Integrate Google Calendar and Docs into Gmail natively

Integrate Google Calendar and Docs into Gmail natively

Summary: Google just rolled out functionality to allow the installation of gadgets in your Gmail (just click the labs icon at the top of you Gmail by "settings" to install it). This means you can add your calendar for a more consolidated view of your life, or even add something like tasks -- a feature that people have been wanting since Google Calendar was launched.

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Google just rolled out functionality to allow the installation of gadgets in your Gmail (just click the labs icon at the top of you Gmail by "settings" to install it). This means you can add your calendar for a more consolidated view of your life, or even add something like tasks -- a feature that people have been wanting since Google Calendar was launched. Until now, people have relied on greasemonkey scripts like "Remember The Milk" for a task list.

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This feature is one that I'm sure users will enjoy -- it gives them a good deal of flexibility needed to add functionality to their Gmail account.

Philipp Lenssen is right when says that this functionality, along with the labs project that lets you move sidebar items around, work very nicely together. By default, these gadgets appear below chat -- but in my case, I think I prefer it higher than that, so I was able to drag it there with that other labs project.

Topics: Collaboration, Browser, Cloud, Google

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  • Adding Tasks

    I'm venting on a subject only tangentially related to the article. It is this: when are users going to have the same kind of functionality for creating tasks that we have for creating email? I can right-click on any file on my Windows system and send it as an email attachment. Why can't I right-click and add it to a task on my calendar? What is so hard about calendaring that there are still no widely adopted standards that would make calendaring files interoperable? I use Thunderbird with a Google Calendar plug-in for my home desktop; love it. It allows me to convert an email to a task. Why, for the love of all that is rational, can't I do the same in Outlook? (Admittedly my Outlook is 2003). Instead I have to cut-and-paste from my email into a new task. Sure, Outlook allows you to send tasks, but what's the use if other people don't send them to you? Other people send me emails with requests for me to do something. It would be very convenient to be able to convert them to tasks. Why do I need special synchronization tools to sync my Salesforce Calendar to my Outlook Calendar to my Google Calendar? What the heck is so hard about getting industry standards in calendaring?
    cburkitt2
  • well, thanks for that

    It was amazing that the link you provided (to Google) did not offer any detail on how to activate this - and you did it in the first sentance.

    Perhaps they should hire you to write their posts.

    thanks !

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  • RE: Integrate Google Calendar and Docs into Gmail natively

    I wish they would enable these for my Google Apps
    acounts - I love these features and miss them when I'm
    in a Google Apps account (such as for my website
    supprot emails).
    dobesv