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Google Calendar?

Jeremy Zawodny (of Yahoo!) speculates on Google Calendar.

Actually, I would like that – if it comes with decent integration features. The main point about calendaring is access and synchronisation.

A calendar is USELESS if it’s standalone. Having said that, here’s what *I*’d need:

  • Synch with Outlook. Why? Because I do already have a calendar I (have to) maintain, and anything new that can’t deal/sync with that is just more work without added benefit.
  • Public/semi public access. Let me define which parts/categories I’d like to be publicly accessible, and which parts I’d like to share with certain specific users. That would need to be able to decide on categories (work, private, whatever) and general stuff (allow someone to see my free time, but no details).
  • SyncML. Do I really need to explain this?
  • Group calendars. Let me see entries of me, my wife, and whoever I chose in ONE calendar view. Better yet, let me define different views for different purposes.
  • Export/Import. No more lock-in, thank you very much
  • Internationalisation. There’s life outside the US, you know? Dubjah couldn’t see that yesterday because they kept the population away from him, but there is. No more am/pm and english descriptions only, please.

Oh yes – if all that’s in, I’d even be willing to pay for it.

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  1. Calendars is such a Grand Canyon gap in productivity, it seems someone _must_ tackle it soon.

    The synchronization between different aspects of one’s life, and the various people in it, would be one of those rare applications I’m jump to purchase. If it really connected it all.

    Standards and compatibility- where art thou?

    /EP
    http://songzilla.blogspot.com

  2. Further to the comment ‘A calendar is useless if it’s standalone’, Google’s version of Outlook would be extremely useful. I have to believe they are working on this. If Google’s mission is to ‘organize the world’s information…..’ they probably realize that the most valuable content is your own, like your email, calendar, and contacts. If Google stops at email their email will become vulnerable.

  3. Further to the comment 'A calendar is useless if it's standalone', Google's version of Outlook would be extremely useful. I have to believe they are working on this. If Google's mission is to 'organize the world's information…..' they probably realize that the most valuable content is your own, like your email, calendar, and contacts. If Google stops at email their email will become vulnerable.

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