Jamie Thomson

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What can you do with your Windows Live ID – #8 View office calendars online

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[In this series of blog entries I’ll be exploring what else you can do with your Windows Live ID other than access Windows Live products and services. See the complete list here.]

If you’re one of the millions of people that uses Microsoft Outlook you may be interested to learn about a little-known feature that allows you to store and view your Outlook calendar online without even having Outlook open. Outlook now allows you to publish your calendar to Office Online.

Its a simple process to set it up. First, in Outlook, click the Calendar tab:

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image Fill in your publish settings (including how often you want to sync with Office Online) and hit OK:

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Upon uploading your calendar for the first time you will be prompted to enter your Windows Live ID. This is the ID that Outlook uses to identify itself to Office Online which is the service that hosts the calendar. Once you calendar has been uploaded you can view it online by heading to http://office.microsoft.com/ and clicking on the “My Office Online” link:

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Hit “Outlook Calendar sharing service”:

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and finally the link to your calendar (notice that you can upload multiple calendars)

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to see your Outlook calendar online in all its glory

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All made possible by Windows Live and your Windows Live ID!

-Jamie

Windows Live Tags: clubhouse, how-to, windows live id

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Written by Jamiet

February 16, 2009 at 9:39 pm

Posted in Uncategorized

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  1. I’m curious why you would want to publish your Outook calendar in this way when you can simply run Outlook Connector which will synch your email, contacts and calendar with Live mail (desktop) and Live hotmail (web). This approach seems to provide access to your email, contacts and calendar from anywhere, from any browser. I’d love to hear your opinion.

    Calvin

    February 16, 2009 at 10:21 pm

  2. Calvin,Outlook connector syncs your Live Calendar to Outlook, that’s true. But, it does not push your Outlook calendar into Live Calendar. If your email is stored on Exchange and whoever provides Exchange does not provide Outlook Web Access (OWA) then the method described above is the only way to view that calendar online.-Jamie

    Jamie

    February 16, 2009 at 10:28 pm

  3. Great tips.

    Mike

    February 16, 2009 at 11:07 pm

  4. Thanks. Didn’t know that existed. I’d heard about calendar publishing but never explored. Calvin – this is not only for your own viewing. I could post my work calendar and then my wife could check my availability online.

    Brien

    February 17, 2009 at 5:52 am


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