Calendar rumblings?

By Kip Kniskern | Posted March 22, 2013 12 comments

Like the Holy Grail, a workable Hotmail / Outlook.com Calendar has been elusive for longer than we care to remember, but some recent indications are that one may indeed be on the way.

If you caught Jamie Thomson’s comment on yesterday’s post, you are already aware that he’s received a revamped look to the daily email he’s been getting from alerts.live.com:

My Live Calendar schedule notification email today has a new “modern” look (and it’s coming from a new address)

 

 

Jamie was kind enough to forward along the emails he received.  Here’s the first one, received on March 21, from alerts@live.com:

alerts

…and here’s the one he received the next day, all modernized, and from calendarnotification@email.microsoft.com:

calendar

We’ve been hearing some other rumblings about minor changes to Calendar, too, and although we’re long past getting excited about Calendar, we may just be seeing some light at the end of this interminable tunnel.

Indeed, although we may have poured it on a little thick, a recent Twitter exchange again hints that a Calendar may be coming soon:

twitter calendar convo

One wild guess that just occurred to us as we received another batch of emails reminding us to “upgrade” to Skype (April 8th is the day forced upgrades will begin, remember): maybe Calendar is waiting for Messenger to be shut down, with new code to connect with Skype.  Just a thought, and maybe some small justification for what may be the world’s longest update cycle.

Have you noticed any changes to Calendar?

Posted March 22nd, 2013 at 11:15 am
Category: News
Tags: Calendar
  • http://doctorwhofan98.wordpress.com/ doctorwhofan98

    What a pointless email he received the second time. Apart from showing us the new look… why did they bother to send “Here’s your daily schedule for today… you have no events”? Anyway, I’m glad the calendar update is coming soon. Probably. We’ve all been thinking that it’s coming soon since July last year.

    • chinch987

      if i subscribed to daily calendar updates by email i’d want to get “no events” reminder actually. removes any confusion.

  • http://alexsimkin.tumblr.com/ Alex Simkin

    What a pointless email he received the second time. Apart from showing us the new look… why did they bother to send “Here’s your daily schedule for today… you have no events”? Anyway, I’m glad the calendar update is coming soon. Probably. We’ve all been thinking that it’s coming soon since July last year.

    • chinch987

      if i subscribed to daily calendar updates by email i’d want to get “no events” reminder actually. removes any confusion.

  • http://www.facebook.com/joscelin.trouwborst Joscelin Trouwborst

    Together with the Win8 App updates :-) , I bet.

  • Joscelin Trouwborst

    Together with the Win8 App updates :-) , I bet.

  • Graham O’Dwyer

    Yes my friends birthday reminders are now appearing with a modern(metro) look to them. I live in the UK so it looks like this is a global roll out. Fingers crossed for a new calendar within the next few weeks. Seriously I will not miss the live calendar it looks so messy and busy!

  • Graham O’Dwyer

    Yes my friends birthday reminders are now appearing with a modern(metro) look to them. I live in the UK so it looks like this is a global roll out. Fingers crossed for a new calendar within the next few weeks. Seriously I will not miss the live calendar it looks so messy and busy!

  • pfizerdiamonds

    I hope its packaged with the other Win8 updates. It would be nice to have a unified calender.

  • pfizerdiamonds

    I hope its packaged with the other Win8 updates. It would be nice to have a unified calender.

  • igiyvjhvjv

    I also received the email but its changed back to the old version. The name had also changed to just calendar.

    Another update form today is that they have finally fixed the holiday issue for some countries.

    RE:

    http://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/windowslive/forum/hotmail-calendar/hotmail-calendar-not-showing-uk-holiday-dates-for/b1aea89a-5304-45db-b8ed-04a448ead245?page=8&tm=1364223683135

  • igiyvjhvjv

    I also received the email but its changed back to the old version. The name had also changed to just calendar.

    Another update form today is that they have finally fixed the holiday issue for some countries.

    RE:

    http://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/windowslive/forum/hotmail-calendar/hotmail-calendar-not-showing-uk-holiday-dates-for/b1aea89a-5304-45db-b8ed-04a448ead245?page=8&tm=1364223683135