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Fix for the botched Calendar app on Windows Phone 8.1 is now live in the Store

Earlier this afternoon we harangued Microsoft about the recent Calendar app update for Windows Phone 8.1 that occurred on Monday, June 30. The update virtually broke the app for thousands of users by crashing whenever one adds a new appointment. Soon after our article, the app was unpublished from the Store preventing users who rely on auto-app updates from suffering the same fate.

Tonight, Microsoft's Joe Belfiore took to Twitter to address the situation, noting that a fix would be available very soon.

"WP8.1 Calendar fix is ready and getting posted to the store. Will take a bit of time to show up everywhere. Sorry for the inconvenience!" – Joe Belfiore, Microsoft

Apologies aside we knew Microsoft would quickly address the bungled update though it still raises questions about how such an obvious bug made it through certification. People may brush this off by claiming Windows Phone 8.1 is currently in beta (it is not) or we knew what we were getting into when we signed up for Preview for Developers, but the truth is official 8.1 devices have been on the market for weeks e.g. the Lumia 630. For the sake of the platform's success, such incidents simply cannot happen if Microsoft expects to make any inroads in the competitive mobile space. They need to execute flawlessly.

For now, if you're on Windows Phone 8.1, you can head to the Store to get version 1.0.14127.247 of Calendar.

Update - For the record, this is not a new version, but rather the old one prior to the June 30 update. While it's a 'quick fix' for the add appointment bug, it also brings back a region specific bug affecting those in Russia. We surmise that Microsoft will attempt once again to update Calendar in the coming days with bug fixes, making it a true update. Thanks, @Alovchin91, for the heads up.

  • Download Calendar for Windows Phone 8.1 Note: Since this update is so new, you may not see it in your region right away. If that is the case, please try again later once the update has propagated to all of Microsoft's Store servers.

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Daniel Rubino is the Executive Editor of Windows Central, head reviewer, podcast co-host, and analyst. He has been covering Microsoft here since 2007, back when this site was called WMExperts (and later Windows Phone Central). His interests include Windows, Microsoft Surface, laptops, next-gen computing, and arguing with people on the internet.

288 Comments
  • Yes. It works again.
  • It was stopped on my phone - +820
  • Why can't Microsoft put an Every other Feature in the Occurs option? Every other Friday, Every other Saturday, every other Monday. I have games, trainings, paydays, weekend worked, all kinds of crap that occurs Every Other Week and all these years Microsoft still can't put in that lil feature. And why the hell can't it go Landscape!!!??? WTF MS
  • thats a really great idea wonder why people aint talking bout this.....why come in handy with school time tables and such  
  • My live tile will not update. Anyone else?
  • It's working ok for me.
  • Try rebooting your phone. I've had that work in the past.
  • Still having this problem in 2016 and by now it is clear no update is ever coming. When that happens, the notifications don't work either, so I missed some appointments I had in my calendar. Yay Microsoft!
  • The punchline is don't be lazy and use auto updates.  Look before you leap - read the version notes and apply a sanity check before putting stuff on your phone and whining about it here later.  I say this with love
  • I knew they weren't sitting doing nothing... I hope MS learned a lesson and wont update again without testing
  • Microsoft should be in shame of themselves for releasing an app without testing it.
  • ...yeah, its a real shame!  Broken apps would never happen with Apple or Android...  :-D
  • Are you sure?
  • Frankly, I have not faced any broken calendar, google play, gmail, etc on Android before.
  • ...you must be either extremly lucky, or kitting or have a short memory.  Just check the various communities about Apple or Android app glitches. You will have a lot to read......  :-)  
  • Return to Android
  • When our how often would you get an update on those platforms?
  • Really!?  Then perhaps you can explain these: http://appadvice.com/appnn/2014/03/glitch-removes-apples-stock-apps-from-ios-7-1 http://www.cnn.com/2012/07/06/tech/mobile/apple-glitch-fixed/index.html https://groups.google.com/forum/#!topic/google-calendar-help-dataapi/Z_RkJD7BZyc  
  • LOL!!!!! Core Android features force closing (including the home screen) was one thing that made my next phone a Windows Phone.
  • +1520
  • We hold Microsoft to a higher standard.
  • everytime apple updates it's OS it always gets screwed up . go to there forums and see for yourself. thats why i never update my ipad or ipod. there both the same as when i bought them.
  • I can't Believe you people are Unglued. I tried to add and event and it didn't work. Then I tried a few other time and Just moved on. I knew in 1 to 2 day my patch would be in. When life deals you lemons make lemonaide or move to apple. Just shut up about it, quit your crying.  
  • Why, was apple ever ashamed of that map situation they put out?
  • Microsoft just wouldn't be Microsoft without fixing unbroken things by breaking them just to have to find a way to repair that unbroken thing they broke.
  • Had to read your comment twice, but going by what MS's been doing lately to WP apps, I've to agree with you.
  • Read you comment twice, and I agree with you!
  • Is probably an intern test. They have 24 hours to fix a live problem with the least number of consumer complaints.
  • So many smart guys here make me sick.
  • Yeah, they do a fair amount of whining when mistakes are made. Just listen to 'em scolding MS like it wet the bed. lol.
  • Instead of upgrading app MSFT sometimes seems to downgrade them
  • Summer interns need to start somewhere.. WP team!
  • I think someone wanted a bit of overtime to pay for their upcoming holiday, maybe :D
  • Lol, -calendar update
  • Yep it seems 90% of WP devs are summer interns!
