Designing the Windows 8 Calendar app

This post builds on the Mail app and People app posts, and details the Calendar app. We’ve worked hard to integrate these apps together into a seamless communication suite that connects to the cloud services most important to you. This post details the integration with Windows 8, some of the features in the current preview, and features on the way. We also look at a little bit of the design history and iteration as some background. Colin Anthony, a lead program manager on the Windows Live team, authored this post. --Steven

When we set out to design the Calendar app for Windows 8, there was no shortage of directional possibilities. Given the long history of calendars in society, and the diversity of Windows customers, we asked ourselves: What are the essential attributes of a great calendaring experience and how can we bring them to life by using the uniquely rich capabilities of Windows 8?

At its heart, a great calendar should to do the following:

  • Show your life clearly. You should have crystal clear visibility into what’s happening in your life – at home, at work, and at school.
  • Make it easy to get around. Moving back and forth in time should be quick and efficient. Opening events and appointments should feel natural.
  • Make it easy to add new items. New things are always coming up in your life. A great calendar makes it easy to make new plans.
  • Keep you on time. Well laid plans aren’t very useful if you show up late! Smile
  • Be ready to do more. As you get busier, scheduling gets more complicated. Calendar should gracefully handle your needs as they change.

Showing your life clearly

One of the most important functions of a calendar is its ability to answer the questions “What’s going on for me today?” and “What’s coming up next?” As we designed the Calendar app, we focused on providing that clarity and eliminating distractions. Given all the potential capabilities of a digital calendar, keeping this focus can actually be quite difficult. The temptation to add extra bells and whistles can be very real. At the same time, we realized that focus is one thing paper calendars have always been quite good at --- they simply present you with the calendar grid and the information you’ve written on it.

With that insight and the clear principles of what it means to be a great Metro style app, we committed to clarity of presentation. The app focuses on the calendar and your content, above all else.

View of June 2012, holidays and appointments shown on a grid.

A calendar with no distractions - your schedule is the focus.

Of course, having an easy-to-read calendar is only useful if all your information is available. Whether you’re keeping track of appointments at work, managing family activities, or mapping out your class schedule at school, Calendar brings everything together to provide a more complete picture of your life.

Client meeting and Volunteering appear in blue, graduation party and family movie night are in green

Work and personal appointments are available in one view

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. If you’re overwhelmed by the number of birthdays showing up from your favorite social network, you can hide those items in order to see everything else more clearly.

All of these personalization controls are tucked away neatly in Settings to avoid distracting you when you don’t need them.

Options: Colin's calendar Show/hide, blue; birthday calendar show/hide, lime; Couple stuff calendar show/hide, teal.

Having less frequently used Calendar options tucked away in Settings provides control without distractions.

Making it easy to get around

Another important function of the calendar is the ability to move around in time. Our most important goals were:

  • Making it simple to move forward and backward in time
  • Making view switching predictable
  • Making it easy to open and view existing events

Moving forward and backward in time

One thing was apparent to us early on: We wanted a simple model where a gesture forward would take you into the future, and a gesture backwards would take you into the past—a direct way of moving around in time. No buttons to click or extra controls to manipulate.

But even in this simple design there's a question of how far forward and how far back each movement should take you. Not only were there user experience tradeoffs to be considered, but technical ones as well.

If we decided one swipe could move you forward multiple months (depending on the speed of the gesture) that would give you a natural and powerful way to make huge leaps forward in time. But there’s a challenge in making the landing place predictable. That is, if you’re starting in June, and want to move to July, you might end up in August if you swipe too quickly. If this happens frequently enough, it can feel as if you’re not in control.

Additionally, since the boundaries between months are well defined–landing halfway between July and August doesn't make sense–accuracy is important. Contrast this to panning a two-dimensional grid of photos, where “getting close” is ok as long as you arrive in the general region of the photos you’re looking for.

To avoid these pitfalls, we went with an approach that enables you to consistently move forward one month at a time–by swiping once, hitting page down on the keyboard, or clicking the Forward button. This makes your experience much more predictable, putting you in control. If you’re in June and you want to arrive at August, you simply click or swipe twice. That’s it. You’re guaranteed never to overshoot the intended target.

Finger shown swiping across June to move to July or August

Simple movements forward are quick and predictable

Switching views

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. So, rather than making view switching a top level command that would always be visible, we opted to place it on the app bar instead. You can easily pull up the app bar in Windows 8 with a right-click or swipe up from the bottom edge, so you have access to the view switcher when you need it, without being distracted by it the rest of the time.

Portion of app bar shown below calendar

Opening the app bar gives you simple switching between views when needed

Opening individual events

Making it easy to open events is an interesting problem because of the tension between two variables:

  • Making each event larger (in height and width) makes them easier to target with the mouse or your finger.
  • Making events smaller means you can see more content at one time.

Chart showing mouse and touch accuracy on X axis, Event size on Y axis, and a line arcing up and over to the right.

We needed to find a solution that would give you easy targeting while also showing enough content in each view. This was especially important in Month view, which has the tightest space constraints for each particular day. Keeping the key variables in mind, we designed the event sizes within a sweet spot, one in which Month view typically shows 2 events per day (the average for the majority customers) while maintaining nearly 100% accuracy for mouse and touch targeting. And, of course, when you have busier days at home, work, and school, switching to Week o Day views shows you all the events you need while providing the same high accuracy.

Making it easy to add new plans

Because new events can come up in life so quickly, we wanted event creation to be direct and instantly available at all times. When you think about paper calendars, they’re very direct—you identify a date, move your hand towards it and start writing. It all happens quite naturally, and we do it without much thought because of the paper calendar’s simplicity and purity of design. In a similar way, you can add new events to the Calendar in Windows 8 by simply clicking or tapping on the day or time you want.

Mouse cursor on June 12 in Month view

Click-to-add is like putting pen to paper

This design—using the grid as the primary command surface—means no other buttons are necessary to complete this frequent task. Everything happens in the calendar grid. This reinforces our Metro design principle of content over chrome. And it allows for a pure experience that isn’t just about great consumption, but also about simple and direct creation.

Keeping you on time

Of course, even given all of the above, a calendar is only valuable if it helps you stay on time. Towards that goal, we designed Calendar with a range of smart capabilities to ensure you don't miss any important events.

