If someone has a better title for this let me know. I dont use gmail on my phone or the google app, but I use google sync, google voice, and google calendar (PC based). I use them pretty extensively to sync about 5-7 calendars(depending on where we are in the football season ). I use google voice so I can use my personal phone and not give out that number. I have done a bunch(and I mean a bunch) of research in figuring things out.
What I really think here is that this set of apps get way overlooked and just seen as something cool. If you take the time they can give you very close to a BES sync, without the cost. With all that said please feel free to discuss and ask questions here, about these apps. I cant help with the google mail app or search app as again I dont have gmail on my phone at all. I dont even really use that email for anything.
Things I have found about google calendars that can be very helpful to all wanting BES calendar sync for multiple phones. you can sync your outlook calendar to gcalendar, and then share those calendars with other gmail users. You can make it so they can read only or they can make changes. what that means. Say you have 4 employees, 4 different calendars + your own, and your personal. thats 6 right there. You can set by email the calendar name. Share only the needed calendar with each employee so when you make a change to outlook, and then sync to gcalendar, it will then sync to their calendar automatically and then when google sync runs on the phone BAM all the calendar information is on the phone. Before it was thought that you all had to share one email log in to sync those calendars but now that I found this you can have unlimited amounts of emails and share with them all.
So that this doesnt go on and on lol if you have questions/discussion leave it here!
Ok with all that was said I have actually found an issue myself. I can not sync google calendar to invited appointments even if the email address invited is part of my sync.. this is troubling. As I am trying to find a way to sync my phone, outlook calendar and microsoft live calendar all to google so that I can have a constant update or atleast have my phone and microsoft live and outlook calendars taken care of. If anyone has any suggestions I am open to them I am on BIS so that is why I need this