Microsoft Debuts Outlook 'Interesting' Calendar Feature
All work and no play. Just ahead of the Olympics, Microsoft adds a new Outlook calendar option that helps users track sports and their favorite events.Just in time for this year's Summer Olympics, Microsoft is rolling out a new calendar option on various Outlook apps, including Outlook on the web, Outlook.com, and the iOS and Android clients. Drawing its focus away from email clutter for a bit, the company has turned its attention to helping users keep an eye on non-work-related happenings. Microsoft's new Outlook Interesting Calendar is a new, Bing-powered feature that allows users to track major events, like the upcoming Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, in their Outlook calendars. Users can access Interesting calendars by clicking on the Add Calendar option and then selecting Interesting Calendar. Initially, Microsoft is making a curated list of sports teams, leagues and Olympic competitions. Once selected, the calendars appear in the Outlook interface and sync across a user's devices. For now, the feature is limited to Outlook.com users and commercial customers on Outlook on the web. In the coming weeks, Outlook for iOS and Android users with Office 365 accounts will be able to use the feature to create the new calendars, Microsoft said.
Not a sports lover? The software giant suggested that it has more types of events and occasions in mind for the feature. "The Summer Games and Sports calendars are just the beginning. We will be increasing the scope of events we cover in the coming months," wrote the Outlook team in an Aug. 1 blog post.