Notifications and reminders

In the full page for an event, you can set any reminder time you want. At the desired time, you'll get a lightweight popup to remind you.

notification to Pick up the kids at 5 pm appears on top of a webpage in a browser

Notifications tell you about upcoming events

Notifications don’t block your current task. They don’t force you to interact with them. 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.

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

"Breakfast with Debbie, Tomorrow: 8:00 AM" appears on Calendar tile on Start screen.

Snapping the Calendar for always-on visibility

When you’re extremely busy on a particular day, you often want your full schedule visible at all times. With Snap, you can see your calendar while you use other apps.

Of course, the slim form factor of the snapped view presents quite a design challenge for Calendar. Some views, like Day view, fit very naturally into the more condensed space. To make it fit, we could simply show one day instead of two, and the overall model of the view would stay the same. Problem solved.

But Week and Month view are more challenging. A full week or month is quite difficult to fit in such a narrow area with any hope of showing the actual titles of each event. In addition, we want to maintain predictability in the system by avoiding situations where certain views (like Day view) look essentially the same when snapped, but other views (Month, Week) look entirely different when compared to their larger versions.

Given the challenges and goals, 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. (That is, if you’re on Wednesday in the large view, you’re still on Wednesday when going to snapped view.) It’s also designed to give you the same life clarity and ease of navigation: 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.

Calendar is snapped to right side, browser is in main part of screen, shows a bing search for restaurants downtown seattle

Calendar in snapped view lets you plan and browse at the same time

Ready to do more

Lastly, if we’ve done our job well, more and more customers will start using Calendar to manage larger portions of their lives at home and work. With that in mind, Calendar is designed to do more as your usage increases.

Week view

As you’d expect, Week view is useful when you have a large volume of appointments, and it’s crafted to give you the clarity you need for a particular week:

Week of June 10-16, with 1-3 appointments on each day

Week view lets you see a Sunday to Saturday overview

Two-day view

We also know there are days where you’re extremely busy at work, home, school, or all three. And we wanted a design that would allow even greater focus and precision. At the same time, we didn’t want to zoom in so far as to create “tunnel vision” by removing too much context. To strike the right balance, we designed Calendar with a two-day view:

Today and Tomorrow shown side-by-side, with appointments listed on a grid representing each hour

Two-day view 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. As with the other views, it’s simply the calendar grid and your events. (And here’s a tip: each day scrolls independently without affecting the adjacent day. So, you can view information about tonight, while keeping an eye on your first appointment tomorrow.)

Doing more with events

Finally, we know many customers already use their calendars for quick reminders to themselves (e.g. “Pay the phone bill”, “Parent/Teacher conference at noon”). As mentioned earlier, you can click or tap any place in the calendar, and simply type in the few details you need.

In addition to these typical scenarios, we designed Calendar so you can do more as your needs change—because depth and richness are a core part of what makes a digital calendar special.

For example, you may have a family trip coming up this summer. Not only can you add your trip to the calendar, but you can also add all the related information about your trip directly in the appointment—things like flight times, confirmation numbers, and day-by-day itineraries—no separate papers or messages to manage. It’s all right there. You can also send the event to other members of your family, directly from the calendar, so everyone has the info they need.

As another example, on my family’s calendar we have a recurring appointment that lists each person’s cleaning responsibilities for Saturdays. On a paper calendar, this would be tedious to manage, or it would require a special calendar dedicated to that purpose. However, a dedicated page for each calendar event makes this level of richness possible in a single app.

List of chores for Colin and Lisa shown in main body of event page, with date and time details in left pane

The events page provides the options you need to manage your life

As you use Calendar in the Release Preview, we hope you enjoy it. The feedback we received during the Consumer Preview was extremely valuable, and we’ve looked at all of it very closely. Thanks! As we move towards the final release of Windows 8, we hope you’ll enjoy the upcoming improvements as well.


Comments (123)
  1. Fredds says:

    First 😉

  2. Saúl says:

    Excellent… This is the calendar that i want. Simple, colorful and fucosed in the activities.

    (My english is not very good LOL )

  3. Wade says:

    We (my wife and I share several calendars) like the Windows 8 calendar app. But we've been unable to figure out how to delete events in the Release Preview version. Where's that option hiding? We expected it to be by the "save" button on the events page in your last screenshot.

  4. Metroidism says:




    Let's get wild with METROOO

  6. Astro says:

    I Think adding the number of the week would be helpful. A lot of businesses uses this as a reference of time.

    Please add this.

  7. Fast & Fluid & Ugly & Retarded says:


  8. Mark says:

    @Wade When you open an appointment you can get to the delete button from the app vbar (right click or swipe up from the bottom edge)

  9. Seems like everything is moving to Metro.

    At least it looks good.


  10. Needs a way to search your calendars! Also a way to undo accidental deletions in Metro since Ctrl+Z doesn't work anymore. How about a way to review notifications that you may have missed when you stepped away from your computer? Please improve these things before launch.

  11. Sigh says:

    Not one word on if it will integrate with online calendars such as Google.  That's one thing that Windows Phone 7 does well…

  12. Mark says:

    I'm used to being able to drag a meeting from one place to the other in the Outlook calendar – with a tough based system this seems like a very natural thing to do – would be great to see that added before RTM

  13. facebook's events, just make it consistent on all platforms. WP7 has it, no reason this shouldn't.

  14. Aki says:

    This is the only Metro app that is usable. The rest are in alpha-stage quality.

  15. w1ngnut says:

    The app looks polished. Notifucations are great. Now we need some place to access all notifications.

    Good work.

  16. Metro GUI in Desktop Explorer says:

    This is how we want Windows 8 Explorer to look like.…/Windows%20Explorer.jpg

    Hire this guy to do the GUI.

  17. jader3rd says:

    The Calendar app actually helped me out the other night. Since the Mango update, reminders don't appear for reoccuring calendar events on WP7. I had just started up my W8 laptop and the reminder from the Calendar showed up. I was very greatful for it.

  18. Erik says:

    Wow, this is most certainly not at all identical to [other calendar app]

  19. jenserih says:

    Looks nice but why is it so difficult for you to show us the week numbers in standard calendar view? Just give us an option for it atleast!

