Looking for a reminder calendar
on Windows XP?
If you had the opportunity to use Vista (at home, in the office,
or on a friend's computer), you may have noticed a handy feature named Windows Calendar
Calendar is an accessory, introduced in Windows Vista, that helps you
plan and manage your schedule. In addition to including the intuitive
feature of setting appointments and time slots for personal activities,
it also lets you create a personal to-do list and to receive automatic
reminders about tasks or upcoming appointments that you choose.
you go back to your Windows XP laptop or workstation, at the office or
at home, you may be looking for this tool. You are especially
interested in the reminder calendar feature.
Unfortunately, a calendar feature is not built in Windows XP and is not
part of it.
you happen to have Microsoft Outlook on your computer, look no further:
This feature-rich email and collaboration application includes an
impressively useful calendar. Please note that Outlook
is not the same as Outlook Express
(which is part of
Windows XP and does not
have a calendar). Outlook
needs to be purchased separately and has a list price of over a hundred
dollars (ouch!) .
you don't have Microsoft Outlook and you are looking for a low cost (or
free) calendar of high quality and reliability, please read on:
Sunbird® is a standalone calendar application, created by the Mozilla
Fondation. Mozilla is the same organization that brought to us Firefox
(Web browser) and Thunderbird (email client). Although still
available for download at the time of this writing, Sunbird 1.0 beta1
the last public release as standalone application.
Instead, Mozilla recommends installing the Thunderbird
email client, then add to it the Lightning
add-on, both of which
continue to be supported.
Thunderbird 3 with the Lightning calendar add-on ourselves, we can
attest that this is truly a very elegant and useful tool: We especially
like its ability to let you share your calendar with other family
members (if installed and configured properly on a shared folder on
your home network).
You can freely download Thunderbird 3 and Lightning via the following
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