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Converting from Palm to Pocket PC
By Chris De Herrera, Copyright 2001, 2004, 2005
 Version 1.05  Revised 6/29/2005

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Introduction

So you want convert your Palm data to your Pocket PC?  Well this FAQ covers how to do that!  There are multiple ways to convert data so you'll have to decide which one you want to use.

Options:

  1. Install Outlook 2000/2002 from the Pocket PC. Setup Palm Desktop to sync with Outlook by installing the Chapura PocketMirror conduit. Sync the Palm first. Then sync the Pocket PC. You'll have to disable the Palm sync software at the time you sync the Pocket PC if they use the same serial port.
  2. Use Resync (currently a free beta) or  ConvertMe (Outlook 2003 SP1)  to sync your Palm with Outlook and then sync with your Pocket PC.  See My Conversion which covers how to do this.
  3. Install ExtendConnect from Extended Systems. Then sync first with the Palm. Then sync with the Pocket PC. 
  4. Read Going from the Palm to the Pocket PC  for the option of using the web.
  5. Use the data on the desktop in Palm Desktop. This is best for users that no longer have their Palm.    You can use one of the three options to import your data from Palm Desktop into Outlook:
    a. You can use PocketCopy to convert your Palm Desktop data into Outlook. 
    b. You can export the Address Book into a Comma Separated Values format which you can import into Outlook.  Open Palm Desktop, click on the Address icon.  Then select File - Export and then name the file.  Also, you need to select CSV format.  Then you can do the reverse in Outlook. Click on File - Import and Export.  Then you can select the Import from another program or file. Select Comma Separated Values and then you can select where to import the data. 
    c. For the Calendar information you can use datebookCSV to export it into CSV format and then import it into Outlook.

Conclusion

While there are multiple options, the first option with PocketMirror allows you to use both the Palm and the Pocket PC directly with Outlook.   With option 2 you have to purchase and use software to convert.  While option 3 is free, it sends all your data to the web and back to get it on your Pocket PC.

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