After lunch today, I used my tablet to get some work done. While I was working on my Surface, my main laptop was streaming a live blog of Microsoft’s Windows 10 announcement. Very exciting! Tons of new features, I think I like the modified Start menu, and I might apply for the preview tomorrow. I was looking forward to the announcement all day, and it didn’t disappoint.
Then I realized that I had set an appointment in my calendar and had not received a reminder. I use Microsoft’s Outlook.com for my calendar, and when I checked on the website, my appointment was still there. But when I looked on my Android phone, and on my Surface tablet’s calendar app, the appointment had never synced. I performed a manual sync on all my devices, but after they sync was complete, the appointment was still not there.
Upon further research, I discovered that my appointments either did not sync at all (as in the case of my Viagra personal calendar) or synced sporadically, hit-or-miss style (my work calendar). So I looked online, I did my research, I removed and added my accounts, and I did everything I was supposed to do. I think my calendar is syncing around again, but.I don’t have any confidence in it now.
Why is this so difficult? In 2014, why does it feel like my calendar is still in beta? And when I had a Windows Phone, I had similar problems with my Google Calendar. It blows my mind. Tell me why we are not insisting on standardized, open calendars? Why are we forced to use proprietary calendars that may or may not work with whatever device we are using at the time? Why can’t I use whatever calendar or e-mail I want, with whatever device I want?
I have a hard time justifying spending time on my calendar, saying it enhances my productivity, if I then have to re-enter everything into multiple calendars, multiple times.