Originally Posted by mitchelrl
I didn't say it was just for business, I said it was business class. Just because you use Microsoft Outlook for personal use, it doesn't mean it's the best course of action.
Gmail is free, Outlook is not (costs around $200 for the whole office 2007 pro suite)
Gmail data is redundant, POP3 setups in outlook that don't leave a copy of a message on the server are not and I've seen countless people forget to backup their outlook .OST before formatting.
Cloud/Google computing is the future for personal use and small companys with no aspirations of public ownership.
You can sync everything (contacts, calendar, messages) over the air with Blackberry Desktop Redirector and it will sync Outlook and your Blackberry.
Don't give advice if you aren't capable of doing it accurately, there's enough bad information on the internet already.
As far as the OP's question is concerned.
Install Blackberry Desktop Manager and check out the synchronization area, it will synch your outlook contacts with your phone initially.
We have a difference of opinion. Sorry you don't like mine. I didn't like yours but did not feel a need to attack you for it.
Since many people already have Microsoft Office with Outlook, it's not an additional expense. Since the OP was asking about Outlook, it's safe to guess that he already has it. And if one is used to using Outlook, already has contacts and calendar in it, and wants to use it, then I do belive it is the best course of action.
I don't use Desktop Redirector and have read many postings on here and other forums that it does not work well. I would not use it because it requires you to leave your PC on all the time in order to work and it is not always reliable. Additionally, from reading the documentation on the RIM website, my understanding is that it requires an account using Exchange Server to function. I guess the RIM documentation could be incorrect.
About the BlackBerry Desktop Redirector
If your BlackBerry® device is associated with a Microsoft® Outlook® email account that uses Microsoft® Exchange Server version 5.5 or later and does not use a BlackBerry® Enterprise Server, you can use the BlackBerry® Desktop Redirector to forward email messages and organizer data to and from your device.
Many of us use Outlook for accounts that are not associated with Exchange Server. I use mine with accounts from Yahoo, Roadrunner, my personal domain, and others.