- Feb 9, 2015
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- 21.5" 2.7GHz Quad Core i5; 8GB; 1TB HDD
This is a situation which has been an obstacle to me making a clean switchand I’m ready to find a workable solution.
Background: Long time ago, my mobile device of choice was a Windows Mobile 5device and it served me well via ActiveSync with Outlook on my desktop. I have had an occasion each of losing data onmy mobile and restoring painlessly via ActiveSync and also losing data on mydesktop Outlook and using the same connection to restore the desktop. I felt the data protection it allowed wasconfidence inspiring. After awhile, Iupgraded to WinMo6 to get threaded text messaging by default – and it stillworked via ActiveSync. It was short,sweet and painless.
Over time, my Contacts list had grown and I had a management problem where Ididn’t need to see everyone in the list but I didn’t want to delete their contact(BTDT), so I added a nested folder, called it “Old Contacts” and simply did adrag/drop from my desktop to that folder, and ActiveSync removed them from mymobile device. It worked very well andif needed I could drag/drop them back.
A few years ago, my software needs caused me to buy an iPad2. I found using the iPad such a joy, thatalthough I bought it for the use of literally ONE application (Foreflight),that I ended up using it for email, web and more that soon other applicationswere loaded onto the iPad. Soon after, Ithought it would be prudent to have a backup for Foreflight, and since I loathecarrying multiple devices, I purchased and iPhone5, which didn’t work withActiveSync and didn’t integrate with Outlook and didn’t handle my contacts inthe way that I’d become accustomed.
Current Situation: Now I have since upgraded the i5 to an i6+ and have 2contact lists that are out of sync. Ihave the list that is still in Outlook with the nested folder and I have theone on my iDevices that I have allowed to sync to my iMac via iCloud. I need to assimilate the contacts on Outlook,then I can retire Outlook J
Questions: I exported both folders to .csv file and I can live with the lossof the contact picture – small loss. I’drather not if there is a better way to export/ import the contacts fromOutlook. Suggestions? What would be the Apple way of managingcontacts that I would like to archive?