***Please see my latest review for OWA WebMail app that bypasses Calendar issue***
We all are excited about our new Samsung Galaxy S5 & Note 4 and how awesome it’s finger print scanner is. I got my S5 on Day 1 of deliveries and was very disappointed that my Corporate Exchange email restricts me to type 8 Digit PIN.
I am not a big fan of Apple iPhone and really wanted Samsung to come up with finger print recognition. The 8 digit pin for unlocking your phone is a pain in the you-know-where and I pray to Microsoft & Samsung developers to make things simple and uncomplicated. Please read my previous article for more details
I used CloudMagic software to fix this problem but CloudMagic does not support Calendars to be synced. To solve this, I wrote a powershell script to get this job done but bigger problem was to let it run in background after every 30 minutes. This would eat up my RAM (I use Surface Pro 2 and I have to think about saving memory/juice). After more search I found this solution on Youtube and is the exact thing I was looking for.
Google Calendar Sync is the utility and it’s a life saver!! Download it here
I am grateful to Mike Senn for putting this amazing video together explaining how to install and configure the software. A big Thanks !
The utility stays open in Notification area and keeps syncing calendar every 30 minute (or whatever time you set it)
Although Google had some good suggestions already available but Mike’s answer to all those new Galaxy S5 & Microsoft Exchange Corporate users is the easiest. Now, I can sync my Google calendar to Microsoft Outlook and vice versa. So, I have Cloudmagic to help sync Email & Google Calendar Sync to synchronize Calendar.
Alternatively, one can also try another method:
1. Use CloudMagic to read write your email
2. As Cloudmagic does not support calendar, use TouchDown HD to track calendar entries as a widget + check emails.
Let the two apps sync emails /calendar/tasks and optimize them together to decrease bandwidth usage.
It enables you to have a view on calendar without putting in 8 or 4 digit pin using TouchDown HD and on the other hand you can check emails using CloudMagic.
Looks like a Win-Win argument ? !
Let me know how this turns out with your organizational/exchange challenges.