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CADREW Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

I moved to ICloud and if I get an invite and accept it then it automatically defaults to my standard Outlook calendar. Is there a way of maaking the ICloud calendar my deafult calendar ?


ICloud, Windows 7
  • Csound1 Level 8 Level 8 (44,285 points)

    There is not, sorry.

  • DL123 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Any ideas for a workaround on this? Since you can't set ICLOUD as the default calendar, any meetings accepted in Outlook are put in the empty outlook calendar and, therefore, aren't synced - would love any ideas you may have.

    Thank you

    David

  • Csound1 Level 8 Level 8 (44,285 points)

    DL123 wrote:

     

    Any ideas for a workaround on this?

    Yes

     

    Quit using Outlook (try EMClient) or quit using iCloud.

  • BretonMaitre Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)

    iCloud's calendar and the Outlook default calendars do not synch.  Instead, iCloud creates additional calendars in Outlook -- additional calendars that never synch with the Outlook default calendar.  This is a huge problem with third party contact management software.  If Apple had allowed synching with the default Outlook calendar, it would have provided a way to wirelessly synch and backup to many third party apps.  So do iCloud "synch" data with Outlook?  Not really.  A better description would be that iCloud data is visible in Outlook. I keep looking to see if Apple or a third party has fixed this problem, but have found no solutions so far.

  • Jim Turley Level 1 Level 1 (60 points)

    Unbelievable.

     

    I've been battling this problem for months, just like thousands of other people. I check back every so often, thinking someone will discover the magic fix or that Apple will update iCloud. No joy.

     

    Clearly Apple has no intention of allowing iCloud to sync with Outlook's normal calendar or they would have fixed it by now. I can't imagine what their motivation is, but it's preventing Outlook users from adopting iCloud.

     

    The workaround I've used for almost a year now is to replace iCloud with Google Docs and then install the gSyncIt plug-in to Outlook. My iPhone syncs with Google Calendar and Google Contacts fairly cleanly, and Outlook syncs with them as well, so it's more or less equivalent to what iCloud should be doing.

     

    Shame on Apple. Anyone who says iCloud syncs with Outlook has obviously never used them together.

  • Csound1 Level 8 Level 8 (44,285 points)

    Jim Turley wrote:

     

    Unbelievable.

     

    I've been battling this problem for months, just like thousands of other people. I check back every so often, thinking someone will discover the magic fix or that Apple will update iCloud. No joy.

     

    Clearly Apple has no intention of allowing iCloud to sync with Outlook's normal calendar or they would have fixed it by now. I can't imagine what their motivation is, but it's preventing Outlook users from adopting iCloud.

     

    The workaround I've used for almost a year now is to replace iCloud with Google Docs and then install the gSyncIt plug-in to Outlook. My iPhone syncs with Google Calendar and Google Contacts fairly cleanly, and Outlook syncs with them as well, so it's more or less equivalent to what iCloud should be doing.

     

    Shame on Apple. Anyone who says iCloud syncs with Outlook has obviously never used them together.

    iCloud does not sync contacts or calendars with anything, not Outlook and not iCal, it is a subscription, and (except for Outlook) it can be the default (try EMClient on Windows)

    It was Microsoft's decision to make Outlook the way they did, ask them to make the changes you want, or more sensibly, use Microsoft Exchange rather than iCloud, Outlook will allow that to be the default.

  • Jim Turley Level 1 Level 1 (60 points)

    That's a fair point, and I agree that both Microsoft and Apple are well within their rights to make their programs work any way they please. If they want to ignore standards, they can. If they want to play together, they can. It's a free market.

     

    But having said that, Apple clearly states that iCloud works with Outlook, including Outlook calendars and contacts. That claim has obviously mislead thousands of Outlook users, myself included. Furthermore, Outlook sync used to work. Back when MobileMe was supported, Outlook sync worked correctly (i.e., the way everyone on this forum naturally expects). So Apple clearly knows how to make Outlook sync, but deliberately chose not to. That's their right, but it's awfully frustrating and a poor business decision, IMHO. I can't imagine what Apple gets out of it, but again... that's their call.

     

    Bottom line: I'm more loyal to Outlook than I am to Apple or iCloud. Say what you want about Outlook's bugs and foibles (it has many), but it's extraordinarily popular and very well-supported. It's practically a de facto standard. If Outlook and iCloud don't work together, there's no question in my mind that I'll keep Outlook and ditch iCloud.

  • Csound1 Level 8 Level 8 (44,285 points)

    Jim Turley wrote:

     

    That's a fair point, and I agree that both Microsoft and Apple are well within their rights to make their programs work any way they please. If they want to ignore standards, they can. If they want to play together, they can. It's a free market.

     

     

     

    Bottom line: I'm more loyal to Outlook than I am to Apple or iCloud. Say what you want about Outlook's bugs and foibles (it has many), but it's extraordinarily popular and very well-supported. It's practically a de facto standard. If Outlook and iCloud don't work together, there's no question in my mind that I'll keep Outlook and ditch iCloud.

    iCloud does work with Outlook for Windows (not outlook for Mac) but it does not work the way most Outlook users want it to. Your decision to dump iCloud and stay with Outlook and some other system is the best, if you wish to use Outlook.

  • bubazoo Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    so then how do I read my iphones calendar appointments on the computer? would be my question.

     

    I don't like outlook or exchange anyway so that doesn't hurt my feelings.

    however I don't know how to read and set new appointments from my iphone using windows 7

    on my computer.  how do I do that, would be my question?

  • bubazoo Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    I ended up getting EMClient to work fine with Windows, using the import from outlook feature to import my icloud calendars to the computer, but was NOT able to get calendars to download to my computer from icloud using outlook at all. outlook gave me some sort of error about invalid .pst files that mobileme gave it.

     

    so I ended up ditching outlook (didn't work in 2007 or 2010) went with EMClient instead.

  • Csound1 Level 8 Level 8 (44,285 points)

    Good choice

  • appleofmyear Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Looks like i'm "years late" to this but i'll reply in case it helps. This is no problem at all if you're creating your own calendar invites on phone or in computer (Outlook) but it is if you accept an external invite through email. I just accepted my first invite, too, after setting up iCloud calendar, and yes, it went into the old calendar, Personal Folders.

     

    Workaround is a hassle, but easy: click on the Personal Folders calendar in the list of calendars so now you see it side-by-side with the iCloud calendar. Find the invite you just just accepted, right-click on it, and use Ctrl-c to copy it. (I do that every day in regular text.) Go to that date in iCloud calendar, left-click in that same date, and use Ctrl-v to paste it.

     

    Best way I've found.

  • johnbork Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Hi all,

     

    found this program, that you can buy for 20$, seems to be working just fine.

    http://www.codetwo.com/sync-for-icloud/

  • nitewish Level 1 Level 1 (10 points)

    After beeing really confused about all the different calenders in outlook I have set my iCloud calender as start up object in my outlook. When I start outlook, it shows my iCloud calender. sync works fine.

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