Google Calendar vs MS Outlook
Last updated: August 01, 2017
Google Calendar is a free time-management web application offered by Google. The Ajax-driven interface enables users to view, add, and drag-and-drop events from one date to another without reloading the page. It supports view modes such as weekly, monthly, and agenda. Google Calendar allows multiple calendars to be created and shown in the same view. Each can be shared, either read-only or with full edit control, and either with specified people or with everyone (public calendars).
Microsoft Outlook is a personal information manager from Microsoft. It can be used as a stand-alone application, or can work with Microsoft Exchange Server and Microsoft SharePoint Server for multiple users in an organization, such as shared mailboxes and calendars, Exchange public folders, SharePoint lists and meeting schedules. MS Outlook free alternatives are Mozilla Thunderbird, Opera Mail, EssentialPIM.
Latest news about Google Calendar and MS Outlook:
01.08.17. Google Calendar improves integration with Microsoft Exchange. For companies that use both Google’s G Suite and it's Microsoft alternative - Exchange in parallel, the new Google Calendar update arrived. G Suite admins can now allow their users to see real-time free/busy information across the two systems. This means tools like Google Calendar’s Find a Time feature and Outlook’s Scheduling Assistant can now easily talk to each other, for example. Once an admin has enabled them, these new Calendar Interop features will be available on Google Calendar for Android, iOS and the web, as well as all Outlook 2010+ clients on desktop, mobile and web.
13.07.17. Mobile Outlook gets much smarter search. Microsoft unveiled a redesigned version of its popular Outlook mobile app for iOS and Android, which most notably includes a more intelligent search feature, powered by Microsoft Graph, along with other changes to navigation and conversations. Microsoft Graph is being used to turn Outlook’s search feature into a tool that can surface more than just emails – it will be augmented to include things like contacts, attachments, flight and travel itineraries, package deliveries and more. Search is also becoming a more central part of the experience in the new version of Outlook. When you tap into search it won’t be a blank screen, but will include proactive suggestions of your top contacts and recent files, as well as showcase things happening ‘today,’ like your travel plans – all before you even kick off your search. Plus, when you start typing, the auto-complete suggestions will display names from your most frequently contacted recipients first.
21.04.17. Alexa now works with G Suite calendar. Amazon’s connected speakers and other Alexa-powered devices will now work with your G Suite calendar. Once enabled, users will be able to ask Alexa to give them an overview of their day or make changes and other additions to their calendar as needed, just by speaking. The change represents another step towards making Echo and other Alexa speakers more practical devices to have in the office, or for general business use. G Suite is not the first calendaring platform that Alexa supports. The company has offered Google Calendar integration since launch, and added support earlier this year for both Outlook Calendar (including Hotmail, MSN, and Live email accounts) as well as Office 365 Calendar, for those with Exchange Online mailboxes.
21.11.16. Office 365 gets its own built-in lightweight CRM. Microsoft rolled out a new tool for business owners using Office 365 and Outlook called Outlook Customer Manager, a lightweight CRM for companies that need to track their customer interactions and history, but aren’t yet ready for a more robust platform like Dynamics 365. The new tool lets businesses track tasks and deals in progress directly in Outlook, and will pop-up reminders aimed at helping them stay on top of their customer relationships. Once enabled, Outlook Customer Manager will automatically organize customer information, including emails, meetings, calls, notes, files, tasks, deals and deadlines. This information – which is collected from email, calendar and call log data – is presented in a timeline format next to the inbox. Users can associate certain tasks with a contact, company or deal, so they can interact with their customers in a more timely fashion. It’s also able to present lists of deals by stage, close dates, priority and amount.
01.11.16. Mobile Outlook gets built-in meeting scheduler. Mobile Outlook now has a new scheduling assistant that helps you find a time that works for everyone. The feature, which is rolling out today to the iOS version of Outlook’s mobile app, will show your coworkers’ availability so you can quickly pick a date and time when everyone can attend the meeting. To use the new scheduling assistant, you’ll first create an event from the app’s included calendar, then add the coworkers to the People field. You then tap on the date picker, and the app will automatically show you the times that work best, as color-coded suggestions.
14.09.16. Microsoft updates Outlook for iOS and closes Sunrise. In 2015 Microsoft acquired Sunrise, the popular calendar app. Now Microsoft has closed this app and delivered a major update to the calendar features in its Outlook app for iOS. New Outlook's calendar has a design that looks much more like the old Sunrise app than previous versions. The in-app calendar uses colored icons that will look familiar to Sunrise users. The update also added a few new ones with event-specific graphics. Outlook is also much better at handling specific locations for events. It now uses Bing to fill in locations for meetings and appointments and you can open maps and directions directly from calendar entires as well.
