1. gpobernardo's Avatar
    If you're not seeing Cortana remind you to depart for appointments (provided that the appointment has a location), try this: (Update: Scroll down to the bottom of this post.)

    1. Make sure that the location is listed as a favourite in the Microsoft Maps app.

    2. Create the appointment using Cortana (not using the Calendar app [Update: Scroll down]). It doesn't matter if the appointment was created by speaking into Cortana or by typing. Complete all the details, including the location within Cortana. You may have to rephrase the "command" if the location is not recognized. The template that worked for me is "Schedule [name of appointment] at [time] in/at [place]".*

    3. Once the appointment is created, you may then tap on the appointment within Cortana to edit it, i.e. change the status, the reminder time, etc. But make sure to access the appointment from within Cortana, not the Calendar app.

    That's it. Traffic notifications should work for all your appointments created in this manner - at least for now.

    Let us know if this worked for you, too!

    *- For some reason, do not include punctuation marks in the command if you're going to type - it seems to disturb the ability of Cortana to recognize syntax... even if it's just a period at the end of the sentence!


    UPDATE: Found another work around - you can set appointments in your Calendar app as well, just make sure you type in the name of the place in the location exactly as it was saved in your favourites in your maps app. Do NOT let the location be automatically filled in (with the address in parenthesis) - you will have to type the entire name manually.

    It seems that traffic updates and departure reminders work if the location in the appointment does not contain the address in parenthesis - just the complete name of the location.

    Incidentally, Cortana only includes the name of the location without the address, thus making the reminders work.
    Last edited by gpobernardo; 07-05-2015 at 02:10 AM.
    06-17-2015 11:44 PM
  2. mary beth hale's Avatar
    Tried this and it worked. Thanks!
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    06-27-2015 09:23 AM
  3. Ashwani Kumar Singh's Avatar
    I will also try this now :D
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    06-27-2015 09:28 AM
  4. missionsparta's Avatar
    How do you get it to work with what time to leave for work with traffic updates? I cant seem to get that portion to work.
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    07-17-2015 08:30 AM
  5. missionsparta's Avatar
    Anyone?
    gpobernardo likes this.
    07-18-2015 05:49 PM
  6. Bagzton's Avatar
    I'm gonna try this. Thanks!
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    07-18-2015 06:36 PM
  7. gpobernardo's Avatar
    How do you get it to work with what time to leave for work with traffic updates? I cant seem to get that portion to work.
    Bing doesn't currently support all countries in providing traffic details in maps. However, you can still receive time to leave for work updates through Cortana, as described in the original post - the only difference is that if your country isn't supported yet Cortana will remind you as if there was no traffic on your streets.

    To repeat, you can either use Cortana to set your location and time based appointment, or you can do it as follows:

    1. Save the location you wish to go to in your Maps app as a Favorite.
    2. After a few moments, go to your Calendar app and set an appointment at a certain time and with that Location - you should notice that as you begin typing the location it should appear in a drop down menu.
    3. Do NOT* tap on the location in the drop down menu - you'll have to type in the name you have typed exactly as it appears in the drop down menu (which is exactly how it was when you saved it as a Favorite in your Maps app earlier).
    4. Then, all you have to do is set the time and wait for the reminder to be delivered to you.

    Let us know if this helps.

    *- This was the finding in an update in the original post. You may try to tap on the drop down menu (which would list your location complete with the address) in case the proposed method doesn't work.
    07-19-2015 12:44 AM
  8. missionsparta's Avatar
    Bing doesn't currently support all countries in providing traffic details in maps. However, you can still receive time to leave for work updates through Cortana, as described in the original post - the only difference is that if your country isn't supported yet Cortana will remind you as if there was no traffic on your streets.

    To repeat, you can either use Cortana to set your location and time based appointment, or you can do it as follows:

    1. Save the location you wish to go to in your Maps app as a Favorite.
    2. After a few moments, go to your Calendar app and set an appointment at a certain time and with that Location - you should notice that as you begin typing the location it should appear in a drop down menu.
    3. Do NOT* tap on the location in the drop down menu - you'll have to type in the name you have typed exactly as it appears in the drop down menu (which is exactly how it was when you saved it as a Favorite in your Maps app earlier).
    4. Then, all you have to do is set the time and wait for the reminder to be delivered to you.

    Let us know if this helps.

    *- This was the finding in an update in the original post. You may try to tap on the drop down menu (which would list your location complete with the address) in case the proposed method doesn't work.
    I live in the U.S. And have done all that and it wont alert me to leave work. I wonder if it is because I work midnights.
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    07-19-2015 06:46 PM
  9. gpobernardo's Avatar
    I live in the U.S. And have done all that and it wont alert me to leave work. I wonder if it is because I work midnights.
    This is an interesting hypothesis - I would test the traffic notifications for late night appointments and see if it still works. The latest notification I've received was for an 8:30PM appointment.

