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After waiting for a very long time, finally Google has unveiled the Google Calendar.

Google Calendar

Simplify. Organize. (And relax.) Organizing your schedule shouldn't be a burden. That's why we've created Google Calendar – our free online shareable calendar service. With Google Calendar, it's easy to keep track of all your life's important events – birthdays, reunions, little league games, doctor's appointments – all in one place.

Using Google Calendar, you can add events and invitations effortlessly, share with friends and family (or keep things to yourself), and search across the web for events you might enjoy. It's organizing made easy.

Features / Highlights

  • Calendar Sharing: Set up a calendar for your company softball team, and share it with the whole roster. (Your shortstop will never forget about practice again.) Or share with friends and family so you can view each other's schedules side by side. You can also overlay different calendars, or hide them and see events only from one calendar!

  • Invitations: Create event invitations, send them to friends, and keep track of people's responses and comments, all in one place. Your friends can receive your invitation and post responses even if they don't use Google Calendar themselves. Since this is integrated with Gmail quite heavily, all your invitations, accepts, rejects will be on record!

  • Quick Add: This feature is the same as 30 Boxes 'One Box' concept, where all you have to do is type out the event in plain english, and the application will break it up into different parts, recognise what is what, and generate an event for you based on it. Its simple!

  • Gmail Integration: Any events mentioned in your G-mails will have a link, using which you can immediately add it to your Calendar!

  • Search: How could Google leave this out? You can search for your events using normal Google style search queries.

  • Mobile Access: You can receive event reminders to your mobile phones. This is only applicable in places where Google offers mobile services (which only remains to the west for the moment).

  • Event Publishing: Share your organization's events with the world. 'Nuff said!

The only few problems I've had till now is that the One Box system for Google doesn't recognise recurring events. For example, if you type in 'ABC's birthday', it should automatically recognise that as an event which reoccurs every year. 30Boxes does this perfectly, but Calendar will take a while I guess. Secondly, it didn't import 30Boxes calendar successfully. Lot of the events were left out. Yes, I'm a 30Boxes user as well, and I'm not switching until Calendar becomes perfect, or good enough to make me switch.

Its slightly disappointing that it still needs a lot to come up to speed, and I'm taking the service by 30Boxes as the standard, because they truly have a product to be reckoned with. C'mon Google, I know you can do better than this! :) Its good for a temporary solution, but if you're looking for something to rely on, I'd suggest 30Boxes! :)

External Links

Googleblog : announcing the launch
Calendar : The application itself
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A lot of companies do already have their own personal networking systems(including the organisers,mail systems, chats etc.), which have similar functionalities .. some being even better. But as for people like me, i guess this (when developed further) will have its benefits for sure ... keeping the mobile access and g-mail integration in view.

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