Thursday, April 13, 2006

Google Calendar

It looks like the long awaited Google Calendar (a.k.a. CL2) has finally been released. Although there hasn't been any sort of official announcement, I've just managed to login into the site, so it looks like it's gone live...


The Google Calendar interface

First impressions, it's fast, it's very Web 2.0 and you can import calendars from both iCal and Outlook. You can publish and share calendars, and the service is integrated with GMail which should now recognise when messages mention an event, so when you get emailed about an event, you can add it to Google Calendar with a couple of clicks. It also supports event notification via SMS, which is nice...

The down side? As usual with Google, it doesn't support Safari, and if you live outside the US you're flat out of luck with event notification, it looks like Google is only supporting US based carriers. Which isn't so nice...

Update: Predictably, the release of Google Calendar has restarted speculation on the much rumoured Google Office.

Update: Google has finally officially announced the release of Google Calendar, and TUAW has published a how-to on subscribing to Google Calendars using iCal. Handy...