  20. Paul van Brenk says:


    Too bad we're still stuck with the month view and not the more sensible this week and next 3… say on June 29 I look at my month view and the interesting days are not the 28 days in June which have past. They are June 29/30 and the first (couple of) weeks of July.

  21. aadam says:

    This is how we want Windows 8 Explorer to look like.…/Windows%20Explorer.jpg

    Hire this guy to do the GUI.

  22. grauenwolf says:

    I have two requirements for any calendar application:

    1. Integrates with Outlook

    2. Integrates with Google Calendar

    If you can't do that then I can't use your application. It doesn't matter how good it is, those features are indispensible to me.

  23. Metro Out!! says:

    @Metro GUI in Desktop Explorer


    THAT's how WINDOWS 8 SHOULD & MUST look like.…/Windows%20Explorer.jpg


  24. rick havoc says:

    I cant wait to get on a tablet with this on it.. along with the nokia you guys got coming down the line. Thanks for your hard work 😉

  25. rick havoc says:

    I hate Windows 8

  26. William says:

    Still needs some features before it becomes ready!

    – Integrate with Facebook and Google calender

    – Be able to drag and drop events to change their time

    – pinch to zoom out (ex. from a week view to a month view and so forth)

    Main thing is the color!! using gray and white is really hard to read! at least those colors should be a bit darker.

    and the day numbers in the month view are too small and difficult to read!

  27. Developer says:

    Anybody know how to move a metro app from one monitor to another? When doing work on the Desktop, if I click on an image in Explorer it launches the image app and blocks my work. I need to move that image app over to the other monitor so I can continue to see what I was working on. The same would be the case for any metro app that pops up and takes the full screen.

  28. farmington says:

    Love the new calendar app. I have really enjoyed the calendar app on WP7. The main issue with that one is just that the small form factor makes it hard to see a whole month (or even week) at a time at a glance. This app has a lot more room to accomplish that. My only request is that you provide more snooze options than the WP7 app has. If you want to snooze something for 30 minutes you're out of luck (it goes from 10 minutes to 1 hour).

  29. farmington says:

    OK, this is not isolated to just calendars, but there needs to be some visual hints for swipe gestures. On an arbitrary screeen (but especially the home screen) I have no idea what swipe gestures are available to me to navigate, exit, switch apps, etc. I would love some sort of "hints mode" where the UI would show me suggested swipes from time to time using a streak of light (sort of like fruit ninja or something).

  30. Xoon Pi says:

    I think this is the only Metro app that shines.  The others just seem like toys that waste a lot of screen real estate (the "information density problem" in general with Metro apps).

    However, to not talk about sync options with Outlook and the various cloud calendars out there (Google, Yahoo, etc) is really quite stupid.  It must mean that you have no sync options.  So, no sync options = unusable.  Looks nice, useless.

    Also agree with prior posts about being able to search the Calendar and undo accidental deletions.  For myself, if I can't sync it with a local PST file either directly or though sync with a cloud copy, then it's useless.  Hopefully the RTM version will be better.

  31. rev23dev says:


  32. JF says:

    Great job on the app! The animation from full to side view (or vice versa) does some weird things though. Attention to detail is key! Hope it gets even further polished for release.

  33. Alex says:

    The app seems to be coming along pretty well but I have just a few more requests.  Let us swap between months and even years easier.  Take the Windows Calendar app on the desktop as an example, just let us zoom out more.  Either that, or let us click on the Month/Year and modify it with a date chooser like the Windows Phone app does.

  34. Erno says:

    At the moment it is too hard to add a new appointment from within another app. The calendar should be a Share Target for appointments!

  35. Some useful additions:

    – year view

    – semantic zoom (to change between day, week, mont and year views)

    – Integrate with more than one google calendar (very important to allow users moving to this calendar)

    Other usability issues:

    – Details window for new appointments is at left, which induces me to put the title of the appointment at the first field (where) and after that, a large movement to the upper right corner to save.

    – Reminders are allways preconfigured. I usually don't use reminders for most of appointments. It would be useful that if I create an appointment without reminder, the next appointment would show no reminder as default.

  36. alvatrus says:

    All of these preview apps are very light-weight and definitely 1.0 versions.

    The bigger question is: Will Microsoft update these apps (through their store) once Win8 is released on a regular basis, based on user feedback?

  37. Geoffc1 says:

    No print and no search capabilities? Not a lot of use to me.

  38. Other usability issues:

    -If I click an appointment, there are only two options to return the main calendar: save and exit (X). However (X) looks like delete, not return. An arrow would better suited instead. Similar issue for a new appointment.

    -I can't drag and drop (at least using mouse). For instance, to move from one day to another, resize, etc. A web application (see google) is more usable, even it is web based.

    -I can't select appointments, neither single neither multiple, to perform operations like multiple delete. There is no contextual options on appointments

  39. neko says:

    Please Microsoft, listen your loyal customers and make Metro optional on desktop PC. That is all I ask.

  40. Darren says:

    It is amazing how time is getting turned back. Now how can I turn an email into a calendar item? How can I attach an email to an appointment? Huh, not possible? That´s why long time ago an integrated solution was introduced, I think its name was Outlook and the manufacturer was, huh, Microsoft. Now the same company tries to convince me that it is a great idea to have all these little seperated appes everywhere which are not integrated anymore. Funny. Even more funny is that the same company offers a "cloud" product which allows me to store all my information on my own server and yet trying to tell me what a great idea it would be to have all the information, contacts and emails on their servers. So they can happily datamine it.

    So where is the INTEGRATED Outlook app? I thought we had left the stage of copy and pasting information around three times to have them where we need them.

    Microsoft, you should have released Metro as its own os, as Windows for Consumers. Windows 8 without the Metro sh*t, should have been a Windows for professionals. And when you had presented it to the world you could have been saying: "One more thing" and tell people that they can optionally have the desktop on their Metro tablets or Metro on their desktop to get the maximum out of it.

    This would have been the succesful approach to put Metro to the Windows market. They way you have been doing it you are about to disappoint anybody.

  41. Darren says:

    Oh yes and btw: Will the calender notification also popup when I am on desktop??? No? Oh.

  42. @Microsoft

    And what about CalDAV, WebDAV and import export features?

    This App would defeinitely need import export features to iCalendar (ics) files.

