April, and still no Calendar. This isn’t funny anymore

By Kip Kniskern | Posted April 1, 2013 28 comments

If you haven’t been following along at home, we’re still waiting for a new Calendar to go along with the shiny new Outlook.com that was released last July 31st, making it 8 months and counting without a companion Calendar.

If you go back with us a ways, you’ll remember that Microsoft’s ineptitude at producing a working and modern calendar goes back a ways, too.  In fact, the wait for what was then Windows Live Calendar took so long that we took an April Fool’s jab at it, trumpeting in the headline that we’d “obtained” a Windows Live Calendar.  Well we had, sort of, and we not only showed off but gave away a copy of a real life Calendar featuring German supermodel Lena Gercke:

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Now here we are, 6 years later, still waiting for a workable calendar, but this time we’re far beyond seeing anything funny about the situation.

Oh, we’ll get a calendar, and probably sometime soon, but knowing Microsoft it will be a “beta”, short on features, and won’t be anything worth using for another two iterations.  Still, Calendar employees tell us they’re “working hard”, and maybe we’ll be pleasantly surprised.  Yeah right.  Anyway, and as we said way back in 2007, Happy April, everyone!

Posted April 1st, 2013 at 8:50 am
Category: News
Tags: Calendar, Outlook.com
  • ericesque

    I hear Google makes a rather fine calendar!

    • chinch987

      No EAS makes it worse actually and its UI (and settings) are both horrid and confusingly bad. Considering most peopl use Calendars on mobile devices (not via browser) this is all the more reason to migrate off Google.

  • ericesque

    I hear Google makes a rather fine calendar!

    • chinch987

      No EAS makes it worse actually and its UI (and settings) are both horrid and confusingly bad. Considering most peopl use Calendars on mobile devices (not via browser) this is all the more reason to migrate off Google.

  • Jason Kohlhoff

    It may be out of date visually, but feature-wise Windows Live/Outlook.com calendar is excellent. The only thing gmail’s calendar has going for it is Quick Add, which doesn’t at all help someone using an app on a mobile device.

    • chinch987

      Bingo. Sure it’s dated-looking but no other calendar matches it’s features and non-intrusiveness. You can’t rollout a “new calendar” with features of this calendar removed people! They need to nail everything PLUS more PLUS the metro UI. I prefer to get it RIGHT AT LAUNCH vs another rush job needing 3 versions to get right.

  • http://twitter.com/jwk6 Jason Kohlhoff

    It may be out of date visually, but feature-wise Windows Live/Outlook.com calendar is excellent. The only thing gmail’s calendar has going for it is Quick Add, which doesn’t at all help someone using an app on a mobile device.

    • chinch987

      Bingo. Sure it’s dated-looking but no other calendar matches it’s features and non-intrusiveness. You can’t rollout a “new calendar” with features of this calendar removed people! They need to nail everything PLUS more PLUS the metro UI. I prefer to get it RIGHT AT LAUNCH vs another rush job needing 3 versions to get right.

  • nuprotocol

    Liked to post to my FB wall, and then Tweeted this article. I’m so glad you all at liveside.net feel our pain. This is pretty ridiculous and makes absolutely no sense. Surface RT 2 will be here before the Outlook.com calendar is metro’ed.

  • nuprotocol

    Liked to post to my FB wall, and then Tweeted this article. I’m so glad you all at liveside.net feel our pain. This is pretty ridiculous and makes absolutely no sense. Surface RT 2 will be here before the Outlook.com calendar is metro’ed.

  • Jackolantern

    Must be the Windows Phone team in charge of this, they never seem to do much of anything at any speed either. They should also be pumping out features to catch up, but we’re still waiting on basic things.

    This Calendar situation is laughable.

  • Jackolantern

    Must be the Windows Phone team in charge of this, they never seem to do much of anything at any speed either. They should also be pumping out features to catch up, but we’re still waiting on basic things.

    This Calendar situation is laughable.

  • w1ngnut

    No, not funny! But we’ve been throught that before, right? WP7, WP7 Tango, WP7 Mango, WP8, etc, etc, etc.

  • w1ngnut

    No, not funny! But we’ve been throught that before, right? WP7, WP7 Tango, WP7 Mango, WP8, etc, etc, etc.

  • eternaloptimist1971

    Outlook.com Calendar should NOT even be an issue visually. If Windows can come out with a calendar with the Win8 look, then what is the problem here? Is it the management team or the design team, ‘cuz frankly at this stage people should be let go for this ineptitude.

  • http://www.facebook.com/PositiveNRG Christopher King

    Outlook.com Calendar should NOT even be an issue visually. If Windows can come out with a calendar with the Win8 look, then what is the problem here? Is it the management team or the design team, ‘cuz frankly at this stage people should be let go for this ineptitude.

  • chinch987
  • chinch987
  • greg
    • wasapasserby

      Just came here to post that. I guess the team didn’t post yesterday because no one would have actually believed that Microsoft was finally delivering a calendar update.

  • greg
    • wasapasserby

      Just came here to post that. I guess the team didn’t post yesterday because no one would have actually believed that Microsoft was finally delivering a calendar update.

  • http://mjflynt.wordpress.com/ Jeffrey

    YAY! I finally have the new Outlook calendar. But it lacks certain functionality it seems. I cannot add new calendars! Hope they fix this!

    • http://mjflynt.wordpress.com/ Jeffrey

      Oops! I found it. It looks good! Long time to wait – I moved everything to Google. :(

  • http://mjflynt.wordpress.com/ Jeffrey

    YAY! I finally have the new Outlook calendar. But it lacks certain functionality it seems. I cannot add new calendars! Hope they fix this!

    • http://mjflynt.wordpress.com/ Jeffrey

      Oops! I found it. It looks good! Long time to wait – I moved everything to Google. :(