Microsoft Announced Redesigned, Modern Outlook Calendar.
We may never know what took so long, but Microsoft today finally announced that it is transitioning the Outlook Calendar to the modern experience that has enhanced the service’s other components like Mail, People and SkyDrive since last year.
“The Outlook.com calendar has been entirely redesigned with a modern, intuitive interface that puts you in control of your schedule,”
Microsoft’s David Dennis writes in a post to the Outlook Blog.
“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.”
Microsoft announced the new Outlook.com beta with a revamped UI, new features and significantly speedier web experience. Microsoft today announced the new Outlook.com calendar experience with a similar redesign. This new calendar experience can be enabled using the “Try the beta” toggle on the top right corner. Take a look at the current Outlook.com calendar experience below for comparison. The new redesign looks a lot cleaner when compared to the older one.
According to Microsoft, the key changes of the updated Outlook Calendar service are as follows:
- A fresh font.
- Links to Mail, Contacts, Tasks and Photos were added to the left side.
- A refined look of the month view.
If you’re frantically checking the site to see the new version and still see the old-fashioned Windows Live-style Calendar (what used to be called Hotmail Calendar), relax. The new Outlook.com Calendar is rolling out now and will be available around the world this week.
You will see the following changes in new calendar like:
Obviously, this thing is going to look a lot like the Calendar app in Windows 8, with a UI that emphasizes “content over chrome.” Which is just great? But it’s also consistent with the general design of the other Outlook.com components.
You can now 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. You know, according to Microsoft
When you connect your Microsoft account to other services like Skype, LinkedIn, and Facebook, you will see calendar items from there in Outlook.com Calendar. This includes friends’ birthdays, plus weather forecasts, and holidays. And you can import calendars (.ics files) or subscribe to public calendars from other services. Export your calendar from Google Calendar, import to Outlook.com Calendar, and make the switch. No seriously, switch.
Click the “Share” menu in the header to share your calendar with others. And you can also determine who can edit and add events. Sharing looks pretty granular:
“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,” Dennis notes.
“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, and date night–you can make sure the whole family gets notified by email. And, you can have as many shared calendars as you like.”