followed this link and found that with a combination of three pieces of software, I can sync my PPC with my laptop for only 19,95 euros, which is a lot cheaper than Outlook 2007!
The required elements are:
Birdiesync 22.214.171.124 – the synchronization software that hooks into Windows Mobile Device Center and does the PPC <–> PC/laptop synchronization.
Mozilla Thunderbird 2.0- the e-mail and contacts manager.
Lightning 0.7 – a plugin for Thunderbird, which adds Calendar and Tasks functionality to Thunderbird.
Thunderbird and Lightning are free, and Birdiesync costs 19,95 euros, which is a lot cheaper than Outlook 2007!
Also, during the first synchronization, I had to manually create the account on my PPC with which Birdiesync was going to synchronize. Additionaly, because I installed Thunderbird and Lightning after putting all the PIM data on my device, the empty Lightning database was more recent than the PIM data on my device. Because of that, all data from my PPC was removed during the first sync, and I had to restore it from a Sprite Backup file. After that, though, everything correctly synced from my PPC to my laptop!
I will test this the coming 21 days (the BirdieSync trial period), and if it doesn’t bring me any problems, I’ll happily purchase the license which is a LOT cheaper than Outlook 2007!