    Consider the following case:

    I have a calendar from Outlook that I would like to import to Windows 8 calendar App – how do it do that?

    What about Google, Yahoo or other services support?

    We should also be able NOT to use an Microsoft ID to use this App. At this stage if users don't have an active internet connection they can't use this App.

    Users should be able to manage their events locally.

    By the way – is there any default calendar option?

  43. pure says:

    Following the building of Windows 8, I wonder what George Orwell would have thought and written about it… to all the haters out there: just wait, they will go and make you like it! 😛

  44. There is a major BUG in the Calendar snap view – it does not respect local culture in showing first day of week. In my country – Czech Republic, the first day of week is Monday. In default full screen view, it's OK, in snapped view there is always Sunday as the first week day.

    Another obvious missing feature – I can't use semantic zoom for switching between month/week/day view.  Is there any reason except forgetting that this feature is not implemented?

    – missing year view and week number

  45. Weeks says:

    I really miss the week numbers, many things will happen i a week and is often just told by what week it is and not a range of days. To get a really useful calendar it needs to have the numbers of the weeks, on month view, week view and maybe even on the live tile.

  46. Arlyn James Summerlee says:


    Now that I have your attention, yeah, web calendars. And supporting them isn't enough. I don't want to have to go make a note of every web calendar I have attached to my Google calendar and then manually add them one at a time to the Win 8 app.

    Now I know this might be an unfair comparison: Google Calendar app for android syncs them all.

    But here why I think you can do it: Third party calendar applications on Android such as "Pure Grid Calendar Widget" also show your web calendars.

  47. nvbn says:


  48. uiueigtbklfng says:


  49. SilentChe says:

    The improvements im currently missing is

    * Add week number

    * Ability to remove events

    * Ability to move an event from one day to another by drag and drop

  50. noneofthem says:

    Looking good, but lacking lots of features available in other products, most of them for free. I like some of the new ideas for the Windows UI – on the tablet, but that's it. I don't see me coming back to any Windows anytime soon.

  51. Scott Gurvey says:

    Looks nice. But where can I find information on sharing and syncing it between computers. And can it be synced with an Android and/or iPhone?

  52. Jesper says:

    Suggestion: In the preview pane in Explorer when you mark a folder, the only thing in the preview pane is a date when the folder was last edited. Why not also show data such as the date it was created, the size of its content.

  53. Dave says:

    Just switched to Mac and metro made me do this.

    Metro just sucks so hard.

  54. JReynaldo says:

    Lo que hizo a Windows 7 un gran éxito fue escuchar a los usuarios!!!!

    yo migre a Windows 7 desde que estaba en fase Beta, por que vi en el muchas mejoras con respecto a Vista; y no se diga la estabilidad (aun siendo Beta).

    Ahora con Windows 8 Release Preview noto un Windows muy diferente, muchas sugerencias que he visto que publican en el blog no están en Windows 8

    Deberían de dejar la opción de usar el Menú inicio y la start screen; se me hace absurdo que dejen personalizar otras opciones de la UI y no esta!!!!!

    Para esta altura ya debería de ser capaz de dejar Windows 7; algo que aun no ha sucedido, y no creo que suceda si siguen sin escucharnos!!!!!

  55. Asbjørn says:

    We need week numbers! You may not use them in the US, but please for once just try not being arrogant and implement them since we actually do use them quite a lot here in Europe.

  56. My top three annoyances so far:

    1. In Month view, the grid is far too subtle for me to be able to tell if the date numbers are at the bottom of the cell or the top of the cell.  In the picture of June 2012 that you included in the article, look at the "12".  Are the two appointments under the "12" for the 12th or the 19th?  I can't tell.  Windows Live Mail and WP7 both do a far better job with this.

    2. Your decision to make clicking on a day in Month view take you to adding an event for that day is, IMHO, a poor one.  Month view is going to be used much more for navigation than data entry.  I would rather it took me to Day view for that day, especially since I can't find any other way to go directly to Day view for a specific day from Month view.  That's what the WP7 calendar does, and then there is a + button right there that I can use to Add an appointment if that's what I want.  I think you've stuck a little too closely to the paper calendar metaphor on this one.  There is no possibility of "Drill Down" for a paper calendar, but there is for an electronic one, and WP7 got it right.  Do you ever talk to those folks?

    3. Interaction elements are too hidden.  Somebody had to actually ask in the comments of this post how to delete an appointment.  It is undiscoverable.  The difference between Windows 8 Metro having *no* interaction elements available until you swipe or right-click (and right-click often doesn't work depending on what you right-click on), and WP7 having the 3 or 4 most important elements on the screen at all times, is monumental.  It's the difference between a UI that doesn't work (Win8 Metro) and a UI that most definitely does work (WP7).

    Plus a non-Calendar thing I just have to keep repeating:  We need the time of day on the Start screen.



  57. I'm an Airplane! says:

    You should have the days of the week in ALL CAPS so they're easier to READ. The month, too. And could the year be an animated GIF of a Burger King commercial? Gotta make it Metro!

  58. ali_carter says:

    Had a look at some apps in Metro: Map is from poor quality and Arctic is missing. Bing Maps is better.

    Desktop, Control Panel: when changing colour of windows/taskbar to dark, the font in window title isn't readable, because there is no setting to make font light. It remains black. Please add font colour as choice, otherwise changing windows/taskbar colour to dark is useless.

  59. Can you please add a year option in the App bar, so that i can quickly add an event in another year.

    Allow me to use the Calender without signing in.

  60. Remove an event from calender doesn't work.

  61. Windows8sucks says:

    Don't forget to enable subs.

    Goodbye windows it was nice using you. Now it looks like I'm forced to buy a Mac, the only real computer company left.

    Just think if apple release osx and they made it so it could be installed on a regular p.c. (rememeber its just hardware and drivers) then Micro$oft would be gone in 5 mins.

  62. Windows 8 sucks says:

    WINDOWS SUCKS!!! And I'm 32 years old

  63. 600p says:

    WINDOWS 8 SUCKS!!! And I'm 22 years old

  64. Mint says:

    WINDOWS 8 SUCKS!!! And I'm 43 years old

  65. @Colin Anthony

    The Calendar app looks great. But the initial design of the Calendar app was much better. Because the content here isn't full screen. This looks much better on a PC with a big screen. See the video below (1:57). This also applies for the other communication apps. Is this the final version of the Calendar app?

