So you just bought a new Windows Phone 7 device ( Congratulations for that :) ) and you want to copy your Contacts from Outlook to it. Easy !
To be able to sinchronize the Outlook contacts with your Windows Phone 7 Device all you need is the Outlook Hotmail Connector.
Depending on your Windows Version, you can find below the download locations for 32 and 64 bit :
Download details: Outlook Hotmail Connector 32-bithttp://www.microsoft.com/downloads/en/details.aspx?FamilyID=39db2b89-af2e-41f9-a175-f93e1377959f&displaylang=en
Download details: Outlook Hotmail Connector 64-bithttp://www.microsoft.com/downloads/en/details.aspx?FamilyID=8a31fbf4-f4bf-4751-954b-5b36d80ec375&displaylang=en
After installing, you must then restart Outlook and configure a new account, Hotmail, using your Hotmail username and password.
At this point, you are connected to the Hotmail.com service using Outlook, meaning you can send and receive e-mails from Outlook and to synch contacts ;)
So, what's next ?
In Outlook, scroll to the Contacts of your Usual Mailbox and select all, by pressing CTRL+A and hit CTRL+C.
Scroll to the Contacts inside the Hotmail Mailbox on your Outlook and press CTRL+V.
Outlook will copy all the contacts to the "Cloud". Your Hotmail contacts folder online is the destination.
On your Windows Phone 7 device, click the Right Arrow ( à ) and then choose "Hotmail".
Press the Sync button and that's it :)
If you notice that the contacts had not been sinchronized to the Windows Phone 7 device, choose settings on the Hotmail account and make sure that the "Contacts" are selected.
This is really useful and fast to perform, depending on the number of contacts, of course.
Merry Christmas everyone :)
I'm sorry, even if I am a MS supporter for a long date, I think this is crazy to exclude all users that does not have MS Exchange.
Of course we can cheat with such a workaround... but it's cheating.
A great part of users that are using Outlook are using a "simple" POP/Smtp account from their internet provider. And they cannot sync their brand new *Microsoft* phone with their costly *Microsoft* email program.
Moreover, this feature was available with Pocket PC a decade ago. I'm still wondering what make Microsoft take such a decision. I hope this feature will be added to this great OS,
As you should know, the WP7 was redesigned from scratch, meaning that we opted to drop some features, not saying wrong or right, but it's a fact.
The ability to sync via Activesync has been great and I used it severily :)
So, if a wish list could be made, that would be one of those to stand up in the crowd.