Google released its new calendar. This was something that I've been waiting on for a few months after hearing rumors of it. For years I've used a variety of calendar programs for work and personal uses. Between Outlook, Yahoo!, and, most recently, EssentialPIM. I was very interested in Google's offering, due to Google's reputation for innovation. I have to say, I was very disappointed.
Of the features it offers, most have been available to Yahoo! members for years. Shared calendars, reminders, and guest invitation to meetings offer nothing new. The two nice features, however, are the speed of entry and the ease of changing days and times of appointments. One can write the appointment right on the calendar page, with no details of course, and it is posted immediately without having to use an additional dialogue box. To add details, make the appointment repeating, or to invite guests, one has to use the dialogue box. If the appointment needs to be changed, it can be done by clicking and dragging. Other than these enhancements -- and they are nice -- the calendar is found lacking.
There is no notes section. There is no To Do list component. Other than a very small text link at the top that takes one to Gmail, there are no other components that are integrated to make this a truly useful PIM the way that Yahoo! has theirs configured. If one needs contact information, one has to go to Gmail and use the contacts section there. As a PIM, it just feels disjointed.
To sum it up, the speed of entry and ease of changing times and days of appointments are a step in the right direction. Past that, the new Google calendar is no better than any other web-based calendar and falls short of being a useful PIM.