1. spasell's Avatar
    It was supposed to have firmware update but didn't. Not sure why.

    But my biggest issue is that I am coming from MacAir and I use Google Calendar for everything. I need to sync my calendar to SP3 but it doesn't. And I have to be able to view multiple calendar for other employees as well.

    How is this accomplished? I'm also used to using iPad and seeing open apps but assuming that when you hit the Windows key it stops program you are in? Or is there a way to view what apps are still running?

    Love this so far but it's going to take some getting used. I've been away from windows for 3 years.

    Thanks
    06-20-2014 05:23 PM
  2. jaimeastin's Avatar
    A few ways to see running apps...
    ---Move curser to the top left corner to see apps listed... (metro aps and desktop mode app)

    ---swipe from the left and hold or swipe back to edge without lifting finger or to cycle through open apps... (metro aps and desktop mode app)

    ---right click task manager from task bar or type task manager from start menu... (metro aps and desktop apps, system resources)


    Now, welcome to surface. Hopefully you will learn the new was to get things done with windows 8.1. It is very easy and efficient once you get the hang on of... but like anything else... you have to want to. I would love to even do a Skype video with you to help, lol. I just think that windows 8.1 is actually powerful and is so misunderstood.
    06-20-2014 05:34 PM
  3. Cleavitt76's Avatar
    It was supposed to have firmware update but didn't. Not sure why.
    The firmware update is in the second batch of updates. The first time I checked for updates it only found one item. A second manual update check listed dozens of updates including the firmware. I assume the first update was a prerequisite for the others.
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    06-20-2014 05:45 PM
  4. AG VK's Avatar
    There is no Google Calendar app for Windows, so you're stuck with using the browser I would think.
    06-20-2014 05:58 PM
  5. mozman68's Avatar
    There is no Google Calendar app for Windows, so you're stuck with using the browser I would think.
    I don't think that's true....I synced Google mail to my phone and it pulls in the calendar as well.
    06-20-2014 06:00 PM
  6. spasell's Avatar
    I logged in with my Google Apps account and it did not pull any calendar events in at all. I was told there was a way to do this but cannot find it. Would be a shame to not use the calendar app on SP3 effectively.

    Thanks for the help. Anyone who knows how to sync Google calendar I'd greatly appreciate it.
    06-20-2014 06:50 PM
  7. mozman68's Avatar
    06-20-2014 07:12 PM
  8. jedge's Avatar
    Long story short, Google dropped support for Exchange ActiveSync (EAS) connections in early 2013 and that's why the Calendars won't sync. But email and contacts do. It's stupid.

    I spent a bit of time figuring this out earlier today because when you search, a lot of the information is out of date or just plain wrong. Basically you have two options. Just ignore the 8.1 Calendar App and put a shortcut to Google Calendar on your Start, or...

    You can sync the 8.1 Calendar TO Google Calendar, but not the other way around. Basically you can see all your appointments like you want to, but for changes/additions/deletions you have to go to Google Calendar. Yeah it's a pain but it's better than nothing, and the 8.1 Calendar will keep updated with whatever you change in Google Calendar. So here's how I did it. (Warning, the steps where it actually syncs can be a bit slow, be patient). Also you will need an Outlook.com email account. But that's a good thing, Outlook.com is pretty sweet and i bet a lot of people already have one.

    1. open Google Calendar
    2. click the "gear" icon in the top right -> Settings
    3. click "Calendars" at the top
    4. choose your calendar (you probably only have one and it has your name on it)
    5. scroll down to "Private Address" (not Calendar Address) and click on ICAL
    6. copy that shortcut, you'll need it
    7. Open Outlook.com and login
    8. click the arrow at the top and pick "Calendar"
    9. click "Import" at the top
    10. click "Subscribe" on the left
    11. in the Calendar URL field, paste in the link that you go from your Google Calendar
    12. click Subscibe
    13. *at this point the Outlook.com calendar should start populating with your Gmail Calendar stuff... be patient if it takes a bit of time... almost done
    14. On your Surface, go into your 8.1 Calendar App
    15. swipe left to get the Charms sidebar -> Settings
    16. Accounts
    17. Add an Account
    18. Outlook.com
    19. type in your username and password for Outlook.com
    20. Connect
    YOU'RE DONE!!, again, be patient, it takes a bit of time for the Calendars to sync.
    You can now SEE all your Google Calendar stuff in 8.1 Calendar... you just can't change it, or at least if you do it won't sync so it's best not to.

    Hope i didn't leave anything out. Good luck!!
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    06-20-2014 07:35 PM
  9. jedge's Avatar
    That's fine for email and contacts, but that link is not what you want to do for Calendar.
    06-20-2014 07:39 PM
  10. mozman68's Avatar
    That's fine for email and contacts, but that link is not what you want to do for Calendar.
    There's a link within that post that takes you to a page...really just shows you how to copy Google entries over to Windows.
    06-20-2014 07:41 PM
  11. jedge's Avatar
    There's a link within that post that takes you to a page...really just shows you how to copy Google entries over to Windows.
    Exactly. It copies the information one time. It doesn't sync. Which is actually fine if you just want Birthdays and such, but i think most people want it to sync every day. Even if it's only in one direction.

    Really Google and MS need to fix this. Remember it worked fine when Win8 first came out, but then Google dropped it on purpose (long story).
    06-20-2014 07:49 PM
  12. Silviu Bogusevschi's Avatar
    Try the Calendar app.

    Calendar app help - Windows Help

    I don't have atm a Win8 PC, so not sure how it works, but I guess it should.

    Edit 1: LOL, I was unable to quote your post since "my message was auto marked as spam", w/o quote is fine.

    Edit 2: Add a calendar
    Swipe in from the right edge of the screen, and then tap Settings.
    (If you're using a mouse, point to the lower-right corner of the screen, move the mouse pointer up, and then click Settings.)

    Tap or click Accounts.

    Tap or click Add an account, tap or click the type of account you want to add, and then follow the on-screen instructions.
    06-22-2014 05:14 AM

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