We’ve covered many third-party Google Calendar hacks and add-ins in the past, but earlier this week Google announced the launch of Calendar Labs. Calendar Labs works similarly to Gmail Labs, offering “official” experimental hacks and extensions to Google Calendar. You can access it from your Settings page, which now sports a brand-new Labs tab.
Here is the current lineup of hacks and extensions available in Calendar Labs:
Background image. Enabling this feature lets you choose a background image for your Google Calendar. You can choose which image to use from your General Settings page.
Attach Google Docs. This feature lets you attach a document, spreadsheet, and or presentation you create in Google Docs to any event you create in Google Calendar. You must share the documents you attach to a Google Calendar event in order for others to view them. If you are on a project team that uses Google Docs then this could be a very useful feature as you will able to attach media agendas and other project documentation directly to a Google Calendar event for review by the team.
World clock. This Labs feature places a reconfigurable world clock on the right-hand side of Google Calendar, with adjustable settings that let you choose the World times you want to appear in your calendar view. With many colleagues spread out across the world, I set up World Clock on my Google Calendar so I can get a better appreciation of my colleagues’ time zones.
Jump to date. Enabling this Labs feature lets you jump to any date with ease.
Next meeting. This feature provides a countdown to your next Google Calendar event.
Free or busy. Enabling this Labs feature lets you view which of your friends are free or busy (note: you and all your friends must share your Google Calendars in order for it to work). If you are on a project team where members use Google Calendar, this experimental feature should come in handy to help better communicate everybody’s availability for conference calls and meetings.
What features do you want to see join Google Calendar Labs?