Microsoft offers Windows 8 workaround for Google Calendar events

Last week, Microsoft issued an update to its Windows 8 Mail, Calendar, People and Messaging apps that removed a way for the apps to sync both new and existing Google Calendar events, thanks to Google's previous decision to disable Exchange ActiveSync support in Windows 8. Today, Microsoft offers up a workaround that will allow Windows 8 users to see Google Calendar events in those apps.

The workaround, as described on Microsoft's Windows support page, uses the company's Outlook.com service. People who sign up for Microsoft's email service have to go to their Google account first, in order to export and save the events they want to save to their PC.  Those event are then imported into Outlook.com's new calendar, which went live earlier this week. The Outlook.com service must then connect to the Windows 8 Calendar app to see the Google Calendar events.

In order to keep the Google Calendar events updated after they are exported to Outlook.com, users must tell the people sending those events to email their Outlook.com address from now on. For those people who want to use the Windows 8 Calendar app just for receiving Google Calendar notifications, a post on Microsoft's support page has a workaround for that feature.

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