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Native Calendar app for Windows Phone 8.1 updated

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The native Calendar app for Windows Phone 8.1 has just been updated. One of the bigger changes in Windows Phone 8.1 is the ability for some of the 'native' apps to be updated independently of the operating system. This allows for apps, like Calendar, to get updated as Microsoft sees fit and without any interference from carriers of OEMs. What's new in today's update?

Head into the Windows Phone Store and you'll find version 1.0.14127.246 of Calendar. This is the second update for the Calendar app in Windows Phone 8.1. Like last time, Microsoft has withheld the changelog. So we'll need your help finding out what's new or improved in this update.

After updating, the app seems to crash on our Lumia 1520 when we try to add a calendar event. Overall, it does seem to be a snappier experience with this update.

Find anything? Sound off below.

Thanks for the tip SuGaRDaD, Fahad, David and others!

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Native Calendar app for Windows Phone 8.1 updated

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I've noticed any all day event spreads over two days, from 2 pm day 1 to 2 pm day 2. Presumably the calendar on WP can't figure out your correct timezone correctly? It appears to be set to 0 GMT. Or, rather, it knows your timezone, but since it is stuck in the 0 GMT timezone, your all day events are offset by your timezone, and thus spread out over two days. 

It's the only explanation I have, and this doubling up every single all day event in my calendar makes the calendar on WP essentially useless for me, as the sheer amount of spam from it is just too much. 

Changing your timezone on your phone does nothing, other than changing the offset for your all day events, so instead of say... 2 pm on day  1 to 2 pm on day 2, it'll change to 3 pm on day 1 to 3 pm on day 2. 

Of course, the infuriating part is that any event you make with a specific time...that shows up correctly, at the correct time, so it appears the calendar operates on the correct time zone for those events, but on the 0 GMT timezone for all day events. It's so schizophrenic!

The weird thing is how much fawning I've read over the calendar since 8.1. Either people simply don't use all day events...or was the calendar just that horrible pre 8.1 that people ignore all the doubling up of all day events?  Or, does everyone just live in the 0 GMT time zone. :D

Also, this "bug" appears to be beyond just the default calendar app. I've tried other calendar apps, like simplecalendar, and the same thing happens in all of them. It's really annoying. :/

Thanx for the info mate, doubling of birthday now resolve using ur method by removing the hotmail calendar from setting and just keeping the birthday on, one more thing I want to know is how can I sideload the app using windows 7 ultmate 32bit pc

I'm suffering the same problem, but only for a Google account calendar. In addition to the two day spread of all day events, I'm also seeing old/deleted calendar items that were repeating events at one time, but were either deleted or edited to move them to another date.

This update did nothing to fix this. I removed the Google account from my phone, did a soft reset, then updated the calendar app and nothing changed. Using a Google calendar account is impossible on Windows Phone.

I've figured out a temporary workaround.

The calendar app has no issues with the Live calendar (Microsoft's free online calendar that's hooked into outlook webmail, etc, and tied to your Microsoft account). That's what it syncs if you've choosen to sync your Microsoft Account to the calendar.

So, you can go on the web, login in to calendar.live.com and subscribe to your google calendar(s). This puts all your google calendar info into the Microsoft calendar. And, unlike the WP calendar app, the Microsoft calendar at calendar.live.com imports your Google calendar info correctly. Now, go back to your phone, force sync your Microsoft account, and all your google calendar info will show up correctly on the calendar app.

It's an imperfect workaround,  as you won't be able to edit the Google calendar events (not to be confused with the inability to edit any calendar events due to the last update). Just view them. 

Add an event by tapping on a time slot in "day" view and add it that way. To avoid the crash, avoid hitting the + symbol until they get this fixed.

Thanks for theinfo. I have tried hitting the + sign.  Will stick to adding an entry by tapping on the time slot in the day view as well as using the online outlook calendar as well til they resolve the bug

Can add via Cortana on 1520, but as soon as try to manually add it closes back to start screen. Hope Microsoft are rapid on a fix here else I'm gonna here some bitching from the wife after auto update as she uses the calendar all the time but refuses to use Cortana

Tiny death star just updated too. Some darker backgrounds, the number has moved in the speech bubble when the bitizen gets in the lift and, even though it still lags, it does, honestly, seem faster!!!

-925. Doesn't just seem faster, it is faster. Faster at crashing when adding an appointment, that is. WTH, Microsoft? I know, it's technically beta, but oy.

I have to agree that it feels quicker. Also, tried creating an appointment and the app crashed on my L920

Also on my 928. It's insane to think that they would push an update that seems to crash such a wide variety of devices.

Don't wanna update it on my L920 :(
Also I hope OneNote and Office is separated from the OS that can be updated independently. It lack a lot of features :(

They do for me... Try to create a new Notebook in OneNote or change the formatting in an Excel spreadsheet...

