Want to use your Google Calendar in Microsoft’s own Calendar app? That’s not happening. But there is a great free alternative that’s touch-friendly and syncs multiple Google calendars to Windows 8.1 devices like the new Surface Pro 3. Take a look at OneCalendar.

OneCalendar featured

Now that I have a loaner Surface Pro 3, I’ve decided to put aside my Chromebooks and use Microsoft’s(s MSFT) new laptop replacement full time. That also means no Chrome as I get re-acquainted with Internet Explorer 11. Yes, I miss my Chrome extensions, but I think I’ll live.

What I can’t live without, however, is my Google Calendar. I’ve got Gmail covered with the native Mail app in Windows 8.1 but Microsoft’s Calendar app doesn’t play nicely with Google Calendar. Or it could be be vice versa; I don’t really care which company is trying to shaft the other here. All that matters is getting access to my events!

While I could just use the browser to manage my Google Calendar, I’d rather live in Microsoft’s world as much as possible when using the Surface Pro 3. After some research, I ended up finding a great replacement app for Microsoft Calendar called OneCalendar. What makes it great? It’s free, it’s touch friendly and it syncs my calendar data both ways.

OneCalendar month

OneCalendar was quick to setup after installing from the Microsoft Windows App Store: I just had to provide access for the app to see my Google Calendar by signing in to Google. After that, my calendars started synching and by calendars, I mean all of them. OneCalendar can pull in any shared Google calendars in addition to your main one. You can select the colors for each one as well.

OneCalendar settings

The app provides multiple views: daily, weekly and monthly. You can tap or touch any event to see additional data. And clicking a blank time brings up the new calendar event form. Here you can add whatever details you need for an event; tap the Save button and the event is added to the appropriate Google calendar.

OneCalendar new event

I’ve created several events in OneCalendar and have seen them quickly sync to other devices such as a Chromebook, Android phone and iPhone(s aapl) 5s. Changes to events made on those devices have also filtered back to OneCalendar without any problems either, so this looks like a great free solution.

The app also supports other calendar types — Facebook, Exchange, Outlook.com, Office 365 and Windows Live — so the software is aptly named: If you used Windows 8.1, OneCalendar could be the one calendar you use for all events.

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  1. Philip Ferris Thursday, May 22, 2014

    Kevin, it may just be me, but the “called OneCalendar” link ( http://www.onecalendar.nl/#/onecalendar/overview ) does not work for me.

    1. Hmmm…. just tested it in Chrome and IE and it worked. The site is based in the Netherlands; any chance of a block by country or something?

  2. Lydia Titterington Thursday, May 22, 2014

    If you have an iPhone use http://www.lowdownapp.co/ it accesses your calendar tells you when your meetings are. You’ll never be late, you’ll know how to get there when to set off and always be prepared. Hope this is as useful for you as it is to me!

  3. Thanks. I was actually looking for a personal calendar app for my Win 8.1 desktop at work.

  4. Philip Ferris Thursday, May 22, 2014

    Thanks Kevin, you refer to it as being in the Windows App store so it was no problem ontaining; I was in two minds mentioning it but thought it better to than not.

    1. Gotcha. To help clarify, I’ll add a link to the app in the Windows Store. Thanks Phil!

  5. Mike Hamilton Thursday, May 22, 2014

    Well I’m not re typing my long comment that got lost during the login to comment… :( if it doesn’t support keeping the comment it should make you sign in before allowing the entering of comment.

  6. Gmail calendars did work with Windows 8 till Google removed support.

    It is really pretty sad what Google and now Facebook seem to be doing to the Windows 8 platform.

    Google is doing all it can to make sure that its users can’t use Windows 8 tablets and phones via only allowing Gmail calendars for people paying a monthly fee to Google and using Google Docs. No Google Maps or other Google apps either for the Windows Metro interface except for Google search.

    Now it seems Facebook is trying to be negative towards Windows 8 platform too via removing WhatApps support which has over 500 million user accounts worldwide.

  7. looks like its been removed from the Windows store…

  8. It is now available in all countries.

  9. Here is a rather belated comment, but I’ve just discovered this app, and note that it has a real flaw: it appears impossible to edit or delete previously entered entries.

    1. Slight correction–it is impossible to edit recurring events. One-time events seem OK.

  10. setup one calendar during the setup process (which happened to be the wrong Google account) and now can’t get back to setup to add my other calendars. Does anyone know how to do that?

    1. Mike,

      You probably figured it out by now. But in case somebody else hasn’t:
      Just swipe in from the right, touch “settings,” touch “accounts,” and the rest is pretty explanatory.

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