Synchronizing Tasks with the iPhone
Before I continue, I’ll disclaim that I use a hosted Microsoft Exchange provider (http://www.exchangemymail.com) to handle my e-mail as I am not a fan of POP3 nor IMAP. Exchange Server allows me to keep the data in Outlook instantaneously updated with my iPhone’s Calendar, Contacts, and E-mail.
It lacks in one area though. Tasks. I have not figured out how to synchronize my tasks without using a third-party application in the $10.00 range from the iTunes App store. So, I thought I’d use a free workaround that you also can use.
In Outlook 2007, when you create a task it shows up on your calendar at the bottom of the screen where you can manage it. It is not displayed in your calendar on the iPhone. Although you won’t have the fancy features of task management, you can do one simple thing to keep track of your list of To Do’s on both your iPhone and Outlook.
- Create an all-day appointment in Outlook.
- In the notes field, type a bulleted list of your tasks that need to be completed on that day.
That’s it. Big surprise. Make it simple and save yourself $10.00. Sure, you won’t be able to check them off or move them around, nor will the unfinished tasks roll over to the following day, but this solution is working for me and I think it will work for you too.