Meet The New and Improved Google Calendar
Google has introduced a major update to its Google Calendar app for the web. The update gives users the ability to be more efficient with their time through a vibrant new layout overhaul and added features with a focus on productivity.
Add Rich Formatting
One of the most useful additions to Calendars gives users the ability to add rich formatting and hyperlinks to their invites. This gives users the option to link to spreadsheets, documents, or presentations through G Suite, and view them in a new “Event Detail” window. These options allow Calendar users to prep more thoroughly for meetings by creating more detailed agendas.
Conference Room Details
Booking a conference room for meetings and events has never been more convenient - Calendar now allows suite admins to see specific details about their booked rooms. Users will now be able to see where their conference room is located, size of the room, whether it’s wheelchair accessible, and if it comes equipped with audio and video equipment. This is an extremely helpful addition to Calendars, as it lets administrators choose the perfect conference room to suit their business needs. Using this feature is as easy as hovering over a conference room name, where details will appear in a pop-up card.
Manage Multiple Calendars
Calendar users can now view multiple calendars side by side in separate columns in day view. Employees will be able to manage multiple calendars, a feature that is particularly useful for administrative assistants and those who manage multiple calendars. This addition allows users to compare schedules and better visualize when group meetings and conferences should take place. This update is a massive improvement on the previous iteration of day view, which was limited in its capabilities.
Though the Google Calendar relaunch is currently available to personal users, Google is allowing users to choose when they would like to roll out this new Calendar overhaul. G Suite users will need to choose between an Automatic or Manual roll-out. The Automatic option is the default one, taking effect on November 14 for Rapid Release, and November 28 for Scheduled Release domains.
The Manual roll-out option allows admins to choose when their users will begin using the revamped Google Calendar. This allows for an immediate or gradual rollout of the app for users who aren’t quite ready to say goodbye to the previous UI. Admins will have to choose Manual roll-out through their current Calendar app. Google suggestions rolling out the transition before February 28, 2018, as all Calendar users will be converted to the new UI on this date.
Google’s new Calendar refresh is available to users now, and will be completely rolled out by February 2018. With features that will allow workplaces to better manage their time and increase employee productivity, this is the update that Calendar users have been waiting for.
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