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Microsoft frustrates its base by breaking Calendar app for Windows Phone 8.1

In Windows Phone 8.1 certain core services have changed in that they can be updated dynamically, bypassing the requirement for a full-fledged OS update. In theory, that should allow Microsoft to respond to the rapidly changing market by delivering faster paced, piecemeal updates. In reality, it also increases the chances that something may go wrong, and that is exactly what has happened.

Last night Microsoft pushed out a rare update for the calendar app, which was disentangled from the OS in 8.1, much like Xbox Music. The update brought the version number to 1.0.14127.246 and there was no changelog. Although it is exasperating to users to have to update an app without knowing what changed – or improved, it is even more vexing when that update breaks something.

Immediately following the update, people in comments started to complain that the attempting to create or edit an appointment caused the calendar app to crash. We have tested the update on various devices, including the Lumia 630 with the Lumia Cyan firmware, and they all have the same problem, rendering the calendar app a view-only tool.

Currently, there are over 500 comments left in the original article, most of which vouch for the instability that the update has caused.

One temporary work-around is to use Cortana, who can add appointments directly to the OS, or to use one of the many third-party calendar apps found on the Store. However, Cortana is currently a US-based system, only accessible by changing regions on the device.

Combined with the ongoing disappointment with Xbox Music, Microsoft seems to be turning allies into enemies with these snafus. Although I expect Microsoft to put out a rapid fix for the calendar, it does not sit well with the base that something as obvious as this bug went unnoticed during testing. This crash is not some rare, hard to replicate issue and frankly they should be embarrassed. Windows Phone 8.1 is just starting to be pushed out for over-the-air updates or is already being sold on devices like the Lumia 635, just announced today for T-Mobile. This screw-up is a bad headline at the wrong time.

We've reached out Microsoft for comment on the situation. Since a few hours ago, the offending calendar app has been hidden in the Store to prevent others from updating.

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Yousef Kawmi says:

is that 630 in the second photo ? my Lumia 630 has a white traingle all the time and looks smaller 

gunjaninvit says:

White triangle is normally when you're on roaming network

Yousef Kawmi says:

Roaming is turned off....

jlcsscljjlcs says:

I've got that also. I think it's because your Mobile Company is a Virtual Mobile Operator (I think it's called that), and like the phone connects to the real network from the company your company is virtualized on, it thinks it's a romaing network.

Yousef Kawmi says:

Yeah maybe, but do the big companies do that too ? i'm using Three (Drei) and it's a known operator here in Austria

jlcsscljjlcs says:

Maybe if they don't have their own Network in your area.

My operator is ONO, from Spain, and it's got optical fiber almost everywhere, but lacks the mobile infraestructure, so they rent Movistar's.

twentythreee says:

I am from Austria too and use three/drei as well. And yes, it's virtualized for 2 ranges: It uses the T-Mobile Network for 2G (I guess) and A1 for 4G. Well, something like this, to be fair ;-)

Ticomfreak says:

Mobile Virtual Network Operator (MVNO)

Wam1q says:

A white triangle means you are roaming. Simple.

Yousef Kawmi says:

Roaming is off..

Wam1q says:

Even when it is off, the triangle is there. Same with me on my Lumia 1020 with a foreign SIM, with roaming set to off.

Yousef Kawmi says:

Well, i'm using Three (Drei) sim in the same country i bought it from (Austria)

Wam1q says:

Then contact Nokia, I guess.

aschettler says:

The even when roaming is turned off, it only turns off data roaming. Your phone will still connect to the network, hence the white triangle.

What the hell was wrong with the native calendar, that prompted them to think they should change it? Damn Microsoft makes it really hard to stay loyal

barry.weston says:

Not that they were "changing" it. Lilley killing a few device or scenario specific bugs. Shit happens... I'm sure it week be fixed soon enough.

