By Chris Sherman, Executive Editor
April 13, 2006
Google has released its long-rumored calendar service, offering an appealing set of features that makes it easy to keep track of your own schedule and share calendars with others.
It’s an impressive new service, though not without rough edges. It should appeal to anyone who’s been frustrated by the current generation of calendar applications that all seem to be lacking in one crucial aspect or another.
“We wanted to address the challenges that we found in other calendaring products,” said Carl Sjogreen, product manager, Google calendar.
The new Google Calendar is available to anyone who has a free Google account. To access the calendar, visit http://www.google.com/calendar and sign in, or register for a free Google account if you don’t have one. If you have a Gmail account, you’ll now also see a link to your Calendar in the upper left corner of the screen.
Like most Google services, the Google Calendar sports a clean, uncluttered interface. A small “mini-calendar” on the left side of the screen shows the current month, and a larger view to the right shows either the current day, week or month view, the “next 4 days,” or an “agenda,” a linear list of all of your scheduled events.
There are a number of ways to add events to your calendar. You can simply click on an area of the calendar where you want to place an event and a pop-up window appears with a form that lets you enter the event (the date and time are automatically filled in). Click the “edit event details” link if you need to add additional information, such as location, description, a reminder and so on.