Windows Phone 7: Calendars

Paul Thurrott does a nice job of breaking down how calendars work on Windows Phone 7, specifically the trade off between simplicity and ability.

Windows Phone 7, via Live and/or Exchange, can sync up your calendar events. You can also add external sources like Google to the mix. All of these can by synced to the phone is a very easy fashion, the problem though is syncing back as you can only have one "source" that gets synced too.

Then there is the issue of multiple, nested calendars that are "subscribed" too within a calendar e.g. 'weather' within Google calendar--those don't get synced.

Granted, this is v1.0 of calendar support in WP7, but obviously some "power users" will have a tough time swallowing those limitations, while for us with not much to do in our lives (ahem, raises hand) it won't be a big deal. As Thurrott notes: can’t be both simple and full-featured. Microsoft has opted with Windows Phone, in v1 form anyway, for simple. This is arguably the right choice, but the limitations of this choice will appear in multiple places all over this system. And this is just one basic example.


Daniel Rubino

Daniel Rubino is the Editor-in-chief of Windows Central, head reviewer, podcast co-host, and analyst. He has been covering Microsoft since 2007 when this site was called WMExperts (and later Windows Phone Central). His interests include Windows, laptops, next-gen computing, and for some reason, watches. Before all this tech stuff, he worked on a Ph.D. in linguistics, watched people sleep (for medical purposes!), and ran the projectors at movie theaters because it was fun.

  • If i understand correctly there you can only "manage" one calendar from WP7 but you can view up to 3? If thats the case then i don't see a problem with that, its way better than what i have now that, i can only view and manage one calendar. So being able to view 3 calendars is actually an upgrade.
  • Wait.. are you saying you can only create appointments for a single calendar on the phone? That surely can't be right...
  • Sorry I read the original article.. it all makes sense. You can sync up and down with multiple source calendars (just not their sub calendars). This is fine... phew :)