  • Yeah. Obviously, they were not doing these intentionally. But making WP native apps upgradable without having to update the whole system was for the betterment, at least that was what they wanted. First time experiments often fail but the least they could do was to test it without releasing. At least that's what we could expect from MS but now we've to rethink while updating... Or that they'll rethink.
  • Great news ! I knew this would get fixed within 24 hrs and indeed it did. :)
  • I doubt anyone truly felt that it would not have.
  • Maybe it was all a social experiment
  • :) see what you did there, I did.
  • +520
  • Got it
  • Working fine again! +920
  • Just got it. As for this entire business...I wonder if the apps are even going through testing anymore. This clear blunder left me with more doubts about the quality control on the store than anything else...
  • I don't think the qc on store ever check apps by MSFT. The only way left for us is to turn off the automatic updates
  • This is why I never update automatically.
  • Well they clearly should. Though even generally, the quality control had been dropped in the store. Fortunately I don't have automatic updates enabled. I like to see what gets updated and when manually.
  • Well, those things sometimes happen. Maybe someone uploaded the wrong release or they thought their update was so minor nothing could go wrong. As long as it does not happen all the time and gets fixed in time I don't have that much problems with it.
  • Did you ever stop to think that maybe they DID test it and it worked perfectly on the devices "in-house," but those devices didn't have something on them that the rest of the world does?  Or perhaps someone messed up and didn't load the correct version onto the Store servers?  Many things can happen when upgrading apps, especially at the pace Microsoft has been.  God knows Apple and Google aren't immune to these kinds of glitches.  Bing it if you don't believe me (see what I did there - Goog what?)  Instead of COMPLAINING all the time, appreciate that Microsoft is working extremely hard to create an OS to rival the competition.  Look at the progress they have made in just the past year alone.  Microsoft IS listening to us and they AREworking as hard as possible to provide us with features we want like Cortana, Action Center, etc.  The fact that they fixed this issue in one day proves it.   Are there still issues?  Of course, like Xbox Music (I really want them to make creating and editing playlists easier - similar to Android where you just create a playlist, name it and then select the songs you want in it and click save.  And I would LOVE it if we could have interactive live tile for Xbox to pause/play/ffwd/rev songs from the live tile.)  But I digress.  We have to support Microsoft's attempts and accept some glitches and setbacks in order to reach that ultimate goal of having the BEST OS on ALL devices.  I sincerely believe that THRESHOLD OS (Windows 9 / WP9?) will be the thing to blow Apple and Android out of the water!  Let's hope I'm correct.
  • +1
  • Thank you for being a voice of sanity here NOLATechy
  • I wish they bring the weather within the calendar back. It's a small feature but yet useful...
  • Just got the update, I got weather.
  • Still get weather in week view... Was it in any other view?
  • Weather isn't working for me either, hmm?
  • Make sure location is turned ON or you wont get weather in Calendar.
  • I get weather, location has to be turned on.
  • No more weather for me either, It was working fine before latest update. And yes, all location services are turned on. Lumia 925.
  • Fixed. Had to go in to calendar settings and turn off location settings, back out and then go back in and set location settings back on.
  • Nice, this fixed it.
  • "Microsoft Account Service is unavailable"
    To many downloads I guess?
  • GREAT. They broke this again: http://social.msdn.microsoft.com/Forums/en-US/a8ee579b-d6c0-48be-a1b0-1d... Are they crazy?
  • HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA I LOVE MICROSOFT
  • I wonder how they are going to start selling Lumia 930 in Russia next week with this bug. A usual user will just return the phone.
  • I'm not sure you're very familiar with the "usual user". How many people have choked down the crap android was pushing at them without returning their phone?    
  • It was on 18 may... Not now... The app fully functional now
  • No, it's not. They fixed it yesterday, but broke new/edit appointment. Now, they fixed the latter bug, but broke this again. Seems like they just pressed "Undo".
  • I too guess its just "undo" with change in version number
  • You should know, MS can't fix one bug without causing 5 more ;)
  • Yeah, seems so lately :/
  • And please note that I really posted this thread on May 18, but they fixed it only yesterday! And moreover, today we don't have a fix for this yet again.
  • I wonder if they'll have to update OS to fix this issue.
  • Just tried (Lumia 720), I didn't notice that when using 24h date format.
  • Try switching the time zone in phone settings to GMT+4 Moscow. It's not because of 24h time format, it's because of time zone changes in 2011 in Russia.
  • Thanks for the link!, so glad I don't have auto updates enabled. I don't think it needs an o/s fux but more stringent and robust qc of their own apps. As it looks like MS will never kick the habit of breaking things that are not broken lol.
  • Not showing events on the tile.
  • I too am having issues with the live tile.
  • Not showing the events in the live tile
  • Seems faster
  • When rapid release gets too puffed up.
    This incident, like the recent Outlook outage, just can't happen. We are paying customers guys, not guinea pigs.
  • I don't understand the uproar, 8.1 is a dev release, not a mass release. Use with caution.
  • It's already out on new devices like 630.
  • No, it is not.
  • It's the final release
  • The only "final release" is for software that is end-of-life (EOL), meaning no further development and expiring support. The correct term is Release to Manufacturer (RTM). I disagree with Daniel.  RTM does not guarantee full functionalty.  Full functionality is determined by manufacturer, for computers this would be HP, Lenovo, etc.  Mobile phones are unique in that this is two step:  manufacturer (Nokia, HTC, Samsung, etc.) and carrier (USA only apparently. The easiest analogy:  buy any laptop pc.  For example purposes, install clean Windows 7.  I guarantee no full functionality from that laptop until you download drivers from manufacturer website/CD.  That is where Windows Phone Developer Preview is at.  The app problem is a different issue.  Clearly, it is a QA issue whether incompetence or incapability. On the bright side, interns will cycle out in a month and the real devs return from vacation.  Hang in there folks!
