Windows Phone 8 calendar event creation still broken

An annoyance spanning back to July of 2013 with Windows Phone 8 has yet to be resolved, which has many users irritated. The default WP8 app is broken when dealing with daylight savings time with Google calendar. The native app will inadvertently shift calendar entries by one hour, leaving users appointments and other events flawed.

The problem has been reported to multiple sources including, Nokia forums, the WP Twitter support, online chat, phone support and community forums with no fix as of yet.

So what are you to do if you are stuck with this almost unavoidable bug? Well, there are some workarounds posted on the answers.microsoft.com page, which it seems most users have had little or not luck with, or you could always use a third-party calendar application. Aside from that, you're left to just wait it out and hope that a fix comes with the scheduled early April WP 8.1 update.

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19 Comments

.... Google calendar.. Theres your problem right there..

another big problem is Youtube which is very strange.. /s

I thought Windows Phone 8 was a great OS? A mobile OS is supposed to work with third party services seamlessly, especially with the ever popular Facebook and Google Apps. There is no excuse on Microsoft's part and this does not help when it comes to luring users to the Windows Phone system.

VictorWho said,
I thought Windows Phone 8 was a great OS? A mobile OS is supposed to work with third party services seamlessly, especially with the ever popular Facebook and Google Apps. There is no excuse on Microsoft's part and this does not help when it comes to luring users to the Windows Phone system.

Really?

You can't offer a double standard and then use it to bash another product.

For example...
I thought Android should not have a problem connecting to Xbox Live. It is supposed to be an open platform and able to support non-Google services. There is no excuse on Google's part...


PS The Google Calendar issue exists outside of just WP, so you are complaining that Microsoft hasn't compensated for a flaw in Google's external API set? Brilliant.

Mobius Enigma said,

For example...
I thought Android should not have a problem connecting to Xbox Live. It is supposed to be an open platform and able to support non-Google services. There is no excuse on Google's part...

Actually, I have smartglass on my android phone which works nicely.

That's a Google issue... not a Windows Phone issue, as you'll notice all other calendar accounts work fine, and this issue happens on Android at times too. Go rant to your Goog heads.

I have to log into Hotmail if I want to add a calendar event. If I use the WP app the events just disappear randomly during the day so I don't this problem is limited to Google.

londan said,
I have to log into Hotmail if I want to add a calendar event. If I use the WP app the events just disappear randomly during the day so I don't this problem is limited to Google.

That sounds like a whole different kind of prolem.

Create the event before you hit the edit button. If you create the event and hit the edit button immediately, the event isn't created properly.

that is an idiotic choice for title - it's only broken if someone uses google calendar and to be honest, most wp users couldn't care less

K so the workaround isn't ideal too (set timezone to UTC +0 (Coordinated Timezone)) and adjust the time forward (in my case +1) because some apps then display event times wrong, such as a Live Scores football app showing games starting an hour earlier than they actually start

And for everyone else saying "move to Outlook.com" some of us rely on Google Apps for business, so those comments aren't helpful at all. This is a DST issue that needs addressing because it doesn't happen when DST isn't in use.

One other mystifying Calendar problem that Microsoft seems unable (or unwilling) to fix -- and has been reported numerous times through many venues, by myself and others: The Outlook.com Calendar hides all of your events for weeks two through 6 into the future between 12 o'clock midnight (Eastern time) and 3am (Eastern time) on the first day of each month.

This has been going on for at least a year....and probably has something to do with Microsoft's servers having some sort of issue with displaying things if both your own location and the Microsoft server (probably located in the Seattle area) are in different months -- i.e. during those three hours the first day of each month as the new month arrives across the time zones in the US.

I wonder if this same issue is evident for even longer period of time for folks using the Outlook Calendar in time zones across Europe and Asia. If so, this issue may persist for up to 12 to 16 hours, depending on location.

Oh well....part of the joys of Microsoft!

This is happening to me as well on my Lumia 1020 and I'm syncing to an Exchange 2010 account, and it is not happening with the Outlook Web Access. My wife's iPhone and iPad are also not experiencing the problem and they are syncing to the same service. It is certainly a problem with WP8. I'm in the same timezone as Redmond, WA so it must be happening to many Microsoft employees as well. This used to happen to us twice a year when we used Windows Mobile 5 and 6 devices. It is surprising and frustrating that this hasn't been worked out yet.

Edited by cfuess, Mar 6 2014, 3:06am :

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