Google Calendar is a free time-management web application offered by Google. It became available on April 13, 2006, and exited the beta stage in July 2009. Users are required to have a Google Account in order to use the software.
The interface of Google Calendar, designed by Kevin Fox (who also designed Gmail and the second version of Google Reader), is similar to desktop calendar applications such as Microsoft Outlook or iCal on Mac OS X. The Ajax-driven interface enables users to view, add, and drag-and-drop events from one date to another without reloading the page. It supports view modes such as weekly, monthly, and agenda. Users can "quick add" calendar events by typing standard English phrases, such as "Dinner with Michael 7 p.m. tomorrow". Users can also set the number of days to show in their custom view mode.
Events are stored online; consequently, the calendar can be viewed from any location that has Internet access. For users who might experience a hard drive failure, it also means that no data is lost. The application can import Microsoft Outlook calendar files (.csv) and iCalendar files (.ics, the de facto open calendaring file format). Multiple calendars can be added and shared, allowing various levels of permissions for the users. This enables collaboration and sharing of schedules amongst groups. General calendars available for importing into one's account include those containing national holidays of various countries. Users can also add "live" iCalendar URLs that update regularly.
Google Calendar allows multiple calendars to be created and shown in the same view. Each can be shared, either read-only or with full edit control, and either with specified people or with everyone (public calendars). In February 2009, Google discontinued the option of searching for public calendars from the search field by removing the "Search Public Events" button. It also disabled its public calendar gallery, citing maintenance and usability issues. The company suggests adding calendars via the "Interesting Calendars" feature, known calendar URLs, or via email requests to friends. Daily "To Do" tasks cannot currently be shared between users.
Currently, Google Calendar can use Google Sync to synchronize with many mobile devices (e.g., BlackBerry, Palm, iPhone, Pocket PC) or with PC applications (e.g., Microsoft Outlook) via third party software, and natively with Apple's iCal (workarounds required for iCal 3.x, full functionality with iCal 4.x). Google Calendar is natively supported on Android-based mobile phones such as the T-Mobile G1 and the Motorola CLIQ and on webOS-based mobile phones such as the Palm Pre and Palm Pixi. Event reminders can be sent via email, as well as via SMS to mobile phones in more than eighty countries and regions.
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Rating based on 72 Critic Reviews
Jessica Koon, on GetApp
I love that an app I use so often works so well. I must open the app 20 times a day, at a bare minimum. Google knew what they were doing when they designed this calendar app. The flat design and easiness to navigate puts it at the top of my charts everyday.
Pros : Great user interface. Attractive flat surface design. Always synced up. New cool task/reminder feature
Cons : I can't see calendar notes in the list view. But that's no deal breaker for me.
For Android users, Google Calendar is a powerful system that can synchronize your event-driven life among all of your devices without pressing a single button. From the comfort of your office chair, you can set up your weekly agenda which is then immediately shared with your phone and tablet at home. As the system is free to use, it can be quite an asset for business applications and sharing information is as easy as adding an email address of the person you want to share with.
Eugene C. , on G2 Crowd
What do you like best?
What do you like best?
Easy to add calendar-sharing with individuals and co-workers
What do you dislike?
Not easily viewable / integratable to Outlook
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