02.05.16. Google Calendar added reminders on the web. Last December Google added a to-do function called Reminders to the Google Calendar iOS and Android apps. Recently it became available in the web version. Reminders basically amp up Google Calendar’s to-do list, so you can not only create tasks in your Gmail inbox, Google Keep, or calendar, but see a reminder that shows up on top of your Google Calendar, haunting you until you finally pay that bill or call that person or do whatever it is that you keep putting off.
29.10.15. Microsoft to replace Sunrise calendar with Outlook. Microsoft will discontinue its multimillion dollar acquisition Sunrise after Outlook fully absorbs all of the calendar's existing features, Microsoft's Outlook chief. Javier Soltero, who joined Microsoft when the company acquired his email app Acompli, which became the basis for the current Outlook app, didn't say when the transition would happen but said Outlook's calendar would be steadily gaining new features during the next few months. It's not totally surprising. Microsoft discontinued another acquired app Acompli when it launched the new Outlook app at the beginning of the year.
12.03.15. Google Calendar is available on iPhone. Google launched the revamped calendar app for Android back in November, and now Google Calendar officially landed on the iPhone. iPhone users were always able to import Google calendars into the standard iPhone Calendar app, or other third-party apps, but now Google Calendar finally has an iOS app to call its own. It comes with new features, like Events from Gmail, which automatically transforms events from emails into Calendar events. There are also Assists, which is a kind of autocomplete, suggesting text from different sources to make filling out Calendar event forms much quicker. Lastly, it has a new scrollable format called Schedule View. This view is more intuitively designed for mobile.
29.01.15. Microsoft launches Outlook for iOS and Android. Microsoft already provided two Outlook-branded but rather limited apps: Outlook.com app for Android and OWA apps for Android and iOS that only work for paying Office 365 subscribers. The new Outlook for Android and iOS phones and tablets, based on the application Acompli it acquired (for $200) last December and has look and feel quite a bit like the original Acompli app. It will support Office 365, Exchange, Outlook.com, Yahoo! Mail and Gmail, as well as most other email providers. The Outlook app also allows you to send attachments through many cloud services, including Microsoft’s own OneDrive, as well as Dropbox and others. Similar to most modern email apps, the new Outlook apps now also support various swipe gestures, which you can customize to your need.
12.11.14. Microsoft rolls out Clutter - a new smart email filter for Outlook. Microsoft don't wont just to sit and watch Google's Email 2.0 initiatives. That's why Microsoft is rolling out Clutter, an inbox tool for Office 365 business customers that helps users prioritize email within Outlook. Much like Google's Priority Inbox for Gmail, it learns from your actions over time to surface the most important email while weeding out the messages it thinks you're most likely to ignore. These messages get separated into a designated "Clutter" folder; they can be viewed at any time but don't appear in your main inbox. You can proactively train Clutter by marking items as Clutter or simply move the items to the Clutter folder. Clutter continuously learns and will adapt to your new patterns within days when you begin working on new projects or a new role.
04.11.14. New Google Calendar for Android allows to enter events automagically. Google is rolling out a new Google Calendar app that works on Android Lollipop 5.0 and all Android 4.1 or newer devices. The new app includes three key updates that allow it to fill in the blanks and make suggestions for you, shortly after you start to type in your event. The new Schedule View will let you see a map of your event destination. It will also include photos, cityscapes and illustrations of the surrounding area. Another new feature - Assists - that basically guesses details to add to an event, based on your previous phone interactions. For example, if you run with a friend in the park every week, the new version of Google Calendar will suggest the place, time and person you always go with if you start to type “r-u-n.”
16.06.14. Microsoft launched Outlook for Android. Microsoft continues to implement its new strategy on releasing applications for competing platforms. Last year they released free Outlook (or rather Outlook Web App) app for iOS, and now the Android version is launching. OWA for Android allows to work with e-mail, calendar and contacts on your phone. All these items are synchronized with the online version of Outlook. However, here the positive ends. The fact is that the app only works with Office 365 service, and only with its business version (even Premium is not supported). It doesn't work with Outlook.com and even with private Exchange servers. Moreover, it's supported only by limited number of smartphones with Android 4.4 and certain screen size. Besides, judging by the first reviews it's terribly slow.
