Price: FREE TO TRY; $1.99 TO BUY
Version: 188.8.131.52 updated 08/27/2013 | WINDOWS PHONE
The stock Windows Phone calendar is beautifully minimal by design. For busy lawyers, it is probably too simple. How do I search for an appointment on my calendar? Where is the week at a glance? Those features are missing in the Windows Phone 8 calendar. CalendarPro Donate and CalendarPro Free add a search tool, week at a glance, and other features while maintaining the metro / modern calendar design.
Because it syncs your Outlook, Google, Hotmail, and Yahoo accounts through a single email+accounts app, Windows Phone conveniently displays all of your appointments and events on a single calendar. CalendarPro is a separate app that works with the existing Windows Phone calendar. It retains the multiple account integration and adds the functionality of searching for appointments and events across those multiple accounts. Search results are instantaneously displayed beneath the search box and are color coded so you know at a glance whether the appointment is from your office Outlook calendar or your personal Hotmail account. The search feature alone is worth the $1.99 donation.
APPOINTMENTS AT A GLANCE
CalendarPro’s list of features does not end with the search box. The CalendarPro home screen includes a live tile with upcoming appointments, From the app’s home screen, you can create appointment groups based on an item’s fields, including specific words in the subject line, organizer’s name, participants’ names, month, day of the week, and others. The app developer successfully maintained the look of the stock Windows Phone calendar while enhancing it with the ability to actually see a list of daily appointments without leaving the month view screen. A must-have feature when trying to set new appointments while avoiding scheduling conflicts. Equally useful is the ability to view your calendar for an entire week. Now you can. In the CalendarPro week view, an overview of multiple appointments on a given day is visible by simply sliding the appointment list to the left. Simple and intuitive.
SHARE APPOINTMENTS & CREATE NEW ONES — BUT, NO EDITING
Tap any appointment and you will go to a new page with all of the event’s details along with options to pin it to the Start Screen, forward it by email, or create a similar new appointment. Handy features. But, there is at least one inconvenience — there is no feature to edit an existing appointment within CalendarPro. To delete an item or edit the content, date, or time of an existing appointment on your phone, you will still need to open it in the stock calendar. The developer is aware of the limitation and notes in the FAQ section that edit and delete features are planned for a future release.
Be sure to check the privacy statement and the FAQs located in in the settings section of the app. There, you will also find options for customizing the app, including color coding items from multiple calendars. If you follow the links to the Windows Store, you will see that the CalendarPro developer makes no secret of the fact that the free version is exactly the same as the donate version. After taking the app for an extended test drive, I gladly donated $1.99 to support the developer and the app. CalendarPro transforms the Windows Phone calendar into an indispensable tool for tracking and organizing a busy life.