I'm having various issues with the Calendar in Outlook.com. I've been migrated across to the new servers (I think like most people) and I'm getting the following errors on multiple PCs, multiple browsers.
I can't help thinking that they might be Microsoft bugs - if so, does anyone know how to get their attention to fix them?
Are there any Outlook.com experts out there who can advise?
- The weather is cold in Poltár, Slovakia
Minus 1 degrees Celsius and "Light snow" today apparently.
But the thing is, I don't live there, or anywhere near.
I've looked in multiple MS accounts (I think 4 so far) and they all default to "Poltár, Slovakia" as the location. It's a minor bug, but why this location? Do other people get the same? Is it just those of us in the UK?
To check this, from within the Calendar in Outlook.com. select the 'cog' symbol, then Options, then select Weather
- You can't print that.
Another annoyance - I tried to use Ctrl-P to print the above screen (to a PDF but I think an actual printer would be the same). But it comes up as nothing to print. Same in Edge and Firefox.
- You can't import .ICS files any more
This one is particularly annoying, but iCalendar files (.ics extension) which imported fine into the old Outlook.com, now fail in the new version. The issue seems to be with the handling of updates to events - I should be able to update an event in a revised ICS file to a new time, and reimport it, and it should 'move' the events. But this is broken. It worked fine before Outlook.com moved to the new server, and I think still works with the same ICS files in Google Calendar.
It's even broken when you use Outlook.com itself to create the .ICS in the first place - not being able to import its own files is particularly impressive.
To test this, I:
- Went into Add Calendar to create a Secondary Calendar (I called mine TestUSPacific as I was playing with time zones)
- Added an event to my new test calendar (make sure that 'Save to Calendar' is set to the new calendar and not the default 'Calendar')
- Used the 'Publish Calendar' option to create a link to a .ICS file
- Download that .ICS file to the desktop or somewhere else on the computer
- Use the 'Add Calendar' then 'From File' option to import the ICS file back in.
- The import crashes with the message
'The events couldn't be imported. Please try again later.
Error message: Content conversion failed.'
- You can't delete calendars
Well you can, but it only works once.
Don't make the mistake I made, of recreating the Calendar again with the same name, because then you'll be stuck with it.
I created my test secondary calendar, as in part 3, and then deleted it. So far, so good.
But then during further testing I created another test calendar with the same name, and tried to delete it again... and it won't do it.
Have I really just found multiple bugs (not just one) on a live service which millions use and have been using for a while now?
I shouldn't be able to do that.