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Spanning Sync v1.0 Launches – Apple, Google Sync

Spanning Sync v1.0, an application that provides
two-way synchronization between Google Calendar and Apple iCal, has launched after seven
months of development – including a four-month beta period. As The
Unofficial Apple Weblog noted
, Spanning Sync also syncs between multiple Macs and Google Calendar accounts,
with iSync-compatible devices like iPods and mobile phones (iPhone too when it’s
released), and with Google Apps for Your Domain (Google’s hosting service).

It is an Apple-only application, so many people (myself included) can’t use it. But
it’s an excellent example of two trends which we’re tracking closely here on R/WW:

1) offline/online sync functionality

Spanning Sync founder Charlie Wood told me:

“I believe in a hybrid future where desktop/mobile applications serve as front-ends to
hosted applications and work even when a network connection or the hosted application
itself is unavailable. Such hybrid applications will be powered by transparent
synchronization, which is a hard but not impossible problem.”

It’ll be interesting to see whether the big companies (Google, Apple, Microsoft, et
al) will offer more sync functionality over time. At the moment it’s innovative startups
like Spanning Sync, Morfik and Sharpcast – and some big
companies too, like Adobe – which are leading the way.

2) Integration between web companies, in this case two biggies – Google and Apple

I second the
MacUser blog
, which comments: “…[I] think it’s great to see Mac and Google
apps integrating so well. Hopefully in the future, Apple and Google will follow this
model themselves to allow first-party integration between their products.”

The Spanning
Sync blog notes
some stats from the beta period:

  • 18,862 beta users from 58 countries
  • 65,097 client downloads
  • 5 languages: English, German, French, Japanese, and Swedish
  • 6.1M events sunc to date
  • 3.6M GData API calls per day and growing

See also Marc Orchant’s How I solved
my Outlook-Google Calendar issues
, for an in-depth look at syncing calendars.

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