Most iPhone, Symbian, Blackberry and Windows smartphone users find synchronizing their personal Outlook calendar Exchange ActiveSync easy to do, but encounter barriers with public or group calendars and tasks as these are stored in public folders — and “Exchange” doesn’t support public folders synchronization.

Motivated by business users or those who have a family who often share tasks, content or calendars, for which Outlook creates these non-sync public folders, Somebytes Software Developer ( has released OLMixedFolders to resolve this problem. It allows users to synchronize different Outlook folders through a personal profile.

Outlook users with more than one address folders (e.g. one for business contacts one for personal contacts) will usually find that their cellular phone will only synchronize one folder. In that case OLMixedFolders will check the changes in each address against the standard folder, which the cellular phone software will synchronize. 

OLMixedFolders’ synchronization process uses what is called a Slavefolder (comprised by the standard Outlook folder for calendars, contacts, tasks etc. and special sub-folders) and a Masterfolder (to be synchronized with the Slavefolder). The synchronization can be filtered using any of a range of criteria and can also be set to synchronize in one or both ways (between Slave- and Masterfolder). 

A demo of OLMixedFolders is available for download. Registration is US$29.60.