Outlook.com Calendar Modern UI, Winners Gallery + Archive, New modern.IE

Outlook.com calendar gets new modern UI. Obama for America chose Lync. IE, Webby unveils "Winners Gallery + Archive", new modern.IE, Windows QuickStart for iOS. Import Google Calendar events in Windows 8. Outlook RT may release this year.

A new entirely redesigned modern, intuitive interface for Outlook.com that puts you in control of your schedule has been launched as on April 02, 2013.

"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," informs Microsoft Office team.

Adding, "the new, modern Outlook.com, along with many of Microsoft's other products, optimizes "content over chrome," which, in the case of calendar, means your events and appointments are the primary focus." the team said.

new modern metro ui for outlook.com calendar

Navigating through the new Calendar is a breeze and feels modernized, and now matches its email, address book, and SkyDrive counterparts.

In additon, the new Calendar features friend information from your social networks (Skype, LinkedIn, and Facebook) so you can see your friend's birthdays on your Calendar automatically.

You can even import your Google Calendar data!

Here is a quick list of updates to the Outlook.com Calendar:

  • Add or edit events with a single click
  • Sleek new look and feel consistent with your inbox, address book and SkyDrive
  • Ability to easily connect Calendar to your mobile device
  • New sharing controls make it easier to share events with others and control who has the ability to edit and add events to your Calendar.

The new Outlook.com calendar is rolling out now and will be available around the world this week at https://calendar.live.com/.

Update 04/04: Back in December 2012, Google had announced of ending support for Exchange ActiveSync (EAS). As a result, the updated Calendar app, has no longer full sync support for Google Calendar events.

However, to get your events into the Calendar app, follow the intructions below by the Calendar app team on how to copy events from Google Calendar into your Outlook.com Calendar.

Once you've completed the steps, you'll be able to view and update all of these events in the Calendar app, Microsoft said.

  1. Sign in to your Google account and export the Google calendars you want.
  2. Follow the on-screen instructions to save the created file to your PC.
  3. Unzip (extract) the file--open the .zip file, tap or click Extract and then tap or click Extract all.
  4. Sign in to Outlook.com.
  5. If you don't have the new Outlook.com calendar, follow these steps:
    • Tap or click Subscribe and then tap or click Import from an ICS file.
    • Browse to and select the ICS file that you unzipped and tap or click Import. If you exported more than one Google calendar, repeat this step for all the associated ICS files.
  6. If you have the new Outlook.com calendar, follow these steps:
    • Tap or click Import and then choose whether you want to import events into your existing Outlook.com calendar or a new one.
    • Tap or click browse, tap or click the ICS file that you unzipped, and then tap or click Import. If you exported more than one Google calendar, repeat this step for all the associated ICS files.
  7. If you've already connected your Outlook.com calendar to the Calendar app, go to the Calendar app and after a few moments, your Google events will appear.
  8. If not, here's how to do it:
    • Open Settings.
    • Tap or click Accounts.
    • Tap or click Add an account, tap or click Outlook.com, and then follow the on-screen instructions.

Alternatively, if you'd just like to use the Windows 8 app for receiving Google Calendar notifications (without the ability to add, delete, or update events) you can follow the instructions in this community support page.

Update 04/05:Outlook RT exists as well--"Outlook RT is being tested outside of Microsoft now, not just internally as it was a couple of months ago," writes Paul Thurrott.

Thurrott also said he heard that Microsoft delayed releasing Outlook RT due to a firmware issue in ARM that was triggering crashes.

Thurrott aso said, the most likely way Outlook RT would probably be rolled out is as a paid subscription offering.

According to sources Outlook RT has turned into a "top enterprise request," so the Office team had decided it should move forward and commercialize the port of Outlook to ARM.

Adding that all of the Office apps have also been ported to ARM already. And, that this shared code was developed by the Modern Office Experience (MOX) team and is known as MSO (Modern Shared Office?). "In short, these (Office) apps have been runable on ARM for a long time," reports ZDNet quoting the source.

In other Microsoft news today, Webby Awards, that has been spotlighting beautiful website experiences, today entered into a partnership with Internet Explorer 10, to showcase the past 16 years of winners in the new "Winners Gallery + Archive."

The new gallery makes use of the best of IE10's capabilities and the latest Web standards.

Internet Explorer 10 and Webby Awards launches Winnders Gallery + Archive

Also, the IE team has announced modern.IE, a site that provides tools and resources to help developers build amazing sites.

The updated "modern.IE" with new enhancements and virtualized copies of IE10 on Windows 7 and IE8 on Windows XP for testing purposes is now available to all.

Microsoft has also announced a new Windows QuickStart for iOS, for designers and developers, that include: "Parallels Desktop 8" and "Windows 8" to those who donate $25 to one of three charities (Watsi.org, Kahn Academy or Code.org).

Microsoft will than send you a USB thumb drive containing Windows 8 Pro and Parallels Desktop 8 for "free"--with shipping cost ($8 for U.S., and $16 for outside the US) to be bear by the user.

Microsoft is scheduled to ship these USB drives by the end of this month.

Developers interested can head over to Swish.com, and must complete a small puzzle on the check-out page.

Watch the video above to get the behind-the-scenes story of the new Winners Gallery + Archive:

Presidential campaign "Obama for America" chose Microsoft Lync to keep staff and volunteers connected to supporters and each other in 2012.

"The campaign needed to upgrade from a private branch exchange (PBX) system to a more flexible cloud-based solution that could scale and adapt to support thousands of mission-critical calls in multiple locations at any given time. Controlling our systems with Lync also provided much more flexibility," said Rajeev Chopra, president of the MIS Department Inc. in Chicago and CIO at Obama for America.

Also, check out this "Managing Windows 7 and Windows 8 Side-by-Side Whitepaper," that discusses the planning, line-of-business application compatibility, imaging, security, and backend system considerations and experiences of the Microsoft IT team when managing desktop and laptop machines running Windows 8 and Windows 7 within the same corporate network.

Grab the White paper here.