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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
One other comment. I just deleted an item using the new calendar interface and was asked to confirm the deletion. I guess its a good thing that we're asked to confirm however I prefer the way SkyDrive does it where you get the opportunity to undo the deletion if you clicked the delete button accidentally. I understand that SkyDrive has a recycle bin so perhaps its easier for them but nonetheless, please can you make calendar work the same way?
Um I tried to sign in and it deleted my comment I guess, so here's take 2:
The one KILLER feature that Google Calendar has that Outlook does not, is the ability to quickly add sports team calendars. With calendar.google, I can quickly add my favorite NFL, MBA, NCAA etc games, and it even tells me what TV channel the game will be on. I know we track this information in the Windows 8 sports app, so is there any chance we can get these additional public calendars on outlook? It's one of the few barriers preventing me from switching.
the new windows 8 calendar does not fill all the fields in with color the way this one does. hopefully it will get an update soon....
This sounds great, but I won't be able to use it, unfortunately. I just can't believe it is still impossible to sync Outlook for mac with Outlook.com. I have been doing this for years on my windows machine, but I still have to check Outlook.com manually for e-mail and can't access my Outlook calendars on Outlook.com, let alone access them with my windows phone.
P.S. I see no reason why the recycle bin shouldn't contain calendar/ToDo entries as well as files.
Yeah the Google cal option is easy but honestly I have found it to be just as easy to add my favorite NHL team's calendar to my Outlook.com, fka live.com. The team posts the official calendar and I download the ICS file and use the subscribe feature to add that calendar to my set of calendars.
Microsoft is trying to reposition themselves as a company that offers great services for multiple platforms. This is a key way to achieve that vision. It is also a smart thing to do as the computing landscape becomes more diverse.
They either need to add EAS support for OSX, or even better, offer IMAP, CardDAV, and CalDAV support so you can use any mail, calendaring, and contacts applications that you want. Keep pushing Microsoft to do the right thing here!
And what about taks?
I've got the update and have just taken a look. Tasks are still supported.
Exploring more, still no ability to search my calendar :(
I love the new calendar - been waiting a long time for the update. Thank you! In looking at it today, I noticed that I can update the time of an appointment, but I cannot update the location. In order to edit the location, I must first click "view details." From there, I can add the location, but the "save" button remains greyed out and will not let me save the changes. Is anyone else finding this to be the case?
It isn't as helpful as the google one, which for instance during march madness updated on the fly as my team won (and eventually lost) in the tourney.
I lost all my colors. Everything is shades of blue. How do I get different colors so I can differentiate calendars more?
still seeing the old calendar :(