I have always found Windows Vista Calendar to be a useful application to be used as a Planner or as a Scheduler. It is preferable to Microsoft Outlook as it has nice set of features, works as fully functional calendar and consumes lot less memory compared to Outlook. It easily syncs with any Mobile device, so you can view your schedule on your cell phone as well.

You now have access to your Schedule on your PC and your Mobile device as well. But what about synchronizing it an Online Calendar.Windows Live Calendar on the other hand has the advantage of being available online and hence can be accessed from any computer. However some people prefer Windows Calendar as its faster since its an application, also someone might prefer scheduling offline, rather than in a browser. Logically the Windows Vista Calendar should sync with Windows Live Calendar. Unfortunately it doesn’t sync automatically, but this can be setup manually. That’s what we have discussed below.

Before we proceed there are two possible ways to look at it. First, someone who primarily uses Windows Live Calendar and wants to sync it with Windows Vista Calendar to view it offline. Second possibility is someone who primarily uses Windows Vista Calendar for managing their schedule and would like to sync it with Windows Live Calendar online.As far as automatic sync is concerned the first approach is relatively easy and the second needs more manual intervention. The processes to achieve these two are different as you would find out below.

 

First Scenario:

Schedule events online in Windows Live Calendar and Sync it with Windows Vista Calendar Offline:

Windows Live Calendar has gone through a lot of improvements since it was first launched in 2007. It fits well in the numerous Windows Live Services and with a number of great features, its a great tool to stay organized. If you use the Windows Live calendar and would like to sync it with your Windows Vista Calendar it can be achieved as detailed below.

Windows Live Calendar – Full View:

This is a demo schedule – I never attend any meetings on Sundays, no matter how important!! 😉

 Windows Live Calendar - Day View

In the image we have the Windows Live Calendar with few events scheduled. Now in order to synchronize this calendar with Windows Vista Calendar we would have to share it and then subscribe to it in Windows Vista Calendar. Here’s how its done:

Step 1: Share your Calendar

Share Windows Live Calendar

Once you select which calendar to share, you get to screen with various sharing options, select the “Send Friends a View Only link” and then click on  ICS (Internet Calendaring and Scheduling)- Import into another calendar application option:

 Send View only Link for Calendar

If this is the first time you are sharing this calendar, WLC will prompt that you are about to publish your Calendar, Click “OK”:

First Time Calendar Share

You would then get a ICS Link dialogue box. Copy the link in the text box shown:

ICS Sharing Link

Step 2: Subscribe to the Calendar in Windows Vista Calendar:

Once you Copy this Link Open Windows Calendar and Click on Subscribe button on the Toolbar. Paste the link we just copied in the “Calendar to subscribe” to box and click next:

Subscribe using ICS Link

If everything went well till now, Windows Vista calendar will import the ICS links from your online calendar and help you set it up:

Setting for imported Calendar

Click on Finish and the Calendar would be imported into Windows Vista calendar:

 Imported Calendar

Now that we have subscribed to the Calendar on Windows Live, any changes that are made to the calendar would automatically synchronize with this Imported Calendar according to the Update Intervals specified by you. If you want to manually sync it Click on Share on Menu bar and Click on Sync.

Manually Sync WLC Calendar

That’s about it, now you have a fully synchronized calendar!

We have covered First scenario where we schedule online and want to sync it to Windows Vista Calendar. Now we will cover the other scenario in which we edit the Schedule on Windows Vista Calendar and want to sync it with Windows Live Calendar.

 

Second Scenario:

Schedule events in Windows Vista Calendar and sync them online with Windows Live Calendar:

If you prefer to organize your schedule offline Windows Vista Calendar is your best bet if you don’t use Outlook. It has great features with various Calendar views. It synchronizes with your cell phones easily, but in order to sync it with Windows Live Calendar online we have to export the Calendar online.

Step 1: Export your calendar as an ICS file and save it on your hard disk:

Export and save calendar 

Export and Save the Calendar.

Save Calendar

 

Step 2: Importing your Schedule into Windows Live Calendar:

 

Once you have saved the file, Go to Windows Live Calendar and Click on the Subscribe link at the top:

Import Calendar into Windows Live Calendar

 

Then Select the 2nd option that lets you import your Calendar:

Import the ICS File In Windows Live Calendar

 

Click on browse and select the file that you saved on your hard drive, then select the Online Calendar in which you want to import the schedule and click on Import:

Select the Calendar where you want to import the Calendar

 

In order to prevent duplicates Windows Live calendar provides us with an option to import only new events.Sometimes Windows Live Calendar acts up and says its not available. Wait a couple of minutes and try importing again, it would work.

Calendar Import Complete

 

And now, the weekly Schedule I planned has been imported online and I can view it from any computer online. This is a manual process so if you have weekly or monthly schedules this approach is fine. If you schedule events on a daily basis, you might need to do this everyday. Its a fairly simple process so, it shouldn’t be bothersome. There is a way to publish your Windows Calendar by clicking on Share on the Menu bar and clicking on Publish,But the Windows Live Calendar doesn’t recognize this format, and so we have to export our schedule as an ICS file.

 

Imported Schedule Online

The image above shows the new event I created on my Windows vista calendar and exported online into Windows Live calendar.

 

Now we know how to sync Windows Live Calendar with Windows Vista Calendar and vice versa.The easier approach of these two is to plan events online and then subscribe them to Windows Calendar, but the other way round may suit some people. Hope this was helpful.

So which way do you prefer? Any other ways you can suggest to keep your Calendars in Sync?