Google has launched a free, web-based calendar service called Google Calendar, which enables users to access, manage and share all of their important appointments and special occasions in one place. Once users sign in at http://www.google.com/calendar with their Gmail account, they can begin adding events and invitations to their calendar, sharing events with their friends and family, and searching across the web for events they might enjoy.
In line with its declared mission to organise the world’s information and make it universally accessible and useful, Google Calendar promises to help users organise and access information related to how they spend their time.
Google Calendar allows a user to view the calendar by day, week, month, or next four days. The Agenda tab shows the events as a list, and one can customise the ‘Next 4 Days’ view to suit your needs.
Users can see the calendars of their friends, contacts and activity groups alongside their own schedules, making planning much easier. For example, they can view their personal calendar along with their family's calendar, and major holidays. Additionally, users can import calendars from other like Yahoo! Calendar and Microsoft Outlook. They can also search for public calendars on the web.
Users can share calendar information and also decide how much to share. They can keep their calendars private, share calendars with a small group of people, or make their calendars publicly available and searchable on the web. Also, websites can add Google Calendar event reminder buttons to their pages, enabling their visitors to quickly add copies of events to Google Calendar.
Though Google Calendar is currently available only in English, the Internet giant has said that it is exploring opportunities to globalise the product in the coming months. “We’re actively monitoring the growth of Google Calendar to ensure a high quality experience for our users,” Google said in a statement.