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When it comes to calendars, Google and Microsoft just don’t get along. If you’ve tried to add your Google Calendar account to the Windows 8 default calendar app, you know what I’m talking about – there’s no way to log in. There used to be, and some users still have it working, but if you’re settings things up now, you won’t even find an option to log into Google.

Microsoft’s official advice, essentially, is to stop using Google calendar and migrate to their service: Outlook.com.

This is a shame. Seeing a summary of your upcoming appointments on the Start screen is useful, and modern apps are nice, but it’s hardly worth giving up Google Calendar for. The reason for the incompatibility is basically political – integrating Google services with Windows 8 What You Need To Know About Integrating Google Services With Windows 8 What You Need To Know About Integrating Google Services With Windows 8 As a fairly new Windows 8 user, I’m still trying to wrap my head around the whole Modern (or Metro) concept. While giving up the Start menu was surprisingly easy, I’m still having a hard... Read More  is harder than it used to be because of an ongoing feud between Microsoft and Google Should Google Announce Vulnerabilities Before They Have Been Patched? Should Google Announce Vulnerabilities Before They Have Been Patched? Whyis Google reporting vulnerabilities in Microsoft Windows? Is this Google's way of teaching their competition to be more efficient? What about the users? Is Google's strict adherence to deadlines in our best interest? Read More involving CalDAV. I won’t get into that here; instead, let’s find solutions.

Here are two of the best methods I’ve found for seeing your Google Calendar appointments from the Start screen in Windows 8. One of the new features in Windows 10 Windows 10 In Pictures - A Guided Tour Of The Technical Preview Windows 10 In Pictures - A Guided Tour Of The Technical Preview The Windows 10 Technical Preview is now available to everyone. Some bugs aside, it does look promising. We'll guide you through the new Windows one screenshot at a time. Read More will be a Start menu with live tiles, so these techniques should also work for that upcoming operating system.

Option 1: Use OneCalendar, For Full Syncing

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The easiest, and probably best, way to get everything up and running is to download OneCalendar. With this free app you can sign into your Google, Windows Live, Exchange, Office 365 and Facebook calendars all in one place – then see all of your upcoming appointments from a smart tile. You can add, delete and otherwise manage all of your Google Calendar appointments from inside the app, and it blends right in with the Windows environment.

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Getting set up couldn’t be easier. Install the app, then add your accounts.

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Once you do log in you can pick which of your calendars will be visible.

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If you want a quick way to get up and running, this is it. You’ll see your appointments from the Start screen, and also have a pretty nice app for managing your appointments from.

Download: OneCalendar for Windows 8

Option 2: Set Up Partial Syncing in the Calendar App

If you’d rather stick to the Calendar app that came with Windows 8, you’re not completely out of luck. It’s still possible for your to see your Google Calendar appointments, but there’s a catch: you can’t add or edit appointments from inside it. Still, if all you want is a way to see your calendar, this is workable.

Matt showed you how to sync Google Calendar with every platform How To Sync Google Calendar With Every Other Platform How To Sync Google Calendar With Every Other Platform Google Calendar is arguably the easiest, most intuitive and most versatile way to organize your day. The only problem users commonly encounter is syncing it with their devices. Read More , a process that assumes you have an Outlook.com account. Here’s a quick rundown of the process. First, head to Google Calendar in your browser and open the Settings for your calendar:

Then, copy the iCal Private Address for the calendar you want to sync How To Sync Windows Live & Google Calendar How To Sync Windows Live & Google Calendar Both Google and Windows Live calendars can be synced with the other calendar service, allowing you to see your calendars in one place. This can be useful for effortless syncing – for example, if you... Read More :

You can add this calendar to your Outlook.com account, using the Import function.

Now start up the Calendar app in Windows 8. If you’re logged into your Outlook.com account, you should now see the appointments from Google Calendar (but again, you can’t add or edit them).

If you absolutely must use Calendar, or just don’t want to install another app, this works.

Is There Another Way?

