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PostPosted: Sun Apr 16, 2006 10:55 am 
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by Bob McMillan is U.S. Correspondent for the IDG News Service.


Google Inc. has launched a new Web-based calendar service that will let users add meetings and events using their own words. Dubbed Google Calendar, a beta version of the service went live late Tuesday.



In development for "several months," the service initially will be integrated with Google's Gmail e-mail service, according to Carl Sjogereen, a Google product manager.

Bloggers have been speculating about Google's possible entry into the calendar space for more than a year, and some believe that the search engine giant's involvement could spur a flurry of Web calendar development. "I sure as hell hope they do it," wrote Yahoo Inc. engineer Jeremy Zawodny in a February blog posting last year. "There's been so little innovation in the world of on-line calendars these last few years. Perhaps Google getting into the act would finally change that."

Google's Sjogereen was circumspect in discussing the company's plans for Google calendar. He declined to say what, if any, connection the project might have with the OpenOffice.org office productivity suite that Google has backed, but he hinted that Google Calendar could be integrated with things like Google's personalized home pages. "Gmail is the main integration point for now, but you can imagine integration with a number of other Google properties," he said.

Last October, Google and OpenOffice.org's sponsor, Sun Microsystems Inc. "agreed to explore opportunities to promote and enhance" various technologies, including OpenOffice.org, which is an open-source alternative to Microsoft Office.

Gmail will take advantage of one of the most interesting features of Google Calendar, its ability to understand language and to quickly create calendar entries. "We do our best to determine whether you're talking about an event that's being added to your calendar," Sjogereen said.

Google Calendar users will be able to create new events directly out of their Gmail messages, or they can also use a feature called QuickAdd in order to add appointments using natural language, typing "lunch with pat noon Friday," to create a new calendar entry, for example.

Once events are created, Google Calendar can send out e-mail invitations to other participants and send event reminders and change notifications to the Google user.

But setting up a personal calendar is only part of the picture. Google Calendar will allow users to search for and then subscribe to publicly available calendars -- the schedule of a local baseball team for example -- and then integrate that information into their own calendars.

Google Calendar, which will support the iCal data exchange standard used by a number of groupware products, will also let users share their calendars with others using the RSS (Really Simple Syndication) syndication technology.

Google Calendar can be found at http://calendar.google.com

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These guys from google are taking over the world. Sooner or later we will be using their services in every aspect of our lives and they will know more about us and our habits than our closest people will.

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Oliver wrote:
These guys from google are taking over the world. Sooner or later we will be using their services in every aspect of our lives and they will know more about us and our habits than our closest people will.

Haha I was just thinking that... Google has almost EVERYTHING... Site stats (Analytics) hosting (Page Creator) email (Gmail) maps (Google Earth) and tons more... pretty soon they WILL be able to know exactly where anyone is and what they are doing... THEY WILL RULE THE WORLD! lol :P


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Theres one thing Google havn't got, plans for an event where people stop using their services.

Imagine that. :wink:

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Haha, the world would stop, and everyone would fall over and die :P


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Google is filthy rich mostly thanks to ads. :P

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