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Google moves into life planning

Google has continued its rollout of online software services with the launch of Google Calendar Beta

Google has continued its rollout of online software services with the launch of Google Calendar Beta.

This free, shareable online calendar service has been designed to help users view and manage both their own schedules and those of friends and family members.

Events mentioned in Gmail conversations can be saved into the calendar via a couple of mouse clicks (or saved in other calendar applications) and users can also add in any interesting events they spy when surfing online.

As well as configuring ‘Gcal’ to define exactly who can view calendars and exactly which details they can read, users can also use Gcal to create invitations, send reminders and even keep track of RSVPs – all inside the online app.

As with e-mail client programs such as Microsoft Outlook, Gcal also includes event reminders, including SMS notifications. And of course, as with everything Google related, Gcal also includes a built-in search tool.

Gmail users who want to try Gcal should first log-in to Google at http://calendar.google.com using their usual Gmail ID and password. They just then need to enter their exact time zone, after which Gcal is ‘go’.

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