Google Calendar details leaked - the Web Office Suite is nigh!

Google Calendar details leaked - the Web Office Suite is nigh!

Summary: TechCrunch has somehow obtained screenshots of the as yet unreleased Google Calendar, apparently called CL2. The leak came via Google's closed beta of about 200 participants.

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TechCrunch has somehow obtained screenshots of the as yet unreleased Google Calendar, apparently called CL2. The leak came via Google's closed beta of about 200 participants. TechCrunch says that CL2 is a long way away from launch, but there are some meaty details here.

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It will be closely integrated with Gmail, which alone is probably enough to make my online calendar favorites 30Boxes and CalendarHub get sweaty palms. Plus according to TechCrunch it'll have a similar feature set: Ajax, suscription feeds for integration with iCal and other desktop calendars, event creation, search, sharing, notifications (including SMS). Here's more from the product description:

"CL2 makes it easy — even effortless — to keep track of all the events in your life and compare them to what your friends and family have going on in theirs. We’ve designed a calendar that works for you — helping you add events from email, friends, and other public calendars — so you don’t have to spend all your time maintaining your schedule. CL2 even helps you discover new events you might be interested in. We think it’s a great tool for managing your daily schedule, keeping track of what everyone in your family is doing, organizing events for a club or team, or creating public events that you can promote to the world."

Event aggregation is also in the plan, which will send the likes of zevents and eventful quivering. From the CL2 Trusted Tester Guidelines:

Creating Events

You can create events on your calendar in a number of ways.

Click ‘Create Event.‘ This brings you to the create event page, where you can enter information about your event.

Click on Quick Add (or type the letter Q). Quick Add gives you a text box where you can type all the information about your event in normal English, and we’ll fill out the form for you. We’re pretty excited about this feature, so please let us know how it works for you.

Drag-to-create. If you’re looking at the day where you want to create an event on your calendar, just click and drag your mouse from the desired start time to the end time. Once you’ve selected your time range, you can just choose a title for your new event.

Event Pages

Whenever you create an event, we create a web page which you’ll see when you click on the “more details” link on any event. This web page is only visible to you, unless you’ve invited other people to your event or made the event public, in which case you can use the page to share information about the event with people who are attending or the public at large. Note: you don’t have to be a CL2 user to be able to see event pages, so you can use these pages to share information with anyone involved with the event, regardless of what online tools (if any) they use. (Ever wish your favorite local band would learn how to use HTML and publish their calendar? Once we get your feedback and open CL2 to the world you can help them do just that.)

This looks to be a very strong product from Google (which has by no means been a given over the past year). Plus it seems to me that Google's much-anticipated Web Office Suite is well on the way to becoming a reality!

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  • I'd like to see better design from Google

    I'd like to see better design from Google.

    Check out, <a href="http://www.surveyfacile.com">SurveyFacile.com</a>
    treelife
    • Nice plug for your own product

      What's so special about your survey toy? I don't see how that has anything to do with this article or "better design".
      duswil
  • Document Retention - Forever

    Think Google is deleting its backups of your old data, which you deleted in accordance with the company's document retention policy? Not a chance - anything you use this for will likely be usable by Google and discoverable in litigation indefinitely. Ask your company lawyers if this is a good idea.
    CommSoft
    • I Agree

      If someone came to my company and said:
      'Listen, my company will happily store every document, communication, diary entry (in fact all your documents) for nothing.

      Yes we may keep them indefinately, we may also hand them over to any law enforcement agency who requests them with or without your prior knowledge.

      No we won't stop a disgruntled employee publishing any sensitive information you might have.

      No we won't stop information mistakenly put in public domain by one accidental click.

      But gee you can access this information no matter where you are in the world. (Unlike your current systems which [i]probably[/i] already publish this information via a web mail interface)'

      I somehow wonder why I would ever say yes...
      realist123
      • Buggy man?

        And for every day that goes by more users come into google products!
        *google search engine (cookie and search history);
        *gmail (store all your emails a NOW even chats);
        *orkut (why not know all of your friends, and what makes u tic);
        *Blogger (let see what u think);
        *Picasa (lets see all of your baby pictures);
        *GDS (hey, why not search even your own PERSONAL and until now OFFLINE files? [and now on v3 even from a remote PC]);
        --- Future ---
        *Online Website;
        *Online file storage
        *Online Network Computer



        xeeeeee
        Its the buggy man.
        Lets just say that I really use most of the products I mention above!

        BUGabundo :o)
        (``-_-??)
        http://BUGabundo.net
        (``-_-´´)
    • Google should allow users to choose the retention times

      If Google wants people to be okay with storing so much of their data, they should allow their users to choose how long the data is kept before it is deleted.

      If there is a way that Google can store the data in an expirable format, that would be nice. That way even if they have a backup of your data, it wouldn't be usable.
      duswil
    • Retention Problems?

      Hi, commsoft.

      You said:

      [i]Think Google is deleting its backups of your old data, which you deleted in accordance with the company's document retention policy? Not a chance - anything you use this for will likely be usable by Google and discoverable in litigation indefinitely.[/i]

      It's [i]highly[/i] doubtful that Google keeps your information for any considerable length of time, and even less likely that they [i]want[/i] to. According to Forbes, Gmail has 5.7 [i]million[/i] users. That's close to 17 million GB of space, if everyone maxed out their accounts. Do you really think Google wants to keep your data even a minute more than it has to? It would make no sense. The privacy policy clearly states that "residual copies of residual messages and accounts" may stay on the server for 60 days, and "may remain in our offline backup systems". It says nothing about indefinite retention, and I'd venture to guess there's not enough tape in the world to have offline storage of every e-mail sent on Gmail every day (even ignoring the addition of the chats).

      Having said that, if you are looking to conduct drug deals or set up a terrorist ring, you probably shouldn't use your Gmail account! ;)
      bhartman36
  • RE: Google Calendar details leaked - the Web Office Suite is nigh!

    Thanks for the post. You can now create your online calendar in minutes, without coding.
    Just point and click http://blog.caspio.com/web_apps/creating-calendars-in-caspio-bridge/
    lawtonterri