Taking things in my own hands

My university has a wonderful Microsoft Exchange Server, that allows me to have push e-mail on my phone, as well as my calendar. Absolutely awesome, untill gmail started requiring a pincode or password and disabled smart unlock. I could have just searched for an alternative app that didn’t have these security restrictions, but whilst I was at it, why not take things completely in my own hands? After all, my university account will be suspended once I graduate, a time I hope is not too far away. I already had owncloud installed which came with a calendar pre-installed, so that seemed like the way to go.

Lies, money and opensource

So I started searching for a way to sync my Office Outlook calendar with ownCloud. I quickly found a solution. According to the tutorial, it was super-easy. I only needed to Publish it online! Easy, I could do that! And… it didn’t work. Why put a tutorial online when it doesn’t even work?! So I went and searched further. In the tutorial I found, one person in the comments suggested a piece of software that would enable two-way sync. That sounded like what I needed, but it costed 20 dollars and I couldn’t get the trial version working. Then again, I didn’t really try hard, since I didn’t really like the idea of paying 20 dollars.

That’s when I found Outlook CalDav Synchronizer. This free and opensource piece of software supported two-way sync and it worked like a charm. All you need to do is install it, open Outlook, click on the CalDav Synchronizer tab, set up an account, enter the caldav url and your username and password and BAM! Done! The next step was installing CalDAV-Sync on my Android phone. I tested it and sync worked great both ways. So for anyone looking to sync owncloud and outlook, definitely give Outlook CalDav Synchronizer a go.