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Someone who has been spoiled by 30Boxes and Zimbra’s calendaring application, Google Calendar looks pretty mundane. But main stream users looking for a simple web-based calendar that is easy to use, will Google Calendar, (announced earlier today,) capable of doing a good job. Unlike previous Google […]

Someone who has been spoiled by 30Boxes and Zimbra’s calendaring application, Google Calendar looks pretty mundane. But main stream users looking for a simple web-based calendar that is easy to use, will Google Calendar, (announced earlier today,) capable of doing a good job.

Unlike previous Google releases, this one is visually more complete, though lags when it comes to features. The application is pretty snappy, and the ajax-technology has been put to good use. Google Calendar is the right kind of minimalism. Did they finally hire designers?

Creating an event was as simple as a clicking the time and date box, filling out the event details. You could share the event and also add more details by double clicking on the colored event box. I found the quick-add feature particularly useful. Type “coffee with Mike on Friday at 2 pm” and it just shows up at the right place at the right time. (30Boxes already has this feature, and was one of my favorite things about 30 Boxes.)

If you give Google your email address or mobile phone number, then you will get an email notification or an SMS. Otherwise wait for a pop-up. You can also have your daily agenda emailed every morning to you as well.

Mac users will find it particularly useful. You can subscribe to the calendar in iCal. In order to do so, you have to hit the “manage calendar” link, and then calendar details. There is an RSS feed and also an iCal subscription icon. Importing your ics file from your iCal is fairly routine as well.

It was rather simple. However, Mac users will find that it doesn’t work with Mac’s Safari browser. Apparently Google Calendar integrates with GMail, but since I stopped using Gmail, I have no idea about if this really works. You can judge it for yourself of course.

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  1. This is Snazy stuff

  2. You should take a look at Kiko Calendar…it had all these features months ago, and new ones are coming out all the time. Doesn’t have a Google hype machine backing it, but those are expensive :).

  3. I was playing around with it for some time and sent an invitation to my yahoo id. It takes a really long time for the mail to come through. Everything else is pretty snazzy. Love the quick-add feature. This is a far better debut when compared with Google Video and Google Base.

  4. I am on the move from 30boxes to google calendar. Although I like 30boxes a lot, it was missing some stuff that google has. Most important to me is a decent week view. This allows me to have some visual feedback on how much time I have left: in 30boxs you can not see (without reading the details) the difference between two half our events planned in the morning and two 5 hour events spanning the entire day.
    One other thing I sorely missed in 30boxes is multiple calendars. I know you use tags instead but I just don’t find that as easy as two separate calendars with each their own color.

  5. I’ll switch when it’s integrated with GMail and let’s me add invitations received over email.

    PS: Can you remove the bold CSS on these fields? I feel like I’m shouting.

  6. I see the big difference is integration with gmail. Without that, there is not much difference between Gcal and others. If I can get a sync tool with outlook then I can move.
    On a related note, I tried the Zimbra email demo a few months back and it was amazing. Sadly, they don’t have a client to replace Outlook.

  7. Is there a way to sync with a mobile or PDA?

  8. Has some great features, just a shame that you can’t send SMS reminders to a mobile phone in the UK yet. Google have SMS search live in the UK, so switching on alerts should not have been/ be a problem if they think to do it!

  9. Google has some nice features like the quick add for events, but it lacks a lot of features that are in current products like airset.

    It really needs a sync to Palm, Outlook and Phones.

    No real Contact address book.

    And how can it not support the Safari browser? I wonder if it works with Firefox?

  10. It works very well in Firefox.

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