I use Google Apps Premier Edition for my business, and while I really like the GMail interface, there are times where I need to use Outlook. And, while I’m not exactly one of the Microsoft Faithful, I do happen to like the look and feel of Outlook 2007. The new Google Apps Sync tool (available for GA Premier users like myself) is a really impressive tool, and has made it much easier to use Outlook with Google Apps. But, Google Apps Sync only handles your main calendar – and I use multiple calendars.
Now, Outlook 2007 has this great feature called “Internet Calendars” that lets you subscribe to and iCal calendar – including Google Calendar. Unfortunately, like most things Microsoft – and many things Google these days – there’s a little snag:
Outlook gives you this nasty little error message if you’re trying to connect to the Internet calendar over an SSL-encrypted connection. And, for a number of reasons, I enforce SSL on my Google Apps service. Looking around, I couldn’t find anyone with a solution. Even some very good pages like the How To Geek, and knowledgeable folks like markwilson.it, didn’t seem to have an answer. So that’s the end, right? Nope. Now, my IT buddies will fall over from shock – especially coming from me – but it’s actually Microsoft and Internet Explorer 8 to the rescue!