  • Thanks for such a nice explanation
  • WP8.1 on the Lumia 635 isn't RTM or preview, it's the final release save for what's coming in Cyan.
  • Again, there is no such thing as a final release unless the software is dead, i.e. Windows XP.
  • Glad someone else understands this too. Was getting tired of explaining it myself. :)
  • Well said! And then there's also the effect of a build for "RTM" being different and may behave differently from a "preview" build. Past BETA releases of many other products (not just from MS) behave differently from RTM'd ones when 99% of the code was unchanged. Some things may be enabled or disabled when it's switched from a debug build to 'general release' build as debugging and feedback features are turned off or others turned on which can cause behavior differences. I think of all the times I've run into issues where enabling debugging or using checked builds appeared to 'resolve' issues in some cases, and ressurected 'fixed' bugs in others, yet the code itself remained the same. But this was not the core anyway. It was an app provided with the core and never should have never made it out into the wild. I think back to my days of testing, and back then, every button, checkbox, slider, network connection process, interop with other apps, etc. all had to be tested and was verified by at least 4 other testers (5 total) and you had to sign-off on each item individually. I wonder why that did not happen here. Did testers simply assume it worked and signed off without actual verification? Was it simply seeing if it installed? Ineptness/incompetence definitely seems to be the case.        
  • We have a joke here in the US, sounds like an indian job [indians are known for taking shortcuts and releasing partially-baked stuff]. Maybe the indian in charge just gave it the A-OK and published it to store. hahaha
  • Since Windows Phone 8.1 isn't a final release, and Microsoft is shipping Lumias with these bugs on them to consumers, we should assume that Microsoft won't accept payment for those devices until after the software is fully functional and usable, right? When do the refund cheques to Lumia 630, 635 and 930 owners who thought they were purchasing a usable, ready-for-prime-time device with working calendars get issued?
  • Yes, Got it :)
  • I know I'm on a preview version, and I know MS will resolve these things quickly, so I wasn't worried at all! :D
  • No, it is RTM
  • True, but mine would still be preview. I'm not a manufacturer, lol
  • And it is quicker to launch then it was before the updates!
  • Great that they fixed it quickly. But they still have the AM/PM bug (does not respect formatting setting of 12h/24h). Sigh.
  • Glad I'm not the only one who is annoyed by this..
  • It doesn't use my date format either. Date format for my locale is YYYY-MM-DD but the date picker in Calendar uses MM-DD-YYYY. It was fine in WP7/7.5/8. 7/7.5 was even better in that regard as you could customize your date formats.
  • How hard can it be to fix this... It's annoying.
  • +720 or may I say that I'm extremely agree with your sigh ;)
  • It happened because there is no qa, it should be more simple to roll back massive issues than spend a day coding a fix
  • Great, now fix Bing Weather
  • How can a weather forecast get more inaccurate? Bing weather.
  • +HTC 8S
  • WHY CANT THEY USE THE SAME URGENCY AND FX THIER BOTCHED MUSIC crAPP?
  • +920
  • +920000000000000
  • Oh Danny Boy, one glitch in such a complex world or coding is not the End of the world, just like Malware and Trojans aren't killing the Android momentum
  • The quality control should have atleast checked once before submitting the app but they didn't.. Laziness laziness everywhere
  • Its not a glitch that is difficult to replicate but a simple function as adding an appointment which caused the app to crash. This is a core app not some third party app one downloads from the store.
  • Yay! Downloaded fix and it's working
  • Happy to know that MS is actually listening to us :)
  • "The update virtually broke the app for thousands of users" Where are the Android wags posting they didn't know there were that many WP users?
  • Nahhh! I can't use my phone until now. Stocked on home screen becaise of this.1hr ago have already passed and no response yet. Soft reset doesn't work. Now I know what is the limitation of uni body. I'll definitely download this update, as soon as I turned on my phone.
    Lumia 720
  • I went to install app from the WP Central app and it said "View" Lo and behold, it had auto updated while I was eating lunch. Confirm it again works as advertised.   Now, where is my next update for "Music?" Overdue, lads.
  • Bad  form to release a busted update. Great form to fix it asap.
  • The update is live in Vietnam. Tested ...fixed!
  • I've never had an android or iPhone. All windows mobile and I waited until wp7 came out. Only thing that upsets me this late in the game is I want and will continue to support no matter what but common with the updates already. Official 8.1 is out, 630, and I do have preview on my 1020... But push the darn official out and move on to the next update, should get the one after that before Christmas also...
  • Wow that's the first time I've been really upset with Windows Phone in my three years of use. I depend on the calendar app, probably my third or fourth most used feature because I do shift work - never remember where I need to be! Glad the fix came quick, unhappy the issue existed in the first place. Onto some good news, now :)
  • Seems Working ..
  • Thanks in Lumia 920 now it's work very well
  • Music fix..please
  • What are they going to fuck up next, the phone dialer? Oops, but wait something HUGE is coming soon! Pffft. I'll get excited when you can do basic shit.
  • They didn't break the email app yet...
  • Nah, they'll break the calculator first.
  • Don't worry dialer and email app are next, rest everything is already fucked up... Just let that huge update come up
  • The update is available in Mexico and does not open the app, it says that i need to buy it. Lumia 625.
