Google Calendar is a nice free tool to schedule appointments and reminders. Windows 8 includes the calendar tile application which is normally connected to your Microsoft account. Now you can combine the power of Windows 8 and Google Calendar by adding Google Calendar to Windows 8.
Update: Microsoft is re-introducing the mail and calendar support for Google in the newly released Mail and Calendar App for Windows 10 preview. For details, please check here. Google Calendar Support coming in Windows 10.
Update: Microsoft removed the Google calendar support option in Windows 8 Calendar app using an update from March 26, 2013. Existing users also may not able to get Google Calendar sync via Windows 8 calendar app after this update. Fortunately, you may subscribe your Google Calendars to Windows 8 calendar. It will add your Google calendar account events to windows 8 live account and hence you can continue using it further.
You can also choose the local calendar sync method between Google and Windows calendars. For Details, see Sync Google calendar to Windows calendar locally. Else if you want to sync your Google Calendar with Thunderbird, see Sync Your Calendars with Thunderbird. The procedure given below can be used, if you have Google account add the option in the Windows 8 calendar app.
Google Calendar is the nice calendar application that you can get working on all other platforms like MAC, Android, iOS and previous Windows Versions. That means you can open your Google Calendar on any device and also through the web interface, that make Calendar Tool easier and a universal web calendar.
It is pretty easy to add your favorite Google Calendar in Windows 8 application. You have to link your Google Calendar to the stock windows 8 calendar application to use the calendar without opening your desktop. On Windows 8, open the calendar application from the tile menu.
Your calendar application will be connected and sync with your Microsoft account by default. We have to add Google Calendar at this point as a new account. To add a new account go to the right corner and click on settings.
Now you can see an application specific menu on the right side. Please click on Accounts in the application specific menu.
Windows 8 will show you all your connected accounts at this screen. Click on Add account to add your Google Calendar account to the application.
You can add various other calendars like Hotmail, Outlook or Google accounts to the application on this screen. Select Google account from here.
Enter your Gmail address and password and Click on Connect button. Your account will be verified and synchronize within a couple of minutes. After synchronizing the calendar, you will be able to see your calendar entries in the tile menu itself. You are done.
If yo have more than one calendar (secondary) calendar in Google, please refer here to Add Google Secondary Calendar to Windows 8, and this article shows you how to setup Google Calendar on iPhone / iPod if you are an iOS user.
Note: You may have difficulties if you are the one who registered Google Calendar after January 30, 2013 and two-way synchronization may NOT support for these subscribers with Windows 8. In that case, you can subscribe your Google Calendar to Windows 8 Calendar app. This will help you to add your events to Google Calendar and that can be view at Windows 8 Calendar app. Please refer here for Subscribe Google Calendar to Windows 8.
Compare to the previous versions of Windows, Google Calendar for Windows 8 setup is much simple and quick without any further complicated settings or additional software requirements.
I love that windows 8 syncs up with google, but the one problem I have encountered is that if you have multiple calendars in google calendar (I have a bunch of different ones to help keep me organized) it only syncs up with the main one, thus many of your events will be left out.
Do you know of any way, other than changing all events on google to the same calendar, to get everything to show up on the windows 8 app?
Please see the answer for your question here,
How to Add Google Secondary Calendar to Windows 8
My google calendar was successfully synced with my Windows 8 calendar tile. However, when I added an appt from my laptop to see if it would appear in my smartphone’s google calendar, it did not. Any suggestions?
In laptop, the default calendar will be live.com. Please select Google Calendar when you add appointments in laptop, you can select the Google calendar from drop down menu.
When I click Accounts under Setting in the Calendar app – I only get 2 options – Outlook or Exchange. There is no Google option to add. What am I doing wrong???
@Jill, Please go through the update given in the beginning portion of the post itself. Complete sync is not available for new users as of now. Instead the google calendar can be subscribed to windows calendar app. Please see this post to how to do it. Subscribe google calendar to windows 8.
@stina there is an update for windows 10, not for 8.1, 8.1 only provides outlook or exchange. tried syncing through the onlne version but that doesnt help either (and doesnt complete sync either to tell the truth).
i wish it was easy to convert my asus t100 into android. sick of this gatesway to hell. truth is, i was thinking of splurgin in win10 for my desktop coz i wanted to contibute even slightly to the foundations admirable medical projects but just now realized why i transfered to ubuntu iinn the first place.
That is great, but can you do it the other way? I want to see my windows 10 calendar items on my google calendar. Thanks.
You can do that. Both are same, once you sync Google Calendar on Windows, you can create events, then that will be on Google calendar.
No google selection on add account. Only microsoft or exchange. And subscribing through web calender doesnt update application. Any other suggestions? Anybody?