Calendar plays a major role in helping you organize a busy day. It’s particularly useful now as our work/life balance is up for a toss in work from home era. Google Calendar is the default choice for majority out there as it’s available on every platform. Microsoft is taking a different route to make its Calendar app the default one on your device. How about we compare them to see which one is better for you?
- Get the official Google Calendar app for your Android phone and tablet to save time and make the most of every day. Different ways to view your calendar - Quickly switch between month, week and day view. Events from Gmail - Flight, hotel, concert, restaurant reservations and more are added to your calendar automatically. To-dos - Use Reminders to create and view to-dos alongside.
- 1 day ago Typically, one wouldn't care much about widgets while comparing apps, but they do play a vital part with calendar apps. With Google Calendar, you can either opt for the upcoming event widget.
Microsoft purchased the popular Sunrise Calendar and shut down further development. The company integrated the calendar functionality in the Outlook mail app.
As expected, both the calendar apps are feature-rich with tons of options to create a perfect meeting or task. In this post, we will compare both the calendar apps to find a suitable solution for you. The comparison covers UI, features, cross-platform availability, third-party calendar support, etc. Let’s get started.
In terms of calendar apps, cross-platform availability is important. If you sync events and reminders with Gmail, then all your upcoming stuff is right there with you on every platform.
Best calendar for monthly view from widget I love this calendar because I need to look at all my things I have going on for the month and edit accordingly and see what days events fall on. I do wish the calendar app had an option for the widget to highlight the whole event and not just on. When you create an event, check which calendar it's being added to. If it isn't being added to the Events calendar, you may not see it in the Google Calendar app or at calendar.google.com. Open the Google Calendar app. In the bottom right, tap Add. Next to the Event calendar icon, make sure it says Event. On the lock screen of your iPhone or iPad, swipe left to right until you see a list of widgets. Scroll to the bottom and tap Edit. Tap Add Google Calendar. You should see upcoming events from your Calendar in the Today view.
But using the same calendar app on all platforms allows you to enjoy a seamless UI/UX experience on all devices. Google Calendar is available on iOS, Android, and Web.
Outlook Calendar is accessible on iOS, Android, Windows, and Mac.Download Google Calendar on AndroidDownload Outlook on Android
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Google has updated its calendar app with Material Theme 2.0 design guidelines. The interface is using lots of white background, which looks consistent with other Google apps. The calendar app also plays nice with the Android 10 dark theme.
My biggest problem with the current UI is, it’s still using a hamburger menu. And the navigation is confusing with Android 10 full-screen gestures. Sometimes it registers back gestures, and sometimes it opens the hamburger menu, which is confusing and irritating.
Outlook calendar is integrated in the Outlook app. It’s not a separate app but works as an add-on. If you were a fan of Sunrise calendar, then you will surely appreciate Microsoft’s implementation. Unlike Google Calendar, it uses a pleasing blue header with days entries below.
Scroll up or down, and you will notice a beautiful animation on the calendar icon. Nice touch. As expected, Outlook supports dark mode in Android 10 and higher.
Creating a New Event
Both the apps have covered the usual provisions to add a new event. With Outlook, you can create a new event and add details such as title, time, location, notes, and attach files. I like how Outlook has Skype integration. It makes the composing group video/voice calls seamless and easy.
With Google, the app will ask you to create event, reminder, or Goal (more on that later). Tap on the event, and the screen will offer to add title, timer location, notification timer, and event color. You can even add attachments from Google Drive and invite other members to the event.
The app also lets you create reminders. You can add them via Google Assistant too.
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Typically, one wouldn't care much about widgets while comparing apps, but they do play a vital part with calendar apps.
With Google Calendar, you can either opt for the upcoming event widget or go with a monthly one. Sadly, there isn’t a shortcut to create an event from the home screen.
As for Outlook, you can add the usual 2x3 widget or a shortcut to open the app in the Calendar menu directly. If you quickly want to create a new event, then long-press on the app icon and add a new event with relevant details.
Google Calendar’s Goal function is excellent. You can select which activity you want to perform daily and the duration. Quite simple to set up. It will even ask you when you usually perform such action. After setting up, the app will add it to your calendar based on your busy schedule.
As a bonus, you can sync that to Google Fit account too. Some of the examples are fitness-related activity, meditation, call friends and family, and more. It’s useful in building habits and following routines with more punctuality.
In Outlook, you can add Facebook events, Evernote reminders through the calendar apps in the settings menu. It’s useful for directly integrating your friend’s birthdays in the calendar.
Outlook also offers interesting calendars where one can add favorite TV shows, sports teams, or sports events schedule directly in the app. Although, none of them matter in 2020, right?
It supports most of the popular sports league, and in the example below, you can see the supported sports category in the Outlook calendar app.
Head to Setting > Interesting Calendars and choose your option from it. Google Calendar doesn’t provide any such third-party calendar function.
