If you are still hanging on to Outlook for the desktop notifications, you may finally be able to drop it and use Google Calendar instead if desired.
With a few tweaks in Chrome and enabling a Labs feature you can receive popup notifications direct to your desktop from Google Calendar.
The only draw back it your have to keep Chrome running to receive the notifications, but its a small price to pay if you are looking to drop Outlook once and for all.
You can follow the tutorial from a previously devoted Outlook user over on How to Geek
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