Microsoft unveils Windows Live Calendar beta

Features multiple calendars, shared calendars, e-mail and text message alerts tied to appointments and more

Just hours after it launched final versions of almost all of its Windows Live-branded services and software, Microsoft also debuted a beta of Windows Live Calendar, its iCal-compliant, next-generation online scheduler.

The replacement for MSN Calendar -- the current companion to Microsoft's Web e-mail service -- the beta of Windows Live Calendar features multiple calendars, shared calendars, e-mail and text message alerts tied to appointments, and the ability to subscribe to a calendar's contents via Real Simple Syndication.

Built using Asynchronous JavaScript and XML (AJAX), the application boasts some desktop-style navigation -- including drag and drop, single click to add an appointment, and scrolling through dates using a mouse wheel, said Denise Ho, lead program manager for the product.

Shared calendars can be opened to others through a sophisticated rights management process, added Ho. "Share as much or as little of your calendar with free/busy, read-only or read/write permissions," she said in a posting to the team's blog. "[Or] send friends a view-only secret link to your calendar so they don't need to sign in with a Windows Live ID." The options also include a new co-owner role that lets another user control the calendar but prevents them from moving or deleting it.

Although Windows Live Calendar supports the iCal standard -- which lets users manually merge it with content on other iCal-based calendars, such as Google Calendar -- the beta lacks synchronization.

While Windows Live Calendar is in beta, existing MSN Calendar content will remain untouched, said Ho.

Users can opt for the beta here; a Windows Live ID is required.

Keep up with the latest tech news, reviews and previews by subscribing to the Good Gear Guide newsletter.

Gregg Keizer

Computerworld

Comments

Comments are now closed.

Most Popular Reviews

Follow Us

Best Deals on GoodGearGuide

Shopping.com

Latest News Articles

Resources

GGG Evaluation Team

Kathy Cassidy

STYLISTIC Q702

First impression on unpacking the Q702 test unit was the solid feel and clean, minimalist styling.

Anthony Grifoni

STYLISTIC Q572

For work use, Microsoft Word and Excel programs pre-installed on the device are adequate for preparing short documents.

Steph Mundell

LIFEBOOK UH574

The Fujitsu LifeBook UH574 allowed for great mobility without being obnoxiously heavy or clunky. Its twelve hours of battery life did not disappoint.

Andrew Mitsi

STYLISTIC Q702

The screen was particularly good. It is bright and visible from most angles, however heat is an issue, particularly around the Windows button on the front, and on the back where the battery housing is located.

Simon Harriott

STYLISTIC Q702

My first impression after unboxing the Q702 is that it is a nice looking unit. Styling is somewhat minimalist but very effective. The tablet part, once detached, has a nice weight, and no buttons or switches are located in awkward or intrusive positions.

Latest Jobs

Shopping.com

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?