I received an meeting appointment email today that had an ICS file attached. It was from an Australian client, so getting the meeting into my calendar with the correct time is very important. If the meeting is scheduled for 6pm, Sydney time, it needs to go into my calendar in British Summer Time. Seems pretty simple.
Sadly, it’s not. I’m using Windows 8.1 Update 1 at present. In my Mail app, I can see the appointment very clearly. As I use a single calendar for my appointments, hitting the “Accept” button would just add it to the wrong calendar, so instead I click on the invite.ics file.
And this is what pops up! WTF?
A quick search of my machine shows I don’t even have Outlook installed!!!
I would, at the very least, have expected this to open in the Metro Calendar app. Sadly, this app doesn’t seem to support this file. What a joke.
To add insult to injury, the Windows OS is actually bested by iOS, which supports ICS files without issue. Typical.