If you use both Google Calendar and Microsoft Outlook's calendar function you are probably looking for an easy and automated way to sync the calendars to access all information all the time without having to switch between calendars. The easiest way to achieve this is to sync Google Calendar with Microsoft Outlook.
Update: Microsoft published two guides for Outlook 2013 and Outlook 2016 that allow you to import and/or see Google Calendar in Outlook.
Option 1: import Google Calendar to Outlook
The downside of the method is that there is no sync which means that you will have to repeat the process regularly.
Option 2: See your Google Calendar in Outlook
Outlook checks the Google Calendar data using the provided URL on each start, and updates the events if updates are available. Outlook will check for updates periodically as well if you keep it open.
Both options are compatible with Microsoft Outlook 2003 and Outlook 2007 and the Windows XP and Windows Vista operating system.
Google Calendar Sync is an official software program by Google that has to run in the background to sync Google Calendar with Microsoft Outlook.
Update: The program is no longer available.
Download and install Google Calendar Sync from the download link above. The syncing options can then be configured in the main interface which looks like the following:
Enter the Google email address and password for the account that you want to sync Microsoft Outlook calendar with. Syncing options are provided in the same interface. It is possible to select a 2-way sync which will sync new and changed calendar entries both way or single-way from either Microsoft Outlook to Google Calendar or vice verse. Lastly the time between syncs can be defined in minutes. The application will run in the background on the computer system. It will use about 10 Megabytes of computer memory while running in the background.
A right-click on the icon can be used to access the options and to initiate a manual syncing process.
Remote Calendars is an add-in for Microsoft Outlook that can be used to subscribe, reload and delete a generic remote iCalendar. Google Calendar is actually offering access to iCalendar in the options on the Google Calendar website. The process would look like the following:
Please note that this option will only add Google Calendar entries into Microsoft Outlook. If you want to sync the items both ways use Google Calendar Sync instead.
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