An email and calendar program developed by Microsoft, Outlook enjoys a high level of popularity among professionals and students as of February 2011. Offering a myriad of features, many smartphones can continue to use Microsoft Outlook for email on their phones.
Manufactured by Motorola, the Droid X smartphone is fully compatible with Microsoft Outlook. To set up Outlook email, open the "Applications" tray on the Droid X and select "My Accounts." Select "Add Account." The "Set-up Accounts" menu will be displayed. Select "Corporate Sync" and enter the information requested, using the same settings as your Outlook email. You'll need to enter your domain, username, Outlook settings for your email, your password, email address and server. Once completed, select "Next" and then "Done."
Before attempting to use Outlook with a BlackBerry smartphone, it's recommended that you back up your device. Once completed, log into Microsoft Outlook on your computer and select the "Intellisync" icon. Click "Configure PIM" on the pop-up menu, and then "Choose." Select "MS Outlook" under the "Available Translation" heading, then click "Synchronize," and ensure that the "Folder Name" box displays the correct information. Click "OK" and verify that the calendar will sync with MS Outlook. Click "Configure," "Advanced Settings," then under the "Data Range" tab, select the "Transfer Only Future Items" option. Click "OK" twice and then select "Synchronize Now."
An older smartphone with its first incarnation in 1995, the Palm Pilot organizes information and provides a myriad of developer tools so everyday people can create programs for use on Palm's OS. Later incarnations of the Pilot came with cell phone capabilities, making this mini-computer into a smartphone, one that still sees common use. You can sync a Palm Pilot with Outlook 2000 or XP. Exit the Outlook program, then navigate to the "Start" menu, select "Find" and then "Files and Folders." In the "Name" window, type "MAPI32.DLL" (without quotes). Find the version of the file located in the Windows\System or WINNT\System32 directories (it'll only show up in one or the other; not both). After locating the file, right-click the file and select "Rename." Change the name to "MAPI32.bak" (without quotes). Go back to the "Search" field and type "FIXMAPI.EXE" (without quotes). After locating the file, double-click it. Another MAPI32.DLL file will be created. Reconfirm that the new file exists and that it's 128K in size. Upon completion, restart the Hotsync Manager program, reopen Outlook and sync your devices.
The iPhone can link with Outlook using a Microsoft Exchange connection. If adding an email account on your phone for the first time, go to the "Mail" menu. If not, start by tapping the "Settings" menu on your iPhone. Next, select "Mail, Contracts, Calendars" and then "Add Account." Select "Microsoft Exchange," then tap the email box and type in your email address. Next, select the "Username" box and reenter your email address, then select the "Password" box and enter the email's password. If desired, you can enter a description of the account by tapping the "Description" box. Once completed, select "Next," tap the server box and type "m.outlook.com" (without quotes) and "Next." Select the information you want to sync and tap "Save." The iPhone may then prompt you to create a pass code. If so, select "Continue" and enter in a numeric code you'll remember, then verify it when prompted.
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