  66. Windows 8 sucks says:

    Sinofsky must love Fast & Fluid things, if you know what I mean 😉

    Windows 8 is a fiasco.

  67. Ching chong Chung says:

    看不懂 看不懂 看不懂




  68. Windows 8 sucks says:

    GOD, so many trolls here… LEAVE WINDOWS 8 ALONE!!!

  69. Bobby says:

    I've been using Release Preview ever since it came out and I used Developer preview before that and I have to say that Metro Style UI just doesn't work on a desktop. Metro UI is a productivity killer.

  70. MickEE says:

    Can u please make it available to change the first day of week, or else ur gonna loose a lot of users. We're not starting ur week on Sunday..

  71. vbecque says:

    Remove event exists (right click somewhere at the right place on the screen and then in the contextual menu (screen bottom) you can remove the item). No, the cross doesn't remove the event, it just cancels the modifications.

    Did you find easy to find? I don't think so…

    I use it everyday and love the integration with Live and my phone.

  72. @Colin Anthony

    Nice work. My congrats.

    I would like to add some bugs and feature requests:

    Within the snapped view, the first day of week is not correctly taken from the PC's settings (I set Monday, but Sunday is).

    Make the calendar more usable via keyboard. I know that mice and keyboards (on the contrary to touch) are somehow always considered together. Nevertheless, I think FULL keyboard support should be the least. I is very cumbersome for now.

    Also regarding the app bar, keyboard usage must be on one level with touch. Shortcuts and a well visible focus are what I would appreciate and what would let me support and promote that app.

  73. @Colin Anthony

    And please, let users choose the reminder time freely. The given options are really little to choose from.


    metromonnezza=WINDOWS 8 SUCKS!!! And I'm 36 years old

  75. @Deam Microsoft

    My PC is not a giant smart phone.

  76. @Colin Anthony

    I also back feature requests like

    – a sharing concept to easily entry an appointment

    – a search

    – week numbers

    – integration of calendars of other vendors




  78. Microsoft's calendar has a couple of things going for it.  My W7 machines use Outlook 2010's calendar.  My Macs primarily use iCal for syncing across iCloud but also have Outlook 2011 calendars that are fairly up to day date.

    The Outlook calendars are far better looking and more easily read than the current Mac iCals.  Were it not for my iPhone I would probably use Outlook's calendar.  It's just nicer which is saying a lot because I am no fan of ribbons (Office 2000 at work is a dream to use because of its traditional drop-down menu system).

    Here is where the Metro, Metro, Metro thing come in.  My Outlook 2011 calendar is open right now on my 15in MBP.  It's NOT at full sceen. The dock is below, that goofy one-size-fits-all header is at the top and I can see Lion's star field on either side.  It looks absolutely the perfect size.

    There is no way that I want a full-screen Metro calendar.  It's too many huge rectangles, too big and not as handy as the Outlook 2011 calendar that I can slide around or re-size to fit my needs.  I fully expect you to pay no attention to me but I wanted to make the point yet again that full screen is not what I want.  BTW I've used the Lion maximize setting a couple of time just to see it it's any good.  No thanks Apple, no thanks Microsoft.  A traditional desktop with documents and "things" laid on it is still preferable.

  79. @MSFT: Please use "Ctrl_f" to identify the number of people who want Semantic Zoom.. I totally disagree on the gestures used to control the calender view. Semantic Zoom is the most natural way to perform this operation. Windows Phone also misses these features. Has the Semantic Zoom (Pinch to Zoom out – From Day – Week – month ) been patented and so cannot be used in Windows 8 Calender App?

  80. The app needs

    1. Integration with Travel Apps ( My Flight Arrival,Delays,Itinerary)

    2. Integration with Google Calendar/other vendors

    3. Semantic Zoom (Pinch gestures for Zoom)

    4. Unified Notification – I know its hugely relevant to this post ( I want to be able to view all my notifications facebook,calendars,email, twitter and linkedin)

  81. Mike Toast says:

    Is Calendar compatible with Apple's Mac OS X iCal?

    Please make it compatible so I can import my calendar from my Mac into Windows 8.



  83. 1. Is the way to search an event in the calendar? If there is no a such way the Calendar app. is almost useless. Let see – you probably able to remember the event that you had entered, but how about the events that come via synchronization with the external sources. The only way to found it (quickly) is do search. Otherwise, do open/close all events, day by day, week by week, month… until found the goal.

    2. One more thing for the calendar app. The date when the repeating event will ended (end day of the recurrence).

    Guys, remember – the calendar is the main app. for the business people (as well as email, but I believe the calendar is most important ever). Please, make it useful.

  84. I-DotNEt says:


    It's been almost a year since we pointed out the huge flaws and major usability issues with Windows 8.  Dispite our excellent advice, you've choose to ignore it and pretend that there's nothing wrong.  Obviously, pretending that a problem doesn't exist won't make it go away.  As proof, I offer just a small sampling of the latest press coverage of Windows 8:

    Users struggle with Windows 8 redesign…/SP-Article1-873267.aspx

    You’ll Hate Windows 8…/windows_8_microsoft_s_radical_operating_system_redesign_will_aggravate_you_to_no_end_.html

    Are you ever going to start addressing all the issues we discovered nearly a year ago?  

    If not, I humbly ask for your resignation as head of the Windows team.  Thanks.

  85. I-DotNEt says:


    Can you also please correct or withdraw the following blog post:…/welcome-to-building-windows-8.aspx

    This was your first post to this blog and it contains some bizarre assertions, such as that this blog was going to be a "two-way dialog".  

    Clearly, this is not a two-way dialog.  Whenever someone brings up a good point that goes against anything you say, it just gets ignored or deleted.

    Please, at least acknowledge that you have no desire to enter into a two-way dialog with your customers.  Thanks.

  86. WINDOWS 8 Fingerprints says:

    Windows 8 is already the WORST OS from Microsoft.

  87. pmbAustin says:

    I just want to echo everything @Javier 22  said above.

  88. @Colin Anthony

    And have you considered to use the accent color for the Calendar app and the other communication apps (tile and app)? This is a great way of personalization. And the start screen looks much cleaner. Thank you for the reaction.

