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
You can also sync your computer, laptop or tablet to the same outlook.com account if you have compatible software installed on the computer such as Outlook 2013 (or earlier versions of Outlook),Verifying the sync between a computer, an outlook.com account, and a phone. See these articles that are published to the blog for detailed instructions:
- Using the Outlook Hotmail Connector (to sync to Outlook 2010 or earlier versions of the desktop version of Outlook)
- Sync Outlook 2013 to a Microsoft Account
Syncing between a Windows Phone or computer and an Outlook.com account is a two way sync, which means changes, additions or deletions you make on the phone or computer will sync to Outlook.com and changes, additions or deletions you make by logging into your Outlook.com account from a computer browser will sync to the phone or computer.
Syncing Non-Windows Devices to Outlook.com
As previously mentioned, you can use an Outlook.com account as a data repository for contacts, calendars and tasks and easily sync this data to all your connected devices, even devices that do not run windows-oriented operating systems (i.e., iPhones, iPads, Android phones and tablets).
Verify the sync
You can verify that the Contacts, Calendars and Tasks are syncing between your phone, Outlook.com, and your computer, laptop or tablet by logging into the Outlook.com account from a computer browser. Be sure you use the same email address and password you used when you created the Microsoft account on the phone and computer, then go to:
- The People Hub to view and verify your Contacts.
- Calendar to view and verify all of your Calendars.
- While you are on the Calendar screen, click the down arrow to the right of the View option found on the right hand side of the screen just under the black bar that runs across the top of the screen. Then click “Task” from the drop down menu to view and verify the Tasks.
In my next article, I’ll discuss additional backup options you can use on Windows Phone 8.