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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
IMAP would have been more interesting.
But I can imagine how long it will take when you already needed a half year to re-design a simple calendar... something like this takes normally days ...
So maybe in 2040 IMAP is coming... but I doubt it.
... just realized that you still don't offer the possibility to upload custom contact photos.
How long will it take to switch over? While my contacts and Inbox are now People and Outlook.com, my calendar is still the old Hotmail calendar when I choose the Calender tile.
Is it possible to change the default duration of new calendar appointments from 1 hour to 30 minutes? Also --- have the colors become 'harsher' on the new calendar? Seems the old calendar utilized more 'muted' colors, which I personally preferred.
How do you print the appointments entered for a day? Can't find a print function within the Calendar app, and the IE print feature doesn't work properly at all.
New design looks good, but what I would really appreciate would be possibility to import iCal files directly from email. I just don't uderstand why this is not possible.
We used to be able to view "The last 4 weeks" so that as the month progresses, you start to see the next month's events.. is this still available?
Love the revamp. I've been eagerly awaiting for it's arrival for a while. I do have a few suggestions.
1. A dedicated "Today" button to quickly return to the current month if you have scrolled ahead or behind a few months. Right now the easiest way to click the month and then click today, two clicks for a common and simple task.
2. Replace the delete confirmation with the ability to "undo". There is already a nice popup when you create an event to view the details, reuse this to allow undo after something is deleted.
3. Days in the past should be dimmed or some other method of visually "deactivating" them. I created a google chrome extension that does it for google calendar and could do the same here, but it would be nice if it was integrated and worked on all browsers.
4. Small but fairly simple. The favicon in google calendar changes to show the current date. Not hugely useful, but a nice feature.
5. Allow the user to change the color of the interface like Outlook.com.
That's my 2 cents for now. May have some more after using it a little longer.
I'm having two problems doing basic tasks:
- I can't open my calendar appointments to edit or delete them. I've tried double-clicking, which works intermittently, and I've tried right-clicking and selecting Open, which doesn't work at all.
- When I try to send an invitation to someone, sometimes it works, and sometimes it doesn't. I get a "We can't do this right now. Try again later." message. Just like in People, sometimes when I update a contact's information and try to save it, I get a "Try again later" message. The whole point of a productivity tool is I do it now so I don't have to remember to do it later. So frustrating.
Please can someone tell me how to print? Thanks,
They have removed the functionality to print calendars, unfortunately. :(
@Jane: If you click once on the event, you should be able to edit or delete. On the meeting request issue, we'll look into that.
@Andrea: With the massive shift to users using mobile devices to access and sync their calendars on the go, we've decided not to enable printing from the web interface. We'll watch the feedback and decide if that's something we want to add back.
@Adam, thanks for the suggestions. We're watching feedback from a variety of sources to prioritize future enhancements. We'll consider these.