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That was 2006. Google Calendar works great now. Gmail works good. They started a Task App, and then abandon it when it was half formed. Every other PIM tool ever created has priorities and categories for tasks. Not Google. After the second year, Google Tasks seemed relegated to the back burner while still half finished. More recently Google brought out Google Keep (no API) and Google Reminders (no API). Suddenly this week, the focus is back on Google Tasks.

Gmail has acquired a new interface, and as part of that an integrated tasks panel. Just go to Gmail and go to Settings, Use the new interface. As a part of this, you can now drag and drop an email to become a task. Just like Outlook 2002 did (and still does). It’s almost as if Google’s Engineers finally checked out the Windows PC in the locked room.

After 14 days you can purchase the software for $14.95 per 3-Months, or make a one-time purchase for $49.95. Your one-time purchase can be used for three computers as long as it’s for you, so work, home and laptop. You can use Mac or PC (there’s a separate download for Outlook for Mac). CompanionLink supplies free telephone technical support, and also email support. Here are some resources for all that:

Portland, Ore – Kudos for Microsoft in keeping the ability to purchase Microsoft Office outright. Clearly their company focus is on driving subscription revenue. They are not the only company to do this. But it is a double-edged sword. While it may make shareholders happy to see increasing revenue, it also puts the onus on Microsoft to introduce features and services that have value to business people.

Microsoft Office has achieved rare dominance in the professional world. A businessperson’s standing with customers requires presentations in PowerPoint and documents in Word. However, like Comcast, Microsoft products are not dramatically different than ten or twenty years ago. Bold and Underline is the same. Outlook contacts have not gained any more usefulness. Task priorities still do not handle Franklin Covey techniques. So why does Microsoft think you need to pay $12.50 per month for something you can buy outright for $229?

I have owned a business for 31 years, or as I commonly say, “through four of the last three recessions.” I pay hard costs when the economy is good and run lean during the downturns. I buy furniture, equipment and software that lasts, and then milk it when I need. Half the battle of staying in business is to survive the unexpected; the snowstorm that closed our office for two weeks, the 9/11 shutdown of all domestic aviation, the unexpected lawsuit and the IRS audit. Surviving the unexpected means when business veers to idle, our monthly operating cost drops closer to zero. You cannot do that if you are paying a monthly fee to a vendor that is not providing significant ROI.

Moore’s law ensures that technology becomes cheaper, faster, bigger and less expensive. The only rising cost I have is personnel and benefits which rise with the growth of the economy. If the features you need for Microsoft Office and Microsoft Windows is inherently the same, then it should be optional for you to pay for Microsoft’s expensive service model, not a requirement.

CompanionLink ® Software, Inc. is a pioneering developer of data synchronization solutions for mobile phones and CRM software and services. They also develop a DejaOffice ® for Outlook ® App which runs on Android ™, iPhone ®, iPad ®, Windows Phone ®, and BlackBerry ® devices. For 30 years, CompanionLink has helped mobilize information across devices, computers, applications, and web-based services. For more information, please visit www.companionlink.com and www.dejaoffice.com.

Finally, and most importantly, don’t use iCloud, Exchange or Google to transfer your valuable company information to your phone. CompanionLink provides a great alternative. CompanionLink is dedicated to keeping your data private, and also making it easy to sync to your phone. With CompanionLink software, you can use USB, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and DejaCloud sync to send data directly from your PC to your Phone without hitting any cloud service that farms the data for profit.

On the phone, we feature DejaOffice CRM App. This is an App we wrote, because our perception is that phone calendars are feeble. On the iPhone, the month view doesn’t show you anything about your data except a dot. On the iPhone, to see a week schedule you have to turn the phone sideways. On the iPhone, if your appointment rings and you are away from the phone, there’s nothing further to remind you, until you are way too late for your meeting. With DejaOffice, Day, week and month views have all your data, and are just one tap away. With DejaOffice, persistent alarms make sure you get notified when you get back to your desk, so you don’t miss your meeting. With DejaOffice, when you go on a trip, your calendar doesn’t go haywire the minute you land in a different time zone.

What would have made a lot of sense, is if Android and Apple had gone to Microsoft and said “Hey you have a lot of people using Outlook, so let’s work together to make a mobile version of it.” They didn’t, however. In fact, nether Android or Apple development teams ever used Outlook. Google (developer of Android) is primarily a linux shop, and Apple is; well Apple.

DejaOffice does all the things that Outlook on the PC, but it does it in a mobile way. For instance, appointment reminders are persistent, just like on the PC. They ring quietly every few minutes, until I dismiss them. My DejaOffice Calendar has all my colors. My DejaOffice appointments all have locations. And My tasks are easy to add and check off. Finally, everything I do, including text messages, are put into Journal so I have a record.

On the PC I use CompanionLink Express with Real-time Sync through DejaCloud. This instantly transfers my Contacts, Calendar, Tasks and Notes from Outlook to my DejaOffice on Android. If I make a new appointment in DejaOffice, it goes to Outlook through DejaCloud within five seconds. No waiting, no duplicates. Definitely a boost to my mobile productivity.

We’ve all done it. Come in on Monday with a fresh attitude, get busy working, and finally open our Calendar, only to see that we missed an important event an hour ago. How about having your online calendar displayed fresh on your computer first thing every day? DejaDesktop Calendar Wallpaper can do that. It is a PC and Mac app that can move Google’s Calendar and Contact to your Windows and Mac screen backdrop. Every day, when you first look at your PC, you will see your updated Agenda.

“Desktop blotters were a thing for a reason,” says Wayland Bruns, designer of DejaDesktop. “With Google Calendar, you cannot see your schedule until you open your browser. My phone is supposed to buzz, but sometimes I miss that. It is easier for me to have a constant view of my week, so I can see important events coming up. I also plan events in advance, so the look ahead year view makes it easy to see when dates fall in coming months.”

DejaDesktop Calendar Wallpaper is free if you just need the month view with the look ahead months. There is a two-week trial for the Outlook and Google data feeds. The software works by keeping your current schedule on your local PC, and burning today’s calendar into your screen backdrop picture. It will automatically update whenever you change your Calendar.

DejaDesktop can also show key contacts, and your task list. This is handy to have a bit of information that you are constantly search for, always available on your wallpaper. “I have one person I call weekly,” says Bruns. “I have him bookmarked on my cell phone, but I need to dial from my desk phone because it is a business call. It takes three screen taps to bring it up. Having it on my wallpaper means I know right where it is when I dial.”

The data feed for Google is a one-time purchase. You can buy it for one computer for $29.95. For three computers, you get a discount for $49.95. This is a lifetime license with no subscription or renewal fees. DejaDesktop is created by CompanionLink Software, a leader in synchronization tools. CompanionLink is based in the US and offers free technical support for its products. For more information see https://www.dejadesktop.com.