  • And then MSFT said let Richard buy the calendar app
  • Yes, only because we can't upload images from the app i can't show you the screenshot.
  • I just cant believe you, but still save a screenshot, use twitter and send it to WinPhoneSupport
  • And if possible send it to me as well on twitter @yoursRitesh
  • I send it to Joebelfiore account.
  • I have no problem with MS having a bug in an app here and there but when I pay for a music app and after 3 years its still subpar and basically garbage compared to Zune i get pissed.
  • We all hear you and on board. Until they fire who ever the ego maniac is in charge of Xbox Music and Video, that is not listening to us, that we just want Zune back rebranded, nothing is changing.
  • +920
  • live tile doesn't work.
  • solution: restart my phone and it work.
     
  • 'Calendar Update for Windows Phone 8.1: A cautionary tale.'
    By Daniel Rubino.
    (I'm making light of it with this post but in all seriousness, this is a great entry that Belfiore and his teams should pay attention to regarding Windows Phone.)
    ((But this is a VERY prompt response and I'm completely stoked about that. Good job.)) EDIT: Forgot quotes. And a bunch of other stuff...
  • Apps like calendar, music, video, file manager and folders they should be build in OS. We install so many different apps for doing so simple things. WP 8 were smoother in apps like music games calendar and so on. The OS is really good but I believe even with WP 9 it will still be incomplete. For me its a shame that I can't send a full size photo by build in mail app and need to install another app for this reason when I got a Lumia 1520. That's all for me right now.
  • Yehey! Cool fix.
  • But when I close the calendar app, it stays in back, I have to close it from multitask-screen.
  • That's not a bug!
  • Waiting for the fix for the Xbox music app!
  • Now this is a genuine gripe worth complaining about. I still don't understand how making XBox Music the premier music service isn't a priority with the way people feel about music. I don't, but just about everyone I know does.
  • Oh thank god!
  • Nice and quick. Good job. Wish they would update the tile to be a little more exciting like Simple Calendar or Super Calendar...some options to pick from would make me go back.
  • I agree. I use Cal just for the live tile. I like the fact that it shows the next 3 upcoming appointments on the large tile as opposed to just one upcoming appointment on the stock calendar's tile.
     
  • Fixed. Thanks Microsoft for fixing it right away.
  • I knew it wouldn't take long. All the bitching and moaning was pathetic.
  • This error by Microsoft was pathetic.
  • You are welcome.    This has been an I opener for a few folks. Yes when folks outside say in all fairness MS is not treating us with disdain individual shout from the hip. Its not easy to defend this one though, maybe a few people use the app? Now i can update the app with 1/2 confidence.
  • Daniel, we need you to be pissed on the Music app as much as you were on the calendar one, it may get us closer to a working music player! :)
  • They're not allowed to make mistakes, it's just not permitted... They're not people and therefore not afforded the luxury of any benefit of doubt. They must be destroyed or someone made to pay, may they jump on their sword without delay!
  • You're not allowed to make mistakes in certain situations. If you're the pilot flying the plane that hundreds of people are on. Or the engineer who monitors a nuclear reactor. Or even the company that wants to own a professional's digital life including his calendar. If everything you do in those situations isn't perfect -- and I mean PERFECT -- you're not cut out for the game and need to drop out. Microsoft needs to start moving A-listers onto Windows Phone. People aren't going to continue to tolerate shoddy half baked mobile software rushed with bugs and "mistakes" that grind their digital lives to a halt.
  • We need a detailed explanation of why the app was f****d up to begin with. MS needs to hold itself accountable here. "Sorry for any inconvenience" just doesn't cut it. Not for something as critical as the calendar.
  • No you don't. You need to know they fixed their mistake fast and that is owning up. Makes me wonder if you hold yourself to that high of a standard?
  • First party apps are screwed for one simple reason: MS are removing the deep link OS intergration in order to push out updates via the Windows Store (they've done it fr 3rd party apps and switched to using API's). It's the same thing Google did with Android to ensure faster updates. The problem is that bugs like this get missed easily.
  • Yeah! NOW Live tile is not working.... whats the problem with MSFT?
  • Hey, which apps have you published? I wish to review and critique... =D
  • Yeah, it isn't like he is a paying customer who deserves to get what he paid for or anything. Your car's transmission exploded at 12,000 miles eh? Well shut the hell up, I haven't seen YOU design and build a transmission...
  • Yeah it works again!!!!!! For all you complainers - calm the fuck down. Every developer, big and small, has this happen once in a while. Not every developer owns up and then gets you the fix in less than 24 hours. Shit happens.
  • No no nothing is ever good enough coming from Microsoft, that is just how the world works! No matter what they do, it's terribly wrong and they should be made to regret it, that is the function of the internet... To make them pay for making anyone pay O_o
  • Blind fan boy to the core, eh? They should've removed the update instantly instead hours and hours. Then they should've uploaded the old version for people who updated to the broken calendar. No matter how you put it, MS fucked up again. And at the moment they are doing absolutely nothing to appear pro-consumer (i.e. no changelog, no explanation), which means they are fucking it up even further. Amateurs.
  • Who me? I'm with you, this is completely unsatisfactory! I don't think that first statement was necessary but honestly after these past five years, no even more of just absolute bumbling shenanigans they must be shut down. I may as move on to another platform since they can't even manage a simple calendar! =/
  • I'm just glad they got it fixed that. Only been using a WP for shot a week. Breaking the calendar app wasn't a good step to win me over. But fixing it fast is
  • Not impressed with Belifores tenure as showrunner this far. Inconvenience? My wife is a Quality Systems Data Engineer for a major pharma corporation, and believe me this kind of fuck up in that world would cost people their jobs. It's not the what, it's the how. The lack of proper and thorough QCing that does not inspire confidence in who's in charge at WP.
