Outlook 2013 and Google Apps Sync

Installed Windows 8 and Office 2013 in a virtual machine yesterday – and I’m glad I chose to do it that way: it seems that the Google Apps sync tool isn’t working yet!

Issue One: the standard installer doesn’t work. “Please download and install the 64-bit version of Google Apps Sync”

If you search for the 64-bit installer you’ll find Google’s download page for the MSI file, but the standard link generates this error when trying to set things up. Not so helpful.

Issue Two: Failed to create profile.

After installing the 64-bit MSI and launching the tool manually, we still can’t create a new profile.

Interestingly, the import profile option is greyed out, so something is really not working there.

Hopefully Google addresses this soon, but in the meantime, stay with Office 2010 if you rely on this.

The only other option at this stage seems to be IMAP, which is fine for email but not other Outlook data.

UPDATE 9 June 2013: It’s now officially supported by Google. Tried it out last week and it works a treat on a clean installation.

The only difference to be aware of (that I’ve found) is that the screen that formerly asked for your username and password now only asks for your username, or email address. It then shoots you off in your broswer to Google, asking you to  authorise Outlook in much the same way as a 3rd party Twitter app requests authorisation. Authorise it, close the browser window and continue as previously.

Microsoft should release IE6 as a single-site browser

Internet Explorer 6 is still out there. In large numbers.

Often the reason given is that the corporate sector is tied to it through intranets and other applications that rely on it.

So, why not release IE6 as a single-site browser (SSB), like Mozilla’s Prism for example?

  1. Corporates can run their intranets via the IE6 SSB
  2. The general-use browser can then be updated to the latest version (IE8), which has to make security easier for their IT department
  3. Microsoft can then officially drop support for IE6, and only need to support the SSB in its corporate environment
  4. The rest of us can breathe a sigh of relief as we watch IE6 usage fall rapidly!

It seems like a simple solution to me, but perhaps it’s not that simple. Otherwise Microsoft would have done it already. Yes?

Snow Leopard Exchange Support

I’m holding my breath regarding Microsoft Exchange support in Apple’s new OS10.6 Snow Leopard.

You see, I dropped using my PC altogether about a week ago. Well, almost. I still have to remote into my server and use Outlook that’s installed there, as we rely on Exchange for our email and calendar.

Which is a bit of a nuisance, as any links clicked in the mail open up in IE on the server inside the Remote Desktop window. And saving attachments? Sheesh.

So apparently my copy of Exchange-supporting Appleness is being shipped on Friday.

I really hope it “cuts the mustard”. I’ll post my thoughts here once I’ve installed it!

No right answers for IE8

There has been quite a lot said recently about Microsoft’s new Internet Explorer 8 (IE8). Should it default to “standards mode”? Or default to “IE7 mode”?

But Joel on Software has put things into perspective: Neither side is right, and neither side is wrong. Because there is really no right answer here.

It’s a long read, but worthwhile if you’ve been following the debate. It also add some understanding as why Vista is so plagued. (And yes, I’m one of those who has gone back to Windows XP)

Before reading Joel’s article I didn’t really have an opinion on what IE8 should default to. At least now I can say that maybe having no opinion is the right one!

If things stay as they are, we may all have a lot of work to do – going back and fixing old sites. Grrr.

The saving grace in my case might be the use of very specific stylesheets for Internet Explorer. We have used a conditional comment to call a stylesheet for IE6, another one for IE7, so IE8 shouldn’t read either of these – and just worry about the main stylesheet designed for Firefox etc.

I hope. I’ll have to check…