Windows Calendar is a lightweight calendaring application newly adopted to the Windows family of bundled accessories. But it is so lightweight, it doesn’t even include public holiday dates. However thank heavens for interoperability, there’s an easy fix.
There is an extensive library of preset calendar dates on the internet, and with Windows Calendar’s subscription feature, we can simply download this data. For this example, I’m going to use Apple’s iCal library.
- Open up Apple’s library of religious and world holiday calendars.
- Click on the calendar you wish to subscribe to.
- Windows Calendar should open up and prompt you to confirm your calendar subscription. Click “Next”.
- (Wait until pigs fly)
- Name your calendar appropriately (ex. “Australian Holidays”).
- Click “OK” and you’re done.
Some sites may not automatically allow you to subscribe to their calendars. In this case, simply copy the URL for the iCal-formatted calendar, click “Subscribe” in the Windows Calendar toolbar and continue.
Subscribing to public calendars isn’t only limited to public holidays. You can keep a track of movie openings, DVD releases and even TV episodes. For example, I’m a Lost fanatic, and with this season 3 episodes calendar, I’ll never miss a cliffhanging episode again.
iCalShare offers a huge database of over 4300 subscribable calendars in 40 different topics. You’ll never miss a beat.