I don't see what's wrong with it being tied into the OS like before. Microsoft is the world's largest software company ya know. Apple rolls out mini iOS updates and bug fixes all the time, plus not to mention the problems with the previous Calendar & Music app was minuscule and trivial. Now not so much.

FeedTheShark says:

Your comment, not so much. WP has a small market share, MS were late to the game and can't just roll out updates over the heads of the carriers like Apple can. Plus they have a lot more devices to support - and will soon have way more with lots of new OEMs coming out with 8.1 devices. So it makes complete sense to decouple as much as possible.

The new calendar is much improved over the one in WP8; this is just an unfortunate bug which i'm sure will be fixed soon and on the whole is mostly affecting people beta testing (dev preview) so few customers under warranty will be affected by this. Storm in a teaspoon.

Fritzly says:

Apple had the ability to push updates directly since day 1, MS both with PDAs first and Smartphones after never flexed its muscle in favor of users of its mobile OS.
The bug is affecting WP 8.1 OS which is not in Beta, it is a RTMed OS installed on devices sold to the public.
In your opinion is a storm in a teapot, as a MS shareholder I strongly hope that the company high echelon do not float in the same state of denial.

hwangeruk says:

Fritz. Apple had an advantage in that it was selling high volume, high margin devices at a time with 0 competition. Carriers would have tongued Steve Jobs dry to get the iPhone and signed up to whatever Apple wanted.

MS don't have that sway with carriers, the phones are lower value and the carriers couldn't care if MS never sell another phone. (Short sighted yes, stupid yes - as choice feeds the eco system and helps them obfuscate the tarrifs which they want [hint: they don't want you to make a simple A/B price comparison as the cheapest will win, see?]]

So don't blame MS for the stupidity of carriers. MS cmae last and faced an uphill stuggle, still do. Giving the OS away for free is a start, the OS is now fully feature rich and Apps are available. If they make the tools, the SDK* better more native apps will come.

As someone who just tried to move to a Universal app from an ol*d* 8.0 I can tell you its *not simple! But their motive is 1 codebase, multiple platform targets.

Fritzly says:

Yes Apple had Steve Jobs who, apparently, was someone able to obtain everything but.. when Apple launched the iPhone the device was a big if: the company had no previous experience with smartphones, it used a completely new way to interact with the device which, at the time, was untested and customer embracing was a big gamble. MS on the other hands has plenty of experience with smartphones: without going back even farther the first MS powered smartphone was the Motorola MPX 200, which I had, and the so much vituperated WM OS reached, before MS let it stagnate it and offered a window of opportunity to Apple and Android, almost 50% penetration of the smartphone market.

Melvinizer says:

Exactly! I mean it at least looked better!

DarwinPurol says:

Are you guys still on topic?

Yousef Kawmi says:

no, i don't think so
are you ?

DarwinPurol says:

Well then dont start a thread which is not related.

Yousef Kawmi says:

I saw the first photo, asked a simple quesiton and now it's a thread, what can i do ?

That triangle means you are on roaming. Even if you may not be experiencing any extra usage charges, mobile networks have agreements between them. Its usually, in my case, when my operator, Reliance 3G doesn't have a strong signal reception in any certain area, for the user's ease, it automatically switches to Aircel, which Reliance has partnered with (And it also sometimes switches to Vodafone IN or Tata Docomo). So there may be an agreement between your operators for provision of better service and they might be availing intra circle roaming to provide you services free of extra charges because the partnered network also does the same. And there is no need for a network to be MVNO to enter into roaming (or network sharing practically).

asna_n800 says:

Ohhh you explained it well, Faddy bhai :P

I don't know what MSFT is trying to do. If the company doesn't care about WP we must learn that. I don't want to tell something more....

Mingu7 says:

A friendly reminder:

WP 8.1 is in developer preview mode (aka BETA).   It could be that the Lumia 630's being shipped to TMobile and friends have newer 8.1 OS bits then the developer preview is at, and maybe this bug doesn't happen on those newer bits...  Either way, a comment from Microsoft on the matter would be appreciated.

