The calendar plays a major role in helping you organize a busy day. It’s especially useful now that our work-life balance is ready to unload working from home. Google Calendar is the default choice for the majority out there because it is available on every platform. Microsoft is taking a different approach to making its calendar app the default app on your device. How about comparing them to see which one is better for you?
Microsoft bought the popular Sunrise Calendar and stopped further development. The company has integrated calendar functionality into the Outlook Mail app.
As expected, both calendar apps are feature-rich with plenty of options to create the perfect meeting or task. In this post, we will compare the two calendar apps to find a solution that works for you. The comparison covers user interface, features, cross-platform availability, third-party calendar support, etc. let’s start.
Availability on different platforms
In terms of calendar apps, cross-platform availability is important. If you sync your events and reminders with Gmail, all things to come will be with you on every platform.
But using the same calendar app on all platforms allows you to enjoy a seamless UI/UX experience on all devices. Google Calendar is available on iOS, Android, and the web.
Outlook Calendar can be accessed on iOS, Android, Windows, and Mac.
Google has updated its Calendar app with Material Theme 2.0 design guidelines. The interface uses a lot of white background, which looks consistent with other Google apps. Calendar app also works well with Android 10 dark theme.
My biggest problem with the current UI is that it still uses the hamburger menu. And navigation is baffling with Android 10 full screen gestures. Sometimes it records back gestures, sometimes it opens the hamburger menu, which is baffling and annoying.
Outlook Calendar is integrated into the Outlook app. It is not a separate app but works as an add-on. If you are a fan of the Sunrise calendar, you will surely appreciate the Microsoft app. Unlike Google Calendar, it uses a cheerful blue header with the days entries below.
Scroll up or down, and you will notice the beautiful animation on the calendar icon. Nice touch. As expected, Outlook supports dark mode in Android 10 and later.
Create a new event
Both apps covered the usual provisions for adding a new event. With Outlook, you can create a new event, add details such as address, time, location, notes, and attach files. I love the way Outlook has Skype integration. Makes group video/audio calls smooth and easy.
With Google, the app will ask you to create an event, reminder, or goal (more on that later). Tap on the event, and the screen will show add title, timer location, notification timer, and event color. You can also add attachments from Google Drive and invite other members to the event.
The app also allows you to create reminders. You can add them via Google Assistant as well.
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With Google Calendar, you can either choose an upcoming event widget or choose a monthly widget. Unfortunately, there is no shortcut to creating an event from the home screen.
For Outlook, you can add the usual 2×3 widget or a shortcut to open the app in the calendar list directly. If you want to quickly create a new event, tap and hold the app icon and add a new event with relevant details.
The goal functionality in Google Calendar is excellent. You can select the activity you want to do per day and for how long. Very simple to set up. It will even ask you when you usually do this procedure. After setting, the app will add it to your calendar based on your busy schedule.
As a bonus, you can sync that with your Google Fit account as well. Some examples are activities related to fitness, meditation, contacting friends and family, and more. It is helpful in building habits and following a routine with more punctuality.
In Outlook, you can add Facebook events and Evernote reminders through the calendar apps in the Settings menu. It is useful to integrate your friend’s birthdays directly into the calendar.
Outlook also offers interesting calendars where one can add favorite TV shows, sports teams or schedule of sports events directly in the app. Although none of them matter in 2020, right?
It supports most of the popular sports leagues, and in the example below, you can see the supported sports category in the Outlook calendar app.
Go to Setting> Interesting calendars And choose your choice among them. Google Calendar does not provide any third party calendar functionality.
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Outlook Calendar arrives with plenty of options out of the box. Also, in terms of the user interface, it looks a bit pleasing to the eyes from Google’s simple approach. Google’s target functionality is something you won’t find in any calendar app. It’s a game changer for someone like me as it keeps track of the time of events and habits. What calendar app will you use and why? Share your opinion in the comments section below.