Windows Phone 7’s calendar application needs to become a hub
On 26th October 2010 I published a blog post entitled Windows Phone 7 needs a location hub where I opined that the current Bing Maps application on Windows Phone 7 is rather limited because apps cannot publish their own data into it. I said then:
In this scenario apps would be able to publish information that is relevant to the user’s current location into this Location hub in much the same way that (e.g.) the SmugMug app currently publishes photos into the pictures hub.
Today I’m making a similar assertion – the calendar application also needs to be opened up as a hub so that other applications can publish their wares into it.
To illustrate how useful this would be imagine if the Facebook app could publish the events that you have agreed to attend into the calendar – your friends’ birthday events from Facebook could appear in the calendar app alongside your own personal appointments. Moreover, the Facebook app could show you the events that you are invited to and check your personal calendar to see whether you’re free to attend them or not.
Here’s another “for instance”. I use an app called “My Trips” which shows me my itineraries from TripIt.com. Giving “My Trips” the ability to publish into my calendar would be much more useful because I can see those itineraries alongside everything else that I have in my calendar.
Its a simple idea but one which I really hope comes to fruition because it would make the phone a lot more useful. Locking data inside apps a la the iPhone is something that Microsoft have stated they want to get away from by providing hubs – why should our calendars not receive a similar leg up?
P.S. This idea would also jive rather sweetly with my belief that apps would be a great way of bringing iCalendar to the masses. Read more at More thoughts on iCalendar – how apps may help increase adoption