Some questions about Windows 8 People (contacts) and Calendar:

1) For Start/People, the contacts appear to be seamlessly synced with Outlook.com, which is fine, but is there a direct way to link it to my Outlook 2010 desktop contacts? Currently I configred Win 8 People to access my Gmail account (as my Gmail contacts are already a synced copy of my Outlook 2010 contacts). So right now, everything is in sync using this path:
Outlook 2010 (Source) >> Gmail contacts >> Outlook.com/Win 8 People
Is there a better way?

2) For Start/Calendar, the calendar entries appear to be seamlessly synced with Outlook.com, which is fine, but is there a direct way to access my Outlook 2010 desktop calendar? I did not see any configuration option on where to point Win 8 calendar to (like I saw in People) . What I did for now is add the Outlook.com account to my Outlook 2010 profile and from there auto-populate it (synced) from Gmail calendar. So right now, everything is in sync using this path:
Outlook 2010 (Source) <> Gmail calendar >> Outlook 2010 (Outlook.com account) > Win 8 Calendar
Is there a better way?

Thanks.