Why does it seem like recently updated apps have been crashing a lot on the 1520. From foursquare to the native calendar people have been reporting issues on 1520 and Icon actually. Does anyone else notice this trend?

It took a minute or so to sync my calendar after the update. I'll see if it can replace my lovely Cal app :)

Agreed. I just wish that I could edit appointments and things but I know that that is a restriction of windows phone and not the fault of chronos. Webcal would be good too

I've tried other calendars and some are pretty dang good but Chronos got that WOW factor. And if MS ever gets around to opening up that API, I believe Chronos devs got some stuff cooking.

WeekView8 has allowed you to create, update, and delete calendar entries for some time. Now it uses the native dialog in wp8.1.

Same on my 920. God damnit I should not have updated. Not being able to add appointments is a big problem. >.

It's disappointing how MS lately thinks they need to remove something from their apps in order to improve something. Give us the option to use it or not, but don't just drop it. (Zune pc connecting to windows phone 8, hubs, calendar's agenda view, etc).

A few things, like tap Start button, tap app, tap the add appointment button... Presto! Instant crash.

It crashes when you try to edit an event, too. Someone should be fired for publishing this update - was there no quality control?

There is no Cortana on my HTC 8X - how nice.
But please explain: Did nobody test the app at M$??? That is a VERY basic function....

Crashing on my 1520 as well. Would love to know why these crashes seem to be specific to the 1520.

I'm nervous about updating cause of all of those crashes on few models and for god sake its a SIMPLE CALENDER APP, how can they make it crash?

 

That's actually not too far from the truth. However, if that intern project succeeds, he/she will get an offer.

Exactly. I use Chronos for the live tile, but use the native calendar whenever I want to actually use the app. It's inefficient. I wish they'd just make the live tile better.

Separating the native apps from the OS had lead to poor performance of those very apps. If you compare the apps like the new music app, Calender app to their previous version you will notice that the old version opens really fast, it doesn't even need to show banners or startup background (see the built in phone app for speed reference).

Yea those apps u mentioned opens fast but not as fast as apps coupled with the OS. Microsoft should go back to recoupling these vital apps to the OS and do what apple do, create a quality app without annoying bugs and couple them with the OS then update the apps if necessary only with new versions of OS are available.
The only reason y we think we constantly need to update our apps is because Microsoft is unable to produce a perfectly working app without any bugs. That's y dey made everyone believe that separating the apps is the way to go. But in reality it leads to a decline in performance.

In Windows 8 almost apps are separated. Same with Android. 
But this is no excuse for them being slow, buggy, and (VERY) lengthy to open. 

I know a native app will always be more faster...

Well, I know a few tests on a lumia 1520 handset running a developer preview is probably not helpful, but mine is updated and has not crashed while adding (successfully) calendar events.

Agreed!!! A double wide tile showing only one event is EPICALLY absurd. I use a third party app (which I'd rather not....I favor native apps) just to get three events on my double wide calendar tile. Most all third party calendar apps have the capability of THREE calendar events on a double wide tile, how on God's green earth can't Microsoft achieve this?!?

Crashes on 1020 when using the "+" to add a new appointment. But, adding an appointment using the "Day View" and tapping on timeslot works...until you try to edit the appointment. Then it crashes.

Hate to sound harsh, but doesn't anyone test this stuff before pushing it to the store?

Crashes on my 1020 too...
F'n MS. You're right to complain. Calendar is huge on a smartphone and now mine is unusable.

Too late for me. Saw these posts after the calendar app was crashing. This is crazy. Need to use Cortana now, which I cannot do in meetings or other situations where I cannot talk. Great.

Just turned off auto updates in the store after seeing all these crashes. Hopefully they fix it ASAP. Calendar kinda needs the ability to create new appts.

Omg that's exactly what I was hoping for an update which is buggy and crashes, I mean I'm a massive fan of xbox music on wp 8.1 especially when it was slow and unusable. Thank you Microsoft.

My calendar on WP8 works as it always has. When you're a beta tester you should expect problems. If you wanna complain to someone go look in the mirror.

Beta tester? What beta tester? 630 and 635 are already out in market. Beta testing should be over a long time ago.

The OS is not different and Calendar did not crashed before this "update"...
The OS is not a Beta, is RTM but not at GA... yet.

Well, there's no two ways about it. This does suck and should be hugely embarrassing for Microsoft. If they would only implement System Restore on WP (feature in Windows since 2000) stuff like this wouldn't be so painful.

I was curious to see if the bug impacted those devices also. I searched the comments and it looks like they are impacted also. This is really bad. Software development has really gone to shit now that everything is free or near free.

Calendar app was not broken before this, it worked flawlessly; and with this update they have not added any features nor is there a drastic performance boost just an unnecessary bug. By the way, I wasn't complaining I was merely adding humour to the situation.

Not updating, last thing I need is for my calendar to crash, I put EVERYTHING into my calendar and right now it is working just fine, I'll wait until the next update.
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