Joel S. says:

MS's Developer Preview is NOT Beta.

No its more of a release candidate. Anyone remember when they used to release those for windows

barry.weston says:

It is actually RTM ( Dev preview). It just doesn't have device or carrier specific firmware additions.

Having been there in the past, a "Preview" is NOT "Gold Code", nor is it the final version, even when it's a "Developer" preview. To quote the documentation:

 

"Windows Phone Preview for Developers gives registered developers access to prerelease Windows Phone operating system updates for their development phone, directly from Microsoft."

"Non-Commercial Quality. The Deliverables may be prerelease and may not be compatible or work as well as a commercial, retail offering. The Deliverables may not work correctly and are not intended as a substitute for your primary means of telecommunications."

I see nowhere where this is listed as RTM code anywhere or stated that it is RTM quality as far as versions obrained through the Preview for Developers app.

 

With all that said though, the Calendar app never should have hit the store with this bug. This is BASIC functionality and should have been on a "pre flight check" as a required function multiple test engineers should have checked and flagged as a showstopper.

 

astroXP says:

Proof 1: Here's Paul Thurrot calling it RTM with post-RTM updates ( http://winsupersite.com/windows-phone/windows-phone-81-developer-preview-gets-third-post-rtm-update )
Proof 2: The update is labeled Preview but is extensively tested and is at least a RTM candidate. This is not a beta program (http://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/winphone/wiki/wp8-wpupdate/developer-preview-program-faq-get-windows-phone-81/b5582eed-7095-4d5a-b118-e33164454499)

Joel S. says:

The DP is the RTM code (RTM means it's been sent to OEMs for firmware updating), this has been confirmed by many people with more knowledge of the inner workings of MS than you or I. It makes zero logistical sense for MS to maintain two branches of the OS code. Nothing you boldfaced disproves this, they're just caveats because the OS we're running excludes driver updates and the like from the OEMs that are needed to ensure proper functionality. The bottom line is it is NOT Beta. They would not send Beta code to OEMs or to the carriers for testing.

Anyway, it is pretty shocking that a bug like this would get out the door

mrappbrain says:

Stop being a Microsoft apologist. It crashes on all devices with the preview and normal firmware, which I'm running.

jsnod25 says:

Not crashing on my 1520

Jay Bennett says:

Normally I'd agree with you, but they are actually rolling this software out to people now, several regions have received the Lumia Cyan update already. They'll fix this quickly, because they simply have to, but it should have easily been caught in testing, it's a core user story

My guess is they still are internally testing but accidently flagged it for all 8.1 users

luk3ja says:

I don't understand why they haven't rolled back the update for the app instantly, because that's easily possible and would have stopped these thousands of people complaining and prevent them tarnishing their brand image even more. I think Microsoft has a few Trojan horses in the company, I think someone pushed out this bad app on purpose.

Jay Bennett says:

That would be crazy, I don't think there's any need to look for conspiracy theories here. It's just disappointing that something as key in testing as "check all the appBar buttons work" was missed

Paul Kinslow says:

You're correct that MS needs to comment. It would also be helpful for other people on these threads to post the work arounds instead of just complaining.

*** To add an event, use Cortana or manually enter it in the "day" view by tapping on a time slot.

For WPC to say "...rendering the calendar app a view-only tool." is also not going to help anyone find a temporary work around.  If people think of WPC as some sort of authority on the matter, they may give up looking for work arounds when they read that statement.

MS did mess up big time on this.

SeraphX2 says:

Doesn't really bother me. All of my calendar items come from Facebook for scheduled gaming events that I participate in and through Exchange because of my job. I rarely ever add something manually, so luckily I haven't had to deal with this.

Zybch says:

Well done you then.  Here have a prize for using your calendar in a way which most people DON'T and then claiming this means there isn't a problem.

Stupid tool.

SeraphX2 says:

Pretty sure I never said there wasn't a problem with the app. Just saying it doesn't affect me because all of my scheduling is, for all intents and purposes, automated.

