SyncServices is a technology Apple uses to synchronize information between computers and devices. It is only one of many possible solutions you can use to synchronize data. This article explains which features of SyncServices are available depending on the operating system you are using.
SyncServices can be used to sync Contacts, Calendars, Notes, and Mail account settings on some versions of OS X and Microsoft Windows.
SyncServices for Windows
SyncServices for Windows is included with iTunes 11 and earlier. It is used to synchronize the following data:
- Contacts with Windows Address Book on Windows XP
- Notes, Contacts, Calendars, and Mail Settings with Microsoft Outlook 2003, Microsoft Outlook 2007, and Microsoft Outlook 2010 on Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7 or Windows 8
- Bookmarks with Safari for Windows or Internet Explorer with your iOS device on Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7 or Windows 8
OS X Mountain Lion and earlier
SyncServices is included as a framework in OS X Mountain Lion and earlier. It is used to synchronize the following data:
- Contacts, Calendars, Notes, and Mail settings between iCal, Address Book, Mail and third-party applications that utilize SyncServices with OS X Lion and earlier
- Contacts, Calendars, and Mail settings with Calendars, Contacts, Mail, and third-party applications that support SyncServices
OS X Mavericks
OS X Mavericks v10.9 and later do not use SyncServices. Instead, Mavericks supports sharing your information using several network-based and cloud-based solutions. If you want to sync your information across multiple devices and computers, you should use one or more of these methods. These include iCloud, CardDAV servers, CalDAV servers, and servers that utilize the Exchange ActiveSync protocol.