As its name suggests, Palm's webOS is focused on the Web. It has been designed to synchronize user data with online services like Google and Facebook. While this has many advantages, there are many who would prefer to sync their data with applications on their desktop.
Chapura has announced two applications that will handle this task, and there are other who have previously unveiled their solutions.
Microsoft Outlook Sync
Chapura PocketMirror Standard will provide two-way synchronization between desktop versions of Outlook Contacts and Calendar and the corresponding webOS applications. It will do this without cables, running over the local Wi-Fi network instead.
Its developer says PocketMirror Standard for webOS will be available from Pre's on-device beta App Catalog shortly after general availability of Pre.
Palm Desktop Sync
Chapura has also unveiled Echo for the Palm Desktop, which will let users continue to synchronize their data with PC application used with Palm OS devices. It will offer Date Book and Address Book synchronization with the Palm Pre.
Chapura says Echo will be available in the second half of 2009. Pricing information for Echo and PocketMirror Standard has not been made public.
Quite a few long-time potential Palm Pre buyers have expressed concerns about the webOS only syncing with the cloud, and so Chapura is not the only company working on desktop synchronization software for the webOS.
CompanionLink Software has already released PC synchronization software that will work with the Palm Desktop, Microsoft Outlook, Lotus Notes, ACT! by Sage, and GoldMine. This application works by synchronizing data between the PC application and Google, and then the Pre syncs itself with Google's servers.
It is available now as a 14-day trial, and it sells for $29.95. More information is available on the CompanionLink website, or it can be downloaded from the on-device App Catalog.
In addition, Mark/Space is developing a version of The Missing Sync for Microsoft Windows and Mac OS X. This will allow Pre users to synchronize contacts and calendars automatically over a Wi-Fi connection, and also transfer and sync music, ringtones, photos, files, and videos with a USB cable.
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