Better late than never, but Google Calendar has landed. And it’s nice. Okay, very nice.
- Gmail integration (in principle), especially the recognition of event info in email content;
- The spiffy interface;
- The atomized calendar sharing; and
- The outrageously cool English syntax for adding events (“Dinner with Steve tomorrow at 7pm” does what you think it should).
- Gmail integration (in practise), which is a little borked, with Calendar features discussed in Help not yet showing up in Gmail;
- Synch with Outlook, which is not continuous; and
- The apparent absence of some 30Boxes features, like smooth syndication.
More as I spend more time with it, but this is a much more important shot across that M-company’s bow than the Writely purchase.
[Update] Verdicts are generally positive about this new Google service, making it the best-received Google offering in some time. Even Om reluctantly likes it.
[Update^2] Matt Cutts has a great suggestion for a first Calendar bookmarklet:
… to let you select text on a web page and “QuickAdd” that event with smart
parsing of the text. So in the post below, you could select “10 August
2006 Expected date of workshop” and click on the bookmarklet to add
AIRWeb to your calendar in just a click or two.