Google Opens Its Calendar

By Ben Charny  |  Posted 2006-04-13 Print this article Print

Google Calendar is finally up and running after months in development.

Some new features include being able to share calendar listings with friends, a tight integration with Google's Gmail e-mail, a built-in search tool to find events, and cell phone text messaging notifications while on the go.

With the move, Google leaves very little doubt any more about who it's gunning for: Microsoft, and its Outlook messaging and calendar feature that dominates the market for such services now, and Yahoo, the Internet luminary that operates the most popular online calendaring feature.

Google Calendar means Google's array of free desktop, Web-based features nearly parallels Microsoft's, except for one big gap.

Google has yet to offer a word processing feature to match Microsoft's ubiquitous Word software program. But that is likely coming soon, because Google owns the company that makes Writely, a Web-based word processor.

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