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Today, we're releasing a new, modern calendar experience for Outlook.com. The Outlook.com calendar has been entirely redesigned with a modern, intuitive interface that puts you in control of your schedule. Our calendar service is faster than ever, helps you focus on the events and appointments and tasks you've added, and lets you take your calendar with you on any device. The new Outlook.com calendar is rolling out now and will be available around the world this week at https://calendar.live.com/.
The new, modern design of Outlook.com, along with many of Microsoft's other products, optimizes "content over chrome," which, in the case of calendar, means your events and appointments are the primary focus.
We also made navigating and getting info into your calendar faster than ever. You can add or edit events with a single click, enter an event by simply dragging your mouse across the time or date range you need, add tasks without opening a new page, and jump to a particular day simply by clicking the date.
Another key part of our design philosophy is to ensure that you have a consistent experience that adds up to more than just the individual parts. You'll see this in how the new Calendar fits naturally into the same family with your inbox, address book and SkyDrive:
Of course today's calendar isn't about the web alone--it has to work amazingly well across your mobile devices. Outlook.com uses Exchange ActiveSync to sync your mail, calendar, and address book on your smartphone, tablet, in the new Outlook 2013 and with the Mail, Calendar and People apps on your new PC or tablet running Windows 8. You can also use the Outlook connector to integrate your calendar with previous versions of the Outlook desktop software. Connecting your calendar to your mobile device is easy.
You can connect your Microsoft account to services like Skype, LinkedIn, and Facebook to see your friends' birthdays added to the calendar automatically from those services. Your calendar also shows you up-to-date weather forecasts for many regions, and holidays for a growing list of regions. You can also import calendars (.ics files) or subscribe to public calendars from other services. iCalShare gives you thousands of holiday, sports, and other calendars that you can subscribe to with just a click. Or, try exporting a Google calendar, and then import it into your Outlook.com Calendar by clicking the Import link in the header.
We prioritize your privacy and so of course, your calendar is private by default. But we set out to make it as easy as possible to share your calendar with others. All you have to do is click the "Share" menu in the header. When you share a calendar, other people can access the calendar, but as the owner, you determine who can edit and add events. You can set it up in just a few clicks.
You can either privately share the calendar with specific people (by entering their email address) or you can click "Get a link" and then email or post that link anywhere you want. You can also subscribe to change notifications on a shared calendar. So if one parent adds or changes an event--a family dinner, soccer game, doctor's appointment, date night--you can make sure the whole family gets notified by email. And, you can have as many shared calendars as you like.
Whether you're already using Outlook.com for your email or you're just looking for a new, modern calendar, you can get started with any email address at Outlook.com Calendar as soon as your account is upgraded.
We look forward to hearing what you think.
--David Dennis, Principal Program Manager Lead, Outlook.com Calendar
Microsoft, you are SO close to winning me over from Google. However, I need this stuff to work on my Mac. Does the new calendar support CalDAV so I can use it with the OSX Calendar application? I can't use EAS on my Mac :-( Ditto for IMAP for mail and CardDAV for contacts. If you can solve this problem, I'll ditch Google tomorrow! I am already digging SkyDrive and Windows Phone, why not make me a happy Outlook.com customer as well? Please keep in mind I'd be happy to pay a few $$$ a month to have access by means of these standard interfaces.
Looks terrific! (Here- haven't gotten it yet tho)
oh my gosh - finally! Looking forward to using it
FINALLY! This has been -long- overdue since the re-design of Hotmail to Outlook.
Yeah... I'm sure they will get right on that... Considering Windows 8 has a bigger usage share than OSX. You should hold your breath!
Will it be possible to sync a subscribed calendar to Windows Phone please?
(Rather than just the primary live.com calendar?)
Words cannot express...looks like this long overdue refresh is about to become reality, and it's beautiful. I'm looking forward to trying it out. Thanks for your hard work.
One "nice-to-have" I'd like to see is an option to sync my Outlook.com calendar with another calendar (in my case, my Exchange-based work calendar). For security reasons, I can't hit it externally, but I could use the now-deprecated Google Calendar Sync to push my work appointments there and then pull them into my Windows Phone. It'd be great to have that kind of functionality restored using the Outlook.com Calendar.
Now why doesn't the new Outlook Calendar follow the updated UI & Look of the new Calendar app for Windows 8?
If you subscribe to the calendar on Outlook Calendar it should appear on your Windows Phone automatically (unless you're using the first release of the Windows Phone 7 OS--if so, upgrade your phone's OS).
Now we just need Skype and we will be good to go.
I'm so happy for this update!! Just migrated all my google calendars the other day and this is the icing on the cake!
I wish the colors would sync between the Windows 8 Calendar app, this new website version, and the Windows Phone 8. Needs to support the same colors as windows phone 8...
You might need to go into the calendar settings on your phone and check a checkbox to have it show on your phone.
Have you improved the ability for people to add public calendars from around the web to their Outlook calendar? Put more simply, will people be able to put a "Add to Outlook calendar" button alongside their "Add to Google Calendar" button?
ummm...lools pretty similar to me!
With all respect for the work you guys are doing on this, could I make one suggestion: when creating a new event, the dropdown menu for time displays the 10 half-hour intervals before the user-set start time for the day (8 or 9 am or whatever). It would be great if this could be reversed to show the 10 intervals AFTER the start time - I don't expect that most people have appointments at 4am, after all. I think it's a small thing that would make a big difference.
Other than that, great job so far!