live calendar beta Once again, it appears that Microsoft is trying to compete with Google. This time it’s with their new Live Calendar which has several similarities to Google’s Calendar service. Microsoft hasn’t made an official announcement about it, but many people are reporting that they already have it. If you do, you’ll notice the beta tag next to it as shown to the right. Unfortunately I don’t have the new calendar available in my account, so I haven’t been able to try it first-hand. Luckily Kip over at gave a quick tour of what it’s all about. In a nutshell, he says that Google’s calendar is the “clear leader in features,” but that doesn’t mean that Microsoft can’t make a comeback at some point down the road.

Some of the features include:

  • Create multiple calendars and color coat them
  • Receive email reminders for your scheduled events
  • Share your calendar
  • Share via xml
  • Import ICS files (import Outlook or Google calendar files)

Some downsides in its current form:

  • No synchronization feature (except for shared calendars)
  • Print feature needs some work
  • No option to import your MSN Calendar (yet they allow you to import your Google calendar file)

The image below shows what it looks like.

Windows Live Calendar Screenshot

Overall, I’d say the interface is pretty simple and clean, and the process of adding an event looks like what you’d experience with Google Calendar. It’s nice, but unfortunately for Microsoft, they entered the scene a bit late and I think Google will ultimately be more successful with theirs. If you already have access to it, try it out and let us know what you think!