Sync your Calendars with Outlook.com

This article continues our series exploring Windows 8 and SkyDrive. Read more here.

In this article we will detail how to sync your Calendars from various different accounts to your SkyDrive Calendar (Outlook.com).

Google Calendar
Facebook Events
Apple iCal on iCloud
Removing Synchronisation

Google Calendar

  1. Launch Calendar from the Google home page (ribbon at the top)
  2. Click the dropdown next to the Calendar you  want to sync > Share this Calendar
  3. Click the Calendar Details tab at the top of the screen
  4. Click the ICAL button in the Private Address section > copy the URL
  5. Launch Calendar from the SkyDrive home page
  6. Click Import (ribbon at the top) > Subscribe
  7. Paste the URL into the Calendar URL, and fill in the other details
  8. Subscribe

Useful Links:

Facebook Events

The Help from FB implies this process is a one-off import, rather than a subscription, however the URL looks like it’s a dynamic subscription.

  1. Click Events (left sidebar) on your Facebook homepage
  2. Click the settings wheel in the top-right corner > Export
  3. Click ‘upcoming events’
  4. From the dialog that pops up, make  a note of the URL starting webcal://www.facebook.com sadly you won’t be able to copy the URL!
    TOP TIP
    Do not copy the last full stop, and do not click ‘Launch Application’; click ‘Do Nothing’ after you have subscribed to this calendar 
  5. Launch Calendar from the SkyDrive home page
  6. Click Import (ribbon at the top) > Subscribe
  7. Type the URL into the Calendar URL, and fill in the other details
  8. Subscribe

Useful Links:

Apple iCal on iCloud

  1. Launch Calendar from the from the iCloud home screen
  2. Click share button (round ‘broadcast’ symbol) next to the calendar > Public Calendar
  3. Copy the URL starting webcal://
  4. Launch Calendar from the SkyDrive home page
  5. Click Import (ribbon at the top) > Subscribe
  6. Paste the URL into the Calendar URL, and fill in the other details
  7. Subscribe

Useful Links:

Removing Synchronisation

To unlink any calendar:

  1. Launch Calendar from SkyDrive home screen
  2. Select settings ‘wheel’ at top right > Options
  3. Select calendar you want to delete
  4. Click delete in the ribbon at the top

In our next article we will cover syncing your Email accounts with Outlook.com.

All methods are accurate at the time of writing for the configuration tested: Office 2010 on Windows 7; Chrome  v27; iPad 1; Nokia Lumia 710.

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