You're not really good at reading and comprehension are you?

I don't even use the calendar on my 1020 so couldn't care less.

I don't use the calendar either, but this QA issue is making me wary of my recent 2-year commitment to my Icon. Like Daniel said, this isn't exactly an obscure bug that requires specific steps to replicate it.

rodneyej says:

What❔❔❔❔❔❔❔❔❔

I basically live one day to the next and hate the idea of having my life planned out for me on a calendar. Similarly, I can't fathom why some people keep diaries to record what they have been up to that day for future reference.

Me too. I put the World Cup dates in it from Sky and the odd dentist and that's it. All my appointments/scheduling is for work and I can't sync with my laptop.

rodneyej says:

You're weird in the sense that you can't perceive how people are different.....
........
Well, looks like I am too if I think you're weird... Oh well, you still are... Lol❕

x I'm tc says:

Wow.  Crashes for me!  Would this qualify as a debacle?

FBirraque says:

Unbelievable... Shame MS!

rodneyej says:

Really only a shame for 630 owners,,, one device... Us preview guys phones don't count.

2tomtom says:

It DOES count to those who need it :-/

I'm sure if they are aware of this they are already working on a fix. I remember once when the music app was broken and brought to their notice they fixed it in less than 24 hrs. Lets hope the Calender app gets the same kind of treatment. ;)

I'm sure they will. Doesn't excuse it though, not this late in the game.

wpcautobot says:

Are there any insights to the MS app updates coming up? Xbox music was brought up for updates every two weeks, but haven't heard boo about giving the features folks really need (side from performance) including the calendar app.

Dan, If Joe Belfiore happens to read your article I'm sure he's going to yell at the testing team who tested the app and released it. ;)

Daniel is there any type of petition we all could sign and send to Microsoft about this? This unraveling of the OS's features into apps is ruining the whole platform, Xbox music being another example.

barry.weston says:

You Sir... Are silly... Go home.

rodneyej says:

Lost cause, dude... Separate apps are here to stay.

I don't understand why they can't have the apps separate/updateable, but still using the fast internal APIs that the built in apps used too. Apple has used private APIs in their first party app store apps...

stinkfish says:

Start menu anyone? If issues like this and the monumental fuckup that is xbox music are anything to go by then we can and will get these core apps back where they belong.

rodneyej says:

No.. Not the same thing.... XBM was obviously developed by a toddler, but that has nothing to do with the decision to remove the start screen, and just because a very, very small amount of WP users with the official WP8.1 have a broken Calendar app doesn't mean that MS is going to give up on separate apps that easy,, especially when they can just patch the app, and be done with it... The decision to bring back the start menu is a whole other story, and that was influenced by Millions... Not even relevant in this case... That's a feature, this is not..

Jack Janik says:

The music app still has many problems though.. :-)

2tomtom says:

The Music App works, but is not,fixed, things like duplicates and laggy as well as other issues mentioned by many.

Why update something if the update is broken??

Zune>Xbox music hub > Xbox music app. Its just a crappy app they pushed out

Zybch says:

I'm keeping hold of my Zune HD and WP7 devices for media, simply because the wp8/8.1 units with the new media app are hopeless for media consumption.

I'm sure Microsoft will roll out a fix soon enough, this issue along with other issues aren't the end of the world but we all have to grin and bare it until a fix is released.

rajantiwari says:

Oh I hope they are preparing to update it soon

Abdal says:

Bad days are coming!!!!

NIST says:

Dan sounds mad.

nizzon says:

Yep. With all right.

Eas195 says:

...and nothing is left.

NIST says:

Someone get Dan a beer, NOW!!!

Tense says:

I don't understand why MS developers seem unable to keep any of their apps or services good. First Xbox Music, now this. They better fix this.