  • I'd be far more worried about the perpetual awfulness of the Music app.
  • That's why MS have teams of devs, to pass the blame ;)
  • I concur. For that app to pass code review, meant management signed off. So it is a failure on three levels: dev, QA, and management. Reflects VERY BADLY on the team and you can bet the other groups on campus are aware of this. Hopefully, this is a rare occurrence. This is their "gimme".
  • Oh my days were forever horribly ruined by this devastating debacle, how dare these people at Redmond even consider attempting anything, when the world over knows just how terribly they make things! To even consider showing the fallibility of human beings playing at any kind of business... May they forever regret their actions and go home never to trouble us again!
  • Yeah, those of us who had our business day completely disrupted by incompetence and carelessness in a basic area should sit down, shut up, put our lives on hold, and wait for Microsoft to "get around to it." Because mistakes happen, and it isn't like we are paying customers of a distant third place ecosystem that needs to perform well just to stay relevant against two other ecosystems that don't push out updates that break basic business functionality. In fact, we are lucky that Microsoft even takes our money to deliver WP to us. If we keep whining, they might not break things as often and then what would we do?!? It isn't like this OS has been out for four years and should be well past basic f*ckups like this or anything.
  • You had your business day "completely disrupted" by this? If you are that dependent upon the features of your phone, then why the hell are you on a DP?
  • Funnily enough, I use my calendar to keep my very busy day sorted. And I am not on a DP, I am on a dual-SIM Lumia 630 -- it's a production device.  Hundreds of thousands of production devices around the world received this same broken calendar update. If only Microsoft and its apologists put as much effort into avoiding incompetence as they put into making excuses and attacking users who have been burnt by crap user experience...
  • Hundreds of thousands?  If the biggest issue that you have is not being able to create a calendar entry, using the plus button, you are one lucky dude.
  • I bet they just uploaded the old version to again (thanks MS you arrogant bastards for not releasing changelogs!)
  • Lol all good again.
  • Have a look at how your live tile works now ;) Well it was either that or uploading the old, working version, to people.
  • How can MS fix this 'tonight' on July 02 (it's 06:52 in England as I write this)? Looks like someone got the date wrong, unless they're posting from Australia...
  • An old bug has resurfaced: when adding a timed event to my Google calendar, the time is set to an hour before when you click the add button.  This doesn't happen with my Exchange calendar.  Very poor, Microsoft....
  • Some perspective... http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=1749362   Apparently Apple breaks their own apps all the time, but because the iPhone is TEH SHINY PRECIOUS, it's ok.
  • Working again on Samsung Ativ S - thank God (or Joe?)
  • App broke, app fixed. Wasn't exactly the catastrophe of my day. Just grateful for the quick response.
  • This is another interesting article and comment section to follow. The article makes it abundantly clear that MS simply MUST be perfect.  It is explicitedly said that MS must perform flawlessly.  Since that is just about impossible for any company, it sets MS up for constant failure and constant overreaction.  I really think the expectations need to be adjusted to something more grounded in reality.  MS issued an update to an app that contained a serious bug.  They reacted to the feedback from users by hiding the update and then issuing a fix for the bug, all in the span of a day or so.  Yes, the bug should not happen in the first place, but we know MS can react quickly when issues surface. Anyone that works to code anything will tell you that bugs can sometimes slip through to release.  So its essential that you can react quickly to such things. So its not about praising MS, just about taking a deep breath sometimes and realizing how this all works.  If MS starts to issue tons of updates with bugs and then is slow to fix them, then you can start going to town on them.  At this point though, they don't seem to be any worse then say Apple or Google in this regard. Sometimes I think some people that consider themselves fans of the WP platform are very touchy about issues to the point that they are contantly on the verge of just leaving the platform over one bug or another.  Its cool to not be happy about a bug or to criticize issues, but many take it way too far, beyond what is helpful.
  • Microsoft is not a serious player in mobile today. In order to even be considered by someone who uses iOS or Android, being "good.enough" isn't good enough. They need to be perfect. Especially with them positioning WP as a business OS. 100% reliability is a must with this group, and doing something as incompetent as breaking the calendar will push you out of their consideration set permanently if you're a marginal, largely irrelevant player today (which, let's face it, Windows Phone is). Good enough is not.good enough until you've got iOS or Android levels of share. Period.
  • But they can't be perfect, that is the point. We live in a real world where mistakes happen.  Mistakes must be minimized, no doubt about it, but what is equally important is how a company deals with problems such as a bug in an update.  Again, its an unrealistic expectations when your dealing with humans that make this stuff. Perfection is a nice goal, but focusing on that as the ONLY way to suceed will only result in overreactions to issues and a constant drum beat against a platform.  Before Android was the juggernaut it is today, it had its share of bugs and issues. Google was sitll able to push forward, keep improving and eventaully grabbed the marketshare they have today.  MS has it even worse than Google since they are fighting against two giants while Google was only facing one, but if they keep pushing, I think there is a future for WP. When problems like this happen, MS has to be swift in dealing with it and do everything they can to prevent similar issues in the future.
  • This is pretty stupid. Honestly. Your opinion is your opinion, but still stupid none the less.
