Google Calendar vs Windows Live Calendar


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Google Calendar
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).
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Windows Live Calendar
Windows Live Calendar is a time-management web application by Microsoft that is now a part of its Outlook.com service. Calendar supports iCalendar files for users to import calendar entries into their calendars.

Latest news about Google Calendar and Windows Live Calendar:



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.



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.



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.



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.



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.”


GMail offline
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.


GMail accounts
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.



2008. Microsoft Makes Calendar Sync Work. It seems that Microsoft has finally given the people what they want and have provided a calendar sync tool that actually makes all of Microsoft's calendaring programs work together. The new tool providing this functionality is the latest version of the Outlook Connector public beta. This downloadable software works to sync Outlook's calendar with Windows Live Hotmail's Calendar with the Windows Live Calendar Beta. Such an integrated offering is a surprise considering that Microsoft is a company that's sometimes known for launching what are perceived as too-similar, parallel solutions (think FolderShare, SyncToy, SkyDrive, Mesh). The previous version of this connector allowed you to sync email and contacts data between Outlook and Hotmail for free, but calendar sync required a subscription service. With this new version, however, calendar sync is now free and it includes the ability to work with Live Calendar beta. And because Live Calendar also supports calendar sharing, those shared calendars will sync back to Outlook, too.


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2007. Microsoft launches Windows Live Calendar. Windows Live is slowly rolling outs its new Calendar, which can be seen on some accounts. But here are some of the features that you’ll find once you do get access to the Calendar. There are customizable reminders with options for timers, and these alerts can be delivered through your Windows Live alerts. There’s also the ability to make multiple calendars, which can be organized by name and color. These calendar’s can be shared with other Live users, for both editing and viewing purposes. This functionality is similar to sharing access for your SkyDrive folders, and is extended by the new Co-Owner role, which provides admin options for calendars. Other sharing options for calendars include XML, ICS support and feed reader compatibility. With ICS import you can also integrate files for Outlook and Google calendar. Events can be edited in this manner as well, for overwriting duplicate events and adding new details.


2006. Google Calendar arrives. Today, Google Calendar went public, sporting an uncluttered interface and the potential for users to mash it up to their liking. Yahoo Calendar is the leading service in this space, but an open application programming interface (API) isn"t available - yet. The AJAX-based Google Calendar beta already works with XML and iCal standards. Not only can you create multiple calendars, you can also import them from Microsoft Outlook. Your own Google Calendar is private by default, but you can open it up for strangers or friends. Say your favorite art gallery, theater, or book club uses a compatible calendar service. You could instantly add their events within your personal Google Calendar so that you won"t miss the latest parties around town. This service is also designed to flag events within Gmail messages in case you"d like to ink them into your calendar. Color coding helps to keep things straight. You can export your schedule via RSS, then read the feeds from a third-party newsreader.