Jay Bennett says:

The interesting thing is they've moved to having to use the same tools the rest of us have to use with these apps, and now they're seeing a few of the gaps and oddities that exist. The one positive is that this will lead to them finding these issues and improving the developer tools for everyone

Daniel, could you please tell me which firmware number Lumia 630 is?

Daniel, I guess you gave the OS version. Well, mine has OS version 12397 and firmware revision number 14235.

Xanthurum says:

I don't understand why they keep pushing out the update, just pull it back from the store and fix it. Unfortunately a lot of user are already affected but why spread the problem to everyone?

palmujukka says:

That's why they pulled it...

chuey101 says:

For a company that is trying to sell devs on how easy it is to program for the platform, how can they not get it right themselves? Get your sh*t together msft!

SpiDe1500 says:

This has nothing todo with bad coding, just with missing Unit-Tests and a baaaad testing group...

CyclingNut says:

Serious question - Are these types of issues common with Android or iOS? I came to WP directly from webOS so I have nothing to compare to. And yes, I still miss webOS.

kinpin2131 says:

Broken apps is quite common , 

CyclingNut says:

But apps as vital as Music and Calendar. These are basic apps and 2 examples of Microsoft crippling them.

Aashish13 says:

I don't but all android devices have scroll lag. Even including their nexsus device. Touch scrolling is awful,on all devices specially samsung

cruelvaldez says:

Windows phone does too. But mostly in Xbox music

jacob114489 says:

No scroll lag on my device. Soooooo?

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NOLATechy says:

Yes, this is a common problems on ALL OSs.  Apple had their share of mishaps and so did Android.  As someone stated above, it's not bad coding, its bad testing.  These guys should have caught this before the update was released.  Someone wasn't doing their job and it presented as a bad face for Microsoft.  Someone will lose their job over this one, I'm sure.

akak84 says:

yes it does happen. when my G2 was upgraded it broke email for me for months until kitkat came to it. that was just one more reason that i left for my icon. 

x I'm tc says:

webOS was the absolute best.  It is an absolute travesty what happened with it.

mcheiron says:

Yes it was great.

seanps says:

I am an android user, and yes, they have the same types of issues. Currently, if I accept a calendar invite, my calendar crashes. Google maps crashes about every 30 minutes when using turn-by-turn navigation. There are others, but these are the two most frustrating for me each day.

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chezm says:

Crashing on my Rogers 1020

CJ Thunder says:

Simply crazy, wtf. I'm really thinking of leaving MS on the phone side... But they make more money off Android, and iPhones are too simple and small... Ugh.

DJCBS says:

And this is why I keep using Chronos Calendar.

Fritzly says:

Not an option if you use Exchange though....

herbertsnow says:

Works fine for me. You guys love to overreact.

CJ Thunder says:

Really? Breaks on many users devices, on two of mine. No overreaction, a calendar is hugely important to many many people.

CyclingNut says:

Nobody is overreacting. That's great it works fine for you, but you seem to be in the small minority

ricbon says:

just had to say love your avatar

herbertsnow says:

Thanks, I think it's sexy for some odd reason.

Eas195 says:

dude, just force update the app, and you will 'join' in our cause. Mine does crash too.

TLRtheory says:

Yeah you're in the minority bro. This app update really is busted

uno2xx says:

working on mine too with no issues :)

Xarok says:

Think i'm going to get an iPhone 6 if there is one over 5 inches.

I will still hang on to my Windows Phone... but I would like a phone that works now, with fully functional apps :(

Aashish13 says:

Get a better pc.

Xarok says:

...what?

 

TonyF64 says:

You should have stayed with WP8 and not installed the 8.1 Dev Preview then.

brmiller1976 says:

How do you know he's not running a Lumia 630?  Europe is buzzing with angry people waving their shiny new L630s and demanding to know why the calendar is broken.

TonyF64 says:

Fair point.  I'm sure it sucks for them.  However lets keep this in context.  The new calendar app is way better than the calendar app on the iPhone. This update was a step backwards for sure.  But I'd guess that it will be fixed in a day or two.  Is that worth jumping to another platform over? Don't see it.

