On the Google Enterprise Blog they are announcing that the Premier and Education editions of Google applications, can now be in sync with Microsoft’s Outlook. According to the blog post contacts, emails and calendar can be used with Google applications.
The blog also states that:
Many business users prefer Gmail’s interface and features to products they’ve used in the past. But sometimes there are people who just love Outlook. For them, we’ve developed Google Apps Sync for Microsoft Outlook. It enables Outlook users to connect to Google Apps for business email, contacts and calendar. And they can always use Gmail’s web interface to access their information when they’re not on their work computer.
Hopefully in the future this same syncing will be made available to Google free applications as well.
But one does have to ask. If Google apps are free to use online why pay to license Microsoft Outlook?