2013. Microsoft launched Outlook for iPhone and iPad. Until now, iPhone and iPad users in companies that use Exchange mail server had two options - to set up access to the mail server in built-in iOS mail client (via Exchange ActiveSync), or open the web-interface Outlook Web App in browser. Of course, both options had a lot of restrictions for working with Outlook, and Microsoft has finally decided to release the native apps OWA for iPhone and iPad. Why only now? In order to give advantage to Windows Phones and Surface tablets. Why they ventured to take this step now? Because there is a catch. Although Outlook for iOS is free, it can be only used by Office 365 subscribers, who pay $100/year. So it's the same story as with MS Office for iPhone. What advantages will get the users and companies who are authorized to use Outlook for iOS?
2011. Google restores offline access to GMail, Calendar and Docs in Google Chrome. As you know, earlier GMail, Google Calendar and Google Docs supported offline mode in all browsers using Google Gears plug-in. But then Google decided to bet on HTML5 and abandoned its own proprietary plug-in. The Gears was quickly removed from the Chrome browser (in Firefox and IE it still works). And today Google developers were happy to announce that the offline mode for these apps in Chrome is back and it is implemented on HTML5. However, for an average user it will look no better than it was before: for offline access you still need to install an app (from the Chrome Web Store). In addition, the interface of the offline app is different from the usual web-based GMail interface. It looks lie GMail for iPad.
2011. Xobni turns Email into universal access point to business apps. We have already talked about the competition between Email and corporate portals/social tools for the right to be the primary workplace. Initially, this role was fully owned by Email. Then appeared the web-based collaboration systems and social tools that were intended to replace the "outdated" Email. And it seemed that they would kill Email soon. But some clever people invented social Email plug-ins (Xobni, Rapportive, Harmon.ie, Gist, Etacts), that gave the second life to Email-clients. They added social and file-storage functions to the Email. And they're not going to stop. Today Xobni has opened the Xobni Gadget Store - the marketplace for apps, that can be embedded to MS Outlook and turn it into the universal interface to all business systems.
2010. Email strikes back (on Intranet Portals). Email was the first collaboration tool in the Intarnet. Then intranet portals emerged, and they wanted to kill Email because of its lacks: instead of sending back and forth messages and documents, they are placed on a portal web-page (for example, in the news, on the forum or file cabinet). But due to the fact that people got used to e-mail and email was also used for external communications - intranet portals failed to replace the Email as a primary workspace. Moreover, recently Email launched the counterattack. And it happened because the major enterprise Email-solutions (GMail, Outlook, Lotus Notes) have become the platforms that allow third-party developers to add new functionality.
2010. Google enabled instant switching between accounts. As you know, Google services are popular both for business and for personal use. That is why, many users often have a need to switch from working to personal account (for example, to check mail). This required multiple logout/login procedures. But now this process will be much more easier - Google is rolling out multi-account sign-in that allows to switch between accounts using the top menu. You can activate this feature and add accounts on this page. However, switching between accounts will work not for all services - only for GMail, Google Calendar, Google Reader, Google Sites, Google Voice, App Engine and Google Code. In addition, those who activate multi-account sign-in - would have to to give up the offline features in Gmail and Calendar. Recall that soon another related problem will be solved soon - some personal services (Google Reader, Blogger, Youtube ...) will become available in Google Apps accounts.
2010. Microsoft adds Facebook and Windows Live Messenger to Outlook. Microsoft has updated its social Outlook plug-in - Outlook Social Connector, which can now can fetch the contact's data from Facebook and Windows Live Messenger (formerly the plug-in by default only supported LinkedIn, MySpace and Sharepoint). The Outlook Social Connector is intended to provide users with the actual information about a contact to better understand his mood and interests, which is very important when communicating with customers. The plug-in can display only publicly-available information from the profiles in social networks. Meanwhile it can only receive data but doesn't allow to post messages or statuses to the social networks. Microsoft says that soon the plug-in will be integrated with some local social networks.
2010. Socialwok uses Gmail and Outlook as its clients. Socialwok (known as the "social layer for Google Apps") like the online organizer Producteev, shows us the new meaning of "cross-platform" definition. Realizing that users most of time spend in email clients (such as Outlook and GMail), Socialwok simply decided to get inside these email clients. Socialwok was one of the first services to use the new GMail API and has created the gadget that can be expanded on the entire GMail workspace (see screenshot) and allows to post messages to microblogs, share Google Docs files, images, Youtube videos and events from Google Calendar, search for Google Docs, post to Twitter or Facebook right from your GMail interface.