Xarok says:

This is just another straw on the camel's back for me personally.

I have stated neumerous times my issues with WP and the reasons i would move to iOS:

http://forums.wpcentral.com/apple-ios/292000-2.htm

http://forums.wpcentral.com/windows-phone-8-1-preview-developers/290651-not-receiving-notifications.html

Im at the point of sacrificing the benefits of WP for an OS that "works" (iOS).

Mathematicsb says:

I think I'm going to buy a stick of gum, if I can find some trident.

2tomtom says:

Broken......
How??
Why??

Arazius83 says:

The amount of "woe, the sky is falling" in this article / comments is staggering. Cuz an app update has never gone awry before right?

I give a lot of slack to Microsoft, but this was a stupid thing to pass over. You tap the '+' sign and the app exits. That's like the core function of the calendar app, which is not some frivolous addon. It's not just this, but a run up of similar issues with their software (and don't get me started on the 'resume' screens).

tsrblke says:

You only get one chance to impress too.

My wife is giving WP8.1 on her 920 a shot but if it doesn't impress her she's dropping it for Android.  Which makes sense since the transition from Windows 7.5 (Zune based) to WP8 left her music collection in horrible disarry due to the shitty syncing options.

I won several converts to Windows Phone, they've all pretty much left in the last few months or are getting reading to leave as soon as an upgrade becomes available on their wireless contract.

This type of thing only futhers that problem.

Shoulders says:

I must admit, that with the os issues, poor quality apps (compared with the other OSs) and Google finally updating and standardizing their UI, I may be getting the next Nexus device in November when my contract is up. 3 years with Windows Phone, but I don't feel we've progressed very far in that time.

sirgrant618 says:

Exactly. It looks horrendous for the platform as a whole. Music, Calendar, Video, etc., those sorts of apps should be virtually flawless. There are things that your platform should be expected to perform without any hiccups (and loading screens). Music, Calendar, and Video are 3 of them.

 

I've moved beyond apologizing for MSFT's serious lack of polish and finesse and have begun my decent into tacit abandonment.

murtagh360 says:

I can't stand them resume screens.

crise says:

Could you elaborate what you have to say about the resuming? Nice to see you criticize MS for a change :) :)

Suhasa Su says:

Resuming on apps for 2 seconds or so is tolerable. But why the heck should it resume on start screen? Can't it be open always?

crise says:

Yea it seems like there is no progress in speed. Even the calendar app has a loading screen now, ridiculous.

Totally agree. I'm not sure if its an issue for 512mb devices but if I play a game for around 20 mins, pause it and tap the start screen button, it shows "resuming..." This is frustrating and intolerable.

crise says:

They have increased the cap how much memory apps can use, thus if you play a game, it might run a little better, but stop the starts screen which also uses quite some memory with all those live tiles.

Mirainashe says:

Have to say, most times I don't agree with you especially with the defending of Microsoft everytime but you on the money here. This is not just bizarre, but also revealing. The team at Windows Phone is incompetent. Yes. I said it. Incompetent. Why can't they get simple things right? Basics even. The system is one I'm totally unwilling to leave but it's architects are totally off the mark. The calendar app is still rubbish and I updated with anticipation only to be typically let down. It's worrisome because it's happening all the time. Music app is the worst so they now trying to get other apps to take the prize

crise says:

Yea you should think, that over years you could build monster music apps, I mean Jesus christ, they are invented and worked out in every detail in all corners of all music applications in the last 10 years. But they can't get past a crappy app that can do maybe 6 things. Instead of adding things, they remove.

r4v says:

It works fine if you enter appointment directly in the calendar. Plus icon crashes.

Jack Hancock says:

Do the higher end win-phones also have these resume screens? I have a 620 , I thought it was a symptom of the low ram and if I upgraded it would be okay.

