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April 12, 2011 9:18 AM   Subscribe

Help me coordinate my digital ecosystems

I am being migrated from Novell WinXP over to Windows 7 using Outlook. I use macs at home and google services. What are the best tips or advice for the following:

* Must have tools, apps, widgets and utilities for Windows 7

* How to sync Windows 7, OS X and My cloud services?

* iPad person as well, what apps would you find helpful in this mixed system?

I have been using dropbox for my files and Google calendar but am willing to do it all in Outlook if it synchs between Google and my iCalendar. I also use an iPad so if you have some advice there that would rock too.
posted by jadepearl to Computers & Internet (4 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
I am guessing it's just too broad of a question to get many responses. However, your first sentence includes the buzzword of 2011 that makes me want to scream when I read or hear it - "ecosystem." Argggh.

Dropbox. That one application will allow you to sync your files between systems flawlessly. Great iOS app, too.
posted by Gerard Sorme at 12:45 PM on April 12, 2011

Response by poster: I already sync work files between my xp box and mac using dropbox. I am more concerned about trying to get the outlook calendars and emails to sync between google services and the two boxes (windows 7 and osx). Unfortunately, CalDav is unreliable, I have found for Google Calendar using iCalendar and Apple Mail.

Hmm..I do try to avoid buzzwords but it is a mixed environment and I am somewhat crabby from having to work around so much.
posted by jadepearl at 2:51 PM on April 12, 2011

Convince your office to switch from an Exchange server to Google Apps.

I realize this is probably futile, but I've had zero cross-platform issues since leaving Exchange.
posted by psycheslamp at 2:58 PM on April 12, 2011

To sync your calendars from outlook, you'll want to install google calendar sync on the Win7 box. iCal will sync to google fine, but outlook requires this add-on. Of course, if you're already using google for calendars, and can avoid outlook (I would if I could...), then just do that.
posted by pompomtom at 3:48 PM on April 12, 2011

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