Official Google Blog: Google Sync Beta for iPhone, WinMo & SyncML Phones

Google’s released a beta of Google Sync that lets you synchronise your Google Calendar and Contacts with your iPhone or Windows Mobile phone – another step towards Google Apps being ready for primetime business use.

The good news is that it uses Microsoft’s excellent ActiveSync technology – indeed you enter the Google server details into the MS Exchange config screen on the iPhone, so the Google servers are behaving as the industry-standard Exchange server.

The bad news is that mail is still syncing through the dreadful IMAP protocol, instead of ActiveSync. Conosco’s IT support team are hoping that Google is testing this for release soon, as we hate IMAP and its problems.