Calendar Help - 2 Androids + Outlook 2013 - Over the Air Sync
I am looking for some help.
I have spent hours trying to find a solution and am still at square one on this issue. What I am looking for is this. My wife and I both have Android phones and I have Outlook 2013 on a laptop that we keep all of our calendar events on. I want to have all three devices sync with each other when it comes to anything and everything "Calendar". Contacts are not that important to me, all I want is out calendar appointments to be synced between the three devices all the time. If I add a appointment on the laptop, I want it to automatically over the air go to my phone and her phone. If she add an appointment on her phone I want it to automatically go to my phone and our laptop, and any combination of adding or removing appointments you can think of between the three devices. I of course, like most am looking for a free way of doing this. IF that is not possible then the next cheapest best solution possible.
A few things we have tried so far, and have all failed in one way or another, are the following;
1. Setup Outlook 2013 to point to a outlook.com calendar. Setup Outlook.com on both devices with the same account. This failed. Only two of the three devices would sync, usually it was one phone and Outlook 2013 when we would delete an appointment, if we added an appointment, maybe 30% of the time it would appear on the phone that created it and Outlook 2013. But never the three. Out of 20 or so combination attempts. It worked once where the three devices synced the way they should and updated as they should. But I was unable to replicate it. We tried this whole scenario with them setup as Outlook.com accounts and we tried it setup as Microsoft Exchange ActiveSync accounts, and any combination of the two. Same results no matter how they were setup.
2. Setup Outlook 2013 to point to my Outlook.com calendar and then share my Outlook.com calendar with my wife's Outlook.com account (giving her co-owner rights). This scenario works great if she was accessing her calendar from Hotmail. My calendar would not appear on her phone. We tried setting it up as a Outlook.com account and we tried using the Microsoft Exchange ActiveSync. We tried it in numerous combinations. the shared calendar would not appear on her phone no matter how we did it. If I reversed the whole thing it was the same outcome.
3. Tried doing the same thing as 1 and 2, only using a Google calendar as the central calendar point and it had the same results pretty much as 1 and 2.
So at this point I am at a loss really. After going through two full battery charges worth of playing with these phones and hours upon hours of searching, I am still at square one. And I gotta be honest here. I am a huge Apple hater. Hate is a strong word to use but it is true. Having a heavy IT background and knowing the ins and outs of how Apple works and what they use for hardware, and their business model. I hate everything about them. But in a situation like this, they kick the living snot out of Android when it comes to cloud technology and being able to do stuff like this with absolute ease!
So I am at the mercy of all of you that are reading this, I am still relatively new when it comes to the Android world and the ins and outs of it, I am a BlackBerry lover, and I know the ins and outs of BlackBerry's like the back of my hand. But due to circumstances that arose, I am here using a Galaxy S3 for the next three years, and I want to make the best of it and really learn this platform.
So any help is appreciated. The easier of a solution the better, as while I am IT savvy, the good lord did not grace my wife with such comprehension in this area.
Thank you all in advance and I look forward to your inputs.