Microsoft is gearing up to kick start the migration of content from MSN Calendar to Windows live Calendar. On June 17th, 2009, a member of the Windows Live Calendar team indicated that “it's almost moving time.” According to the Redmond company, Windows Live Calendar has been tweaked in order to embrace all MSN Calendar Customers. The advantage, Microsoft says, is that users will be able to enjoy a new and improved service once the transition is complete. No deadlines for either the start or the finish of the migration were made public; however, the move is expected to take at least a few months.
“Over the coming months, we’ll be moving all data from existing MSN Calendar customers over to Windows Live Calendar. The move will be gradual, that is, not everyone will see their calendars change on the same day,” revealed
the Windows Live team representative. Users of MSN Calendar who will give the new service a try will be able to continue relying on the same basic functionality, Microsoft promised. In this regard, capabilities including appointment scheduling, setting reminder and calendar sharing are all there. Still, Windows Live Calendar offers a tad extra.
The software giant enumerated the following features specific to Windows Live Calendar: “Multiple calendars that can be individually colored and shared; an easy way to subscribe to public (iCal) online calendars; drag-and-drop rescheduling of events; holiday calendars based on your location; a birthday calendar that pulls dates from your Windows Live contact list; a to-do list to help keep you organized (we’ll move all of your MSN Calendar’s tasks and notes into your new Windows Live to-do list).”
Users who only access their MSN Calendar account online will not really feel the impact of the transition at all. Microsoft requires them to do absolutely nothing to contribute to the transition. Once the migration will be complete, MSN Calendar users will find all their information moved to Windows Live Calendar. The same however is not valid for those who take advantage of the connection between Outlook and MSN Calendar.
“If you use Microsoft Office Outlook to view your calendar, make sure you’re using the newest version of Outlook Connector. This will allow Outlook to connect directly to your Windows Live Calendar. To find out which version of Outlook Connector you’re using, open Outlook, click Outlook Connector and then select About Outlook Connector. If the version number is 12.0.6414.1000 or greater, you’re good to go. If not, you’ll need to download and install the latest version. If you’ve published publically or shared any of your MSN Calendars, you’ll need to publish or share them again in Windows Live Calendar,” the Windows Live team member stated.