  • If Microsoft adheres to the lazy, shoddy, sub par practices the two replies above are defending, they'll continue to fail in mobile. Period. Nobody wants to have the risk they take on an unknown ecosystem like WP rewarded with poor quality.
  • Stop the b1tc#Ing now people
  • Kudos to Microsoft for quick response! :D
  • MS policy: "No Shame, No Gain"
  • Everything OK HTC 8X
  • We made a stink about it before addressing with Joe B. Made WP look bad in a way. Not a good way to support your OS of choice.
  • Maybe we're just tired of supporting WP with blind eyes. We're too far from a excelent OS and every "bug" lasts too much.
    I'm really disapointed with M$.
  • Maybe you're right. They ask our opinions but don't seem to follow through on them.
  • Syntax error at end of statement "$"
  • Then what's stopping you from shuttting your mouth, and buying the OS that you do feel is "excellent"?
  • Sean is right. Only sycophantic fanboys need comment. Everyone else can put up with poor quality or just leave. I'm sure that approach will bring WP to new heights of success in mere weeks.
  • Looks like another Xbox Music.
  • Glad that windows phone has less app problem than IOS now
  • Seems okay. Thank you Microsoft.
  • I don't know if this was before but when adding a new event and you don't set the time and leave it as all day and press more details, you can't change the time later. You have to start over!
  • I've just tried it on my Lumia 920 and had no problems. When you change the How Long box to Custom, there is an All Day checkbox which you have to clear before it shows the Start Time and End Time boxes. Otherwise, the app seems functionally identical, but very fast.
     
  • It's still completely broken in the sense it isn't able to properly sync outside calendars like Google (all day events, holidays, birthdays, etc). You can go to calendar.live.com and sync to a third party Calendar, such as Google, just fine there, and so Microsoft obviously knows how to sync with Google, but syncing directly to the Calendar app is still a big fat fail. Syncing this roundabout way is less than ideal, as it's just a subscription, and doesn't actually allow you to edit those subscribed events.  As the issue appears to be a very simple case of properly setting the timezone within the app for all day events, it's kind of mindblowing that it remains broken.  Google might be able to get away with ignoring Windows Phone, due to the realities of market share, but WP really can't get away with ignoring these types of services.
  • Have you ever considered that google is actually the problem here? And before you take that stance maybe you should look into just how many people use outlook (or Live) calendar.
  • Doesn't matter. People want to use Google Calendar, and Microsoft isn't supporting it. That is all people care about.
  • Good stuff back to normal in glad to see. Phewwwww
  • It's amazing that a small error by MS has caused this much furore. Just be glad that they fixed it within 24 hours. In software development. these things happen. Look at all the major game releases that have had severe bugs, and the amount of time it has taken to fix these. Unbundling these apps from the OS can only be a good thing, and MS must be praised for trying to change the way they work. I understand that it was an inconvenience for a lot of people, but in the scale of things, it was a relatively minor snafu. Can you imagine if this was still deeply tied to the OS, and there were even worse 'knock on' effects causing severe OS problems. So let's breath deeply and continue with our lives..... Cyan and the official 8.1 release are just around the corner.... Hold onto your hats, it should be interesting!!! LOL....
  • I would conjecture that this is not a "fix". Rather it is a "rollback". A rollback is merely reverting to last known good functioning code. An actual "fix" would entail a resolution by the dev, a test by QA, then code review for management sign off. I don't believe this bug classifies as "showstopper" = same day fix. So the time frame for an actual fix is probably a week or longer.
  • The people who make up the WP "community" are a bunch of cry babies. If anything they are what shines a negative light on WP as a whole.
  • In my calendar I have double of most FB birthdays. I have FB Beta installed. Is one the FB from 'email➕accounts' settings, and one from 'FB Beta' app?
  • Is your Outlook.com calendar connected to Facebook? If so it might have pulled in your FB b'days and so you'll have them duplicated. You can turn one of the calendars (outlook birthdays or Facebook birthdays) off in settings.
  • I actually think this is a rollback rather than an actual fix. The option that appeared yesterday to clear map data and searches from events has gone again. (presumably we're getting google-style actual locations for events, a feature that was touted for WP7 but never appeared at least in the UK)
  • Well done Microsoft team, to all those who constantly complain and whine, take a chill out and remember the old saying 'they who made no mistakes made nothing'
  • Glad to see msft after acting fast to address these issues. Now if I can have a fix for the odd WiFi drops on my sp3 I'm happy!!!
  • by the way a simple fdr worked on fixing my calendar issue
  • honestly for those who complain don't complain so much about it honestly this has been the first will update issue i've ever seen from them oh and when it wasn't working cortana had no issue making the event for me 
  • Lol... Say a good luck to windows phone... All users are shouting and crying... Don't know what's there plan... No proper music player no flawless video player .. Even a Symbian phones have atleast these two working great...now biweekly updates for something worst which was better earlier....all these are for good or bad?!..
  • Symbian and working great in the same sentence...?
  • All users shouting and crying? Over a small botched calendar update that was pulled from the store and fixed quickly? Hyperbole much, crybaby?
  • No dude..don't you realise music player and videos just gone bad from wp8...love other features like speed dial notifications etc... But these two from better to worst is not that impressive....at least through this shouting we can hope to get a best solution...
  • I agree. It annoys me to no end that I don't have access to the old Zune playlist catalog on WP8.1. It's sad when now it's 2014, coming up on 3 years since Zune hardware was killed off, yet I rely heavily on my Zune HD every day using my phone as a hotspot to get access to a functional music player with access to those playlists and frankly, a better music player.  
