There's been a lot of speculation about Google Calendar recently. And you know what? I sure as hell hope they do it. 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.
I've often wished for a web-based calendar that didn't suck but they all seem to. I want something that:
- plugs nicely into my e-mail client (Thunderbird)
- has busy search capabilities, invites, and other scheduling aids
- syncs with modern hand-held devices and mobile phones
- does resource scheduling (conference rooms, summer houses, whatever)
- handles conflict resolution and notification
- sends reminders and alerts
- sports a sane permission system
- produces RSS feeds
- provides vCal support
- is presented with a modern, slick DHTML interface
Help me out here... What am I missing?
The company that does this stands to gain a lot of new users--not just individuals, but small and medium sized business too.
Once the kinks are worked out, they can integrate it into the Google Search Appliance and provide a platform and e-mail client neutral calendaring for larger businesses too.
Update: It was implied in a few of the things I wrote, but having good Web Service APIs would be essential.
Update [4/12/2006]: It's been over a year and now Google Calendar is finally live.
Posted by jzawodn at February 23, 2005 08:37 PM