April 13, 2006
In addition to all the same features as other calendars, they also offer a way for you to search for and include public calendars in your calendar. It appears as if they are including those items that appear to be in ical (or other open standard) formats.
Taking a page from sites such as InterActiveCorp’s Evite, Google also built invitation management into Google Calendar. Users can create event invitations to be sent to anyone with an e-mail account. They can also send event reminders via e-mail or cell phone text message, and keep track of RSVPs from within the program. People can see their schedules by day, week, month and four-day views, highlight any period from a monthly calendar for a customized view and display only certain events at a time on their calendar view.
the company is opening up the application programming interface so that outside developers can use it to build third-party programs that will work with Google Calendar data, Sjogreen said.
“I’m intrigued,” Gartner analyst Allen Weiner said. “If it becomes successful, then it can also be the place to schedule a lot of content delivery. There’s no reason why you shouldn’t be able to go to your calendar and say 10 a.m. every morning, ‘I would like to listen to a podcast’…and you listen to it through your calendar.”
Microsoft is planning a major calendar upgrade for its Outlook 12 release later this year.
“The obvious competition (for Google Calendar) is Microsoft Outlook,” Sherman said.
So what do you think about this now?