  • Imagine how much time, money and frustration could have been saved if Microsoft had just stuck with the awesome Zune UI and moved the resources wasted on XBox music into, say, making a calendar that doesn't suck.
  • Imagine how much hate Microsoft would be getting had they stuck with the Zune UI. I mena, ya know... because they can never do anything right and all that.
  • The Zune UI was functional and well reviewed. Xbox Music is a bad joke.
  • Yes it was "well reviewed"... mostly after it was replced by XBM. If it's that bad, get an iphone.
  • HA! I love this! I love being reminded just how ignorant and miopic mobile users can be. You're leveraging an ENTIRE OS on a fuq'n music player that honestly not everybody is having issues with...? Grow up, or go buy something that makes you happier in life. Can't let an app on a phone bring you down like that.
  • Please is there a way to change the weather unit from Fahrenheit to Celsius? I really dont understand Fahrenheit
  • You must have set your phones region under settings to englich (United States). Change this to a region that uses Celsius.
  • Oh yh..i have it set to US...but I want Cortana :( I guess something's got to give
  • Great to have it working again :)
    But would love to have week number as well (no, I don't mean week view)
  • Ok, where are the seems faster comments?
  • As a developer myself, I believe that releasing an update that will cause a working program to consecutively crash in so many device, as stated, is not acceptable. Testing the software rigorously before releasing it worldwide is a must.
  • Could someone please explain what the updates do? In which ways are they improving the calednar?
  • The update that was posted and then pulled improved the location awareness of the calendar tasks, possibly for future updates to the calendar's abilities and google now type thing with cortana.
  • How do you get it too be black??
    Mine only shows in white!!
  • It works. Your point about getting through certification is my biggest gripe. Seems WP is always just so close but screw up some detail or the finish. This is what people see and where most of the time should be spent imo
  • Fixed! Working again!...
  • It's working now
  • Well good thing this was fixed quickly, but the thing is this is not the first time Microsoft botched up an update, does anyone remember the Games hub update that did not show any of the games installed, the music app update that was worse than the earlier music hub, the video app update that takes forever to open video files that you have in your phone. These are core apps not just some third party apps and what's with the resuming screen even on the start screen,it's frustrating to find that windows phone seems to go on a reverse, and people who are blind fans, this is the reason why I went with windows if I wanted to be blind fans making excuses for every shortcomings then I would have bought an iPhone, anyway its not that the criticism is unfounded, but its good to see Microsoft reacts fast maybe that's why they make blunders, to impress us with their quick response, but I think we will be much more impressed if they had released the app without the blunder.
  • Yeah, I know... because they are perfect. Almost as perfect as apple when they released apple maps! Now THAT is mobile perfection!
  • Ha ha you are funny, thank God Microsoft can't mess up Here maps.
  • Thanks WPC for reporting the bug then reporting the fix in a time manner. Your excellent reporting allowed me to prevent installation of the flawed update.
  • I'm almost glad this happened. Microsoft needed to see the expectation's that the user base expects from them. Hopefully they learn from this and put new procedures in place to ensure that this doesn't happen again.
  • Anyone noticed that the events are not showing??
  • Okie, nevermind. Just need to set the events as attending again.
  • hash finally it got resolved!!!!! :) Thanks Team!!!
  • So any info on, you know, the new features and why it was updated in the first place??
  • Excellent! I'm satisfied with the response but the question still remains: How on earth were they unaware of this problem before launch?
  • You know, this whole fiasco was a bit of a bucket of cold water to my face.  It made me realize just how very far behind the Windows ecosystem (including Windows Phone) has fallen. Google is showing smartwatches, has a whole new UI in the form of its Material Design UI.  There are a whole range of very powerful and affordable phones that don't compromise on features coming out, as well as new connected home, health tracking and smart watch devices either starting to ship or shipping within the next three months.  Office Touch is being beta tested for Android and will be there long before it arrives on Windows. Their products are sold on every major carrier including T-Mobile USA. Apple has two new iPhones with large screens and powerful specs coming, as well as its own iWatch. They've had Office Touch for months now.  Their products are sold on every major carrier including T-Mobile USA. And in Microsoft land?  We're excited that a completely broken calendar update has been replaced with a less-broken calendar update on our phones that still gets time zones in entire stretches of the world wrong, and on T-Mobile USA we're being served up garbage handsets like the Lumia 635 -- which would have barely been competitive three years ago -- with no decent modern choices on 3 of the four major US carriers.  (Hey, remember, Skype is one of the exciting parts of Windows Phone that will really change the world -- too bad you can't use it effectively since the "awesome new 635" doesn't have a front-facing camera!) There are no smart watches, there is no official support for any significant health tracker (though the five-year-old Fitbit MIGHT come to WP sometime before December), connected home still sucks, etc., etc., etc. The answer to every bug, screwup, and experience that Microsoft breaks is "just give them time, the competition makes mistakes too, they're only human." But when you zoom out and look at the big picture, it's not a good one for Microsoft.  If Microsoft doesn't make a REAL investment in Windows Phone and Windows, I don't see how Windows survives.  We'll be reading our Outlook.com mail on Android or iOS devices.
  • +920 I'm fed up with MS by now, they're always so behind
  • Dude... seriously, just go buy something that makes you happier. You can't possibly be this unhappy over a mobile device.
  • I don't have access to the fix in the store yet, but I found a work-around for those that still need to add to their calendar - use Cortana to add and she does it just fine.