Skype is the worst. It tells the first line of the message in the notifications tray and then takes like 20 seconds before I can actually see the message in the app. (And then the text disapears behing the keyboard as I type *off-topic-sigh*)

 

TonyF64 says:

Yes, this should have been caught before release.  However I don't think the sky is falling. There are two easy to use work-arounds. I'm sure this will be fixed before 8.1 comes out of Dev Preview.

TR3YIA says:

Honestly it's not that bad. I'm not going to jump OSs because of it. Most of uus sit on a computer all day, add it to your Outlook or Outlook.com calendar. I might never have notices it if weren't for the article.

emjey says:

MS . Hire me among ur test team!

Xaphoon148 says:

Yes, they need to roll back or fix ASAP

emjey says:

Also back button doesnt close or exit the app. It runs in the background untill u manually do iy

Evronian says:

That's normal. It's always been like that on 8.1

Yeah but I thought MS did that knowingly :/

SwimSwim says:

That's actually a feature of 8.1 for apps that enable it. It's to prevent people accidentally closing apps.

That's an 8.1 feature. All 8.1 apps do this by default!

kinpin2131 says:

Something important like a calender app should come first in Beta ( like Facebook) before mass rollout. I hope they learn this for next time. 

RCOPEH says:

The least they should do is get a backup of the previous version, up the version number and pump that out to us because this is a very bad move for people who organise their lives using their phones like this.

tchaikie says:

Half baked employees

adzzzbatch says:

This is absolutely ridiculous and shouldn't be happening from Microsoft. People will accept these sort of problems from Google or Apple but there isn't enough good will for MSFT to get away with it.

fishoa says:

Surely they are working on a fix, but is really incredible that they don't test the app before publish the update

BRC1711 says:

Probably just a small mistake. They have a lot on their plate right now. I guess they'll fix it soon

drankurn says:

my live tile is not working either, is that the case too? att920

Same here. Calendar live tile not working anymore. Lumia 520.

drankurn says:

Soft reset worked.
Another issue, I just entered a new appointment using Cortana, but now trying to edit it from calendar causes the app to crash, so can't edit it.

Try going into daily view and tapping on a time to add an appointment. This worked for me, even though using the plus button or edit crashes the app.

Microsoft, test before you release updates!

commo says:

Remember that we are using a Dev Build. I agree, its something that should have been spotted right away but the best thing to do is use the diagnostic app to send the debug information to Microsoft. The issue almost feels like the add calendar item button is being used as a software home key. Wasn't Microsoft making devices with no physical keys and onscreen keys only.

adzzzbatch says:

Which we've been on for ages. They take too long to release things. Although not a calendar update ironically.

My Lumia 630 is not a dev build. The people who received Lumia Cyan last week are not a dev build.

Let's not go overboard. They will fix this problem quickly. The sky isn't falling.

No, it's not. But it doesn't instill confidence, that's the point.

it seems like calendar has been pulled out from the store. May be they are working on it.

neo158 says:

Yep, thankfully I was one of those that didn't update. I do think people are overreacting though, I remember all the complaints about Xbox Music, Games and Videos being removed from the core OS but look at it this way it means the issue with the Calendar can be fixed without a whole new OS update.

Suhasa Su says:

And Android fanboys may already be giggling at this :(

TonyF64 says:

Shouldn't erode confidence either.  With the app being broken out from the OS it probably didn't go through the same scrutiny.  I'm sure this will be a learning experience for MS.  They will put the processes and procedures in place going forward.

WPhone says:

Why is it taking them so long to put the old version back in the store?! Great that WPcentral sends out a clear signal!!

neo158 says:

The update has been pulled already, presumably because they are fixing it.

erzhik says:

Microsoft - Breaking Windows Phone 8.1 since before Windows Phone 8.1 is released to the public.

