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Windows Calendar: A new feature of Windows Vista


Windows Calendar is a fully-featured calendar application that comes packaged with Windows Vista. It supports the iCalendar format and has the ability to publish and subscribe to web-based calendars. I had some time today to tool around with Windows Calendar (included in Windows Vista) and for most people the features included with Windows Calendar will suffice. With Windows Calendar you can:

  • Create Events
  • Create Multiple Calendars
  • Import Calendars
  • Publish Calendars
  • Subscribe to Calendars
  • Set Appointments and Tasks
  • Configure Reminders
  • Supports i-Cal standard

I put together a gallery that shows you some of the cool features of Windows Calendar. Let me know what you think.

 


12 comments
rebeccaaward
rebeccaaward

When you say Vista allows users to share their calendars, do you mean without Exchange Server? While my (very small) organization would love to share calendars as well as have group calendars separate from personal calendars, the organization can't afford an Exchange server at this time. Of course, they can't afford Vista either, but that is beside the point.

jwolff
jwolff

Try the Google Calendar. I set one up for our small organization instead of a buggy program that was crash prone. We do not have Exchange Server either.

SciFiMan
SciFiMan

as an alternative to Exchange. There are probably others out there also. Pretty simple to setup and has shared folders, calendars, etc. and it's inexpensive too. For a small company this is plenty.

Kiltie
Kiltie

[sarcasm] Shared Calenders? WOOOOO HOOOO Rushes out to buy my shared calendar... [/sarcasm] $399? ummmmm maybe another time...... You gotta do betta than that M$

Steven Warren
Steven Warren

This edition has all the bells and whistles. You can by Vista Basic, Vista Business, etc. It is like if you buy a meal at McDonalds and supersize it. I will blog on this to help clear it up.

jmgarvin
jmgarvin

Remember when XP came out and the laundry list of stuff that wouldn't work in XP Home vs XP Pro FINALLY came out...Well...I'd like to see THAT and not a simplified list that is vague at best. Works great on laptops isn't very useful...

Steven S. Warren
Steven S. Warren

What cool features are you referring to? "I will guarantee the various cool features will only be avaiable in Business, Enterprise, and Ultimate."

jmgarvin
jmgarvin

It doesn't break down the sub-features. What does each checkbox mean? What is included with each checkbox? From the MS site the only real difference I can find between Home Premium and Ultimate are that Home is "more entertaining" and Ultimate is strong because of "no compromises." Marketing doesn't mean much unless they break down the features so that we all KNOW what we are getting.

Steven S. Warren
Steven S. Warren

RDP, bitlocker encryption, and advanced backup features all for 239.00 full package and 159.00 upgrade. See for yourself. http://www.microsoft.com/windowsvista/getready/editions/default.mspx Home Basic does not give you any bells and whistles but allows you to upgrade hardware to Vista that cannot support the new features. I have a really old laptop on Windows 2000 Prof that would not pass min requirements of Vista but can benefit from the security of the upgrade. I would buy Vista basic for this reason alone.

jmgarvin
jmgarvin

I will guarantee the various cool features will only be avaiable in Business, Enterprise, and Ultimate. Vista Home Basic and Home Premium will be far more crippled than XP Home is.

Steven S. Warren
Steven S. Warren

Exchange server is not necessary to share a calendar in Windows Vista and Vista can be cheaper if you choose not to buy the Ultimate edition. More to come later. Thanks for reading.