  • Oh my gosh! My appointments are GONE!! They were there this morning when I checked to see if I could add appointments yet, and I was happy to see that I could! And now I looked at my calander and it said my next appointment was the one I added this morning, which was not right, so I open it, and its blank!! I have appointments and reminders for EVERYTHING in there! And now they are all gone!!! So so unhappy with this!!!
  • The same here in the Netherlands!
  • When will they fix the more broken music app, I think am apology is well overdue
  • Whether it is the same as before or not. I can't tell. What I can say is this. The splash screen takes shorter time the first time you start the calendar and almost instant when running in the background. It is good they fix it fast. It is bad it happened. We are all humans and mortals after all. Everyone can make mistakes. It shouldn't happen but it did. We are glad it is fixed!
  • I guess it's fine for WP Central to take some credit for putting pressure on Microsoft to fix the issue ASAP, but I never saw an apology for WP Central for promoting the bad Calendar app, update even though they knew it has issues with adding calendar entries. I know that app auto-updates were probably responsible for many people getting the bad update app, but I'm sure that some people installed it after WP Central promoted the update, including providing a link to it. How about it WP Central? 
  • How was WP Central to know that Microsoft's update was flawed? It is sort of ironic to see apologists trying to excuse Microsoft from QAing its own software while demanding that WPC apologize for not QAing Microsoft's software.
  • By the way, my Simple Calendar is still broken, even after the Calendar app update (yes, I can create new calendar entries in the WP Calendar app). Edit: never mind - a restart seems to have fixed Simple Calendar
  • I'm with Microsoft on this one. Windows phone 8.1 it's a preview and they said there will be bugs until the final version is released. Once it is, them I will be complaining. Until then, enjoy your Preview WP8.1.
  • WP 8.1 is not a preview -- it is a shipping product you can purchase now on devices from Nokia, Xolo, Yezz, Prestigio and Blu.
  • If you are running the DEVELOPER PREVIEW version, then yes is it a PREVIEW.
  • I am not running the "DEVELOPER PREVIEW" (sic).  I am running Windows Phone 8.1 on a production Nokia Lumia 630 handset. So are about 150,000 other people (according to the last stat I saw). Every single one of us who own this production handset with production software had our calendars broken yesterday. Your response to those of us who were angry that our phones were broken is (and I quote) "dude, get an iPhone."  If all the current and future Windows Phone 8.1 buyers take your advice, you'll be king of your own domain, screaming abuse at an empty forum. I wonder what lame excuse you'll come up with then...
  • Still broken on my icon after update! Update: Just got notified of update available in store, works now. I must have installed the old version instead of the new.
  • Now that the stupid calendar problem is fixed, mind fixing the stupid xbox music & video apps, that you, so generously, broke ??? 
  • Need help! guys, i updated the calendar app and after this it was renamed to "@{Microsoft.MSCalendar and it just doesn't open anymore, also now I can't take screenshots and some apps doens't connect to the internet!   Any help? thanks
  • Thank goodness for that!
  • Tile does not update. Adding events was fixed. Anyone else?
  • This is why Microsoft sucks!  Oh... wait...
  • Meanwhile in Malaysia, still waiting for 8.1
  • Figured Microsoft would fix right away. They been pretty good with updates.
  • Download stuck at 50%..samsung ativ s here
  • From what I'm reading here i still see no need to update. Saying it's faster doesn't cut it. My calendar has always been plenty fast enough. I see no one touting huge benefits or even small benefits from this update. Really, pretty meh.
  • The update was quick however this should never have happened in the first place.
  • Ever since installing the update this morning my battery life has dropped significantly. I went to a half an hour meeting with 50% battery, left with 18%. I just restarted my phone and I'm going to see it goes.
  • Wow now I can't even open up the calendar after this update. When I would try to open up it gives me this message "Problem with app - There's a problem with Calendar. First, try to buy the app. If that doesn't work, you'll need to unistall the app and then install it again." And there are two buttons one to unistall the app and one to buy the app. I clicked on both and nothing happens.
  • Have you tried uninstalling from the app list (long press on app name, tap uninstall)?
  • That was one of the first things I had tried but there is no option to unistall the app from the app list. Its just pin to start, rate and review and share. I'm using the 822.
  • I can't open the app too, and got other big problems, like apps crashing and not even opening, also now I can't take any screenshots..
  • Bloody hell I should have known better I reset the phone and reinstalled damit, I must pay more attention to forums. I had so many complaints from users of Lumia WP 8.1 devices (calender)  (our client base) I should have known better. the moral is I should have checked the forum and sent report to Microsoft....Sigh at least next time I wont be such a bad ass :) and reset the phone....Thank you for information regarding this bug..
  • Bug in German Version? Hi, i have the latest update installed and restarted my phone so that i would get the live tile back. However, the live tile does seems to get the day of allday events wrong putting them one day early so that the app states "Wed" for "Thu" events. Anyone else with this problem?
  • And the good news is:  We got tasks back!!!
  • It seems like Dan has been pretty negative with his stories lately.  Yes the calendar crash was not a good thing.  Is it as big of a deal as everyone is saying?  No.  This isn't Apple Maps people.  Relax and let's not make this site so stinking negative.
  • This confirms my thoughts about the developer preview..... -> beta test
  • It is still broken for google entries. :( If I add a entry for next year, the information briefy displays then disappears but show up correctly in google calendar (web page and on Andriod). Is invisable on windows phone.
  • My windows 8.1 phone calendar deletes all entries more than 2-3 weeks old.  I can find the data by logging onto outlook.com on my pc and login under mcrosoft account.  How can I reinstall the deleted data back o my phone calendar app, and how can I stop this from happening again?