Here’s the challenge: You use both Microsoft Outlook and Google for your calendar appointments, and you need a way to keep both of them in sync. Google once offered a free utility to sync your Gmail calendar with your Outlook calendar, but that tool has since bit the dust.
So does that mean you’re out of luck? Nope — you can accomplish the same trick with help from a couple of third-party utilities. One free tool called Outlook Google Calendar Sync can keep your Outlook and Google calendars on the same path. Another utility known as Calendar Sync can also synchronize both calendars.
Before we look at both tools, let’s just clarify one item. When I say Outlook, I’m not talking about the Outlook.com email service; I’m referring to the full version of the Microsoft Outlook email client that comes with Microsoft Office. Outlook currently is part of Office 2016 and Office 365. I’ve run Outlook for years and currently use the 2016 version through an Office 365 subscription. I also use Google for Gmail, as well as for my calendar appointments and contacts. So I’ve always needed a way to keep my Outlook and Google calendars in sync.
In the past, I used a free tool from Google called Google Calendar Sync, but the search giant killed off that product in 2014. Instead, I now use a program called Outlook Google Calendar Sync, so that’s the one we’ll look at first.
Outlook Google Calendar Sync
The key to a good synchronization program is the ability to set it and forget it, and that’s exactly how you can work with Outlook Google Calendar Sync. This free, open-source utility also supports all versions of Outlook from 2003 to 2016.