Direct synchronization without a cloud intermediary is a feature for which there is huge demand, and which Microsoft shows no indication of providing.
Now Pocketinfo.nl reports that HTC is planning to develop software which will allow a Windows phone directly to synchronize with Outlook. The person Pocketinfo.nl talked to said as an OEM HTC had the deep access available to enable this feature, and that it would help Windows Mobile upgraders consider Windows Phone 7 more seriously.
It is not clear if it will in fact be over the USB port or wirelessly, but it is of note that Nokia has already demonstrated a similar feature with their ability to import contacts over Bluetooth from other phones, so it is certainly possible.
Would our readers buy a HTC Windows Phone over another simple because it could synchronize directly with Outlook, or is it just a really outmoded idea? Let us know below.