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I was excited to read that Google added Tasks to the Calendar function last week. People like to assign due dates to tasks, so Calendar integration is a definite step forward. Your task list appears to the right of your calendar simply by clicking “Tasks” in […]

Where's my Task "Calendar"?

Where's my Task "Calendar"?

I was excited to read that Google added Tasks to the Calendar function last week. People like to assign due dates to tasks, so Calendar integration is a definite step forward. Your task list appears to the right of your calendar simply by clicking “Tasks” in the sidebar. It’s easy to assign a due date to any task, and once you do that, the task will appear on your calendar in the “all-day event” section. Tasks can be sorted by their due date to help you focus as well.

There’s still at least one big step to go from a mobile perspective, though. Since Tasks now appear as a unique calendar, I figured I’d be able to see the “Tasks” calendar in my mobile calendar client. As it is now, I use the Microsoft Exchange support that Google offers with Google Sync; with it, you can have up to five calendars imported into your mobile handset. That’s perfect for me, as I can easily access my personal and work events on the run. Not so with Tasks — at least, not yet. The Tasks “calendar” can’t be shared like other calendars, nor does it appear in the list of available calendars when configuring Google Sync. You can’t subscribe to it like you can with other calendars, either. At this early stage, it appears to be a place-holder calendar for those to-dos.

Although I’m a heavy-duty web client guy, having my tasks integrated with my mobile calendar is something I’m looking foward to. For now, I’ll simply use the dedicated Tasks web client that Google offered prior, but I hope I’m not waiting too long for true calendar and task integration.

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  1. That is EXACTLY what I asked @GoogleCalendar on May 15th http://twitter.com/JayHMT/status/1811137142 I have a Touch that has become my PDA and the Tasks calendar would be terrific! Let’s hope word gets to them.

  2. Yeah, I used Palm and Treo devices for years and moved to a G1/Android. While it is great in a lot of areas, its actual PDA functionality is pretty lacking.

    The calendar is so, so, since it is really hard to enter events. I have tried a number of different To Do or Task programs and all aren’t that great. Most either don’t work very well and almost none sync to the desktop.

    So I definitely agree that just adding tasks that should have already been in with the Gmail/Contacts/Calendar online suite doesn’t exactly check the whole thing off the list. But it is a start…

  3. David L. Schultz Tuesday, May 19, 2009

    I had been hoping for the same thing… I think Google has created a nice basic to-do list (I am also glad they added the ability to take my gmail and make a task out of it as well)… However in my opinion, if they want to take any business away from “Remember the Milk… RTM) or Toodledo (my personal favorite so far) then for me they have to offer integration with Pocket PC task list as well as integrate with Outlook on the desktop. Once they do this I can get rid of my “Toodledo/outlook sync”, my “SyncMyCal” (windows and pocket pc versions) my “Outlook Connector” for MSN, as well as my “xtndConnect PC” program (for Lotus Notes integration).

    (Yes, I am currently syncing MS Outlook, Lotus Notes, MSN, Google, as well as my Pocket PC. I would like to have ONE product able to sync my mail, cal, to-do from PC to WWW to pocket-pc.

    So far what works best for me is using Outlook as my desktop client, Google when I have www access, and pocket pc when away from office as well as away from www access point.

    If you are intersted in my experiences, contact me at ds2659674@msn.com

  4. Look forward to them adding tasks to the outlook calendar sync tool…I hate outlook tasks, but still am stuck using them because of others…

  5. I agree. One more suggestion, add functionality to tasks to enable one to enter a Task Due Time as well as date.

  6. As an avid Treo user that converted over to a G1, I like most things about the G1 over the Treo, however not having a to do list is tough. The first one to get a useable, integrated todo for Android will rock. I miss my Treo todo list. How about it Google, Remember the Milk?

  7. It would also be nice of Google Calendar let you set reminders (i.e. alarms) when you create an entry in the mobile version.

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