The more I play with Google Calendar the more I like it, but I do have a few complaints, one of which is a near show-stopper:
1) The Gmail integration has now rolled out to my account, and it’s not as smart as I expected. I’m not sure what keywords it is using to detect something calendar-appropriate in an email message, but it’s too narrow. When people mail me notes containing clear references to upcoming talks and conferences, that is not detected, but include the word “meeting” and ping, GCal sets up a link to insert it into my calendar.
I want Calendar to either be smarter about detecting events, or to give me a bookmarklet for easily grabbing stuff myself — or both. Whatever the route, there is real work to be done making Gmail integration be more than cursory.
2) Outlook synchronization is sorely missed. Every time I catch myself thinking of inserting an event in GCal I get uneasy, reminding myself that I do not want to have to hand-synch two (or more) calendars.
3) It is baffling that GCal SMS integration does not include Verizon. Last I checked Verizon was the largest provider in the U.S., so its absence can’t have been simple oversight. There is something strange going on between Verizon and Google, and it needs to stop.
[Update] From Microsoft-Watch: Microsoft’s multi-pronged calendar assault. You know, somehow this does not seem as daunting as it once might have.