You can use your Outlook.com account as a data repository for contacts, calendars and tasks and easily sync this data to all your connected devices, including phones, desktop computers, laptops, tablets.
Sync Data Between Windows Phone and Outlook.com
When you create a Microsoft account on a Windows Phone, any contacts, appointments, or tasks that are stored in the related Outlook.com account (which is a part of the Microsoft account) will be synced to the phone and any edits to existing data or new contacts, appointments or tasks that you create on the phone will be synced to the Microsoft account.
Windows Phone does not sync Contacts, Calendars, and Tasks directly with a computer, laptop or tablet, but if you use a desktop version of Outlook, Windows Live Essentials, or the Mail, Calendar and People app, you can set the desktop software up to sync this data to the computer.
Data can also be synced between a computer and outlook.com
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Exporting the contacts that are stored in the People Hub of an Outlook.com account to a CSV file is fast, easy and convenient. All you need to do is:
- Log into https://people.live.com/ from a computer browser – you will use the email address and password that is associated with the outlook.com account to log into the account
- Click Manage > Export for Outlook.com and other services
- You will see a prompt on the bottom of the screen, “Do you want to open or save OutlookContacts.csv from people.live.com?”
- Click the Save button to save the csv file to the computer’s download folder.
Your Microsoft Account is essentially your personal key that opens the door to a myriad of Microsoft’s connected services.
When you create a username and login to gain access to any of Microsoft websites, forums or internet marketplaces, such as the Microsoft Community Answers forum or the Windows Marketplace, you have just created a Microsoft account, and that Microsoft account login & password opens up your computer’s and phone’s access to these connected services.
I’m not going to try to describe all the ins and outs of a Microsoft account in this article – that would take a book! No, the best I can hope to do in this article is leave you with a basic understanding of what a Microsoft account is and why you need one to get the most from your Windows Phone. Of course, you can use the phone without setting up a Microsoft Account on it, but to get the best functionality out of your phone you’ll need to set up a Microsoft Account on it to take advantage of all these connected services.
So, What is a Microsoft Account?
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Windows Phone devices do not sync contacts and appointments to a local computer via ActiveSync or Windows Mobile Device Center. Instead Windows Phone syncs contact and appointment data directly to web-based services, such as Outlook.com or to an Exchange Server account.
When I switched over from Windows Mobile devices to my first Windows Phone 7 device, I spent some time exploring the Outlook Hotmail Connector as a way to manage my contacts and appointments on my local computer while also providing a way to make the data available for my new Windows Phone 7. In this tutorial I use Outlook 2010 to demonstrate setting up the Outlook Hotmail Connector. The menu settings are similar for Outlook 2003 and Outlook 2007, but you may have to hunt around for them a bit to find them.
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If you’ve installed Outlook 2013 to your computer, you can sync your Contacts, Calendar AND Tasks (yes, Tasks) to your Microsoft account and you don’t need to install the Outlook Hotmail Connector to do it – the functionality is built into the software.
Once the data is synced to your Microsoft account, it is available to be synced to a wide array of devices (phones, tablets, computers) that encompass all the most popular mobile operating systems (Android, iOS, Windows Phone). You can enjoy the full power and feature set of Outlook 2013 on your desktop or laptop and be completely flexible in your choice and use of mobile devices!
This article will guide you through the steps to set up Outlook 2013 to sync your data to your Microsoft account. Continue reading Sync Outlook 2013 to a Microsoft Account
NOTE: This article was originally published in March 2012. In May 2014, Windows Mobile devices stopped syncing to a Windows Live (Outlook.com) account. It appears that Microsoft disabled this ability on their end and does not intend to enable this ability again. The steps that are outlined in this article no longer work.
I decided to leave this blog article active on my blog more for historical reasons since it is linked to some of my forum posts in the Microsoft’s Community forums.
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There is no task application on Windows Phone 7 and so there’s no way to sync tasks from Outlook 2010 (or earlier versions of Outlook) to WP7. Windows Live (which is now known as Outlook.com) includes a task option that is buried within the Calendar hub, which is still quite limited.
I recently published an article that documents one method you could use to handle your tasks on a windows phone, which you can read here. At the time I also mentioned another method that I was formulating. This method uses a windows live account to manage tasks. It’s a little complicated to set up, but it’s free and integrates nicely with Outlook and the phone’s calendar.
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