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Google or Microsoft
Outlook Calendar arrives with a lot of options out of the box. Also, in terms of UI, it does seem a bit pleasing to the eyes than Google’s plain approach. Google’s goal function is something you won’t find on any Calendar app. It’s a game-changer for someone like me tracking time for events and habits. Which calendar app are you going to use and why? Share your opinion in the comments section below.
Next up:Outlook works excellently as an email app as well. Read the post below to find its comparison to the Gmail email app on Android.
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Apple iPhone users and reviewers often criticize the company for developing a closed ecosystem. Apple’s apps and services like iCloud, Photos, Mail, Calendar, etc. aren’t natively available on rival platforms. To make the situation worse, the company won’t let users change the default apps to other Microsoft and Google alternatives.
The situation is improving. Recently, Apple launched the iCloud web for mobile browsers. So, users can view and access Apple Reminders, Contacts, Calendar, Pages, etc. on Android devices. For Windows users, Apple has released the iCloud desktop app. With that, you can sync iCloud Photos, Mail, Calendar, and even Safari bookmarks to Windows apps.
As for Apple Calendar, there is no direct way to get it on PC. But there are easy workarounds to get things done. In this post, we are going to talk about the top four ways to access Apple Calendar on PC. Let’s get started.
1. Use iCloud Web
Apple provides a robust iCloud web solution to access the major apps and services. Visit iCloud.com and sign in using Apple account credentials.
You can access Apple Notes, Reminders, Mail, Contacts, iWork suite, and of course, Apple Calendar. Tap on Apple Calendar and view the web version of it with events, calendars, and more.
You can change the views to weekly or monthly. You can create new events and add every detail such as URL, Notes, Location, Time, and more. Using the iCloud Web, one can access Apple Calendar on Linux too.
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2. Use the iCloud Windows App
Apple has released the iCloud desktop app for you to sync the iCloud Photos, Mail, Calendar, and more to the Windows computer. It’s a boon for iPhone users opting for Windows 10 on desktop.
First, download the iCloud app from the Microsoft Store. Add iCloud credentials to sync the data on Windows 10. It will ask you to sync iCloud, Bookmarks, Photos, Mail, and Calendar. The app will also display the remaining iCloud storage for your account.
Switch on the iCloud Mail and Calendar sync with Outlook and select Apply. Open the Outlook app on Windows and navigate to the Calendar option from the bottom menu.
You will find the iCloud calendars under the iCloud section in the Outlook app. You can view, add events, decline, and modify every detail of the event from the app.
3. Copy iCloud Calendar from the Web to Outlook
This one is useful for those who don’t want to go through the iCloud app and expects a native experience on Windows. Users can manually add the iCloud Calendar in Outlook and access them from the Mail and Calendar app on Windows. Here is how to set it up.
Step 1: Open iCloud web on a browser and select the Calendar option.
Step 2: Decide which Calendar you want to export and select the share button beside it.
Step 3: Select Public sharing and copy the sharing link for the calendar.
Step 4: Navigate to the Outlook web and open the calendar menu in it.
Step 5: Select the add calendar under the monthly view in the Outlook calendar.
Step 6: From the following dialog, tap on the subscribe from the web option.
Step 7: Paste the calendar URL that you copied from the iCloud Calendar.
Step 8: Hit import, give it a name, icon, and color, and voila! You have successfully integrated iCloud Calendar in the Outlook.
Now, you can open the Outlook app on PC, and you will find the iCloud Calendar under the subscribed Outlook calendars.
After that, whenever you add new events or make changes in the Apple Calendar app on the iPhone, it will get synced to the iCloud Calendar in Outlook on the Windows PC.
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4. Change the Default Calendar on iPhone
By default, all the added events in the Apple Calendar gets saved in the iCloud platform. However, you can change that to Outlook. Here is how to do it.
Step 1: Open the iPhone Settings app and go to Passwords and Account section.
Step 2: Select Add Account and tap on the Outlook option.
Step 3: Add login credentials to integrate Outlook on the iPhone.
Step 4: Go to Outlook accounts from the same menu and toggle on the Calendars option.
Step 5: Dive into Settings > Calendar, and here you will see all the settings options for the app.
Step 6: Open default calendar, and here you will see the Outlook calendars as well as iCloud ones.
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Step 7: By default, it will be set to iCloud Home, change it to your preferred Outlook account.
From now on, every newly added event in the Calendar app will get saved in the Outlook calendar account.
Head to your PC and open the Calendar app, which has the same Outlook ID as the iPhone. Here, you will see all the events that you added on the iPhone.
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Use Apple Calendar Everywhere
As you can see from the list above, each option lets you access Outlook Calendar on PC. Use the iCloud web for a quick glance, use the iCloud desktop app for more Apple services integration, including Calendar and Photos. And the third and fourth option lets you get things done without using the iCloud platform.
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