Windows 8 Metro-styled Calendar App Provides Clarity and Eliminates Distractions

In the latest installement of its explaining Windows 8 Metro style apps -- Microsoft today, details the Calendar app explaining the integration with Windows 8, some of the features in the current preview, and features on the way.Microsoft's Colin Anthony, lead program manager on the Windows Live team, in the blog entry also look at […]

Windows 8 Metro style Calendar App

In the latest installement of its explaining Windows 8 Metro style apps -- Microsoft today, details the Calendar app explaining the integration with Windows 8, some of the features in the current preview, and features on the way.

Microsoft's Colin Anthony, lead program manager on the Windows Live team, in the blog entry also look at a little bit of the design history and iteration as some background.

"The Metro-styled Calendar app provides clarity and eliminating distractions and focuses on the calendar and your content, above all else."

Having an easy-to-read calendar is only useful if all your information is available, the metro Calendar app brings everything together to provide a more complete picture of your life.

"You're also in complete control of how these calendars appear in the app. For example, if a certain calendar has special meaning for you, you can make it stand out by changing its color, or you can also hide items in order to see everything else more clearly," explains Anthony. All of these personalization controls are tucked away neatly in Settings to avoid distracting you when you don't need them.

When using the app, most people want to stay in the same view the majority of the time, depending on how busy their schedules tend be. People with fewer appointments tend to prefer Month view. Those with very busy schedules tend to prefer Day view.

And, to avoid the distraction, and making Calendar view switching easier, Microsoft placed it on the app bar, so you can easily pull up the app bar in Windows 8 with a right-click or swipe up from the bottom edge, to have access to the view switcher when you need it.

Adding events to the new Calendar app is simple - you can add new events to the Calendar in Windows 8 by simply clicking or tapping on the day or time you want.

And, the smart capabilities built into Calendar app lets you set any reminder time you want and a nice lightweight popup will appear at the designated time to remind you. "Notifications don't block your current task. Using the built-in notifications system in Windows 8, a Calendar notification simply nudges you about what's coming up and gets out of your way," Anthony said.

In addition, similar to Windows Phone, you can see information about upcoming events on the lock screen and on the Start tile.

Users can also snap their Calendar to the side while working on another app, to view their Calendar at all times.

"we designed a simple and consistent model where all views are represented by a single, snapped view. This single view maintains the context and positioning from the larger views. All events from all of your calendars are available in a simple list. A swipe or click to the right or left takes you forward or backwards in time," explains Anthony.

Windows 8 Metro style Calendar app: Notification and Snapped view

The Metro style Calendar is desgined with a "two-day" view, that gives you the best detail about today and tomorrow. "The two-day view is useful because making good time management decisions today often requires understanding what's coming up tomorrow. In addition, this view takes advantage of today's modern wide-screen displays without adding additional chrome or distractions just to fill up the extra space," explains Anthony.

Finally, for those who use the calendars for quick reminders to themselves -- can click or tap any place in the calendar, and simply type in the few details you need.

Windows 8 metro calendar app Two Days View

Windows 8 Metro style Calendar app Quick reminders