  89. DanielNoakes says:

    I would love to be able to snap Mail and Calendar together, would be great to see how this could evolve.

  90. Window 8 = Kinderkacke says:

    Sorry, but I do not like the calender app because of the terrible colours (and because of the lack of some functions pointed out by others above).

    Also the Metro-Desktop that some people are advertising here is the wrong way in my opinion. It looks like an old Linux distribution. The 2D approach makes everything look bad. It's to plain.

    To sum it up: Why do I not like Metro? Because it's not 1960. Thats why.

  91. Aero Option Please! says:

    Please include an classic and an aero option in W8 for people who hate metro – and there are obiously enough.

    I would rather like to use an OS that looks like Windows 2000 than Metro.

    It's a shame that the good improvements on the technical side of the OS are being wasted and spoiled by the design.

  92. Simon says:

    Showing calendar entries in the Lock screen is great but if an entry is marked as Private then surely the Lock screen should just show "Private Appointment" the same way it does when someone else views your calendar.  It's fine on a phone or tablet but having it shown on my work PC screen when I'm away from my desk is not great.  I don't want to lose the feature as it is great to quickly see what's next but private should be private.

  93. Windows 7 Incompatibility says:

    Generally, the Windows 8 Release Preview is great, a better improvement from CP in terms of the Metro Apps and interface. But, something must be done on the dual desktop screen. Tech guys like me have no problem juggling between 2 desktops. But when it comes to older people like my mum, they find it annoying and so-not-user friendly. One more thing, the all Windows 7 programs are compatible with Windows 8 promise wasn't really fulfilled. I am an online gamer, so I find that there are a few Nexon games that aren't compatible(especially the most childish one). Finally, thank you Microsoft Windows 8 team for engineering such a marvelous OS.

  94. I feel that the Windows 8 desktop UI can be much more better. Sure, getting rid of Aero and stuffs minimises visual fatigue (I love Aero by the way) and I'm sad to see Aero go. But there is no definite way now to launch apps. I used Windows 8 developer/release preview and I went back to Windows 7. It's not that the start menu is gone, but the way of launching apps is confusing. First, I have to press the floating "Start" on the lower left corner. Then, when I arrive at Metro, I'm unsure of the apps I'm launching are whether Metro or Desktop — Some apps get redirected to desktop, and some stays in Metro. Also, the way of lauching system apps such as control panel is atrocious. In previous versions of Windows, I click Start > Control Panel. Now, I go Metro, start searching for "Control Panel", and I get the simplified version of Metro control panel, which isn't what I want because I'm using a desktop. So I have to go back to desktop, click on Windows Explorer, and go through the long list of folders and icons to get to the control panel. What I feel is that desktop and Metro UI don't work well together. Desktop needs a "springboard" like UI to suit Keyboard and Mouse users and there should be a button to lead users back to Metro whenever the users feel the need to — not to force Metro becoming the new Start menu! The overall user experience needs to be rethought. Don't get me wrong, I think Metro implementation for the touch screens are great.

  95. Darren says:

    Now after a couple of weeks the newness factor from the preview has vanished. Usage is down to once every couple of days. And everytime annoyance is so great that I shut it down quickly. This Windows 8 is a nightmare.

  96. @Sigh, @Jonathan Allen, @William, @Xoon Pi, @Jin78, @Arunkalyan:

    It has Google and Facebook integration.

    @Microsoft: What I find very strange is that some birthdays are in Romanian, and others are in English ("YYY's Birthday" vs "Zi de nastere pentru YYY"). There doesn't seem to be any rule.

    As others have said, we need a notification center. And no, the Start Screen is not an adequate notification center. We need an exhaustive list of all the toast notifications received.

    And a calendar bug. If you have 4 birthdays in one day, the month view shows only 3 birthdays, and a "1 more" label. Clicking the "1 more" label takes you to the day view, that shows 2 birthdays, and a "2 more" label. Clicking the "2 more" label only shows 3 birthdays in day view, instead of 4, and no more labels.

    The only way to see all 4 birthdays is to switch to week view, then 2 birthdays and a "2 more" label will appear, and clicking the "2 more" label will show all 4 birthdays in week view.

    //start yelling


    //end yelling

    Sorry if this is a duplicate comment, but my previous comment was apparently eaten, even though I received the "Thank you for sharing your thoughts. It may take a few minutes for your comment to appear." And I was signed in when this happened.

    @Microsoft: Since you refuse to fix the comment eating issue, you should add a big red note at top of the blogs that everyone should compose comments in Notepad, save them, then paste the comment into the blogs to avoid losing them.

    Sent from my Windows 8 PC.

  97. Per L. says:

    We need a notification center where we can find all notification.

  98. Darren says:

    @Vlad NC: The blog system is worst sh*it ever. But it is not too hard to realise that comments will get lost for 2 reasons: Certain trigger words and timeouts.

    So to be safe you simply have to copy your comment refresh the page and paste it into the text field.

  99. Andrew says:

    Windows 8 is gonna fall harder than Vista and ME. It's already too late for Microsoft

  100. ali says:

    @Colin Anthony & Designers of Calender app

    I have an idea for event pages.

    Please add some controls to modify text. Controls like Bold, Italic, List, Font Size, Font Color etc.

    Let us make rich texts.

    In the last picture, we have two lists and each list has a title. Debbie and Colin.

    If we had some controls, we could make titles bolder and add bullets to each list.

    I need more than just plain text.

  101. Aleksandar says:


  102. Design says:

    Why is it that we don’t hear any post from designers? They don’t have any – the developers think they are designers – that is the problem, good design requires a team of highly talented designers focusing on every detail, why are you letting the developers design it? – I bet you that there are at least 200 design mistakes that would be identified and resolved by talented designers but will be in there because some developer thinks he/she knows best like every version of Windows ever released – do something about it Steven!

  103. "Design

    Sun, Jun 17 2012 9:39 AM

    Why is it that we don’t hear any post from designers? They don’t have any – the developers think they are designers – that is the problem, good design requires a team of highly talented designers focusing on every detail, why are you letting the developers design it? – I bet you that there are at least 200 design mistakes that would be identified and resolved by talented designers but will be in there because some developer thinks he/she knows best like every version of Windows ever released – do something about it Steven!"

