But the thing is, you can have calendar and contacts (window calendar and contacts via windows mail) for free (in vista, and still free in 7 just need to download windows live)
but its RIM who made the dekstop manager ONLY allow outlook for calendar.
you can have contacts sync through windows mail/contacts but RIM overlooked windows calendar.
"That's it then. Cancel the kitchen scraps for lepers and orphans, no more merciful beheadings... and call off Christmas."