Are we getting a new Calendar for the holidays?

By Kip Kniskern | In News | Posted December 8, 2012 18 comments

All we want for Christmas… is a new Calendar, and we’re keeping our fingers crossed that we just may,  finally, be getting one.  While we don’t have much to go on, there are a couple of indications that a long awaited update to what used to be Windows Live Calendar (and then Hotmail Calendar, and now just Calendar) may finally be getting an update.

First, while the current calendar is available and working, status.live.com reports that Calendar has a “problem”:

calendar status

… and indeed, we’re not able to add a birthday to a calendar, instead getting the repeated message that “we’re doing some maintenance now”.

In addition to that, The Next Web is reporting that a major promotional push to get users to move from Hotmail to the new Outlook.com interface is set to begin next week (just when the maintenance for Calendar is set to end.  Coincidence?):

The Next Web caught up with David Law, Director of Product Management at Outlook.com, to get the lowdown on Outlook. And it seems some Hotmail users will start seeing persuasive messages appear on their Hotmail accounts over this weekend, but the main push will begin next week.

“We’ve kind of done it a little bit here and there, but we’re going to send an email and start using some of our own display advertising to actively reach out to Hotmail users,” says Law.

It almost goes without saying that we’re fully expecting a Calendar update to go along with the Metro/Modern Outlook.com interface, but we were expecting a Calendar update back in August, shortly after Outlook.com launched in late July.  So was Paul Thurrott, who wrote at the time:

Windows Live Calendar, which is becoming simply Calendar, has not been updated yet—Microsoft tells me that most people access the calendar through their phones or Windows applications, anyway—but it will be in the near future.

And yet here we are, with only a few days left in the year, and still no new Calendar.  It has to be coming soon, right?

Posted December 8th, 2012 at 8:29 pm
Category: News
Tags: Calendar, Outlook.com
  • http://www.facebook.com/williamdevereux William Devereux

    I certainly hope so. I’ve been looking forward to it for months.

  • http://www.facebook.com/williamdevereux William Devereux

    I certainly hope so. I’ve been looking forward to it for months.

  • http://twitter.com/efjay01 Ef Jay

    They don’t have a solution fir WP users for changing their live id without a hard reset so i hope they wont try and force them to switch.

    • Mike

      It’s not necessary to change the Live ID to use the Outlook interface, is only a option

  • efjay

    They don’t have a solution fir WP users for changing their live id without a hard reset so i hope they wont try and force them to switch.

    • Mike

      It’s not necessary to change the Live ID to use the Outlook interface, is only a option

  • http://twitter.com/harlemS Travis Pope

    They need to get on this. This is embarrassing so far.

  • Travis Pope

    They need to get on this. This is embarrassing so far.

  • http://twitter.com/petermorlion Peter Morlion

    I’m just hoping they finally fix the birthday-one-day-off problem.

    • Mathias

      Me too!!!!!!!!!

  • Peter Morlion

    I’m just hoping they finally fix the birthday-one-day-off problem.

    • Mathias

      Me too!!!!!!!!!

  • damaster

    An interesting update – the Service status page now says the Calendar maintenance will not complete until Thursday Dec 13.

  • damaster

    An interesting update – the Service status page now says the Calendar maintenance will not complete until Thursday Dec 13.

  • brinke guthrie

    Status says “Running normally.” No refresh.

  • eknirb

    Status says “Running normally.” No refresh.

  • Brian Vistaunet

    Yep! I’m open to switching away from Google, especially given that they are ditching ActiveSync, but only if Microsoft gets their act together and gives us a decent hosted calendar.

  • Brian Vistaunet

    Yep! I’m open to switching away from Google, especially given that they are ditching ActiveSync, but only if Microsoft gets their act together and gives us a decent hosted calendar.