    Totally right on the money, and the reason why Apple products are so beautiful to look at and so beautiful to operate.  I've always thought that Microsoft software was designed for IT Admins while Apple software was designed for discriminating users.

  104. Andrew Scott says:

    @Metro GUI in Desktop Explorer Where did you get the design from, Visual Studio 2012 RC?

  105. Tim says:

    1.  Those who think Windows Calendar is supposed to replace Outlook – I don't think it is, so don't necessarily expect Windows Calendar to have every one of those Outlook features.

    2. UI issues (this applies to more apps than one): isn't there a way for apps to create the output where it references a stylesheet (either HTML/CSS or XML/XSLT which would of course later become HTML/CSS) and invoke the stylesheet processor? That way, people could build their own stylesheets for apps, a market would open for custom stylesheets (which Microsoft could also play in).  I guess 'themes' are sort of that way, but unless I overlooked something 'themes' are OS-wide in XP, Vista, and W7 (? I don't have 7 yet) – not application specific..

  106. Everyone says:

    Ludomatico stop posting your horrible concepts, they're not gonna hire you for 10 min. with photoshop (if you used it, you probably used gimp to create that cr*p)

  107. Serine says:

    Could you please add a more descriptive caption to the "Private" checkbox or a tooltip? I always wondered what that would do.

  108. @Microsoft:ndar

    I am repeating myself but – we should be able to use Mail – Calelendars and some other Apps as offline Apps without requiring a Microsoft ID.

    Off topic:

    Where is the option to create a WiFi Ad-Hoc network in Windows 8?

  109. Windows 8 is like a bad blind date says:

    She's stunning, sexy and sultry. But you can't live with her.

    Every day for the last three weeks, I sat down to write this analysis but couldn't bring myself to. I resisted for not having used Windows 8 as much as its predecessors — typically from public beta to release candidate before offering hard opinion. In October, I requested one of the Samsung tablets handed out to BUILD attendees but Microsoft wouldn't provide one. After several more requests, I got one in April and May for about a month's use and was shocked — and not "wow, it's good". Windows 8 demos much better than my actual user experience. I blamed myself. Surely the problem is mine — that Microsoft wouldn't unleash UX worse than Windows Vista. But as I see other users/reviewers sharing similar experience, time has come to break my silence. I wouldn't recommend Windows 8, in its current form, to anyone.

    Design Disaster

    Adrian Kingsley-Hughes finally set my writing in motion. Yesterday his June 7 ZDNET post "Final thoughts on Windows 8: A design disaster" popped up in my RSS feeds. The headline doubly impacted: "final thoughts" — for software not released — and "design disaster". While reading, I kept thinking "yeah" over and over, because my experience so closely mirrors his.

    Kingsley-Hughes writes: "On the face of it, the Metro UI looks good…And then you start to use it". Almost nothing more needs to be expressed. That sums up the biggest problems. Metro is exhausting and demands users to scroll too much. The flat, user interface feels old — not modern — after the initial excitement. It's pretty to start with, but the beauty is skin deep. That's my experience using Metro on a tablet, which is what the UI is designed for. The complaints among testers using mouse and keyboard are cacophony.

    Metro is a usability nightmare, and mixing it with the desktop motif makes matters worse. Kingsley-Hughes astutely writes:

    Not only did someone at Microsoft think that it was a good idea to make Metro the primary user interface in Windows 8, but they also decided to destroy the 'classic' user interface experience too by also 'ribbonizing' most of the applications. These ribbon toolbars are packed with small user elements and are fiddly to use with a mouse, and even more fiddly — at times bordering on impossible to use — when driven with a finger.

    Going from those big tiles on Metro to the tiny, finger-hating ribbon buttons is jarring and frustrating. User frustration is one of the primary things that killed Windows Vista. Developers should want users to feel good about their software. Vista made many people feel bad, and I predict many more will feel worse about using Windows 8. Metro is bad enough. Metro + Desktop = UX fail.

    Bad Vibrations

    How people feel about a product is paramount to success. For me, it's not about resistance to change. I'm all for breaking habits, and I frequently switch products in part to shake up my routine. So change isn't my problem with Windows 8. But something else: The changes make Windows harder to use, which is no recipe for market acceptance or adoption.

    From a performance perspective, however, there is much to like about Windows 8. Startup is fast, and the UI zips. But there's a split personality here, with the OS trying to be two things and doing neither really well. Hopefully, Microsoft addresses this problem with Windows RT, which is more about the future than supporting the legacy past.

    When Microsoft issued Windows 8 Release Preview, I asked BetaNews readers for their reviews. Craig Simpson writes from Australia: "This operating system should be first and foremost renamed Windows 8 Mobile. It is completely useless without a traditional Start Menu and desktop for a desktop PC".

    That's another problem with Windows 8. Besides grappling with the ribbon motif adopted from Office, users find something missing: The traditional Start Button/Menu. I don't miss it all that much, but based on BetaNews comments and postings elsewhere, I'm a minority there. Simpson continues:

    I have tried to use it in a virtual machine and I’m sorry but it is completely useless. I’m not the only one as I have shown many friends and customers and they have no idea at all how to use it. When they try to do something that would come naturally in windows xp, vista or 7. They just give up and ask how does this work and are completely gobsmacked by the solutions. None of them have suggested that they will upgrade to windows 8. Microsoft have created a dog of an OS for desktops and yet they do not realize it.

    Devil in the Red Dress

    Recognizing that I spent much less time with Windows 8 Consumer Preview and none with Release Preview, yesterday I asked for reaction on Google+. "Windows 8 has a learning curve", Martin Brinkmann writes — "a steep one". He continues: "After having tried all three public releases I have to say that Microsoft has improved the operating system considerably, and while I personally would not update my copy of Windows 7 to 8, I definitely would consider updating XP or Vista to it, and would not mind buying a new PC with it installed". He offers more in blog post: "Windows 8 is not that bad actually".

    Oh, but it is that bad. Windows 8 is the blind date who is pretty in the red dress but a real *** outside the bedroom. She's too demanding. She's fussy. She wants you to change to conform to her rather than finding common ground.

