If you are like me, who doesn’t like to remember birthdates and events, then Calendar is going to be an important app for you in Windows 8.

It is one of the newest offerings of Windows 8, sporting the Modern user interface.

Calendar, as the name implies, manages your calendar events. It can remind you of an upcoming birthday, prepare presentation for tomorrow’s business meeting, or go shopping for the weekend’s party.

The three Modern apps – Calendar, People and Mail – when grouped together, completes your personal information management suite.

How to Launch It

  • Invoke the Start Screen by hitting Windows Key.
  • Search for the “Calendar” app tile. Clicking it will launch the app.

As an alternative, type “Calendar” on the Start Screen. The app will come up in the search result list. Clicking it will launch the app.

The welcome screen shows month view of the calendar.

Each day is represented by a neat and clean square. Events are highlighted by colored bars in their respective day boxes.

You might want to organize events into separate calendars, depending on the event type. I, for instance, like to keep birthday events in a birthday calendar, leisure events in a leisure calendar, and business events in a business calendar.

Calendar app handles multiple accounts gracefully. The color code for each calendar is different, so that you can differentiate between events of different calendars. Note that each calendar is backed by a mail account from service providers like Google, Microsoft, etc.

Calendar app also lets you create new events. You can store a newly created event in any desired calendar.

Live Tile

The live tiles of Calendar show upcoming events.

Thus, Calendar app tries to remind you of upcoming events whenever you are browsing through the Start Screen.

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  1. I can’t get my calendar to come up on the screen on my new desktop computer. When I click the calendar tile it briefly shows up on the screen and then reverts back to the charms desktop. I do not have that problem with the calendar tile on my phone. (However, I am not able to enlarge the calendar on my phone so that is a source of frustration for me.) Any suggestions would be appreciated.

  2. The calendar will not display my scheduled messages on holidays. It just shows the name of the holiday. Today it just says “Tax Day “, instead of my messages.

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