If you  are looking for an alternative calendar for your windows phone, then you should certainly have a look at Chronos calendar. Chronos calendar might not be exactly a “Metro style” app, but it supports all three live tile sizes, it is very well designed and together with it’s paper like look, it has a large amount of settings and useful customizations available to you under the hood.

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When you start the application for the first time, you will see that the phone’s screen is split into two halves, the bottom half displaying the current month and the top one is showing all the relevant information for “today”. At the moment, it is possible to toggle between this view and a continues list of days view.

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In the later one, you can navigate to your desired date by scrolling up or down and  you can see all the information you have in the calendar, without the need to first tap on the day you wish to see. According to the developer, more views like a full month / nice week view is coming in the future. Now, whichever view you choose, you’ll be able to see all the important stuff of yours, according to the calendar’s settings. Apart from the obvious – Day, Month and Year, this can include, Name days, Holidays, Appointments, remaining days until the end of the year, historical birthdays, week numbers and more. You have the option to use Chronos calendar on its own or if you are using a Microsoft account, you can setup a sync between your Outlook.com, Live.com, Hotmail.com etc. and Chronos calendar. While I’m on this subject, some people are complaining about Chronos calendar not being able to synchronize with Google accounts. Unfortunately, this has nothing to do with the application itself. It is the way Google is treating windows phone at the moment and we can only hope, that this will change for the better as soon as possible. Now, back to what this app can do. To change the view, add an appointment, force sync, reset filter or to access the settings, you will use the always visible, three button panel at the bottom of the screen.


Creating a new appointment can be done either by selecting the appropriate option from the middle button’s menu or simply by taping anywhere in the day’s detailed view. Depending on your settings, you’ll get a chance to create a internal entry or make the appointment through the built in Windows calendar. Again, unfortunately because of the current OS limitations, the first doesn’t offer reoccurring, or Google exchange sync etc. If you are interested in synchronization, you can set it up according to your needs – time when the sync will occur, which calendars and how many days will be synced etc.


But, as the developer himself points out, he didn’t make Chronos only for those interested in synchronization.


“I’ve made the app also for people who are interested in their own regional holidays, special days, name days etc. …”

“For every release I try to expand the calendar with a couple of more cultures. And I’ve also made this app for people that not at all are interested in syncing! Just taking small everyday notes only on the phone is enough for many.”

There is 33 cultures available in the current version (v1.8.5.0) and users can decide, which one they want the calendar to pull the information from. As I mentioned at the beginning, Chronos supports windows phone live tiles fully and once again, we have many ways available to customize it to our liking. It is possible to adjust the background color or to use any picture from our gallery. We can choose the color of text, whether we want borders or not and also the color of those.

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And if that’s not enough for you, don’t worry too much because there is even more to play with: – how many days do you want to see, – forthcoming days dimmed or not, – what will the front and backside show, – do you want to see week numbers and name days well, only wanted to mention a few. Honestly, I didn’t think there could be a lot more to add to Chronos calendar to make it better, but after reading the developer’s info in the app, it looks like there is still more features coming. We are really spoiled for choices in here and I’m sure that everyone will be able to find the right match for their start screen. And yes, you can find a lot in the settings, and after you’ve read all this, you might even think that “sometimes less is more”. Personally, I think the app looks great, both as a tile on the start screen and when open. It is actually very easy to use, and something I really like a lot, is that, while changing the live tile settings, there is a real time preview, for you to see what you are doing and what it will look like after saving your changes. Chronos calendar is definitely one of my favorite applications on my phone, it has very good reviews in the “Store” and its offerings are well worth the money (£1.49 / unlimited free trial). Five stars from me and if you decide to try it or if you are using it already, please do share your views with us in the comments below.

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Radovan Zierik

I have always been fascinated by computers, mobile phones, game consoles and other gadgets. After getting my first pc and looking for help on the internet and in pc magazines, I’ve realized that there were always lots of people like me, who needed help or advise. Because of my quickly expanding knowledge I soon became the tech guy for my family members, neighbours, colleagues and later even people I have never seen before. I decided to start writing, so I can share my opinions, my excitement and everything I know with people who either need help, or with the ones who love technology as much as I do. I am, and always have been a windows phone fan, but I do get equally excited about any new or old gadget I can get my hands on.