Google Calendar vs MS Outlook
Last updated: June 27, 2018
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.
Face to face in the news:
2018 - Google Calendar gets an Out of Office mode to win over MS Outlook
Google Calendar gets a new “Out of Office” feature along with setting customizable working hours. The working hours signal to others when you’re unavailable, and allows Google Calendar to automatically decline meetings on your behalf outside those hours. For starters, you’ll find there’s a new “Out of Office” calendar entry type you can select when you’re creating an event via Google Calendar on the web. For example, if you’re scheduling the dates of your vacation, you could mark that event as “Out of Office.” If others send you meeting invites during this period, Google Calendar will decline them without your involvement.
2017 - Google Calendar improves integration with Microsoft Exchange to challenge MS Outlook
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.
2015 - Google Calendar is available on iPhone. MS Outlook should better react
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.
2014 - Sunrise Calendar lets you connect third-party apps to keep up competition with Google Calendar
Sunrise introduced integration of third-party apps to its calendar platform. You can now connect your Evernote, GitHub, Songkick, TripIt and Asana accounts to Sunrise to see your relevant data directly in your calendar, and interact with it. For example, with the TripIt integration, you can see your future flights in your calendar without having to manually add this info. With Evernote integration you can actually edit your notes in Sunrise or change the due date. And the GitHub integration shows your milestones in your calendar. Sunrise calendar is available on three different platforms — iOS, Android and the web.
2008 - Microsoft Makes Calendar Sync Work to keep up with Google Calendar
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.