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How (And Why) You Should Connect Microsoft Outlook to Wrike With Automated Updates

Are you trying to extend visibility on Wrike projects to the rest of your organization or team through a Microsoft Outlook calendar? You can seamlessly share information on Wrike tasks in Outlook with Unito’s automated 2-way integration. This guide will show you how to set it up step by step to achieve this simple, yet effective functionality. New to Unito? Here’s an overview of our Wrike-Outlook integration.

When people, teams, or resources within your company are siloed in separate tools, it can be difficult to stay on top of important dates in a shared team calendar. You may not want to share every detail of every task, but you might want to let colleagues know about upcoming events, launch dates, milestones, and more. Teams always need quick, easy access to simple communications, particularly with external stakeholders throughout a project’s life cycle, even across different software apps or tools.

Wrike is a popular option for project management software, but there’s no denying Outlook’s dominance as a workplace email platform. This two-way integration between Wrike and Microsoft Outlook will enable you to stay connected and align on dates between tools. By the end of our guide, you’ll be able to:

  • Create events in Microsoft Outlook based on specific tasks in Wrike.
  • Sync details between your calendar events and tasks automatically so that changes in one appear in the other.

Watch Unito’s Wrike Outlook integration in action:

What’s the benefit of using Wrike and Outlook together?

Microsoft Outlook is commonly used in the business world for email, while Wrike is great for managing projects with a wide range of features to suit your needs and use case. Syncing events or contacts between them saves you time that would otherwise be spent copy-pasting details between tools or updating information in multiple places. You’ll also benefit from a shared calendar synced to your key milestones or important tasks in Wrike.

You can also sync contacts between Wrike assignees and Outlook calendar event attendees as long as those contacts have accounts with the same email address in both tools. This is a great way to assign tasks from Outlook to your colleagues in Wrike, or keep a list of attendees visible in Wrike.

Three Wrike – Outlook Integrations

Unito enables three different kinds of integrations between your tools that determine how and where work items (Wrike tasks, Outlook calendar events, and contacts) are created. All of these options can support 2-way automated updates between tasks and events:

  1. Wrike to Outlook
  2. Outlook to Wrike
  3. 2-way (or bidirectional)

1. Wrike to Outlook

This is the most common use case between these tools and the integration our demo will focus on. With this setup, whenever you create a task in Wrike that fits your rules in Unito, a matching event will appear in your Outlook calendar. This assumes you want to share important deadlines, milestones, or other dates from Wrike to a calendar in Outlook. This could be for your personal use (if you prefer checking your outlook calendar when you’re on the go) or through a shared team calendar.

2. Outlook to Wrike

Here, we can tell Unito to create Wrike tasks based on specific events in your Outlook calendar. This integration option makes sense if you don’t have access to Wrike, perhaps while you’re on the go, but want to set reminders for yourself or someone else from Outlook. The details of your calendar event will then sync to a newly-created Wrike task.

3. Two-Way Integration between Outlook and Wrike

This option gives you the best of both worlds: tasks in Wrike will create matching calendar events in Outlook and vice versa. It fulfills all of the use cases described above simultaneously so you can create tasks in Wrike from Outlook, or share calendar events based on Wrike data. If you’re going to choose this kind of Unito integration (or flow), make sure to set precise rules to determine which tasks or events should sync with Unito.

How to set up and use a 2-way integration between Wrike and Microsoft Outlook

Before setting up this flow with Unito, you may want to review our integration documentation for Microsoft Outlook and Wrike to get a better understanding of what you can -and can’t– do with this integration.

If you plan on syncing attendees as well, you can only sync them as Wrike assignees if your contact has accounts in both tools with the same email address. Otherwise, you can sync Outlook attendees to your Wrike description or description footer. Here’s what our synced Wrike task looks like next to the matching Outlook calendar event:

Synced Wrike task and Outlook Calendar event

Step 1. Connect Microsoft Outlook and Wrike to Unito

  • Login the Unito App and select +Create Flow.
  • Now, click Start Here to connect Outlook and Wrike.
  • Specify which account and calendar you wish to sync for each.

Here’s what a completed connection looks like at this stage:

Connecting Wrike and Outlook with Unito

If you have any trouble connecting your tools at this stage, don’t hesitate to contact Unito’s live support team who will be more than happy to assist you.

Step 2. Set a flow direction for your Microsoft Outlook – Wrike integration

As we described above, here you get to pick how Unito will create new calendar events or tasks. Later, we’ll decide which fields, or details, to keep in a live 2-way sync.

For now, just pick a source and destination tool if you only want to create events in one of your calendars from another.

Set a flow direction between Wrike and Outlook

In our demo, we chose a 1-way flow direction so that events in Outlook will be created based on specific tasks in Wrike. Next, we’ll set rules to decide which events to create and sync between those calendars.

Step 3. Set rules to filter in -or out- specific events and tasks between Wrike and Outlook

Here, we’ll set triggers with specific conditions to decide which tasks should turn into calendar events (or vice versa). If you don’t specify triggers, then all tasks from the selected project or folder will become calendar events (or vice versa). An easy way to be precise is to sync tasks with specific assignees, categories, or colors.

In this example, we can tell Unito to only sync tasks assigned to one or several Wrike assignees.

NOTE: Unito will only sync newly created work items by default. If you’d like to change that to sync historical work items, simply click the little garbage can icon next to creation date. This rule is a preset safeguard in case you’d like to test your flow before launching.

When you’re ready, select Add a new trigger to to sync those labeled cards with your specified Microsoft Outlook calendar.

Sample rules between Wrike and Outlook
This is a basic set of rules that will create Outlook calendar events for all historical tasks from our connected Wrike project, including subfolders.

Find out more about setting rules.

Step 4. Choose which details to sync between Google Calendar and Outlook events

At this stage you’ll select specific fields to sync between Outlook and Wrike. Fields are the details of your work items: title, description, assignee, attendee, etc. You can choose mappings from scratch or let Unito do it automatically. We recommend auto-mapping your fields between Wrike + Outlook if you’d like to start with a pre-built template.

Your fields will be automatically mapped for two-way updates, but you can adjust them as needed. With a one-way sync between fields, only the destination field will update automatically when you make changes in the source field.

If you’d like to add a new field mapping, click + Add mapping to sync a new field, then Select a field for each tool and find the field you wish to map. You can also remove individually auto-mapped fields by hovering your cursor over the field mapping and selecting the bin icon as it appears. Here are our auto-mapped fields between Wrike and Outlook:

Field mappings with Unito to sync Wrike and Outlook
Attendees and Assignees will only sync between Wrike and Outlook if the user’s contact information already exists in both tools. If you’d just like to see a list of attendees from Outlook in your Wrike task, change “Assignees” to Description footer.

Click Confirm when you’re satisfied with your field mappings to proceed.

Find out more about field mappings.

Step 5. Save, close, and launch your Outlook – Wrike flow!

And that’s it! You’ve just completed a flow between Outlook and Wrike. Congratulations!

If you’ve followed the steps above, your flow will now: 

  • Create a new calendar event in Microsoft Outlook based on activity in Wrike, following the rules you selected in step 3.
  • Sync dates, times, attendees, titles and descriptions between your calendar and Wrike, while keeping them up to date in real-time.

If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to reach out and let us know. Our live support team is ready to jump in and lend a hand to make sure your flows always function as intended.

What’s next after building a 2-way integration between Microsoft Outlook and Wrike?