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iCloud Calendar On Windows 8, 8.1, WP 7 And 8 Via Outlook.com Working Again

iCloud logoSince a couple of days, iCloud Calendar subscription via Outlook.com / Windows Live is working again on Windows 8 mail app, Windows Phone 7 and Windows Phone 8. Microsoft needed more than one and a half-year to fix the syncing problem. A lot of user, including me, were upset about the long period of time and the insane comments of some Microsoft forum administrators. I have checked my iCloud calendar subscription (‘read only’) for the last days and I can state that it is working again.

All types of calendar events are synced, both all-day and hourly appointments. However, the syncing time interval is too long. In my case, the iCloud calendar subscription is only updated every 1-2 days. The syncing process should be in a shorter interval, it would be even better if a user can choose the time period.

iCloud calendar subscription via Outlook.com on Windows 8 mail app, Windows Phone 7 and Windows Phone 8 is working again: Syncing period too long

Source: miApple.me

 

The set up of the iCloud calendar subscription on Outlook.com is as follows:

  • Go to http://www.iCloud.com, login, choose calendar, click on the ‘WiFi’-like Logo next to the calendar you want to see in Windows mail app, choose public calendar, send link to your outlook.com or Windows Live email address
  • Login to outlook.com or Windows Live account, go to calendar in the PC website view, click on ‘subscribe’, choose a calendar name and paste the iCloud calendar link
  • Set up your outlook.com email account on Windows 8 / Windows Phone 7 / windows Phone 8 to get your Outlook.com calendars, including your subscribed ones, displayed on your device.

Hopefully, Microsoft will manage to decrease the syncing time and will set up an option for users to choose the syncing interval on their own. If so, iCloud calendar subscription via Outlook.com would be an acceptable (given that ‘read only’) option for Windows 8 and Windows Phone users.

Stay tuned! ;-)

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10 replies
  1. jcreigns4us
    jcreigns4us says:

    just got the WP8 Nokia Lumia 920 today, have a Mac…. I MUST be able to sync my iCal to the WP…or the phone will be returned tomorrow and I will go back to iPhone!!!!! I have been reading “help” forums everywhere and I am utterly confused! I am NOT tech friendly at all and all this is Greek to me. I just need it to work without hacks, bogus gmail accounts, or server IP’s…. I do not even know what any of that means!!!!
    Please help this frail and frustrated, no time to play around, less than tech savvy female!

    Reply
    • Gee Are Pabst
      Gee Are Pabst says:

      Hi jcreigns4us,

      if you do not want to use gmail accounts and if you are not very tech friendly, I can only suggest to switch to an iPhone and use iCloud for syncing your iCal with the iPhone.

      Cheers,
      Gee Are

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      • jcreigns4us
        jcreigns4us says:

        I have a gmail account, and it does not bother me to use it. It just is not working for me. I have read several different forums and tried every trick suggested (everyone that I could understand that is).
        I just traded my iPhone 4s cause it wigged out after the iOS7 upgrade, and has progressively gotten worse with time. A factory restore only made it worse and the phone was no longer receiving calls or texts. Did not want to spend $300 for the iPhone 5 knowing the iPhone 6 is coming out this Fall and the 5 would quickly be outdated just as the 4s I just traded.
        Plus…. I am going on a mission trip to Haiti in 3 weeks and just do not have the extra money to spend on a new iPhone. I despise Driod…. so this was the only option left. So far I really like this phone and all is great, except the calendar. And with my busy family… would not make it out of bed on time without the calendar and alerts to remind me where I need to be and when.
        If you could explain to me how to sync iCal with Google Calendar then have it sync to the WP8 I would appreciate it. Just know I do not understand computer talk, it must be “Instructions for Dummies”!

        Reply

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