    You may want to set an experimental appointment which occurs while the sun is up (or before 8 PM) and see if you would be notified - if this is convenient for you.
    RumoredNow likes this.
    07-20-2015 09:49 AM
  10. missionsparta's Avatar
    This is an interesting hypothesis - I would test the traffic notifications for late night appointments and see if it still works. The latest notification I've received was for an 8:30PM appointment.

    You may want to set an experimental appointment which occurs while the sun is up (or before 8 PM) and see if you would be notified - if this is convenient for you.
    Problem with that is that that proves it will follow and appointment I manually enter. The real issue is if it will come up with a commute automatically if it is on flip-side hours.
    07-21-2015 07:09 AM
  11. gpobernardo's Avatar
    Problem with that is that that proves it will follow and appointment I manually enter. The real issue is if it will come up with a commute automatically if it is on flip-side hours.
    I know, but first we want to know if the "normal appointments" actually work in your phone. If those before-late-night appointments don't work, then those "flip-side hour" appointments also won't work. We're testing the hypothesis.
    07-21-2015 09:15 AM
  12. 8mir's Avatar
    Works fine :)
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    07-21-2015 09:32 AM
  13. Byrese's Avatar
    Has it always been like this? I remember using Cortana without doing all of this. Like through my calendar app...i think.
    08-08-2015 11:45 PM
  14. Big Papa Smurf's Avatar
    Has it always been like this? I remember using Cortana without doing all of this. Like through my calendar app...i think.
    Same here.
    Still won't alert me in the AM for work. Its saved as a favorite. Used to till I did my first TP. Then nothing.
    08-14-2015 10:55 PM
  15. Chris_Kez's Avatar
    Shouldn't these "time to leave" reminders just work? You should be able to create an appointment or a meeting from Cortana, from a calendar app on your phone, from the web or from desktop Outlook; and add the address however you want, even if it is not a Favorite. And as long as the location is someplace other than where you are, you should be able to get a departure alert.
    Curtieson likes this.
    08-19-2015 10:02 PM
  16. Big Papa Smurf's Avatar
    Yes.. It should... I set up 3 random events to the same place to see which will activate with Cortana.. So far 0/1...
    1/3. But wont tell me about work. Or when to go home.
    Last edited by Big Papa Smurf; 08-20-2015 at 12:35 PM.
    08-20-2015 10:32 AM
  17. gpobernardo's Avatar
    Looks like this thread got buried in my list of posted threads, hence the delay in coming back.

    At any rate, Cortana has been flawlessly reminding me to depart/leave for reminders using the method above. I'm also being reminded to go to the airport whenever I'm tracking a certain flight that happens to land or depart in a nearby airport. Lastly, Cortana is also "automatically" reminding me either to go to work (if I'm at home) in the morning and to go home (if I'm at "work") later in the afternoon towards the evening, based on the start and end of the day set in my outlook calendar account.
    09-06-2015 01:07 PM
  18. Chris_Kez's Avatar
    Your earlier post suggested that you need to have the location in Favorites, and then *NOT* tap on the name when it appears in the drop down. Is this what's working for you?
    09-15-2015 04:15 PM
  19. gpobernardo's Avatar
    Your earlier post suggested that you need to have the location in Favorites, and then *NOT* tap on the name when it appears in the drop down. Is this what's working for you?
    Exactly; it has been like this for me since the original post date. Why?
    09-16-2015 08:12 AM
  20. Chris_Kez's Avatar
    Just triple-checking so we can all enjoy this feature. Thank you!

    That said, Microsoft really needs to make this work more intelligently.
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    09-21-2015 08:04 AM
  21. gpobernardo's Avatar
    I thought you had findings otherwise

    At any rate, I just tried setting an appointment both by clicking on the drop down and then another one by not clicking on the drop down options for the location. Only the appointment with the location set by not tapping on the drop down options gave me departure/traffic reminders. Looks like nothing has changed since the date of the first post.
    09-21-2015 12:35 PM
  22. chirac's Avatar
    my work is geolocalised into Cortana and saved there like my home, but sometimes i start my work at 7h00 to 15h ; 6h to 14 or 12h pm to 20h.
    Even if all my work planing is saved into my calendar, Cortana never noticed me to go to work or back to home...
    10-10-2015 09:47 AM
  23. Byrese's Avatar
    So I tool my 1520 to TP and then back to 8.1. When I went down to 8.1 it works perfectly. No favorite necessary..., just the address. Now I'm back on TP and gonna see what happened.
    11-20-2015 10:09 PM
  24. Pedro Bustos's Avatar
    Nope this doesn't work for me.

    I've got a 930 and I'm in the UK.

    I've moaned about Cortana on here before, because she doesn't do most of what she is touted as doing.

    This traffic one annoys most though. If I set a timed appointment in Cortana, there is no provision to input a location. So how can she say "leave now" if I can't tell her where I'm going?

    What am I doing wrong, please?

    Thanks
    skeewiff03 likes this.
    12-23-2015 03:38 AM
  25. Eric Goforth's Avatar
    I don't see a way to add a location to an appointment in Cortana.
    03-17-2017 06:26 PM

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