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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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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Windows Phone 7 does not include a tasks application and there’s no way to sync Outlook tasks to the device. Even if there were a way to sync tasks, there’s no place to store them once they get there. This to me is one of the greatest deficiencies of windows phone.
A few years ago I signed up for a free “Remember the Milk” (RTM) account. At the time I didn’t have a prevailing reason to move my tasks to the cloud and there was no windows mobile support for RTM, so I didn’t seriously consider using it.
But now with windows phone 7, I had a strong incentive to find a different way to work with tasks on my phone, so I rummaged around and found my RTM login credentials and took another look at this well known, well regarded, cloud-based tasks application. I figured I could at least have access to my tasks through RTM’s mobile website.
Continue reading Manage Your Tasks on a Windows Phone with Remember The Milk