Google Calendar

If you haven’t checked it yet – Google Calendar. You can manage multiple calendars and share calendars or events. I like the clean UI and the search functions. I can already tell that I’ll be using this over Outlook’s calendar. Google has made it real easy for you to switch since Google Calendar allows you to import event information in iCal or CSV (MS Outlook) format.

In addition to the basic calendar features, Google Calendar also includes an Agenda view, repeating events, and reminders.

My favorite feature is the SMS notification – you can setup Google Calendar to remind you of events by text message. If you don’t want to be notified on your cell, you can use the default email option.

Here’s a sample shared event. Reminds me of Upcoming’s badge and event system.

Quick rundown of the features:

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.

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.

Quick Add: Click anywhere on your calendar where an event belongs (or use the Quick Add link), and start typing. Google Calendar understands whole phrases like “Brunch with mom at Java Cafe 11am on Saturday,” and will pop new events right into your agenda.

Gmail Integration: Add your friend’s Super Bowl party to your calendar without ever leaving your Gmail inbox. Gmail now recognizes events mentioned in emails.

Search: Find the date of the Baxter family BBQ (you knew it was sometime this summer). Or, search public calendars to discover new events you’re interested in and add them to your own calendar.

Mobile Access: Receive event reminders and notifications on your mobile phone.

Event Publishing: Share your organization’s events with the world.

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  1. The calendar is repleat with potential, however beware the Beta. I cannot get GCalendar to work properly with my firewall activated (Zone Alarm) and other Posts report the same thing (with a variety of browsers and firewalls). I placed a trusted range for Google IP’s in ZA and still the Java buttons (most annoyingly the save button in “create event” mode) do not respond or even offer various options. It seems somewhat prevalent at this point although some platforms appear to have no dificulties i.e. Mac Systems. I hope the bugs are ironed out soon as it is an awesome interface and marvelously intuitive. Get on it Google because these bugs are a deal breaker for many.

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