Google has developed a plug-in that enables Outlook users to synchronise their e-mail, calendar and contacts with Google Apps.
Google Apps Sync for Microsoft Outlook supports Outlook 2003 and 2007. It provides access to Global Address List data and enables users to schedule meetings by looking up when attendees are free or busy, Google said. It also includes a migration utility which enables users to copy their data from a previous Outlook data source, such as Microsoft Exchange servers.
Google Apps Sync enables users to synchronise e-mail, calendar, and contacts in both directions, to and from Outlook. Users can also schedule appointments with resources or colleagues by seeing their calendar availability.
Google Apps Sync will not support user delegation, public folders, and syncing of notes, tasks, journals, and distribution lists with Outlook. It works with Microsoft Outlook 2003 SP3 and 2007 SP2 (or SP1 with a hotfix) Windows XP SP2 (with selected hotfixes) and Vista SP1 (with a hotfix).
The plug-in is available for users of Google Apps Premier Edition from the Google Apps website.