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August 30, 2010

Google Tweaks Its Calendar Application to Boost User-Friendliness

By Tracey E. Schelmetic, TMCnet Contributor

According to Google (News - Alert), this week users of the Google Calendar application should start to see some changes in the event pages. The changes, which Google promises will make scheduling events easier, will make the page less clumsy and more compact, taking up less space on the screen. The more commonly used information will now appear at the top of the page, for added convenience.

The new changes and additions will also put Google Calendar more in line with the company’s other apps. According to a post on the Official Gmail blog, “We've made the style more consistent with other Google apps, put information that’s most commonly used at the top of the screen, simplified the layout, and added some functionality.”

The company has added a new tab in the calendar feature that will help users schedule events more easily. “The new tab on the event page should make it easier to find a good time to schedule an event. When your friends or coworkers give you permission to see their calendars, you can click this tab to see a preview of their schedules and hover over their events to see what conflicts they might have,” noted the Official Gmail Blog.

The Calendar function has been improved not only at the surface, but at the code level, according to the company. “These visible changes are only the surface; underneath we’ve added a new model for how we represent calendar events in the browser and a new mechanism for how we make sure those events get properly saved. We’ve paid special attention to performance, consistency, and extensibility. In the short term, you’ll hopefully notice that the event page opens slightly faster than it did before,” said a company spokesperson.

Other changes in Google Calendar, announced in mid-August, include the ability to support Outlook 2010, a feature that had been heavily requested by users. Users wishing to do so can download Google Calendar Sync version According to the company, even if you are already using Google Calendar Sync, you’ll still need to download and install this new version if you wish to sync with Outlook 2010.

Tracey Schelmetic is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To read more of Tracey's articles, please visit her columnist page.

Edited by Stefania Viscusi

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