    "The problem I see, is the closing off of any form of choice", Jake Weisz responds on Google+. "They've now decided what their customer wants doesn't matter. They didn't just make the Start Menu go away, they put in the effort to prevent you from bringing it back. They didn't just create Metro, they force you to start in it".

    Pushkar Chivate agrees "about Metro's usability experience on laptop or desktop. The use of Windows 8 Consumer Preview and now the release candidate reminds me of the training issues I had with users when they had to switch from classic menu to the ribbon interface. The usability of Metro could become a deciding factor whether organizations upgrade to Windows 8 or not and how soon. Personally, I am not finding much use of Metro on desktop or laptop and prefer Aero".

    A Picture Too Dark?

    In Microsoft's defense, Windows needs a modern makeover, and this is the right release for it. The majority of enterprises, which compromise Microsoft's core customer base, will have recently deployed Windows 7 or will be in process when its successor ships. They won't be ready for Windows 8 anyway. Even if adoption is modest, as low as Vista, Microsoft risks little, while preparing the market for what comes next. The Windows ecosystem will be much different in three years, particularly with rash of Metro apps available through the Windows Store.

    Siamak Masnavi responds that "Metro UI is good enough already, and by next year I believe there will be Metro versions of all the popular mobile apps. He emphasizes:

    The classic Windows interface will receive less and less attention from software developers as time goes on, but as the success of the iPad at both the home and enterprise has shown, the path to greater profits for Microsoft lies in following a mixture of the Apple and Google models and Microsoft's recent efforts indicate that they are not averse to learning lessons from both of these companies.

    Meanwhile, Brinkmann sees many Windows 8 pluses:

    I did work with Windows 8 on a second desktop PC for the last month or so, and have to say that many paint a picture that is too dark. Take things like the search. Instead of pressing the Windows key to open the start menu, typing in the search term and picking the results from there, I press the Windows key which automatically switches to Metro, where I'm presented with a superior search interface that allows me to filter and all. I have to admit though that I would have preferred that interface to become available on the desktop right away. Still, it is not as bad as it is painted once you get used to it.

    I've seen those and other benefits, too, but must agree with Kingsley-Hughes, who calls Windows 8 "clumsy and impractical". Frankly, he's being polite. The split-personality UI motif doesn't work; Microsoft has moved so many things around, many users will feel lost and frustrated; and Metro's prettiness wears thin damn fast.

    You must understand: I want to like Windows 8, and it's another reason my real assessment is so long coming. I'd like to see Microsoft give Apple some real competition on tablets — generating competition that results in better products in a category that may define the cloud-connected device era. Instead, Windows 8 may create more opportunities for iOS, as businesses, particularly, either cling to Windows 7 or embrace iPad — or both! Perhaps the future is Windows RT, but who really has seen it in action outside of Microsoft and its core partner ecosystem?

    My disappointing expectation: Particularly for businesses, Windows 8 will be instead of a leap forward a step backwards — to Windows 7.

  110. Windows 8 Metroidism says:

    Sinofsky & Ballmer are the main problem at Microsoft.

  111. Fer says:

    "Show your life clearly." <<I DON'T CARE, REMOVE METRO>>

    "Make it easy to get around." <<I DON'T CARE, REMOVE METRO>>

    "Make it easy to add new items." <<I DON'T CARE, REMOVE METRO>>

    "Keep you on time." <<I DON'T CARE, REMOVE METRO>>

    "Be ready to do more." <<I DON'T CARE, REMOVE METRO>>





    And I'm 34 years old.

  112. @Darren

    I realized that the comment was probably eaten due to some keyword filter. That's why on my second attempt I used YYY. My initial post contained X X X (without spaces).

    I just made a test comment with X X X, 5 minutes ago, and it's not displayed yet.

    Anyway, the keywords and the timeout are not an acceptable excuse for eating comments. At the very least, when the blog decides to eat the comment, it should clearly say the reason it rejected the post, instead of reporting success, but never displaying it.

    Furthermore, Internet Explorer is another annoying part of this issue. If you use the back browser button to go to back and recover your comment, when you realize it was eaten, the comment form is empty.

    I'm annoyed enough I think this week I will write a proxy that logs all HTTP requests and I will apply it only to this site via an auto-configuration script. This way, when the comment gets eaten, I will recover it from the proxy log.

    If/when I finish the proxy and script I will post a link to it in all my comments so others can benefit.

  113. Jeep says:


    @Microsoft, Bing division. Please bring new Bing for all countries. Its still beta for Arabian counties. Also, if I open the the page itself opens in Arabic and there is no way to change the language of the page! It doesnt check the locale set for!

  114. pmbAustin says:

    @zxc10, to get to control panel, just RIGHT CLICK in the lower left corner instead of left clicking.  Then select control panel.

    OR you can go to the start screen, and just type the control you want to look at (i.e. don't type "Control Panel", type "Mouse") and click on "Settings".  There you go.  

    You make it sound a lot more difficult and confusing than it is.

  115. Nguyen Tien Dat says:

    I love Window 8

  116. Nguyen Tien Dat says:

    My mistake…  I Hate Windows 8

  117. DarienHawk67 says:

    This post regarding the Calendar app, like the other posts describing the People and Mail apps, seem to be just taking up space to give the appearance that MSFT is communicating with its “testers.”  They are almost as bad as the “Connecting with IPv6 in Windows 8” post which really only gives information about IPV6 technology—information that is (and has been) available everywhere.  There is very little in the IPV6 post that actually talks about anything to do with Windows 8.

    These posts about Metro apps are worthless, especially given the limited functionality and immaturity of these apps.  It’s like giving a 2000-word blog post about Notepad and its advances.

    I fully agree with some of the other posters that this blog platform is terrible when it comes to comments.  It’s made even worse by the fact that MSFT actively deactivates comments on older blog posts (yep, really looking for feedback).  However, there are very easy ways to get around its limitations.  I normally write my comments in Word, but any word processor would of course work, and then paste into the comment section.  Using that method, there are no timeout issues and if the comment gets “ate,” I can easily edit and re-paste.

  118. Steve says:

    @Windows 8 is like a bad blind date; complete agree with you. But it's typical Microsoft. A fix will be available in the next version of Windows–Windows 9. ME fix–XP, Vista fix–7…that trend is gonna continue

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