These are the two main methods out there, but it’s worth mentioning one more. Gmail Calendar is another modern app for accessing Google Calendar, and it supports Google Tasks. If you don’t like OneCalendar, give this a shot.

It’s frustrating that Windows doesn’t work well with Google anymore, but Windows users are hardly alone: iOS users also have trouble syncing with Google Calendar Google Calendar Won't Sync With iOS? Try These Fixes Google Calendar Won't Sync With iOS? Try These Fixes After spending weeks looking for a solution as to why Google Calendar refused to sync certain calendars with iOS, it turns out there are a couple of fixes for what is a rather common issue. Read More as well. Happily, if you’re trying to make the Windows 8 Start screen work for you Make The Windows 8 Start Screen Work For You Make The Windows 8 Start Screen Work For You So much has been written about the Windows 8 Start screen over the past few months that sometimes it seems as though we've heard every viewpoint and seen every tweak. However, it seems that there... Read More , OneCalendar is a pretty good alternative solution.

But are there other ones? I’m looking forward to hearing from all of you in the comments below!

  1. Francis Tabin
    June 16, 2015 at 2:32 pm

    I have been using onecalendar with my google account and its been working great! Hopefully it stays this way but i have never had any fees to pay and i've been using it since october '14

    • Justin Pot
      June 16, 2015 at 2:33 pm

      I think some people are being grandfathered in, but I'm not sure. In any case, enjoy!

  2. J. Bennett
    May 15, 2015 at 3:39 am

    Just tried to use it myself, but it requested that I pay to sync with a Google account for more than 7 days.

  3. JR
    May 11, 2015 at 8:45 pm

    Hi, It appears that OneCalendar is free for everything EXCEPT Google. If you want to sync a Google calendar, it hits you up for a yearly subscription fee.

    • Justin Pot
      May 11, 2015 at 9:32 pm

      That wasn't true when I wrote the review, I might need to edit the article. Can anyone confirm this?

    • Gismo Bitterlich
      June 2, 2015 at 11:01 am

      Hi. I just tried OneCalendar and I can confirm this. I read it's free on mobiles, but not on Desktop-PCs. And by the way, this is mentioned nowhere.

  4. George Tatar - Akruto
    February 13, 2015 at 6:29 pm

    Justin, thanks for considering a possible follow up. Let us know if we can answer any questions. You can reach us at support@akruto.com.

    George Tatar
    Akruto

  5. David J
    February 12, 2015 at 6:34 pm

    Actually, Akruto works with Windows 8 calendar and people apps.

    • Justin Pot
      February 12, 2015 at 8:02 pm

      Consider me corrected, then! I'll have to look into Akruto and possibly do a follow-up piece.

  6. David J
    February 10, 2015 at 3:31 pm

    Yes, there's another way for those who don't want to use Google cloud or Outlook.com cloud. Sync Outlook directly with phone. I love using Akruto (www.akruto.com) for this. It's not free either, but you can try it first to see how it works for you. It syncs with iPhone, iPad, Windows Phone and Android devices. Unlimited sync with devices.

    • Justin Pot
      February 10, 2015 at 5:01 pm

      That will probably work for Outlook, yes, but not for the calendar that comes with Windows 8.

  7. James
    February 3, 2015 at 10:09 am

    Its not free but I use OggSync which is pretty good (http://oggsync.com/ ). It is amazing how difficult MS and Google have made something so useful.

  8. Henry
    February 2, 2015 at 8:59 pm

    I installed Chrome's Google Calendar app and the Chrome App Launcher on my Windows machine. I put a shortcut to the GCal app on my desktop set to launch in its own window, and it's like having a standalone GCal program.

    • Justin Pot
      February 3, 2015 at 12:01 am

      That's a good idea too!

  9. Francis
    February 2, 2015 at 8:18 pm

    Is there really no more solution for syncing Google calendar with Outlook?

    • Justin Pot
      February 2, 2015 at 8:28 pm

      For free users, no, but if you're a paying Google Apps user there is this tool: https://tools.google.com/dlpage/gappssync

      The above article isn't about Outlook, though: it's about the default Calendar app that comes with Windows 8.

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