So true !! They make it so hard to stay loyal 

firesword9 says:

Unfortunately for Calendar app it was Downdate

MediaCastleX says:

Nothing like a good old fashioned Microsoft gripe fest... =/

xankazo says:

Very well said, Daniel. It's inexcusable to make these kinds of errors, not in a so aggressive market as this is. Microsoft should be very ashamed of this and the ever growing Xbox Music fiasco.

Such an embarrassment.

jfa1 says:

The update has also broken simple calendar and I would suspect all third party calendars in the US a fix is very much needed although Cortana does work and supposedly outlook.com.

palmujukka says:

So people outside the US don't need a working calendar?

My phone crashes at time when I download a new app from store. It hangs for morethen 5mins and ask me for sd card error fixing message.
Secondly, whenever I have received mubtiple notifications from various apps, at that time, the notification drop down crashes to the half screen. I don't know weather its my phone having such problem or its because preview, that's why!
Dose anybody have such issues?

Apart from this there are various problems where this microsoft has to spread out. And they are lethargic in such cases, where they are not taking it seriously.

palmujukka says:

I think you'll get a faster reply in the forums.

TechFreak1 says:

This is terrible and embarrassing, how can this have escaped testing. It would have been understandable if this a mistake by an indie developer but this is a core app from MS....

Viktar H says:

When they were announcing W8.0 to develorers, they were bragging that all core metro apps (Music, Mail, People, etc) were written by students, telling them that to develop an app for metro is VERY easy.

I did'n liked it back then as a W8 preview user.

It looks like it became a tradition for W8+ development.

aikidaves says:

The Calendar app team screwed up. Reading more than that into this is unwarranted. It may be that MS is stretched a bit for app developers, but inferences beyond that are just wild speculation.

dKp1977 says:

Applications are made by humans. Humans make mistakes. Shit happens, end of story. Too much fuzz about nothing really.

E Lizzle says:

Humans make mistakes and that's why testing processes are devised - to compensate for the fact that mistakes are inevitable.  To have an update go out that breaks an app's primary function indicates that proper testing procedures are not correctly in place.  And the length of time its taking them to release a fix is just demonstrative of why younger, more agile companies ice these dinosaurs.

dKp1977 says:

Length of time? Like 20 hours by now. Wow, get real man. oO I agree that their quality/testing or whatever department made an epic fail here, but like I said, humans make mistakes. And it's just a darn app, no deal breaker ay all as there are tons of alternatives available.

crise says:

Yes exactly, and because of this we have something called testing teams. To check for human errors.

dKp1977 says:

And even they make mistakes. I tend to believe that what got published is not what got tested. My take on this is that accidentally the wrong branch was deployed.

BCH says:

Windows Phone 8.1. Ready for enterprise adoption....oh wait.

areserhat says:

Winter is coming !!!

WRIGHTY700 says:

About time they sorted out the cyan update for the uk and it gets to me why they dont give us a date its not like we dont know that it is due out 

 

ktl88 says:

A bug such as this is unacceptable by Microsoft. Shame on you MSFT

Suhasa Su says:

Xbox music is accepted as well :D

They just don't test things like the average person does. They have "programming minds".

tigga2000bo says:

Chronos calendar.....

Montpbm says:

Not here, doesn't crash at all.

Crashes whenever I hit "+" in calendar app. 920/wp8.1 dev preview. Better fix this quick or this can turn out to be a huge embarrassment if it's not already one.

Dean McCrae says:

Ok, it's official. I test my apps better than MS does.

xArgieboy says:

Lol and I can't even get Cortana here (Argentina) or my friends since we can't set English US as language xD. How fun is that.

I used to love windows phone, but instead of changing for good exponentially just grew baby steps and still does things like this.

ilektrolo says:

Lumia 920 and having problems + battery drain

Jagar Tharn says:

din't they test it before releasing it ?  even if they were rushing this is a core feature of the calendar

 

major fail

Cree Ray says:

Please, have patience. Shit happens. MS has been nothing but awesome in listening to us. Give a break. Usually issues like these are easy to fix and probably getting tested right now.... Chill

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